After graduating with a degree in Engineering, Peter has spent a 35 year career in the Automotive and Telecommunications industries living and working in the UK, New Zealand and Germany.
Having retired in 2017, he joined COATS as a trustee in 2019 after being a volunteer bus driver for six months and after a spell as Treasurer is now Chairman.
He is married to Jane, has one son, and is a keen golfer
Cathy grew up in West London and now lives in Langley. She studied Economics and Environmental Management. Following roles in local government, she joined London Transport on a one year contract and ended up staying 21 years. She has held health, safety and environmental roles covering management systems, risk, assurance, construction and surface transport operations (roads to rail, buses to boats and even a cable car).
Cathy now volunteers as an advisor with Citizens Advice and as a trustee of COATS. Her nickname is "TravelCath" and, during warmer months only, she can be found on the allotment. Cathy joined COATS as a Trustee in January 2021, with a focus on the health and safety portfolio.
Dave is originally from the North-East but has lived in Crowthorne for over 30 years. A Maths graduate, he has worked in IT Programme / Change Management and as Head of IT for several organisations. He has worked in a number of different countries including India, the Middle East and Brazil.
Dave likes to keep fit and is a keen pianist. He also suffers from being a lifelong supporter of Middlesbrough FC. He is married with two grown up children and one granddaughter.
He retired recently and joined COATS as a trustee in summer 2022.
Richard grew up in Croydon before arriving, via Newhaven and Brighton, in the Crowthorne area. In the early 70’s his claim to fame was to Project Manage for Rediffusion, the design, planning and installation throughout Brighton and Hove, of a pioneering Relay TV network, now known as Cable TV. Richard joined ICL’s Bracknell mainframe engineering team in 1975, before moving into IT Service and Project Management roles throughout the UK.
Richard has been a trustee/chair/leader of several local organisations or clubs e.g. TEENERS Youth Club, Sandhurst Gardening Club, Pinewood Centre Users Group to name a few. After his family life, which includes 10 grandchildren …… todate, his interests are travelling the world, walking, gardening and caravanning.
Initially at COATS, Richard joined the Social Events and Fund Raising Team before becoming a trustee in 2011. His responsibilities for fund raising continued, with added responsibilities for The Centre’s service and maintenance contracts, building repairs and the recent major refurbishment project.
Derec was born in West London and had his formative years in Kingston, Jamaica. He returned to London where he finished his education. He recently moved to North Hampshire, but still works in London at Age UK Hammersmith and Fulham and the University of the Arts London.
He is a budding gardener and keen to help his local community. With experience in Local Government and community-based organisations, he hopes to use his knowledge and experience to benefit others.
Originally from Bolton, in the North-West, Claire moved to the South of England following her graduation from Lancaster University with a degree in Operational Research. After some mobile years across several towns and counties, she settled in Farnham with her husband and then-teenage boys, and has remained there for most of the last 12 years.
Professionally, Claire’s career has spanned a range of industries from water to defence, motor racing to IT and telecoms, and currently payroll and HCM systems based out of Barcelona. She loves to run in the countryside, is undertaking a long running house renovation project and loves a challenge.
She joined COATS as a Trustee in March 2023.
Roger Fox has a background in production engineering and planning & supply management within the electronics manufacturing industry.
He moved to Crowthorne in 1990 and his children went to local schools. He has been a member of the Crowthorne Carnival Committee since 2008, organising the procession with his wife, Bärbel. He is a keen tennis player.
He has been a Trustee of Coats since 2017, serving on the Social Events Committee, on the Shop Coordinating Team and supports on Health and Safety issues. He coordinated the recent temporary move of the Day Centre to Wellington College whilst the major building works were carried out.
Martin and his wife have lived in the Crowthorne area for 46 years.
After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Engineering Science, he spent most of his career running the European divisions of first American and then Japanese companies supplying equipment to the printing industry. He served as Chairman of his industry’s national federation for 4 years. He worked for several years in Holland, and travelled extensively in Europe, America and the Far East.
He enjoys golf, walking and singing in a male voice choir. He is a trustee of the choir’s charity, governor of a local school and director of a sports centre.
He has been a Trustee of COATS since 2008 and has mainly been involved with the charity’s facilities. Over the last 3 years he has helped oversee the extensive re-building of the COATS Centre – from design, to planning consent and building.
Chris and his wife Sue have lived in Crowthorne for over 25 years having moved from Bristol with their two daughters in 1994. He graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Economics and Finance then qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Chris then worked in the Printing industry for 17 years before moving into Management Consulting with KPMG where he had clients in several countries in Europe, India and the USA. Chris retired in 2020 and now enjoys spending more time with his family, golf, gardening, fishing and travelling.
David was born in Manchester but raised in Yorkshire from the age of 1. After graduating from Sheffield University in 1975 he moved to Bracknell to work for Sperry, which became British Aerospace. He then moved into the IT industry working for IBM as a Programme manager undertaking projects at BA, HM Treasury, The Dept of Health and The Royal Household. He has two sons, one who lives in Brisbane, Australia and the other in Woking. He travels to Australia every year or so to see his 3 Australian grandchildren and more often to Woking to see his 2 English grandchildren.
David moved to Crowthorne in 2008 and began volunteering at COATS in 2011 on retiring. He still volunteers in the COATS kitchen each Tuesday and has previously managed the COATS entries in the Crowthorne Carnival and the COATS 50 th anniversary celebration. He is a keen road cyclist, a passionate England Rugby supporter and a tolerable ukulele player. He became a Trustee in 2019 with responsibility for press, publicity, marketing and IT.