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.
Paddy was born in Hertfordshire, and after Cambridge joined Sainsbury’s as a graduate trainee. He obtained an MBA from Cranfield in 1970. His speciality is Logistics, and in 1983 he moved to Crowthorne to spend the next 24 years with Hays Logistics, developing new business and new distribution centres. He loves spreadsheets, and after his retirement he became Trustee and Treasurer in 2007. He married Heather in 1965, has 4 daughters, all married, and 11 grandchildren! He enjoys golf, and is an active member of the Cordwainers, a City Livery Company.
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.
Hilary re-joined COATS as a trustee in 2017 and has lived in Crowthorne for over thirty years and within that time has moved house four times around the village. Her career includes seven years with British Airways, after which she had a career break, having two sons and a daughter. During this time she was also a fundraiser for the NCT and then she set up a not for profit Playschool. On her return to work, she chose a new direction and spent seventeen years in recruitment. Hilary then joined Prospect Estate Agency in Wokingham as their Support Services Manager.
Over the years she gained a wide range of skills, from recruitment, man management, HR, health & safety, legislation, training, sales and marketing and fundraising. Now retired, Hilary volunteers two days a week in the COATS Charity shop and is the Coordinator for the shop.
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.
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 now runs the minibus and assists the Treasurer. He is married to Jane, has one son, is a keen golfer and is studying for another degree in Maths and Physics.
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.
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.
Yvonne’s working background is in Information Technology and education. She has lived in Crowthorne since 1970 and has been involved with the local community during that time including Guiding (Brownies), PTA, handbell tune ringing and church. Her first encounter with COATS was volunteering in the old charity shop located where the new library now stands. Her current involvement with COATS began in 2003 when a friend asked Yvonne to go with her to a public meeting about the future of the charity. It was facing severe financial crisis and possible closure due to the changes in legislation governing residential respite care and also the loss of income from its charity shop due to development. Yvonne was convinced that the Day Centre should be retained and became a member of the committee. She is pleased to be part of a successful organisation which is so well supported by its local community.