Tina Townsend

Anyone who knows me will agree that the Hub is my ‘baby’ and the volunteers are the ‘child minders’

I started the Hub plans in late 2017 with the help of Essex County Council.

My vision was to have a safe, affordable place for the community to use and to help those in need. A place where groups can meet and a place that welcomes all.

As a health, safety, environmental consultant and trainer I was also keen to help with both food poverty and waste so the Community Fridge was an important addition to the Hub and, with the help of the volunteers, we save lots of food from going to landfill and help many people who are struggling with food poverty

When we finally registered as a charity, I was so proud of what we had achieved and I continue to be amazed and overwhelmed daily by how our team work together to help the Hub grow and thrive

I am honoured to be the Chair of the Trustees and look forward to continuing its success in years to come

Stuart Gulleford

I am a media and public relations professional of many years of experience through which I have developed accomplished writing and organisational skills.  I am new to the charity sector in terms of being directly involved.  I came to know Tina through my work with the local MP and I have worked alongside her on many occasions, on a variety of different projects.

I have always been an admirer of the Witham Hub and I was delighted to be asked to become a Trustee and have the opportunity to use my skills to help promote the wonderful work it does in the community.

I am very community oriented in that I serve on the board of trustees at a  local school, where I live in Tiptree and I am also a member of Tiptree Parish Council, where I serve on its Highways, Streetlighting & Footpaths Committee.

I am a skilled photographer, which I use professionally but I am also a keen nature photographer.

Karen Bailey

I am fairly new at volunteering, I started in the first lockdown delivering food parcels and prescriptions to the people that were shielding and collecting food from people that were donating to us. It was very clear that The Witham Hub is a much-needed asset to the Witham community.

When I went back to work as a driving instructor which I have being doing for 18 years, I missed the community feel, so now I am still volunteering on my days off. I felt very honoured to be asked to be a Trustee and take the responsibilities of the role extremely seriously.

On a personal level I am a grandmother and an avid gardener. I love to plant up hanging baskets, pots and growing plants from seed and taking cuttings. In particular, I love to plant up items like shoes, handbags and everyday pots and pans. I’ve even planted a redundant printer that sits outside our family business.

Ian Boorman

Over the last 25 years I have had experience of working in the construction Industry for various RIBA Architects and developers.  For the last 9 years, I have been running my own business.

Giving back to the community has always been something I feel strongly about and action through supporting local charities and small groups.

I have been working in the background, advising on matters when needed. I am now looking forward to supporting the Hub moving forward into the future and beyond, for many years come.