Rachel has been Estuary’s Chief Executive since 2004. With a background in retail banking and business management, Rachel has overseen a period of incremental growth which has meant that the charity can mobilise more local volunteers and reach more beneficiaries year-on-year. Rachel led a major capital development to raise £2m to build the popular Topsham based community hub, Nancy Potter House, which opened to the public in 2018. Rachel is also Company Secretary for Estuary’s Registered Charity and the Community Hub CIC.
Volunteer Coordinator & Room Bookings
Caron has two important roles, she oversees all aspects of managing and mobilising our 170+ local volunteers and she manages room bookings for our community hub, Nancy Potter House.
Laura manages Nancy Potter House, our Topsham based community hub, and our charity shops. She leads on marketing and social media for Estuary and is the point of contact with contractors and trades for the hub and charity shops.
Tammy co-ordinates all elements of our home help services in the community, helping over 350 people get the support they need to live independently at home.
Lorraine assists in every aspect of the day-to-day running of our services and is often the first point of contact for clients, their families and carers.
Marilyn Ramsden B. Pharm Hons
Marilyn is a retired Pharmaceutical Adviser and Chief Pharmacist living in Topsham. During her career, she set up the first pharmacy in a health centre in Devon, was the first Pharmaceutical Adviser and Director of the first Cardiac Network in the Peninsula tasked with improving the quality and timeliness of cardiac services. She brings her extensive leadership skills, knowledge of the health and social care environment and local knowledge to her role as the Chair of Estuary’s Community Hub, Nancy Potter House
Ian’s background is as a professional marketer and successful entrepreneur. After moving to Topsham in 2005, Ian continued to provide specialist marketing and construction services before co-founding local estate agency, East of Exe. Ian brings marketing skills and building expertise to the Board.
Wyn Davies, FCA
Wyn is an experienced Financial Controller and Managing Director, now retired. Wyn brings extensive experience of financial management, accounting and leadership to the Board.
Rebecca is an experienced senior lawyer at the Environment Agency. Before joining the Board, Rebecca led on all aspects of the legal administration of the charity’s Community Hub development to build Nancy Potter House as part of her previous role at Ashfords Solicitors.
Mrs Pamela Diffey MA, JP
Pamela is a retired teacher with a specialism in special needs, who was involved in the standardisation of examination results in her role as a Senior Examiner for the AQA Examination Board. Pamela has also been a Magistrate in the Family Court, a Local Authority Advocate for children with special needs, Chair of a Charitable Trust, and is currently Chair of her local Village Hall and an Elder of her local Church.
Iain is a Chiropractor with his own Topsham based healthcare practice, Harbour Chiropractic & Physiotherapy. As a chiropractor, Iain is a Fellow of The Royal College of Chiropractors Sports Faculty. He is currently a part of the Somerset County Cricket Club medical team and has previously worked with the likes of the New Zealand All Blacks, Southampton & Bristol Rovers Football Clubs, and Great Britain Paralympic and winter Olympic athletes. Iain joined the board of The Estuary Community Hub CIC in 2017 and the charity board in 2020. He lives locally in Topsham with his young family.
The Estuary Community Hub CIC (registration number 09333118) was established in 2014 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of registered charity The Estuary League of Friends.
Marilyn Ramsden B. Pharm Hons
Marilyn is a retired Pharmaceutical Adviser and Chief Pharmacist living in Topsham. During her career, she set up the first pharmacy in a health centre in Devon, was the first Pharmaceutical Adviser and Director of the first Cardiac Network in the Peninsula tasked with improving the quality and timeliness of cardiac services. She brings her extensive leadership skills, knowledge of the health and social care environment and local knowledge to her role as the Chair of Estuary’s Community Hub, Nancy Potter House.
Sue brings legal expertise and local knowledge to the Board. Sue was called to the bar after graduating and her career has included applying the law for a leading retailer and for the Department of Employment and Productivity. After which, she became a Lecturer in law. Sue moved to Topsham in 2002. She has been Secretary to the Topsham Community Association and on the board of registered charity, The Estuary League of Friends. She is also a Trustee of Topsham Museum.
Cllr Andrew Leadbetter
Andrew has been County Councillor for Topsham and St Loyes since 1997 and is one of the City Councillors for Topsham. Before joining the Board, he was a Trustee of our charity The Estuary League of Friends between 2012 and 2019 and joined the CIC Board in 2019.
Rachel is Company Secretary for The Estuary Community Hub CIC. She led a major capital development to raise £2m to build the popular Topsham based community hub, Nancy Potter House, and is Chief Executive of The Estuary League of Friends.