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Key People

Staff


Rachel Gilpin
Chief Executive
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.

Caron Woolley
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.

Olivia Thorpe
Office Administrator
Olivia joined the charity as an apprentice in 2017 and, today, she assists in every aspect of the day-to-day running of our services and is often the first point of contact for beneficiaries, their families and carers.

Charity Board


Andrew Williamson CBE
Chair
Andrew has over 30 years’ experience of working within social services including in the South West and was awarded his CBE in recognition of his services to social work in the UK. Andrew brings an in-depth understanding of the health and social care sector, knowledge of the community as a local resident as well as strong leadership skills to his role as Chair. He has been on the Board since 2014.

Cllr John Birch
Vice-Chair
John is a consultant solicitor specialising in construction law at Ashfords LLP in Exeter. He was first co-opted to the Board of Trustees to assist with the project management of the Community Hub development in 2014 and is now Vice-Chair.

John is councillor representing Totnes on the South Hams District Council. He is chair of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Panel Prior to moving to Devon, John was deputy leader of the North Wiltshire District Council. As well as serving on Estuary’s Board, John is project leader for the £4 million restoration and renovation project for St. Mary’s Church in Totnes and Chair of St. Mary’s Totnes Heritage Trust

Wyn Davies, FCA
Honorary Treasurer
Wyn is an experienced Financial Controller and Managing Director, now retired. Wyn brings extensive experience of financial management, accounting and leadership to the Board.

Dr Sally Ewings
Sally is a retired GP who has lived in Topsham for over 30 years. She has experience of running a GP surgery as a senior partner for many years, and was closely involved in setting up Exeter Primary Care, an organisation to enable all the GPs in Exeter to work together to maintain and develop high quality primary care services for Exeter.

Ian Garcia
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.

Rebecca Gliddon
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.

Mike Kirkham
Mike is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and founding Director of Kirkham Board Associates, a Project Management Company. Mike supported the charity through each stage of the community hub development – from initial concept to its realisation in 2018. He lives locally and joined the Board in 2020.

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.

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.

Pippa Warin
Pippa is a coach, mentor and consultant in the creative industries. She has held leadership roles across the community and social sector, and the arts, including Arts Council, National Lottery Fund, Exeter Council for Voluntary Service, DAISi – Devon Arts in Schools and Artshare – a disability led arts agency, and the Phoenix Arts Centre.

Pippa chairs Wardrobe Theatre, is on the board of Literature Works, Exeter Culture and is on the UNESCO City of Literature steering group, The UK Queens Award for Voluntary Service panel and the Management Committee of the Topsham Goat Walk Land Trust.

Iain Crombie
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.

CIC Board


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
Chair
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 Wilkinson
Secretary
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