Repton Community Trust
Putting the heart in communities

People

People play a vital role at Repton Community Trust. Our staff, trustees and volunteers are an essential part of running day to day operations, and making decisions about the future.

Staff


Beth Rice

Beth Rice

Executive Director

I moved to East Sussex in 2017 after living and working in London for 20 years. My previous role was as CEO of a mental health charity. My background is in organisation development, HR, and mental health which is a mixed bag of skills and interests! I love working on the more strategic side of things, developing and leading organisations, projects, services and securing funding. I am passionate about equality of opportunity for people and in seeing the impact we can all make to each other's lives.


Charlie Lloyd

Charlie Lloyd

Repton Connect Manager

Originally from Essex, I moved to Repton in 2018 after 11 years of living and working in London. After primarily working in the private sector, the highlight of which was working on the 2012 Olympics games, I wanted to move into working in a more community-focussed role as I realised that I had a passion for helping people from a wide range of backgrounds. I was welcomed to the Repton Connect team in 2018 just before the centre opened and have relished the challenge of helping to bring the bricks and mortar of the centre to life. I have brought with me a wide range of experience which I hope has had a positive impact on our community. We have achieved a great deal since opening. It’s a work in progress with much more to do!


Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith

Community Champion

I have lived in Ashford for 12 years, with my husband and our two wonderful children, who both attend excellent Ashford schools. Recently, a energetic new puppy has joined our family. We all enjoy being part of this thriving community.

I bring a wide variety of experience to my role at Repton Connect as I have volunteered with numerous organisations and charities. These include: volunteering at local schools, being a breastfeeding peer supporter at the Willow Centre in Ashford for 5 years, helping to organise events and collections for Macmillan Cancer Support (I am currently working closely with Sainsbury's Bybrook) as well as volunteering with Guide Dogs. I am fortunate that my children are also actively involved in raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Guide Dogs.

I look forward to being part of the ongoing success of Repton Connect by helping to ensure it is a place where people can come together and feel proud to be part of the Repton Park community.


Jasmine Brown

Jasmine Brown

Community Champion Children and Young People

I moved to Ashford just over 6 years ago to study at the University of Kent. I’ve always been very passionate about learning and reading, so working as a Librarian in a local school after finishing my degrees was perfect. It is my passion to pass on the love of learning and reading to young people. I have two years (and counting!) experience of working with young people to help them achieve their goals and pursue their passions. I am looking forward to organising events and activities for the young people of Ashford.


Chen Duong

Chen Duong

Repton Connect/Projects Assistant

I joined the team here at Repton in February 2021, and I cannot wait to see what challenges lie ahead of me. In the past, I have worked for an organisation focused around mental health and well- being for children and families. I hope to extend my experience here at Repton! Looking forward to helping the community!


Michelle Knight

Michelle Knight

Projects Co-ordinator

I have lived in Ashford all my life and moved to the local area just under 2 years ago. I originally worked in childcare but after having my daughter I wanted a change in career. I have been part of Repton Connect for a year now, and I really enjoy working with the team we have here!

Board of Trustees


Justin Richards

Justin Richards

Chair

I live on a small holding just on the edge of Romney Marsh between Aldington and Dymchurch with my partner and my German Shepherd Puppy. After a 30 year career in Management Consulting in the City of London servicing the needs of Wholesale Financial Institutions I moved to Kent in 2016. I’m not yet ready for full time retirement and am offering my skills and experience to the Trust and am really excited to be involved in a community centred project which is a completely new experience for me. My interests include sustainable living, "smart home" development, growing organic food and no or low energy food preservation. I love cooking, eating and fine wine!


Shelley Batt

Shelley Batt

Vice Chair

I have lived in Ashford all my life and on Repton for over 4 years. I have 2 beautiful daughters who both attend Repton Manor Primary School. I am passionate and committed to make Repton a thriving community and want the community centre to be at the heart of it. I bring my experience running a local business for over 10 years and more recently working as Head of Strategy and Planning at Circle Housing Association to help ensure it’s success.


Steve Tawney

Steve Tawney

Treasurer

I moved to Repton Park in July 2017 and have two sons who really enjoy spending time outside here and using the play areas. I enjoy most sports, visiting new places and going to pubs, restaurants and the cinema. I bring a lot of finance experience to the Trust, having performed a variety of roles in both the private and public sectors. It is exciting to be a part of bringing Repton Connect to life and these much needed amazing spaces will really help our local community come together.


Sarah Claydon

Sarah Claydon

Trustee

I moved to Repton Park in October 2017 with my partner and dog from a small village. I am a mother of two grown up children and a granddaughter. I enjoy walks and keeping fit. Last year I raised money by completing the 26.2 mile moonwalk in London. I am privileged to have a career in nursing which has spanned from the acute sector to a local practice. Nursing has highlighted the need for local communities to work together to create a supportive and thriving neighbourhood. This inspired me to join the local community trust and become part of a unique committee dedicated to the community.


Zander Newson

Zander Newson

Trustee

Though a local to the London Borough of Bexley, I have always been passionate and dedicated to helping others. I am especially interested in empowering young people to gain real life work experience and generate their own opportunities. My main professional experience is employment, support and advocacy. In my spare time I love gaming, eSports and all things geeky!


Sarah Hayward

Sarah Hayward

Trustee

As a qualified assessor I was supporting apprentices at Repton Community Trust and other local companies. My passions are empowering people with the skills to find work. My main areas of interest are Mental Health awareness and first aid! Much nearer home I like cooking am a keen gardener and love to travel abroad.


Liz Wright

Liz Wright

Representing Ashford Holiday Kitchen

I moved to Ashford from London 13 years ago, where I used to work as a teacher in Early Years and special needs. I have always been active in the Community, with Tenants and Residents’ Associations and Parents groups and I would like to see active, self-reliant and sustainable communities develop in Ashford. I have studied nutrition and feel very strongly about the importance of fresh food and home cooking for optimum health. Repton Community Trust has so much to offer the community and I look forward to working with them more closely.

Volunteers & Helpers


Sandra

Sandra

Volunteer Host


Arturo

Arturo

Volunteer Host