I recently moved to East Sussex after living and working in London for 20 years. My previous role was as CEO of a mental health charity. This included the creation and development of social enterprises, mental health and learning disability services. My back ground is in HR and mental health. I am passionate about equality of opportunity for people. I look forward to working with the community to bring the vision for Repton Connect to life.
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.
Vice Chair/Acting 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.
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.
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!
Cllr. Matthew Forest
I’m a happily settled resident of Repton Park, having relocated to Ashford in 2014. I’m involved in many local organisations, but I’m particularly excited about the opportunities our new Repton Connect community centre will offer. I have a background in technical theatre and have worked in the audio visual and conference industry. More recently, I am the director of a busy IT consultancy based locally. I’m looking forward to giving as much support as I can to the Repton Community Trust, and its incredible team of trustees.
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.