Homes for Wells is an independent body and has the support of ten Board Members:
Lynn & Alex Watson moved to Wells in 1993 and for twenty years Lynn has been volunteering in Wells. Firstly as a Community Bus Driver and Driver/Assistant at Heritage house until, due to family commitments, she had to leave. However, she was elected a Town Councillor in 1998 and stood for three years. Lynn has been an active House Committee member at the Wells Sailing Club for more than fifteen years but seven years ago decided to join Homes for Wells just after it was formed. She has been a Board member for four years and became Chair this year. Before moving to Wells Lynn was a Financial/Mortgage Senior Consultant and had been a voluntary Youth Leader for ten years. Lynn had previously formed and managed her own retail outlet before moving on to become an ABE Lecturer at the Isle College in Wisbech. 'Although being Chair is very time-consuming and taxing the support from everybody on the Board has been overwhelming. But the achievement of HfW is fantastic - the Field Study Centre, now re-named the Old School, is our biggest achievement to date but we're not stopping now. There are new projects in the pipeline and we are committed to help provide affordable homes to LOCAL people but we do need money!!! Please keep supporting us.'
Jim Fergusson, now retired, was formerly a certified accountant, fruit farmer and cider maker. He has been involved with Homes for Wells as a Board member and treasurer since 2006. Jim is a member of the Finance sub committee
Marcus French is the owner and director of Wells fish and chip shop, French’s. He is also Treasurer of Wells Scout Group and a committee member of the Wells Lighting Fund. Marcus is member of the Housing and Finance sub-committees.
Duncan Marshall-Andrew, now retired, was formerly a member of the Chartered Institute of Builders and an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators. He has been a director of a building firm and has also been director of a project managing firm. Duncan is responsible for the new building at the Norfolk Hospice. He is a member of the Housing Committee of Homes for Wells.
Stuart Rangeley-Wilson, now retired, was formerly Operations Director of IBM UK and of several subsidiaries. Other relevant roles within IBM were as Marketing Director and the Director responsible for Major Projects where he represented IBM on the Major Projects Association
Geoff’s career spans 35 years in the corporate sector. His role has included financial and company directorships. Geoff joined Homes for Wells as a Co- opted member of the Allocations Committee and has now taken the role of Chair.
Christine Abel was born in the West Country and moved to Wells, in 1970. Her two children were born here and attended the primary school in Wells. Christine was Clerk to the Wells Harbour Commissioners from 1974 to 1994 and became the first woman Harbour Commissioner in Wells. She completed her law degree at UEA and her law finals in London, and then joined local law firm Hayes and Storr, where she worked as a solicitor, from 1994 onwards in the property and private client departments. She became a partner of Hayes and Storr in 2001 and then subsequently became head of the private client department, which spread over five offices. She retired from the law in 2012, and has enjoyed the freedom to garden, travel and spend time with her grandchildren since then. Christine has joined the Board of Homes for Wells and the Allocations Sub-Committee.
I worked in estate agency here in Wells for 6 years prior to having my daughter in 2006. Since then I have been working and continue to work for our local family building company.
When the opportunity to work with Homes for Wells arose the aspects which interested me the most were property, Wells and the community. I am an active member of Creake Drama Group, A member of the North Creake Village Hall committee and the secretary for the North Creake Christmas lights committee.