WTH Community Trust

Wem Town Hall Community Trust is a charity (no. 1113075) dedicated to providing facilities for the benefit of the inhabitants of the town of Wem and the surrounding area in relation to (i) the advancement of the education of the public in the arts (ii) the advancement of education and training generally and (iii) recreation or other leisure time occupation in the interest of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the public at large.

WTHCT delegates the day to day running of the organisation to a skilled staff team who report directly to the board of trustees.  The Trustees shape the direction and focus of the Charity in response to community consultations and priorities in keeping with the charitable aims above.

The trustees have a wide range of experience, expertise and interests, reflecting the diversity of the local community and supporting the organisation.  Within the trust there are working parties to maintain the high quality venue and services.  This includes the finance and personnel committee that meets monthly to monitor the performance and financial stability of the organisation, and the House Committee which supports the work to maintain such a large public facility.

Sue Yates (Chair of the Trust, Finance and Personnel Committee Chair) – Sue is a retired graphics professional who worked for Penguins books and various London advertising agencies in her career.  Upon moving to Wem, Sue became a special needs assistant and PTA chair of Thomas Adams School before moving into first aid training for the Red Cross.

In 2005 Sue became involved with the community move to “Save” the Town Hall when the Council closed the building and proposed to sell it off. Sue is also a trustee of The Saturn Project, a fully restored horse-drawn cargo carrying canal boat. For the last 10 years Sue has co-ordinated their education programme at various venues around North Wales and North West England.

Roy Reeves (Treasurer to the Trust, Finance and Personnel Committee) – Roy is a retired Chartered Accountant, having spent in excess of the last thirty years in practise advising small and medium sized businesses.  He has lived in Wem since 1981.  His financial expertise is greatly valued.

Roy Stokes (Secretary to the Trust) – Roy is a retired architect and director of a large international architectural practice with experience in the public and private sector.  He managed regional offices in Birmingham and Bahrain.  He has lived in Wem for over 30 years, and was a governor and chairman of the Parent Teachers Association at St. Peter’s school. A keen rugby player for over 25 years, and a qualified junior coach for eight years, he was also the chairman of Whitchurch Rugby Club Mini junior section and secretary of the management committee.

John Broadhead (Finance Committee) – John is a new addition to the trust bringing a wealth of management expertise to the board.   He retired 2 years ago as Group Chief Executive of a Housing Association providing Homes for rent, sale and Care Homes.  John has lived in the area for 14 years and has been an executive board member for a number of Social Enterprises involved in Furniture Recycling, Community Centres and Charity shops.

Allan Brown (House Committee) –Allan has volunteered at Wem Town Hall for many years as a regular steward at Wem Town Hall events.  He is passionate about the arts, in particular live music and has a wealth of knowledge to share on world music programming at WTH.  In his professional career Allan is Construction Director and now sits on the WTH House Committee advising on building and maintenance programmes.

John Dinsdale (Finance Committee) – John has recently moved into the area after retiring from a career in purchasing and logistics and now concentrates on  voluntary work within the local area.  John is also involved with Shropshire Council and Wem Economic Forum in the setting up of a local P3 group (Parish Paths Partnership).  This is a group set up to walk and maintain the local footpaths within the parish boundary. As a volunteer and Trustee of Wem Town Hall John is keen to involve local community groups, schools and business in the work of the Town Hall for the benefit of the community.

Peter Jones (Finance Committee) – Peter was a founder member of Wem Town Hall Community Trust.  Peter spent his working life in retail, where he progressed to the role of Managing Director of a business supplying local agricultural needs to the community, making many local contacts.

He devotes a substantial amount of time to Wem Town Hall volunteering and arranges Ballroom dances at the Town Hall which are well attended…..we have the best sprung dance floor in Shropshire ..!

Liz Mayer – Liz has been involved from the very beginning when a steering group was formed to try to save Wem Town Hall for community use.  She is actively involved in fund raising, is a regular volunteer and provides the Trust with an abundance of local knowledge.

If you would like any further information about the Trust please contact Reception on 01939 232299 or email info@wemtownhall.co.uk

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