Our Place Wye is all about Wye Caring for Wye. The organisation, set up as a community interest company (company no. 10157557), aims to nurture a more inclusive and integrated village, which is more resilient and responsive to individual needs, age and social profile, and stimulates a healthy, caring and sustainable community in Wye and the surrounding area.
It has four directors (see below) who meet every two months with five or six other volunteers from the community and with Community Warden Richard Sinden to review progress, decide on future strategy and to search for funding. If you would like to apply to join the management team, please use the contact form on this site.
The company employs Eileen Burton to compile the quarterly newsletter, to carry out IT training and to lead on the moderation of the Facebook group page – a task in which she is helped by a number of volunteers.
Penny Haynes, Chair
Penny qualified as a teacher in 1969 and has worked in nursery, primary and secondary schools in Inner London and abroad. She has been the Headteacher of three schools, in Hammersmith and Fulham and Southwark and most recently worked as Advisory Headteacher for Kent.
Her work as Advisory Headteacher involved coaching, mentoring and supporting new and acting headteachers of schools causing concern for Ofsted. She also worked for the National College of School Leadership visiting South Africa and leading parties of headteachers to observe schools in Thailand and USA.
Since retiring she has been Chair of Wye Patient Participation Group and is currently Chair of Invicta Riding Club and a member of the Parish Council.
Dave Martin, Secretary
Dave started working in Camden in 1972 in the voluntary sector on issues relating to children and young people, then became Head of the Play Service at Camden Council. In 1996 as Assistant Director in the Leisure and Community Services Department he led the ‘Vulnerable Older People’s Project’, a corporate partnership programme seeking to reduce the risk of vulnerability amongst elders. Dave became an Associate Director with Better Government for Older People until leaving to train as a coach.
Dave is an Associate with The Centre for Policy on Ageing focussing upon “Transition issues” as part of the Transitions in Later Life programme run by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation He is currently involved with a programme of activity to explore, provoke and challenge the arts to consider ageing across the life course.
Ron Davidson, Treasurer
For the first 26 years of his life Ron lived in Dundee and started his first job with the City Council. This period included 32 months’ National Service which he served in the Royal Air Force. In 1954 he qualified as a Certified Accountant, got married and emigrated to Northern Rhodesia, where he worked for the next 22 years.
In that time he worked for Livingstone Municipal Council, several parastatal bodies and the Zambian Government, where he rose to be Undersecretary (Finance) in the Ministry of Local Government and Housing. On leaving Government, he joined the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation as Financial Controller and remained with that employer until November 1976, when he returned to the UK.
In 1977 he was in Ashford, working for a firm of Consulting Civil Engineers in anticipation of going out to Kenya as Administration Officer on a large hydro-electric project on the Tana River. He worked there until July 1981 when he was asked by the same employer to return to Ashford to join the firm’s permanent staff as Project Accountant. He remained there until he retired from full-time employment in April 1993. Ron has lived in Wye since 1982.
Mary has been a social worker since 1967, qualifying at the London School of Economics in 1971, and getting an MA at the University of Kent in 1988. She has worked with all client groups but specialised in older people and people with learning disabilities, in both hospital and the community. She ended her career as District Manager for Ashford, Kent Social Services Department.
Since retiring she has had various voluntary roles, with Parkinson’s Ashford, the hospice, and the Food Bank, and is a trustee of Citizens Rights for Older People and Wye Village Hall. She has also experienced life as a carer, for her mother, who had Motor Neurone Disease, and her husband, who had Parkinson’s Disease, experiencing being on the receiving end of services, and the reality of living with progressive conditions.