Acting Chair – George Crozer
A resident of High Halstow for 40 years, and following a successful career in construction recruitment, George is the current Chair of High Halstow Parish Council, as well as being a spokesperson for The Friends of North Kent Marshes. A Chair of Trustees at AMATUK a charity working for the benefit of homeless people in Medway and the wider Kent area, he oversees a budget of over £4m p.a. and has been an advocate for clients with deprived liberty under the mental health act. As a result, George is well experienced in the governance and management of voluntary groups.
George is passionate about people and places and his energy ensures he is held in very high regard among the community on the Hoo Peninsula where he is a well-known figure, having led many community campaigns on behalf of residents and the villages.
Acting Secretary – Joanne de la Porte
Joanne lives in Cliffe, and since obtaining her Architecture degree in 2000, went on to achieve a Masters degree in Building Surveying, equipping her with the skills needed for her role as Capital Programme Manager with a London NHS Trust, overseeing a capital programme of up to £60m p.a. along with staff management responsibilities. Her particular area of expertise is Corporate Governance together with skills in project and contract management, control systems and risk appraisal, all of which are invaluable to the DCP in undertaking this community bid.
Acting Treasurer – Vikki Finneran
A qualified Certified Accountant (ACCA) for nearly 25 years, Vikki is a lifelong resident of the Hoo Peninsula. During a career in commercially-driven, not for profit organisations, including local Housing Associations and two local councils, Vikki is currently working as part of the team who are delivering the new Ebbsfleet Garden City and is therefore aware of the requirement for all types of infrastructure to be in place to support new and growing communities, as well as the social and economic case for green space and sporting provision for a healthy population. Conversant in governance, strategy, risk, banking, VAT, financial reporting and audit, Vikki will contribute to the board in ensuring compliance in all finance and procurement matters in the relationship between the DCP and any potential organisation interested in Deangate Ridge Sports facility.
Acting Ecological Advisor – David Saunders
David served Maidstone and the Medway towns as a Kent Police Officer for 40 years, and still lives locally with his wife, who is a teacher. He is an active committee member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Medway Group, and volunteers for them on the North Kent Marshes. He is a passionate advocate for the unique habitat provided by the Hoo Peninsula as a haven for wildlife, and as a place of recreation and leisure for the whole of Medway and beyond.
Acting Deangate Ridge Golf Club Member Representative – Geoff Westlake
Geoff spent the bulk of his career in the pharmaceutical industry, making full use of his degree in Chemistry and former Chartered Management Institute membership, but his computer skills eventually led him to the role of IT Director. A resident of Hoo village and now retired, Geoff was Seniors Captain at Deangate Ridge Golf Club, and voluntarily undertook a programme of improvements to its membership and competition administration as well as overseeing finance and marketing campaigns at a previous club and championing golfing as a healthy activity for the senior citizen. Having also previously held the post of Parish Councillor, he is also well versed in democracy and governance in the voluntary sector, as well as representing the views of the core golf membership at Deangate.
Acting Community Representative for Hoo – Ron Sands
Ron was born in Hoo and has lived there all his life aside from a period of service in the Armed Forces. He is an active member of the community being a current Parish Councillor and Chair of the Parish Council Planning Committee for Hoo village, as well as standing as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in a general election.
Acting Youth Representative & Golf Pro – Tom Crozer
Tom is a professional golfer (PGA of GB & Ireland) having learned to play at Deangate Ridge before undertaking a Professional Golfing Studies degree at the University of Birmingham. He has worked as Head Professional at the Deangate complex and hence has a wealth of knowledge about the course and the amenities available there, as well as the opportunities for improvement. He has extensive experience in the golf and leisure industry and is currently developing a golf coaching academy at another Kent golf club. Tom is a great ambassador for the sport and is enthusiastic to work with any potential organisation interested in Deangate Ridge Sports facility to make golf accessible to the young people of the peninsula, to ensure they have the same opportunity in sport that he himself enjoyed at Deangate.