The following are our trustees here at Megan Baker House:
Richard Wileman - Chairman
Richard is currently the Director of International Business Development for ISR and Space Systems within UTC Aerospace Systems. Richard is married to Rebecca and they have two grown up children, Freya and James, and lives just north of the city of Hereford. When not abroad on work he normally travels into Malvern where the Company have offices. He has worked in the area of defence for most of his adult life, including a period in the Territorial Army where he held a commission with the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers.Before working for UTC Aerospace systems he has worked for a number of different companies ranging from long range Research and Development through to delivery of systems into operations.
As a child Richard suffered from Dyslexia (which was only just being recognised at that time) which meant that he was unable to read until he was 10 years old. Fortunately he has a stubborn streak and, with a lot of support, he achieved a BSc in Physics and PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Birmingham, as well as an MBA from the London Business School. Stubborn not academic!
I am a school master at Moor Park, Ludlow. I specialize in Geography and Religious studies and am also a houseparent in our junior boarding house. After reading Geography at Oxford Brookes I did a P.G.C.E. with the Marches consortium in Herefordshire teaching in several local schools.
I have worked with various charitable organizations in the past both raising funds and coordinating projects in the UK and overseas.
I am delighted to be a trustee of MBH and very much look forward to helping in its continued growth.
Roger became trustee January 2013 and brings his long experience as a property commercial lawyer to Megan Baker House. He was also a business advisor on the Young Enterprise Scheme at Hereford Sixth Form College and he is a member of the Young Enterprise Local Board for Herefordshire.
He is a former partner of and now a consultant with Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors specialising in business development for the firm from its Ludlow and Hereford offices.
Roger lives in Ludlow and in his free time enjoys his family, travel, history, walking, gastronomy and classic cars.
Jim is chairman of Lesk Engineers in Worcester, who are precision engineers supplying the aerospace. Defence and machinery manufacturing sectors. He is also a director of the Henley Business Group which specialises in buying and selling companies for clients.
Over his 64 years Jim has worked extensively abroad, mainly in the middle east-Saudi, Egypt, Iran, Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as Belgium.
He has experience in several sectors. Chemicals for concrete working for two large plcs for the first 18 years of his career, Materials Handling and Storage with 3i, the venture capital group, for 10 years and more recently in engineering and broking.
He is a keen, but not great, squash player and a keen supporter of the Worcester Warriors rugby team. He has a range of animals at home including two Alpacas, two pigmy goats, six chickens, three cats and two dogs!
He has just finished his term as President of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce but remains on the Board. Jim is also a trustee of the Pershore and District Sports Club as well as being a Parish Councillor.
Having moved to Worcestershire some 30 years ag wants to see the county thrive in both business and social terms.
John Thorley - Parent Trustee
John was born on a mixed family farm in Wales on Jan 20th 1940, Worked at home mainly dairying until 1965. He’s been involved in food and farming activities all his life contributing to most food producing species except poultry but with a dominant interest in sheep. He was founding secretary of National Sheep Association and held the position of CEO for some 40 yrs. During that time he was also CEO of National Cattle Breeders Association for some 10 years and for some 5 years CEO of British Semen Export Company Ltd, exporting bull and boar semen. He also ran a small sheep and beef farm in the Chilterns. (Became a Dad in his 70th year). Awarded the OBE in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies, John has also been awarded numerous other awards.
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