Dr Mark Aston - Chair & Trustee
Mark trained as a chemist and spent his career in scientific research managing projects for a large multinational company. He's always loved practical stuff and has a lot of experience repairing electrical and mechanical things and carrying out DIY projects. Mark is also a talented jazz musician and runs a monthly jazz club.
He says Sheddington is a great place for people to meet and work together, to support each other and our local community.
|Peter Brown - Secretary & Trustee
Peter is a veterinary surgeon and for many years ran his own practice on the south coast, before selling it and moving to Kingston. An interest in the 'Mens Sheds' movement led him to Sheddington and he now acts as the group's webmaster. When he is not pottering around at the site he enjoys walking, reading, music, going to the theatre and solving cryptic crosswords with his wife Teresa.
Rupert Chalk - Treasurer
Rupert trained as an accountant and worked in tax as an employee and for himself. He has worked mostly in the UK but also spent four years abroad to widen his life experience. Now, he is more or less retired.
Rupert's interests include classical music, walking, German, philately, family history and travel.
Sheddington is local to Rupert and he said that he enjoys the company of fellow retirees, especially their joy and enthusiasm for repairing items and gardening. He also said "it is so much better getting things to work again, where practical, rather than merely buying a replacement."
Val Farnden - Membership Secretary
Val has worked as a Local Government Officer, a Firewoman and a School Admin Manager. She enjoys gardening, yoga, linedancing, playing bowls and meeting new people. Fixing things and learning new skills is also of great interest, as is discovering the best way to grow fruit and vegetables.
She feels Sheddington plays an important part in supporting the community, and provides a friendly, welcoming place to share interests or to just relax and chill out.
Dr Chris Manning - Founder and Trustee
Chris Manning was a GP in Twickenham from 1983-1999 and then worked in the mental health third (voluntary) sector. He was Chair of Depression Alliance for 6 years and then founded a primary care mental health charity. For the last 5 years, he has focused on the mental health and wellbeing of people working in the statutory sector and in October 2018 set up Sheddington, having been impressed on his visits to Australia by their 'Man Sheds'.
Dr Hugh Klein - Garden Lead & Trustee
Hugh is an experimental physicist who has spent much of his career at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington developing very high performance atomic clocks. He enjoys solving practical puzzles and coming up with novel solutions. He is also an oboist, (playing in Whitton Wind Orchestra), and a keen recorder player.
Hugh has found the enthusiasm of Sheddington members to be infectious and is looking forward to helping take it forward.
Bruce Dawson-Moray - Health, Safety & Security
Bruce started his working life as an Indentured Commercial Apprentice working for an engineering company. At the age of 21 he joined the army and undertook a full career of 23 years before leaving and joining Government Communications Bureau, a small government department. He then joined the commercial security world before eventually retiring as a Security consultant.
Bruce said "I enjoy getting involved in workshop projects, meeting new people and supporting them where they need it and learning new skills.”
Arthur Cliffe - Workshop Manager
Arthur spent his career working in construction, from the shop floor as a pipe fitter and welder apprentice moving into various management roles in the UK and worldwide.
In his role as a planner he had the responsible for large construction projects, for example at Heathrow T2 and T5, at nuclear power stations, for various hospitals and in residential projects.He enjoys hands-on work and helping people in the local community and with his vast experience is a great asset to Sheddington.