The White Lion Ash Community Pub Limited Committee has eight full voting members plus Co-opted members.
Co-oped members can attend Management Committee meetings and will carry out specific pieces of work or provide advice and expertise to the Committee that will help enable the Directors to deliver a sustainable and profitable business that meets the needs of the Community. At present, there are two co-opted members: Current members are listed below
Judith Griffin ChairJudith qualified as a nurse and went on to become a Chief Nurse in the NHS. Subsequently she worked as Chief Executive in three different NHS organisations and has held a number of national and regional roles including as Non Executive Director. Since retiring and moving to Ash Magna in 2011 Judith has engaged in a number of groups and events in the village and is always impressed at the sense of community and the willingness of people to get involved. She has taken a lead to save the White Lion and brings extensive experience of strategic planning, implementation, delivery of projects and team building.
Leigh Griffin Company SecretaryLeigh has held Chief Executive roles for several NHS organisations, including Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire County Primary Care Trusts. Having managed large organisations with thousands of staff and in excess of £500M income per year, he brings particular experience of organisational governance, accountability to the public and change management. Following his retirement in 2015, he has established his own consultancy and coaching company, and provides advice and support to commercial and NHS organisations. He feels privileged to live in the Ash community and is a born optimist, evidenced by his passion for Leeds United.
Simon Hamlyn Vice Chair and Operations LeadSimon is a 3-Dimensional Designer by qualification. Simon’s career has embraced international branded drinks, hotels and leisure, electronic entertainment, magazine publishing, internet businesses and most recently holding senior positions with a variety of membership organisations. Simon has been CEO of the British Hydropower Association since January 2014. He is also a Non- Executive Director of a Manchester based Market Research company and is a member of the Supervisory Investment Committee of Chester a based Investment Company. Simon lives in Whitchurch, and enjoys a love of music, cricket, football, skiing, walking – with 2 terriers, running and game shooting.
Sue Taylor TreasurerSue trained as a Rural Business Administrator, and has worked on a self-employed basis for agricultural based businesses in North Shropshire/South Cheshire, such as farms, agricultural contractors, Contract Farming Companies etc. This involves keeping the VAT records, doing the PAYE, Capital Grant applications, Rural Payment Scheme applications, Crop Management Records and general office work for small businesses. She is also a partner in a busy arable farm in Ash Parva, which has embraced renewable energy such as solar panels and a small wind turbine. They also encourage horse riders and dog walkers to use the grass tracks around fields at the farm. Sue recently retired as an administrator, which gives her more time for hobbies such as gardening, reading, sewing, bridge, running, skiing, walking the dogs, getting involved with village activities and holidays!
John Dodd Property and Maintenance LeadJohn is a Farmer whose family have lived in the village for 200 years. He brings a lifetime of experience in cleaning milk lines, which follows the same principle as cleaning beer lines. Indeed, he has spent many unhappy hours cleaning beer lines as well as running the bar at the Whitchurch and District Club during his 20 plus years on its Committee. As an inactive farmer, he spreads his time thinly by sitting on many local committees, too countless to list and too purposeless to count. He does however offer a lifetime of experience in making successful decisions as a self-employed entrepreneur and has the vision to steer a winning course for any project he supports. This is a project he supports as he believes the village needs to maintain a watering hole for all the social benefits it confers.
Alison Mair Community Engagement LeadAllison started her career in the Hospitality Industry. She spent 10 years developing her hotel management skills specialising in 4-star Country House Hotels, where attention to detail and meeting customer expectations is paramount. After having her family, Allison became involved in many community projects, including toddler groups, schools and sports clubs. She is now the Business Manager of a local Health & Safety Company operating primarily within Construction. Allison and her family moved to Ash nearly three years ago to be close to their ‘favourite’ pub. She wants to ensure her children can continue to enjoy the company of ‘the locals’ and appreciate all the characters they meet in The White Lion, Ash.
Claire Weaver Chartered AccountantClaire qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007 and has worked for a small number of practices in and around Shropshire. After starting a family in 2012 she decided to set up her own accountancy firm and operates a small rural practice in Broughall where her husband farms his dairy herd. Claire says she is fortunate to be able to fit her work around her three wonderful children Ned (5), Camilla (3) and Max (13 weeks) and whilst life is hectic she looks forward to becoming involved in this community project.
Tim Foulger Marketing LeadTim qualified as a Graphic Designer at Bournemouth College of Art and went on to work in London with various design groups. In 1976 he went freelance as a Design Consultant specialising in package and exhibition design. His clients ranged from privately owned companies to European PLC’s involved mainly with Food, DIY Building Materials, Automotive Lubricants and Chemicals. Following his retirement from consultancy work he has started up an online company selling marine paints and wood treatments. Tim and his family moved to Brown Moss in 1998 only to find that his grandmother was born in Dodington 100 years previously!! His interests include walking, pre-war car restoration and he is a Kennel Club Working Trials Judge. Having lived in rural areas for majority of his life. He believes that communities should have a focal point and The White Lion is the obvious choice.
Tony Hunter, Co-opedChair of the Parish Council who will provide an independent and confidential voice for members of the community to ask questions or raise concerns.
Hannah Foulger Co-opedwho is leading on Social Media and will represent the views of younger members of the Community and users of the pub.
The White Lion Ash Community Pub Limited Committee has eight full voting members plus co-opted associated members.