Steve Cook –  Chair

Steve is the proprietor of Stephen Cook Consulting, which he established after stepping down as Chief Executive of The Havebury Housing Partnership in 2010. Steve has 50 years’ experience in social housing and homelessness services and until recently was Chair of Emmaus Cambridge where he continues to serve on the board of trustees whilst also Chairing the Audit Risk & Governance Committee and the Financial Resilience Task Group for Emmaus UK.

Tibbs Pinter Deputy Chair

Tibbs is the CEO for 4YP, a health charity supporting children and young adults with physical and mental health wellbeing.  Prior to this, he developed, implemented and supported effective council and partner consultation and community engagement, ensuring full involvement in the local democratic process via Area Committees for the Ipswich Borough council.

Clare Devlin – Treasurer

Clare  is a Chartered Accountant whose professional career has included financial and non–financial roles, from an accountant in practice to managing all aspects of a commercial business.  During her 17 years at Deloitte she managed audit and advisory services for a wide range of clients including those in the charity sector. Clare became a partner at Baker Tilly before setting up her own consultancy practice acting as a part-time Finance Director for growing businesses.

Sandra Bigley – Secretary

A lengthy teaching career has given Sandra the opportunity to inspire and encourage children of all ages, something that was acknowledged in 2015 when she was nominated for Suffolk’s ‘Raising the Bar, Excellence in Teaching Award’.  Her passion has always been connected to Sport, what it can do for children, how it can enhance their development and overall well-being.  Sandra was a Foundation Governor at St. Margret’s CEVP in Ipswich for several years.

Roger Quince – Board member

Roger is currently the Chair of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, an acute hospital located in Bury St Edmunds and serving the western part of Suffolk. He combines this with various charitable activities and a non-exec role in SQW Group, a business he set up with a colleague over 30 years ago. SQW provides public policy consultancy in a range of fields, including promotion and practical assistance including advice, access to finance and to premises to small businesses.

Karen Cannard – Board member

Karen is the creator of The Rubbish Diet, an online bin-slimming plan that helps people reduce waste.  Well connected to the local and national recycling & reuse sector with experience of creating engaging stories for all types of media including TV & Radio and printed publications.  A columnist at the Bury Free Press and BBC Radio Suffolk’s ‘Bin Doctor’.  Trustee of Reuseful UK, a charity that represents scrapstores.  Also Librarian & Sustainability Coordinator at Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds

Alok Ruia – Board member

Alok has been a Director of Ruia Group, which supplies textile products into the UK, Europe and Worldwide, since 2005. He develops links into the corporate sector and oversees the Ethical Trade Policies for the whole of the Group.  Alongside this, he has experience of working in the third sector, specifically with The Greater London Association for Disabled People setting up self-help groups for ethnic minorities with disabilities. For the vast majority of his life he has been registered blind which has presented many challenges, however through this personal experience it has allowed him to develop many skills in how to problem solve and overcome difficult circumstances.

Julia Wakelin – Board member

Julia is a retired Solicitor who practised in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.  She is currently a Borough Councillor, sitting on the Planning and Standards Committees and serving on the Housing Strategy and Bury St Edmunds Masterplanning Working Parties. Julia was Mayor of St Edmundsbury from 2016 to 2017 and is Chair of Gatehouse – Caring in East Anglia. Furthermore she a Trustee of the Bury St Edmunds Ecumenical Trust, which manages The St John’s Centre in Bury, and the Suffolk Academy Trust and she is also Governor of West Suffolk College.

Harriet Cadman – Board member

Harriet began her career in Human Resources 20 years ago in London, first within the financial industry and then in Media, after gaining a degree in International Business and Business Law.  She then returned to her home town, Ipswich in 2010, specialising within the social care sector, including setting up and running a crisis intervention company, providing 24/7 support for vulnerable children and their families and independent social work company.  After being headhunted, Harriet then set up and managed diverse teams of social workers assisting local authorities to improve their outcomes in children services. Harriet now runs her own consultancy business, specialising in HR, recruitment solutions and strategic business advice and support for start-ups and SME’s, promoting stability and growth in their industry sector.

Victoria Fennell – Board Member

Victoria is a highly organised, self-motivated individual who brings a wealth of experience of delivering projects and programmes. She is looking for opportunities to expand her portfolio and make a difference to her local communities in Suffolk and North East Essex. Victoria works for Suffolk and North East Essex STP Delivery Support Unit as a Strategic Project Manager.             


Organisational referee

Councillor Roger Fern:

Mr Fern and a group of others set up the Ipswich Umbrella Trust and ran the Community Resource Centre. This has now become the Chapman Centre in Black Horse Lane and is part of Ipswich Housing Action Group.