THE CURRENT COMMITTEE
The current members of the committee are listed below. Meetings are held at the Emmbrook Village Hall on the first Monday of every month (with the exception of August) at 8.00 pm.
In accordance with the constitution of the Association, there are currently vacancies for two further committee members. If you are interested in making a contribution to the local affairs of Emmbrook by joining us, please contact the Chairman, Paul Gallagher, (contact details below) for further details, We will be delighted to hear from you!
Paul and his wife Liz are from Liverpool but have lived in Emmbrook since 1987. Their three children went through the three Emmbrook schools. In his professional life, Paul was an HR Director for a number of large organisations before semi-retirement in 2007 and complete retirement in 2009. Paul joined the ERA committee in 2006 and took over the Chairman role in 2007. Besides this, Paul was previously a school governor at St. Pauls for 9 years, and has been on the Board of a charity based in Horsham since 1994.
Paul’s passion is Liverpool Football Club and he makes the 400 mile round trip for most home games.
Pierre is originally from Folkestone in Kent and moved to Emmbrook in 1996. The move was to pursue a career with O2 based in Slough where he currently works as their Test Manager. He has 4 grown up girls and 8 grandchildren. Three of his daughters attended the Emmbrook schools. Pierre’s interests are organising and playing in a golf society and cycling, both of these are when the weather permits. To keep fit he attends the Wokingham 1Life gym. Pierre joined the ERA as Secretary late in 2017.
Andy and his wife Liz with their two young sons moved to Emmbrook from Colchester in the summer of 1995. Both boys attended Emmbrook schools and continue to live locally; Peter in Lower Early with wife Gemma, and Mark with girlfriend Emily and their infant daughter Alice are about to buy their first house in Woosehill.
Although his first ‘proper’ job was production planning for a manufacturing business, Andy has subsequently spent his working life in a variety of sales and marketing roles within the retail, print and most recently the promotional merchandise industry. Andy retired at the start of 2017 and is enjoying spending more time with friends and family along with Liz who retired after 40 years of teaching in the summer of 2016.
Andy has just joined the ERA committee and taken over the role of treasurer, having previously been treasurer for both a hockey club as well as a church.
Originally from West London, Richard moved to Bracknell when in his early teens and to Woosehill in 1984 (after marrying his wife Sue) and then to Emmbrook in 1990. He has a grown up daughter and son, both of whom attended all three of the Emmbrook schools. In addition to being a member of the ERA committee for the last three years he is also a member of the Group Executive Committee of the local scout group. Richard currently works for an engineering consultancy in London.
Lesley moved to Emmbrook in 1987 with her husband and their two sons, then aged 10 and 6. They both attended the three local schools and went on to gain BSc (Hons) and BA (Hons) degrees. Lesley was a member of the Infant/Junior Schools PTA and later worked as secretary to Edward Burton when he was the head teacher of The Emmbrook School and to the school’s Governing Body until 1997. Soon after she retired in 2008, she joined the ERA and she was its Secretary from then until the end of 2017.
Chris has lived in Emmbrook for 14 years with his wife Amanda and three daughters. The two eldest have attended The Emmbrook School, and the youngest started there in 2016. Chris joined the ERA committee at the beginning of 2014 and has since been most actively involved in planning matters, school liaison and working with Joel Park Residents Association on the annual Emmbrook Summer Party. Chris graduated as a mechanical engineer and currently works for Skanska as Project Director leading a variety of projects in the water industry, and in his spare time enjoys a little swimming, cycling and running.
Bob moved to Emmbrook somewhat reluctantly with his young family in January 1991 due to his job. Since then he has seen his two daughters through the Emmbrook schools, now to be followed by his grandchildren. He also retired from his job some ten years ago and is still here, so clearly his initial reluctance was misplaced.
He has been on the committee of the ERA since it was reconstituted in 2004 and has been heavily involved in the numerous planning issues that have occurred in Emmbrook since that time. He is also an active member of a sports club based at Cantley, and has been on its management committee for the past seven years.
Rod moved from Hayes Middlesex, with his wife and two sons to Winnersh in 1980. The boys were educated in Winnersh, where he was a member of the PTA, and they graduated to university from Forest School. He moved up to Emmbrook in 1985. He spent most of his working life in the hotel industry in the maintenance area. He was promoted from the ground floor to the Regional Director of engineering. He controlled major refurbishments and new builds in a project management role for a major hotel company which took him to various parts of the world. He also carried out project management on the installation of CHP Combined Heat and Power units generating to the grid and harvesting the heat and exhaust for use mainly in the tomato growing industry. He retired approximately six years ago. For some years he was the manager of the boys teams at Reading Athletic Club. His main interest is fishing and is a member of Twyford and District angling club.
Peter was born in Middlesex; his formative years were spent on the Sussex coast. After some time spent in industry, he entered the teaching profession. Later, in 1972, he joined the staff of The Emmbrook School as the Head of the Science Department introducing Chemistry and Geology to the curriculum. His two daughters attended the infant and junior schools in Emmbrook. His interests include Family and Local History.
Tor is Swedish but moved to the UK for university. He moved to Wokingham in 2010 where he married his partner Ann and they had there daughter Elisabet. The move into Emmbrook followed in 2015 when with the arrival of their son Erik and the need for another room. The family has in short space of time grown increasingly fond of Emmbrook and Tor’s passion for people and community led to him joining the ERA in the autumn of 2017.
Tor works for a software company based in Basingstoke where he is Director of Professional Services for the EMEA region. Previous to this he spent the majority of his career in head office roles at Waitrose, based in Bracknell.
He is a keen mountain biker and horse racing enthusiast. Also a long suffering Arsenal season ticket holder.
Originally from Essex, John has been an Emmbrook resident for more than thirty years and a member of the ERA committee since May 2014. Both of his daughters attended all three of the Emmbrook schools, and his wife Jackie was the PA to both John Goulborn and Nigel Matthias during their time as head teachers at the senior school.
For many years John worked in various roles at the European HQ of the Honda Motor Company. On retirement from Honda, he formed his own consultancy company which he ran for four years before retiring completely in 2014. In addition to being a member of the ERA committee (and the webmaster), he is also a Rotarian and the Honorary Treasurer of the local branch of Cruse, the bereavement charity. Until recently he was also a Governor of the Emmbrook Infant School.