The ERA Committee


We were expecting our Secretary, Lesley Dow, to be leaving Emmbrook during 2016 for family reasons.  Fortunately for us, but less fortunately for her, her plans have been deferred but she is still intending to move away from the area during 2017.  We will be really sorry to see Lesley go but whilst wishing her and Alan the very best for the future, on a practical level we want to recruit her replacement as soon as possible so that we can have a smooth handover.

The duties of the person (male or female!) are:

Monthly committee meetings:

  • Agree annual schedule of meetings with committee, book Village Hall and send out finalised schedule to committee members
  • Prepare and distribute the agenda and action points
  • Take minutes, type up and distribute after approval
  • Report on any correspondence received

Annual General Meeting:

  • Prepare papers for distribution to all members
  • Prepare papers for the meeting itself
  • Collect nominations
  • Take notes on the night and prepare minutes for approval


  • Participate in committee discussions and activities
  • Take on, by agreement with the Chair, responsibility for certain ERA topic areas, eg environment, social activities
  • Act as proofreader for public documents including history booklets
  • Maintain files

The person should be:

  • Computer literate – emails, document preparation
  • Good at detail
  • Well organised
  • Able to summarise discussions in writing

If you are interested in taking on this role, or you know of somebody else who might be interested, please contact the Chairman, Paul Gallagher, at or by telephone on 0118 989 1176 or 07789 920230.


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 four 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!

PG PhotoChairman: Paul Gallagher

10 Ashton Road, Emmbrook, RG41 1HL
Email:  or (both addresses are valid)
Telephone: 0118 989 1176 or 07789 920230

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.

UntitledSecretary: Lesley Dow


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 has been its Secretary since that time.

Phil PrestonTreasurer: Philip Preston


Phil was born and raised in Wokingham and has now lived here for more than 50 years.  He moved to Emmbrook in 2002 with wife Lisa and his two daughters Samantha and Ellie.

Phil runs his own building company and has been Treasurer of ERA since it reformed in 2004.  Lisa works at the Emmbrook Senior School, where Sammy and Ellie now attend having grown up through the Infant and Junior Schools.

Richard DairyCommittee Member: Richard Dairy


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.

Chris MallettCommittee Member: Chris Mallett


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 MillenCommittee Member: Bob Millen


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-needs-pictureCommittee Member: Rod Needs

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.

UntitledCommittee Member: Peter Shilham


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.

110331 John WoodCommittee Member: John Wood


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 Governor of the Emmbrook Infant School.