The Council

David DuCroz
David Du Croz

Chair

David Du Croz has been chairman of St Peter’s and St Paul’s Trust since 2011, having served previously as Treasurer from 2008-2011.

 

He and his wife Mary (also previously a trustee) have lived in Marlborough since David moved here to take up the post of Head of History at Marlborough College in 1996. He retired from Marlborough College in 2007, allowing him more time to take on responsibilities at St Peter’s. His charitable experience has been mostly in the governance of schools.

 

Much of the focus of his chairmanship has been on restoring the internal fabric of the church, on developing the social aspects of membership with quizzes and an annual party, and on promoting the concert series which has just completed its tenth season. In addition more recently he has overseen moves to update the Trust's processes and practices. With his predecessor, Dr Terry Rogers, he co-wrote the pamphlet about the wall memorials in the church.

 

Outside of St Peter’s activities he is involved with St Mary’s church down the other end of the High Street, having served on the PCC and assisted with fund-raising. He has lectured extensively at Marlborough Summer School and locally on aspects of the First World War and Marlborough Castle.

John Yates

Treasurer

John studied civil engineering at UCL and then worked for Halcrow in the UK and Dubai.  He moved from London to Marlborough in 1984 and in 1993 became a Science teacher at Lavington School near Devizes. John became a Trustee of St Peter’s in 2007 and was elected Treasurer in 2012.  

 

As Treasurer he reports to the Finance Committee. John administers financial transactions and keeps records. His duties include producing reports to inform Trustees on financial matters and supplying our accountant with data for the Trust’s annual report. He helps to consolidate future spending plans into an annual budget.

 

John writes plays and has had short pieces performed at fringe festivals. He’s currently writing a trilogy based around Neolithic Avebury and occasionally gives individual tuition in Science subjects.

Nicki Evans

Secretary

Nicki joined St. Peters & St. Pauls Trust early in 2021 bringing a wealth of local knowledge, charity experience and a diverse commercial background with her. Currently, she is the Trust’s Secretary and a member of the Outreach sub-committee; responsible for communication and social media, educational initiatives and business and membership development. The role demands good communication skills, teamwork and an interest in developing local interactions.

 

Having lived in the Marlborough area for 28 years she has been involved in a number of local and charitable organisations: Chair of Preshute Primary School, member of the Residents Association and for the last 8 years Chair of Manton Village Hall; responsible for raising funds and managing a total refurbishment. Being involved in the community and developing the resources that are available to be utilised by local people is of paramount importance. 

 

Her business background began in retail management with Marks & Spencer, based all over the country, then progressed to managing their graduate recruitment programme. Finally, she joined M&SFS and was involved in the development of its banking arm. Over the last twenty years she has run her own property management company in the Marlborough area. Her commercial experience has demanded leadership, teamwork and communication capabilities all of which are utilised as a Trustee. 

Kelly Earle
Kelly Earle

Trustee

Kelly is brand, content and marketing strategist, with a skill for telling exceptional stories. Starting her career in the American journalism and arts industries, she's since built and led marketing teams in both the US and UK across education, music and arts, technology and the public sector. 

Kelly brings a passion for compelling storytelling and empathy for people together with strategy, global experience and a love for everything local to help the communities and organisations who want to make a positive difference. With a deep love for music, Kelly is a jazz musician and previously worked as an educator and clinician. 

Kelly hopes to bring her enthusiasm for everything marketing, community engagement, youth education and jazz to help the trust through this next phase of change. She believe in doing things differently, “taking on the world with a pinch of rock and a dose of roll.”

Moving to the UK in 2015, Kelly lives in Collingbourne Ducis with her Wiltshire-born-and-bred husband and their dog, cat and ducks. Kelly is also a Parish Councillor and if her free time enjoys raising ducks, making Youtube videos, taking on new creative projects, archery and kayaking.

Toby Green
Toby Green

Trustee

One of Toby’s fondest memories of Marlborough in 2014, when he and his partner Sara were renting a small cottage down Wellington Place, was to walk out upon the beauty of St Peters Church. Toby and Sara have always been drawn to Marlborough town community and the high street, and although they spent several years away for work purposes, it continues to be their anchor.

 

From running in the local running club, enjoying countryside walks with the dog, to frequenting the restaurants, bars and coffee shops, their roots have been firmly planted in this town and they feel honoured to be part of it, even more so now by Toby becoming a trustee of St Peters in 2022.

 

As a Major and a Chartered Engineer in the British Army, Toby has extensive expertise in managing large-scale operational projects in addition to direct military support on three tours. Currently Toby is Chief of Staff to 185 employees of a multi-billion pound Ajax Armoured Vehicle Programme and engaged in a part-time PhD course on Hybrid Warfare and the Geopolitics of Russia.  Much earlier in his life, Toby travelled down the Amazon and climbed mountains in Nepal and ran a business in India.

 

In addition to Toby’s experience in managing operations, he has recently gained governance, board and portfolio management experience that puts him in good stead to make a meaningful contribution to St Peter’s Trust.

Richard Holland
Richard Holland

Trustee

Richard Holland and his wife Katharina, happily settled in Burbage in September 2020, having previously lived in, Newbury, Milton Keynes, Bradford on Avon and Redruth in a period of a little over 5 years. New to the area, Richard and Katharina have rapidly settled into life in the Marlborough area, delivering a new boy, Oscar, in January and Richard joining St Peter’s in May.

 

Richard is a Management Consultant at Capgemini Invent, focusing on Business and Organisational transformation in the public sector, delivering solutions across numerous government departments, improving how the government works whilst reducing costs. He previously served as an Officer in the Royal Navy, Submarine service for 12 years, with roles across numerous operational ship and submarine deployments across the globe and ultimately as the Commanding Officer of Naval Party 1011, leading a UK strategic programme based in a US Naval base in the Bahamas.

 

When time permits, Richard and Katharina (and Oscar), enjoy hiking, camping, and visiting points of historical interest.

AnnMarie Newbigin
AnnMarie Newbigin

Trustee

After moving to Marlborough from London in 2016, AnnMarie became involved with St Peter’s Church as a volunteer.  Eventually, AnnMarie  joined the Council as a Trustee in 2019.

Currently, AnnMarie is the Head of the Outreach Committee and responsible for increasing engagement with our local communities in Marlborough and the wider Kennet Valley through our updated website and other social media avenues. She is also a member of the Finance Committee.

 

From 2010 till 2019, AnnMarie was Chair of the Board of Green Corridor, a charity specializing in providing alternative education and training opportunities for young people with special needs. Previously, AnnMarie held trustee roles with charities involved in cultural conservation and volunteering such as CSV since 1995.

 

AnnMarie has extensive experience in the commercial sector in the areas of management consulting and financial services since coming to the      UK from the US in 1988.  In the early 1990’s, AnnMarie moved into Corporate Human Resources covering Foreign Exchange, Fixed Income and Corporate Finance with the investment Bank, UBS, where she became a Managing Director in 1998.

While at UBS, AnnMarie was a Trustee of the Pension Fund and a member of the Investment Committee   and led the major transition to a defined contribution plan from a salary benefit plan.

 

Since moving to Marlborough, AnnMarie and her husband, Michael, have become active members of various local organizations. Since 2019, AnnMarie has led two Study Groups for the local branch of the u3a:  Short Stories and American History.

Jane
Jane Nicholson

Trustee

Since moving to Marlborough 25 years ago, Jane has been an active supporter of both local and international charities. Jane is well known for cycling and has participated in a number of sponsored rides in various countries.

 

Since 2012, Jane has been a trustee of St Peter’s eventually taking on the role of social secretary responsible for organizing a range of successful events.  In addition, Jane conducts tower tours and contributes her gardening skills on a regular basis.  Jane is also a member of the Operations Committee.

 

Jane also continues as a trustee of The Merchant’s House, the 17th century historic house at the east end of Marlborough’s High Street.  Previously, Jane was a trustee of the Marlborough Brandt Group, a governor of Sherborne Girls’ School and an executive committee member of the local u3a.  

 

After reading Biochemistry at University College London, Jane then married and moved to Uganda where she taught Maths in a Catholic Mission school on the Congo border.

 

Following a year in Lebanon where Jane taught chemistry for the British Council her husband joined the Foreign Office. Jane accompanied her husband to postings in Zambia, Romania under Ceausescu and Cyprus, in all of which Jane managed to find teaching work.

 

After spending six months working in Paris, Jane joined the Security Service (MI5) as a civil servant. Jane’s most memorable posting was as Security Coordinator in Downing Street.  Jane had an office in No 10 and saw a good deal of the two Prime Ministers she served under: John Major and Tony Blair. Following her retirement, Jane spent 2 years working for the Government escorting visiting heads of state and their support teams for the Foreign Office.

Bob Pick
Robert Pick

Trustee

Bob and his wife, Ali, have been associated with Marlborough since 1980 when Bob joined the chemistry department of Marlborough College following graduation from Durham and Leeds universities.

 

In his time at the College he was Master in Charge of both rugby and cricket, a Housemaster, Second Master and Deputy Master. He was also a governor of two Wiltshire preparatory schools for a total of twenty-five years. In 2009, following the College’s decision to expand overseas, he became Head of International Development and the founding Master of Marlborough College Malaysia.  On retirement from Malaysia in 2017, Bob and Ali returned to their home in Marlborough.  He has since been involved as an educational consultant, a tutor with Buckingham University for teacher training, an A’ Level chemistry tutor and holds a number of non-executive directorships. 

 

Bob’s main interests revolve around his family (two daughters and two granddaughters) and sport, particularly golf, cricket, rugby and football.  He is, for his sins, a misguided but passionate supporter of Leeds United.

 

Bob believes that becoming a trustee of St Peter’s provides an excellent opportunity for him to give something back to the Marlborough community.

Chris Rogers

Trustee

Chris was elected to the Council as a Trustee in 2020. He chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Operations Committee.

 

Chris grew up in Marlborough leaving when he was eighteen and returning in 2015 after a career in Finance and International business which took him across the world. A Chartered Accountant by trade with extensive experience in general business and project management. He retired from the corporate world at the beginning of 2018 and now focuses on trying to improve his handicap at Marlborough Golf Club where he is a member and until recently as a part time auctioneer. Other interests include walking the Downs, gardening and reading history. He can also be found outside the Wellington Arms enjoying the odd pint when the sun is out.

 

Chris is carrying on a long family association with St Peters. His father is a past Chairman of the Trust and current Life President.

Mike
Mike Stokes

Trustee

Michael was elected to the Council as a Trustee in 2020, and is the designated Head of the Operations Committee.

 

As the liaison between the Council and the proprietors of the coffee shop, Michael co-ordinates the re-arrangements required during Covid restrictions. He helps the Chairman during the regular concert series and will continue to be the link for the day-to-day operation of activities within the Church.

 

In addition, as assistant Tower Constable, Michael undertakes regular guided tours of St Peter’s tower and is on hand to raise and lower flags, wind the clock, and help with other tower duties.

 

Michael is particularly interested in the history of Marlborough and is eager to bring to wider attention the town’s significant events through the activities of the Trust and the use of the Church for the benefit of the community and tourists.

 

Married to a Canadian in Salisbury Cathedral in 1967, Michael and Rosamund have owned a house in Marlborough since 1981, where they have lived whenever Service and other duties have allowed.  Together they have enjoyed much foreign travel by land, sea and air, are social bridge players and own 2 oriental dogs.

 

Previously, Michael spent 33 years in the RAF involved flying Hercules tactical transport aircraft all over the world, often into inhospitable territory or climate, undertaking famine and disaster relief missions in addition to low level insertion and extraction of para-troops by day and night, training crews in air refuelling and as a meteorological research test pilot.  

 

On retirement from the RAF as a Wing Commander in 1997, Michael spent the next 20 years training young men and women to become airline pilots at Oxford Airport, helping over 500 students develop their confidence, responsibility and the self-discipline required for this demanding profession.

 

Finally in 2017, after 50 years as a professional pilot and with 20,000 flying hours under his belt, he folded his wings.  He hopes now to use all his experience gained as a Serviceman to enhance the opportunities for St Peter’s Trust to serve the community.

Ron
Ron Yates

Trustee

Ron and his wife, Allyson, moved to Marlborough in 1988 from Lancashire. They have 3 adult girls and 5 grandchildren (4 girls and 1 boy). They have always loved Marlborough, particularly the building of St Peter’s Church, and have been members of St Peter’s Trust for many years. Ron was invited to become Membership Secretary of the Trust in 2017 and also now serves on the Trust’s Finance Committee and the Outreach Committee. As Membership Secretary, Ron is responsible for managing and maintaining all membership records, encouraging & helping new members to join the Trust and liaising with members regarding some of the events taking place at St Peter’s Church.

 

Ron graduated in Business Studies in 1969 and followed a career in Insurance with some major insurers & brokers. Subsequently, he joined several US Corporations heading up their international insurance operations outside of North America. For the last 12 years, before retiring in 2013, Ron created and owned a Financial Services business and promoted a Concierge business.

 

Ron’s interests include music (a passion), reading, sports (including attempting to play golf!), walking, good food & wine and life generally.

Jeremy York

Trustee

Jeremy York became a Trustee in 2006, having moved with his wife to Marlborough from Shropshire in 2005.As Tower Constable he is a member of the Trust Operations Committee, with special responsibility for the maintenance of the Tower, guided tours of the Tower, regular winding and adjusting of the Clock and the flying of 25 different flags on appropriate days of the year. He also has overall responsibility for care of the churchyard, with its trees, flowerbeds, pathways and benches.

 

Jeremy York served in the Regular Army during the Cold War after reading Modern Languages at Jesus College, Oxford. Over the course of his career he spent a good deal of time gathering military intelligence in communist Eastern Europe. His interests include military history, war poetry, archaeology, conservation work on the Salisbury Plain Training Area and writing (both fiction and non-fiction). Jeremy retired as from the Army with the rank of Major and also holds a MBE.

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