Meet the Board
Chairman / Finance, Audit and Risk Sub Committee Member
Away from SASP, Andrew is responsible for the delivery of socio-economic performance across EDF Energy's operations in the UK. Amongst the broad portfolio which covers conventional, nuclear and renewable energy, he was integral in the planning and delivery of the socio-economic strategies associated with the new Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station, one of the largest and most technologically advanced engineering projects in the UK. Andrew's academic background is set against an interest in climate change, energy policy and sustainability and he holds and MSc from the University of Exeter.
Andrew has a passion for all types of physical activity and is a huge advocate of the benefits it can bring to everyone; mentally and physically. His interests include long-distance triathlon, trail-running, skiing and almost anything that includes water.
Vice Chairman / Finance, Audit and Risk Sub Committee Member
Rupert is an experienced CEO in primarily membership based not-for-profit organisations. He has a wealth of event management experience, is particularly astute in the political arena, working with volunteers, and building effective teams.
Following a 20yr career in agriculture, Rupert led both the Federation of Small Businesses in Somerset and then the Somerset Chamber of Commerce as CEO before undertaking the same role at The Royal Bath & West Society until January 2021. He now provides business consultancy services to such organisations as the Somerset Business Agency CIC where he specialises in Start-Up business and those in the agricultural sector. He also supports the emerging new Somerset Council with their business engagement activities.
Rupert has played club cricket for Long Sutton for over 40 years, but more recently has taken up golf. He enjoys gardening (mowing the lawn at least) and countryside walks as well as entertaining and educating his urban grandchildren in the countryside. Rupert started a lock-down project that has grown legs! He started off refurbishing the odd garden bench and now has developed a small business under the brand "The Rupair Shop" where he has refurbished and sold more than 60 benches, tables, chairs and other paraphernalia. He is also Chairman of Long Sutton Parish Council and Long Sutton Cricket Club and is a mentor for the charity PROMISEWorks.
Rupert joined the Board of SASP in the summer of 2019 and contributes to the Finance & Resources Committee as well as supporting SASP projects and campaigns including The Beach gym in Minehead and "Stronger 4 Longer" where he work with his older cricketing colleagues to promote the benefits of active sport and comradeship in later life.
Chairman of Finance, Audit and Risk Sub Committee
Jon is a qualified chartered certified accountant, with over 20 years' experience in senior finance roles. Having started his career with Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council, Jon then moved into the commercial and corporate environment. Initially with GKN Westland Aerospace and then various senior roles with First Choice Holidays, TUI, EE and Capita. Jon is now Director of Strategic Financial Planning, Assurance & Treasury' with Clarks in Street, where he leads a number of finance functions including treasury, cash management, internal audit, stock integrity, insurance, risk management and strategic planning.
Jon has always had a passion for sports and physical activity. For 17 years he acted at various times as player, manager and secretary/treasurer of Wyvern Football Club in Taunton. Having broken his leg twice playing football he has now retired from playing and has taken up running, including organised events from 10k to marathon distance.
Senior Independent Director
Alice set up communications agency ADPR in Somerset in 1991. ADPR has a number of major international clients including Helly Hansen, Fairline, Sunsail and Chatham to name a few. Alice is a keen and competitive sailor who has competed in world and national championships, is a regular runner, and has just found a love for tennis. Alice has always loved being able to combine her PR, marketing and communication skills with her passion for all things sports related.
Safeguarding and Equality Lead / Welfare and Safety Lead
Joanna joined Somerset County Council in 2006 and is presently a Service Manager supporting the education and skills development strategy attached to the new Hinkley Point C nuclear new build in Somerset. This role seeks to ensure that young people are aware of the training and employment opportunities open to them during the build and once the power station is operational. The role also works closely with other council departments to encourage disadvantaged young people, including young people who have been in the council's care system, to benefit from the development. The social impact of a project of this size needs to be monitored, therefore this brings the role into contact with Children's Public Health, and other support agencies.
Joanna is a keen advocate of education and business working together, and has been a business mentor for secondary age young people for many years. Prior to working for SCC, Joanna worked for the Learning and Skills Council (now known as the Education Skills Funding Agency), but began her career with the NHS at Sandhill Park Hospital in Bishops Lydeard.
Finance, Audit and Risk Sub Committee Member
Adrian is an experienced head of service, leading a diverse portfolio of frontline functions in the fields of environmental and technical services, licensing, housing services, regulation, beach management and bathing water quality, Port of Bridgwater, building control and corporate emergency response. He is responsible for the Council's Direct Service Organisation providing street cleansing, building cleansing, grounds maintenance, parks management, cemeteries, transport and environmental enforcement.
Adrian leads the development of the Somerset Building Control Partnership, a partnership of 4 district councils, with Sedgemoor District Council acting as the host authority for the integrated staffing structure, central administration hub, financial management and provision of IT and website services.
He also has responsibility for some of the challenges from the development of Hinkley Point C and the extensive development agenda in the Sedgemoor district.
Key skills include change management, strategic partnerships, building high performing teams, strategy development, customer service, staff development, regulation and enforcement, health and safety, efficency savings, income generation, waste management and recycling, street cleansing and grounds maintenance.
Adrian is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, CEnvH, and voting member of the Charterd Institute of Environmental Health, MCIEH.
Finance, Audit and Risk Sub Committee Member
Debra is a Head of Company with Abri Housing with a background of in-depth employment / careers / education / training sector expertise. Debra has an outstanding track record developing and delivering strategy, directing operations, negotiating at senior level and leading, managing and successfully motivating teams. These teams have consistently achieved against strategic objectives and contract KPIs to deliver top-quality careers information, advice and guidance service. She also has excellent financial management skills
Dr Amelia Randle
Amelia is a GP in Somerset and an experienced clinical leader. She has led a series of complex adaptive systems to sustainable change during this period. She is committed to understanding and reducing systemic inequalities and improving staff and community wellbeing. She is an advocate of relational leadership for improved performance and organisational success.
Jenn has worked at Somerset Chamber of Commerce for over 11 years. During her time at the Chamber she has held a variety of roles, from events management, organisation and planning, to general administration and spearheading membership, including new member recruitment, engagement and business support across all business sectors. She has also overseen and grown the annual Somerset Business Awards, which continue to grow year-on-year, with the support of the Chamber team.
Finance, Audit and Risk Sub Committee Member
A Senior Executive with over 25 years' experience gained in the education, training, employment and skills sectors. Andrew's background is in events management, sales and marketing and change management. He is a qualified executive coach (ILM Level 7) and founder of AMC Coaching and Consultancy Ltd focusing on delivering leadership and executive coaching, small business coaching and career coaching, supporting both people and organisations to grow.
Trudi Grant - SASP Board Observer
Trudi has overall responsibility for public health in Somerset. She was appointed as Director of Public health in 2012, acting as a statutory chief officer and the principal adviser on all health matters to elected members and officers. The role of Director of Public Health has a leadership role spanning all three domains of public health: health improvement, health protection and health care public health.
Trudi completed her public health training in the South West, and has worked within the discipline for over 22 years. She has a relentless focus on tackling health and social inequalities and putting improvements in health and wellbeing at the heart of local policy, aiming for systemic change rather than smaller, isolated improvements. Trudi has a particular interest in public health in rural communities and the inextricable link between education, economic prosperity, wealth and health.
Trudi originally trained as an accredited Exercise Scientist and lectured in Exercise Physiology before moving into the field of Public Health. Bringing these backgrounds together, she developed a strong interest in the relationship between physical and mental health and led the development of a National Consensus Statement on Physical Activity and Mental Health.