The list of current trustees.

Mr John Barnes

Chairman

John was born in Norfolk and on leaving school moved to London where he joined Glaxo Laboratories working in research and development. He later moved to another pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim and when the company moved from north London to Bracknell he and his wife Margaret and the first of their 3 children moved to a house in Little Sandhurst and in 1971 moved to Crowthorne. John’s career has taken him to many countries around the world, including living in Germany and Australia. He became a trustee of COATS in 2005 and has been Chairman since 2007. He has broad managerial experience, was a keen sportsman, still travels widely, and enjoys watching his family grow.
Mrs Yvonne Hattersley

Secretary

Yvonne’s working background is in Information Technology and education.  She has lived in Crowthorne since 1970 and has been involved with the local community during that time including Guiding (Brownies), PTA, handbell tune ringing and church.  Her first encounter with COATS was volunteering in the old charity shop located where the new library now stands.  Her current involvement with COATS began in 2003 when a friend asked Yvonne to go with her to a public meeting about the future of the charity. It was facing severe financial crisis and possible closure due to the changes in legislation governing residential respite care and also the loss of income from its charity shop due to development.  Yvonne was convinced that the Day Centre should be retained and became a member of the committee.  She is pleased to be part of a successful organisation which is so well supported by its local community.
Mr Paddy Skinner

Treasurer

Paddy was born in Hertfordshire, and after Cambridge joined Sainsbury’s as a graduate trainee. He obtained an MBA from Cranfield in 1970. His speciality is Logistics, and in 1983 he moved to Crowthorne to spend the next 24 years with Hays Logistics, developing new business and new distribution centres. He loves spreadsheets, and after his retirement he became Trustee and Treasurer in 2007. He married Heather in 1965, has 4 daughters, all married, and 11 grandchildren! He enjoys golf, and is an active member of the Cordwainers, a City Livery Company.
Nr Nick Abbott Nick was born in Stone, Staffordshire and has lived in Crowthorne since 1962.  He married Sally in 1965 and they have twins of 46 and three grandchildren.  He worked in the family dairy business in Crowthorne and was Treasurer of the Crowthorne Traders’ Association for many years. He is involved with the cycling team at Ravenswood Village, and has completed 25 international bike rides.  He is a keen sportsman and enjoys playing hockey, cricket and golf. He has, for many years, organised the Christmas lights in the village and has been a Trustee of COATS since 2005.
Mr Richard Cox  
Mr Roger Fox  
Ms Zinta Krumins Zinta was born in the UK of Latvian parents and has lived in London and Norfolk as well as in Europe. She is married to a New Zealander and now lives in Ascot. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years, and of this, worked for Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies, for 26 years where she held a number of senior positions across Europe. She has a strong background in market research, strategy development and business management and is proud to have joined COATS as a trustee in 2016.
Mrs Jane Pierce  
Mr Martin Rickards  
Mr Grant Robertson Grant was born in Bristol and at the age of 21, having done an engineering apprenticeship, joined the Merchant Navy serving on one of Shaw Savill’s passenger liners where he met his wife who was travelling to Australia. He came to Crowthorne in 1969 when he married Susan and they have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Being a salesman with various UK companies, he ended up in export sales dealing with agents in over 45 countries. Having been made redundant at age 57, he started working with Nick Abbott at Ravenswood Village as a care worker.  Following retirement he continues to work there part time. He became Trustee of COATS 10 years ago and finds it very rewarding.
Mrs Hilary Tinsley Hilary re-joined COATS as a trustee in 2017 and has lived in Crowthorne for the last thirty one years and within that time has moved house four times within the village. Her career includes seven years with British Airways. She then had a seven year break, having two sons and a daughter and during this time. She was a fundraiser for the NCT and set up a not for profit Playschool. On her return to work, she chose a new direction and spent seventeen years in recruitment. Hilary now works part time for Prospect Estate Agency in Wokingham as their Support Services Manager and she also volunteers in the COATS shop on a Friday morning. Over the years she gained a wide range of skills, from recruitment, man management, HR, health & safety, legislation, sales and marketing and fundraising.
Mr Ken Wicks Ken was born in Wokingham and lived in Binfield until he got married in 1969, when he moved to Crowthorne. He is married to Irene, COATS shop co-ordinator, and has two sons. Educated locally, he took up an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering when he left school at 16. Specialising in special purpose machinery design he joined Mars confectionery for the last 30 years of his working life before retiring in 2000. Has been a trustee of COATS since 2002 and spends his time involved in the charity shop.