Meet the trustees

Rosemary Lynn

Chair

Rosemary recently took voluntary redundancy from Cotswold District Council where she worked for 16 years. Through various roles at CDC she has been involved with The Churn since its inception and has chaired the Supporters' Group since 2007. Becoming a Trustee means she can continue to support the work The Churn does.

Robert Towill

Treasurer & Secretary

Robert joined Monahan’s in Swindon as an articled clerk. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1969 and then went to London to work for Deloitte’s. In 1971 Robert & his family went to Kenya for 2 years. After a further spell with Deloitte’s in the UK and a small accountancy practice in Devon he joined a large manufacturing company in Wiltshire. He held a number of Finance Director’s roles in various industries, ending up as Finance Director and Joint Managing Director of a company making push back tractors for aircraft with a turnover of £20M and 125 employees. He and his wife, Janet, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Liza Darroch

Liza has been connected to the Churn Project since before we opened our doors. Whilst working in adult education for Cirencester College, she was a member of the small team that set up the Churn. When Liza left Cirencester College she worked in Ethiopia for Voluntary Services Overseas for two years. Although she was then semi-retired, she joined the Churn Project staff team. Liza worked for us as a Community Development Worker, her role was to develop community groups bring service providers and local people together in a Neighbourhood Partnership. When that piece of work was complete Liza retired and has now joined us as a trustee.

Shirley Alexander

Shirley, who is married with 3 grown up children, has been involved with The Churn since its start, as a Town and District Councillor for Beeches ward. She served on the Supporters' group before becoming a Trustee. She is also a Director/Trustee of Cirencester Community Development Trust, The Bingham Library Trust and New Brewery Arts. She is a member of Soroptimist International Cirencester & District, an international women's organisation with General Consultative Status at the United Nations.

Bob Allison

Bob has served for 30 years in Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and brings his experience in the fire service, including fire safety, project management and person skills, to his role as Trustee at Churn. As well as this Bob is a member of Cirencester Rotary Club, supporting a wealth of local, national and international charities through his work on various Club Committees. He is married, has 3 sons and now 2 grandchildren (Leo and Theo) who take up any spare time that he may have.

Meg Blumsom

Prior to her retirement, Meg Blumsom worked with offenders as both a probation officer and latterly leading national projects on rehabilitation of offenders. Post retirement she has been involved in various community projects, aiming to make Cirencester a better place to live in. A new Trustee in 2017 she is keen to help the Churn maintain its important role in helping to develop and sustain our community.

David Bellamy

David Bellamy is Founder and CEO of Happiness Lab, a business dedicated to helping organizations to unlock the benefits of happiness at work. Happiness Lab’s unique technology platform offers companies a totally different lens through which to view the day-to-day experiences of employees - and represents his first venture into the world of technology development and disruption. Prior to Happiness Lab, David spent 18 years as a management consultant working on projects associated with “every conceivable organizational challenge”. His first book “Cultivating Organisational Happiness” published in 2018.

David Sutherland

Dave retired as a senior education manager in 2014. For the last 23 years of his working life he was the Vice-Principal of Cirencester College, responsible for its academic function. He managed large teams of staff and large budgets, while continuing to teach and to develop the curriculum. Trade-unionism has always been an important part of Dave's professional life and he remains active in the Gloucestershire District of the National Education Union. Personal interests include sport and travel. Dave feels privileged in serving as a Trustee of the Churn Project which makes such an impact for good in our local community.