The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

The Friends of St Peter's Berkhamsted

Friends of St Peter's, Great Berkhamsted

Supporting the work of maintaining and enhancing St Peter's Church and the churchyards that belong to it.
 

Peter Williamson

Chair

Peter is a retired solicitor and is currently Chair of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and the Slynn Foundation and a Tribunal Chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Former roles include Chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Deputy District Judge and Recorder, Chair of the Board of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited (SIF) and Governor of the College of Law.

Peter has lived in the Chilterns for most of his life, in Berkhamsted from 1957 until 1974 and in Chesham Bois since 1976. He was educated at Berkhamsted School (1957-1966) and was Chairman of the Governors of the School between 1995 and 2012.

 
 

Victoria Booth F.C.C.A.

Treasurer

Victoria is a Fellow Member of Certified Accountants Association with extensive experience of leading strategic finance initiatives and Change Manager programmes. Having forged a successful career as a senior finance manager at Whitbread PLC, Victoria went on to hold further positions as Finance Director in both private equity and listed organisations. In 2000, she set up own limited company to gain experience of other sectors and has delivered a breadth of financial management services.  She has been involved in mergers and start-ups across a number of sectors  with key clients including Allied Healthcare; Ocado PLC and Affinity Sutton Group. Victoria has lived in Berkhamsted for over 20 years with her husband and 2 daughters.

 
 

Cathy Imber BSc MSc CEng

Secretary

After graduating in Mathematics at London University, Cathy began her career as a Control Systems Engineer at the Rolls Royce research centre in Derby. She then returned to university where she wrote a thesis on the Analysis of Non-Stationary Data. Back out in the real world, she then switched to a career in IT where she progressed to become IT Director for a multi-national company. She was involved in the design, development and management of many large IT projects across a variety of applications. She is now retired. Cathy lives in Berkhamsted, is a regular worshipper at St Peter’s and does voluntary work at the Hospice of St Francis.

 
 

Christopher Green BA DPhil Oxon FSA FRGS FGS

Trustee

Christopher’s professional career (1965-99) was as a geographer on the academic staff of the University of London.
Since retiring he has worked as a consultant geoarchaeologist involved in pre-development investigations. He has also developed an interest in medieval and post-medieval metalwork and has become involved in research in this field and is now Chair of the Antique Metalware Society.

Christopher also has a long involvement with the Geologists’ Association and has been Secretary, Treasurer and President. He is currently Treasurer of the Associations’ grant awarding fund. He is a Trustee and founding member of the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust and formerly Treasurer and Chair of the Trust. Since 1999, he has been Chair of the St Albans Diocesan Advisory Committee and closer to home he is Chair of the Buildings Committee of the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Great Berkhamsted St Peter – a role in which he came to recognise the importance and potential of the Rectory Lane Cemetery.

 
 

Paul Crosland BSc. MRICS

Trustee

Paul trained as a Quantity Surveyor and has been with Gardiner & Theobald LLP since 1984, and a Partner since 2005. He has been involved from a commercial and cost management viewpoint on a number of medium- and large-scale construction projects in the retail, commercial, energy, transport and sports sectors. These have been both within the United Kingdom and overseas, in Indonesia, Dubai, Argentina and The Netherlands. Paul is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1987). He lives in Berkhamsted and is a committee member of the Berkhamsted Citizens Association, chairing the Town Amenities Sub-committee since 2011 and a member of Transition Town Berkhamsted.

 
 

Dr. James Moir B.A., DipSurv, IHBC

Trustee

James is a conservation professional with senior management experience drawn from across the private, public and third sectors. He has over 25 years experience in delivering regeneration projects and sustainable solutions for heritage assets, working on major historical sites across the UK such as Cliveden, Glastonbury Abbey and Coleshill Model Farm. He managed the production of the Berkhamsted Conservation Area Appraisal and wrote the descriptions for the locally listed buildings in the town. He was Director of Chiltern Open Air Museum between1986-2000 and Director of the UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts from 2009 to 2014, He is currently Chair of the Buckinghamshire Historic Buildings Trust. James is Convenor of the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project .

 
 

Cllr. Peter B Matthews

Trustee

After spending 7 years as a science teacher in Comprehensive schools Peter changed careers and has now spent 36 years in the IT industry, starting with mainframe and COBOL, stopping off on the way to write commercial software for Apple computers on their entry into the UK market in the ‘eighties. He then worked in the nascent Unix and Database Industry and is a published author of technical books. He spent some time working with artificial intelligence and predictive technology and moved into technology research with a leading IT company, CA Technologies. He is now a Lead Research Scientist with CA Labs working on technology solutions of the future such as cyber-physical technology.

Married with a 20 year old daughter, Peter has wide interests including watercolour painting, golf and Freemasonry.

Peter is a Governor at Thomas Coram school and has been a Town Councillor since the 2007 elections and has served as Town Mayor. Peter is currently a member of the following Committees: Finance and Policy, Transport & Environment, Events and Communications. Peter is also a Dacorum Borough Councillor sitting on Development Control, Standards and Strategic Planning & Environment Overview and Scrutiny.

 
 

The Rev Canon Timothy Pilkington, Incumbent of St. Peter’s

Trustee

Formerly Team Rector of Solihull and Honorary Canon of Birmingham Cathedral, now Team Rector of the Berkhamsted Team Ministry. Aged 59, he is married with three grown-up sons, two of whom work in London. His wife, Alys, is a district nurse, and works in the locality.

 
 

Justin Apthorp

Trustee

Justin Apthrop was Buying Director at Majestic Wine for 10 years before retiring at the end of 2015. He remains on the Majestic Board as a Non-Executive Director. Justin was educated at Aldenham School before going to read Metallurgy at Manchester University. He then spent another two years there gaining an MBA, as well as captaining the Manchester University Ski Team. Justin has lived in Berkhamsted since 1996 and is married to a local dentist. He has three daughters who went to Berkhamsted School. Justin was a Governor of Berkhamsted School for twelve years.