Our Committee

Ronnie Kendall,Management Committee (Chair) & Trustee. Project Lead
Starting out in Engineering Management, Ronnie joined the London Fire Brigade in 1972 with varied roles covering Operations, PR, Fire Safety and fund raising in his spare time for Guy’s Hospital Children’s heart unit, Childline, BBC Children in Need and the Fire Service Charity. Since 2000, Ronnie has had several contractual Operations and Facilities Manager roles for multi-million properties in Surrey and Berkshire for clients including JLL, Johnson & Johnson, Schroders and Legal & General. 

Ronnie is a visionary, dedicated to creating a community space where individuals can invest their time and expertise within their community. His talent at bringing people together makes him an excellent leader of the Holme Farm project.

Christine Kendall,Management Committee (Secretary) & Trustee. Young Members Involvement Lead
Christine started her career as a credit controller. As a mum of three young children, she was heavily involved in initiating and running children’s playgroups and extra-curricular activities. This experience led to her decision to retrain and become a primary school teacher. After some years, she resumed her role as accountant then moved into IT consultancy, working for Proctor and Gamble, Sony and Daikin.

Since losing her eldest child 17 years ago and struggling with her own mental health, Christine’s desire has been to achieve peace of mind through craft and sewing as well as gardening, growing vegetables and doing more for the environment. Now retired, she wants to devote her time and passion to children at Holme Farm.

Steven Clements,Management Committee & Trustee
Steve joined the army in 1984 and carried out tours in N Ireland, Hong Kong, Hawaii and New Zealand before retiring due to a severe brain injury. After undergoing extensive rehabilitation, he worked for many years in airport security and training. Alongside this he has run army cadet training courses in first aid, firearm usage and a broad range of military skills as well as instructor training courses. As a Company Sergeant Major, he plans and runs promotional weekends and training camps for all levels. 

Steve has taught himself wood turning, carpentry, pen making, airbrush painting and painting, landscaping and decorating which would be integral to the workshop aspect of Holme Farm.

Chris McCormick,Management Committee (Legal), & Trustee
Chris trained as an IT consultant before moving into the legal world. He currently works as a paralegal in a commercial law firm while he completes his qualification to become a solicitor. He has always been very community-minded and has been a volunteer rider and Trustee for leading blood bike group, SERV OBN. More recently he has been very involved in a local COVID support group for individuals that were shielding or self-isolating.      

Chris sees the great potential for Holme Farm and how it can enable the community as well as having a keen interest to improve his own DIY skills!

Andi Roy,Management Committee & Trustee. Biodiversity & Wildlife Lead
Andi began his career as a microbiologist with Defra. He has a decade of experience in liaising between multiple stakeholders in the delivery of complex projects as well as the planning, execution and reporting of scientific projects.      

Andi, since being a young child was captivated by the natural world and over the years, he has volunteered for Surrey Wildlife Trust and other similar groups to plan and carry out habitat management to benefit wildlife. He has built on this passion with a BSC (Hons) in Zoology, an MSc in Conservation Science and has honed his knowledge of ecological practices and conservation approaches with a particular affinity for reptiles and amphibians. As a conservationist Andi is also keen to bring his knowledge and expertise to the cause of Holme Farm.

Rebecca Huffer,Management Committee & Trustee. Community Allotment Lead
Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience of delivering public sector services.  Working initially for DEFRA in a business management and strategy role, mobilising research projects across the UK and Europe, she then transferred these skills to the NHS to focus on large scale change projects and service improvements that put the patient at the heart of the organisation.   

Her interests include supporting the local community through volunteering with youth focused organisations including Scouting, sports and groups that tackle food poverty.  Rebecca has been passionate about the outdoors from a young age, and is an avid gardener who recognises the wellbeing benefits of nature.  She hopes that Holme Farm will encourage and support others to share this passion too.

Malcolm Cressey,Management Committee & Trustee (Chair)
Malcolm is a Councillor at Runnymede Borough Council and Managing Director at Cressey and Sons. He was born in Scotland in 1953 to parents from Yorkshire. Has lived in Ottershaw for over 20 years and has worked in Banking and related industries for 20 years in South Africa and 20 years in the UK, largely as an Analyst and within the Global Sales division. 

He became an Independent Councillor as he firmly believes in the power of local communities to build a fairer society for all and that when local communities are empowered to lead and influence decision-making, it makes a real difference to their area.

As a Councillor he has served on Corporate Management, Audit & Security, Planning and Community Services Committees as well as the Constitution and the Local Plan Working Groups.

Malcolm opened the door for Holme Farm to Runnymede Borough Council and provided the introduction to the MP, Dr Ben Spencer. He continues to work with the main management committee for Holme Farm and is pleased to be the inaugural Chair of Trustees.

Giles Howell,Management Committee & Trustee
Giles has enjoyed an exciting employment history that has aided his love of international travel. Having worked as a croupier, account manager, surveyor and owner of an importation company, Giles has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in a multitude of various fields.

After being involved in a serious RTA, Giles now suffers from chronic tinnitus which has affected every facet of his life. After years of coping with sleep deprivation and memory loss he understands the importance of wellbeing and mental health.

Giles has since focused his energies into a more creative role and has now retrained as a Jewellery Designer which has helped with depression. He believes that community based social enterprises will serve as a valuable resource for people who suffer with similar issues. He is fully committed to the Holme Farm project and looks forward to nurturing this little seed to a mature mighty oak that will serve the community for generations to come.

Pippa Tucker-Brown,Management Committee & Trustee, Public Relations & Media Lead
Pippa Tucker-Brown started her career at a regulatory watchdog for the premium rate telephone services industry before moving to a PR agency specialising in IT. From there she moved on to the PR department of IT giant Sony whilst also training to become a reflexologist, eventually deciding to commit herself fully to reflexology and other holistic therapies.      

Fifteen years on, Pippa is fully committed to people’s health and the concept of social prescribing, having become a telephone befriender for Runnymede Borough Council as well as part of her GP Practice’s patient participation group (PPG). She wants to use her PR skills to keep spreading the word about Holme Farm, create links across the community to make it a viable concern and bring a range of wellbeing treatments and services to the community.

Giles Verity DL,Management Committee & Trustee
Giles started his working career in London, employed at the BBC for over 15 years, introducing Apple technology to editorial teams. In 2001 he joined the family business based in Chertsey, Surrey where working with others he led the company through a transformation, ultimately leading to the achievement of three Queens Awards for Industry – Innovation and International Export. The business is proud to work with the community enjoys a close working relationship with the GASP Motor Project charity which is a provider of non-judgmental, caring and practical support for young people. Giles worked with GASP on pioneering the industry link / placement scheme that continues today. Giles is also a governor of a local school and has been resident in Ottershaw with his family for over 30 years.

In 2021 Giles was deeply honoured to be asked by the Lord Lieutenant to become a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey. With reference to the Holme Farm project, I very much look forward to working on this amazing project and assisting wherever I can.

Paul Haygreen,Management Committee & Trustee, Information Technology Lead
Paul worked for IBM for 14 years on major IT projects alongside coaching youth football in the local community for 13 years as well as helping New Haw Scout group with community projects. More recently, Paul worked in IT for Kingston and Sutton Councils.     

He is now semi-retired and wishes to resume his community commitments by helping with Holme Farm. He is a practical and project-oriented individual, loves to work with materials and people as well as be involved in environmental issues and wants to support young and old to create a happier community.

Julie Dixon,Management Committee Holme farm Honey, Apiary Lead
Julie completed her degree in Environmental Science at the start of the new millennium and moved into a career as a microbiologist for food manufactures like GSK, Cadbury, and GEEST.  She spent 20 years developing skills in quality management, until she managed a large technical team in Newbury making vast amounts of mayonnaise. After having her son, she decided against returning to full time work and re-discovered her love for gardening, which in turn created an allotment and then finally taking a bee keeping course which changed everything.  

For five years she has muddled along successfully producing honey for the local village, and growing some huge pumpkins!  The learning curve has been steep but bee-keeping allowed her to be completely focused, which has helped her through some difficult personal sadness. Julie wants to pass on her passion for apiculture, channelling her love for nature and her enthusiasm for the Holme Farm project.

Felicity Jones,Management Committee Family & Sensory Garden Lead
Felicity started working in Design after completing a BA Hons in Graphic Design. She worked as a Layout Artist and Art Director in the catalogue business for a number of years before combining her design skills with her interest in Horticulture. Felicity joined RHS Wisley in 2002, working in the Shrub Department whilst completing her Garden Design Qualifications. Since then, she has enjoyed working on a wide variety of domestic and commercial Garden Designs all over Surrey.  

Alongside her Garden Design business, Felicity is a qualified childminder, enjoying caring for and educating children in the community for the past seven years. Having a child of her own with a congenital mobility impairment, ADD and Dyslexia, she is experienced in the challenges that children with disabilities and their families can face.  Felicity aims to combine her Early Years and horticultural knowledge as well as design skills to the creation of the Holme Farm Community Sensory Garden. She is passionate about physical enablement and environmental issues and is looking forward to using all her expertise to create a Sensory Garden that the whole community can access, benefit from and enjoy.

Philippa McHattie,Management Committee Arts & Crafts Workshops Lead
Philippa qualified as a Textiles designer and spent a few years freelancing before training to be a teacher. She now has 20 years of experience in state secondary education and working with young people. Her specialist areas are Art and Textiles but having taught and tried many disciplines over the years is always a keen student of new skills. She has a love of the great outdoors, is an avid gardener and a self-confessed bird and bug nerd. 

Over the last eight years she has developed her own small business selling her own nature-based Artwork. Her own Art practice is based on natural world finds she scavenges on walks in woodland or at the coast, and she regularly sells at Surrey craft fairs. 

She is a member of Mind, a registered Time to Change champion and a Mental Health First Aider. Having been through several periods of mental ill health herself, she is even more driven to make sure people have access to the services they need. The natural world and her passion for it, was instrumental in her own recovery and she can always be found advocating the benefits to anyone who will listen!

Jennie Powell,Management Committee, Holme Farm Design & Brand Identity Lead
Jennie is a web and graphic designer who in 2012 founded her own design agency – Tree Duck Design. Based in Byfleet, she works with small businesses to help get them visible with stylish, intuitive design. She has always been passionate about design and attended Glasgow School of Art where she studied design and photography and received her BA(Hons) and Master of Design.

She was appointed Head of Design at Drummond Media, took a year to learn the language and fall in love with the art and architecture of Italy, then moved back to London where she was an in-house web and graphic designer at charities Fairbridge and The Prince’s Trust.

She has designed the Holme Farm website and is looking forward to developing the website as the Holme Farm project progresses.

Howard Pepperdine,Management Committee (Treasurer) 
Howard worked in Chartered Accountancy profession for 20 years before moving into more Commercial finance roles for a further 25 years gaining experience in all aspects of Business finance, Taxation, HR and related legal matters.

Always enjoyed helping other people to develop and grow in their own chosen careers and solving problems as and where they occurred, adopting a “nothing is impossible” attitude when combined with hard work and dedication.

Having been diagnosed with cancer in 2019 decided to take early retirement and following two operations, a period of Chemotherapy and excellent care from our wonderful NHS, now feeling well and positive about the future.

Want to get involved in a project where I can utilise the life skills and experience obtained so far, to assist other people, both young and old, to develop and progress in their lives. It is important to recognise how vital projects such as Holme farm are going to be to the wellbeing of the community in the future.

Martin McEvoy,Management Committee Technical Services & Net Zero Lead
Martin McEvoy, originally from Ireland has worked in the London Construction Industry for 32 years and has much experience with complex and prestigious developments and buildings such as One Hyde Park Residencies, 2012 Olympic Stadium and Westfield West London Shopping Experience to name but a few.      

Martin has been at Managing Director level with a Tier 1 Mechanical & Electrical company but started as an Electrical Graduate in 1989, working in engineering, project management, operations management and business leadership over the years. 

He is delighted to be able to bring his industry relationships and complex project experiences to the table at Holme Park and above all ensure that together we achieve our agreed goals in community engagement and minimisation of both carbon and energy use during the construction period and thereafter during the life of Holme Farm Community Workshops & Gardens.

Vacancies

If you feel you have something to offer as a committee member, we are always interested in meeting prospective members. Please do get in touch if you are interested in becoming one.