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Short biographies of the ten members of Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Board can be found below.

John Yates (Chair)
John is Chair of Cambridgeshire ACRE, a position he assumed in November 2006. Prior to this he had a long career in the NHS and the Department of Health, mostly in planning and procurement of new hospitals and facilities and the disposal of redundant land and buildings. John is a City of Ely councillor, a director of Ely Perspective and Churchwarden at St Peters Church, Ely.

David Spreadbury (Vice-Chair)
David is currently a Vice-Chair of Cambridgeshire ACRE, having stepped down as Chairman in November 2006, a role he held for 9 years. His career was in education administration. Subsequently his business links were with the NHS interviewing for senior posts and working with Addenbrookes Hospital as a Convenor for Independent Reviews.

Hazel Williams (Vice-Chair)
A board member since 1994, Hazel is currently a Vice-Chair of Cambridgeshire ACRE. She is an East Cambridgeshire District Councillor and has been a parish councillor in Burwell since 1981. Hazel was elected vice-chair of the National Association of Local Councils in 2008. She chairs the board of Age UK Cambridgeshire and is also a board member of Burwell Community Print, Burwell Day Centre and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Association of Local Councils. She has been a governor of Bottisham Village College for 24 years, continuing her interest in education from her years as a teacher.

Nick Pallister (Treasurer)
Nick lived in Norfolk until he left in 1968 to pursue his career in accountancy but he has always maintained close links with East Anglia through his family. After a three year overseas assignment with a firm of accountants, he joined Unilever in 1972 and worked for them for 20 years in various auditing and commercial roles. After leaving Unilever, he ran his own interim management accounting business for 4 years. Latterly he worked for 9 years in Africa for two small groups of companies in commercial and management capacities. He retired to Ely in 2006 and has been a trustee of St Peters Church in Ely since 2007.

Brian Hayes
Brian has been a trustee of Cambridgeshire ACRE since 1999. He is also a trustee of Branching Out and is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, The Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, Royal Society of Health, National Trust, English Heritage, Rotary Club of Littleport and Ely 41 Club (ex-Round Table). Prior to retirement, Brian ran his own consultancy service specialising in infrastructure design and contract management including overseeing construction work on a number of projects exceeding £1m.

Mike Hellowell
Mike joined the Board in 2006. He is the Chairman and Founder of Eurotech International Group Ltd in Cambridge, specialising in supplying internationally, scientific instruments, didactic systems and complete technical/medical laboratories to research, industry and high educational establishments. Mike is a past Chairman of Horningsea Parish Council.

Terry Jordan
Terry has worked in of local government in Cambridgeshire – at all three tiers - for more than 30 years, giving him considerable experience of public-sector legislation and services. His particular specialisms are Democracy, Electoral Services, Licensing, Community Engagement and a variety of aspects of partnership working.

Hugh McCurdy
Hugh is currently Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech and joined the Cambridgeshire ACRE Board in 2009. In his day-job, Hugh has responsibility for the care of the clergy and church communities in the north and west of the diocese. He is also occupied in practical and legal matters such as parish boundaries, diocesan finance, clergy housing and reordering of church interiors.

Elizabeth Stazicker
Elizabeth’s professional career was spent in English local government archives, and she was Head of Heritage and County Archivist for Cambridgeshire County Council for eleven years. She is currently Archivist for Ely Cathedral and the King's School, Ely. She is also Vice Chairman of Mepal Parish Council and Chairman of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral.

Geoff Taylor
Geoff has been on the Cambridgeshire ACRE Board since 2002. He is a self-employed solicitor, but also works part-time for the Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service. His main areas of practice are constitutional law, education and employment law. Geoff is also a trustee of his local village hall in Coton.