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

Annie Blair (Chairperson)
Annie joined the Board of Cambridgeshire ACRE in 2017 and was elected Chairperson in 2018. Annie has been a volunteer for community and parish organisations in the village of Folksworth and the surrounding area for over 30 years. The experience she has gained through various and diverse committees, from school governor, parish councillor and village hall management has given her sound insight into good governance and the Third Sector and its workings. Professionally, she originally had a career in the financial and insurance sectors before changing vocation and training in the educational sector as an arts educator/practitioner, where she lectured and researched for Peterborough Regional College and Anglia Ruskin University in Community Arts, English and Lifelong Learning.

Mike Hellowell (Vice Chair)
Mike joined the Board in 2006 and was elected Vice Chair in 2017. 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 (Vice Chair)
Terry joined the Board in 2011 and was elected Vice Chair in 2017. Terry is currently the Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer for two of the sixteen Town/Parish Councils in the District of Fenland, as well as having worked, at various times in his career, at Cambridgeshire County Council and Fenland District Council. These roles have involved Terry working with various officers at Cambridgeshire ACRE on a number of projects and initiatives. Terry has worked in local government in Cambridgeshire – at all three tiers - for more than 40 years, giving him considerable experience of public-sector legislation and services. His particular specialisms are Democracy, Electoral Services, Licensing, Community Engagement, project and resource management, and a variety of aspects of partnership working.

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.

David Gibbs
Dave joined the Board of Cambridgeshire ACRE in 2017. Dave is a recent arrival to Cambridgeshire, having spent most of his life in south-east London. In his professional life, Dave was a community development worker specialising in finance and external funding. As an advisor to voluntary organisations of all types and sizes, he has over 20 years’ experience of helping organisations to achieve their goals. Dave is currently Treasurer of Newton Village Hall, Chairman of Newton-in-the-Isle Parish Council and Clerk of Tydd St Giles Parish Council.

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.

Jane Logan
Jane Logan has been a trustee since November 2017. Born in Co Antrim she has lived in all four countries of the UK and settled in Cambridgeshire in 1999. She studied for a BA in Archaeology and Theology and later an MA in Heritage Management before working for the Church of England for 25 years, initially in the Diocese of Lincoln and latterly in the Diocese of Ely. She was, and continues to be, very involved in the villages where she has lived, serving as foundation school governor, and variously acting as PCC Secretary and churchwarden. She has been a licensed lay minister for nearly 30 years. In retirement Jane continues to be fascinated with archaeology and buildings of all types and ages. She has been involved in organising two exhibitions at Ely Museum, and as well as community activities and the local Conservation Society, reads widely and sails in the Western Isles of Scotland.

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 Chair of Mepal Parish Council and Chairman of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral.

Robert Turner
Rob has been a trustee since November 2017. He has lived in Cambridgeshire all his life, mainly in the Fulbourn area, but for about 12 years in Soham in his youth and in Canada for a year in his early 20s working with mentally handicapped adults. He also worked in retail for several years, followed by running the catering department at Sidney Sussex College. Rob is now self-employed and is trustee for two other charities; Dhiverse, in Cambridge, which provides high quality sexual health and HIV support, education and information and PTSD999, which is a charity for ex-servicemen/women and emergency services personnel, helping them cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Hazel Williams MBE
Hazel has been a board member since 1998. She has been a parish councillor in Burwell since 1981 and served on East Cambridgeshire District Council for 20 years. Hazel is an executive member of the National Association of Local Councils. She chairs the board of Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and is also a board member of Burwell Community Print, Burwell Day Centre and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Association of Local Councils.