Wokingham and District Association
for the Elderly

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Mr Stuart Rowsell MBE (WADE Chairman)

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Born in August 1936.

Married Jill Lowe in 1964. Two children, a son Robert and a daughter Sally.

Joined the army as a Lance Corporal in Suffolk, 1955 and had a highly successful military career of 30 years both in the UK and abroad, before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel responsible for the resupply of Northern Ireland rations, vehicles, clothing, weapons and ammunition.

Civilian Career - 2nd Tier officer for Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council followed by Senior Logistics Manager for Granada Computer Services.

Heavily involved with various charities including:

January 2014 - Awarded MBE for voluntary charitable services in Berkshire and North Hampshire. Presented by HM The Queen at Windsor Castle 18 July 2014.

Since retiring, Stuart has spent his time giving back to society.

Carole Barnes (Vice Chairman)

George McCormack (Treasurer)

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Born in Co. Mayo on the West coast of Ireland.

Came to London in 1970 and started an accounting career shortly afterwards.

Worked for public international companies and for privately owned companies in various capacities.

Ten years before retirement, George felt he needed a new challenge and became a school Business Manager of an all boys secondary school of 750 pupils. He had responsibility for the finances and the infrastructure.

Retired in 2012. In December 2013, relocated with his wife from Harrow to Wokingham.

October 2016 - co-opted on to the Board of Trustees at WADE and elected treasurer at the 2017 AGM.

Jackie Wilson (WADE Trustee)

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Born in Reading, October 1939. Three children and three grandchildren.

Lived in Wokingham until 1945, moved to Kent and educated at Simon Langton Grammar School, moved back to Wokingham 1956 with parents who were local business people.

After bringing up children worked for a number of local firms, for final 16 years prior to retirement as Commercial/Legal Manager for Granada Computer Services.

Part time secretary for WADE for 6 years, then volunteer Fundraiser.

Other charity work includes assisted fundraising for Air Ambulance, Alexander Devine Trust.

Appointed as a WADE Trustee in June 2017.

Chris Barnes (WADE Trustee)

John English (WADE Trustee)

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Born in Amersham in 1951 to a Yorkshire mother and Suffolk father who chanced to meet there during the war.

Married to Sue, with have three daughters and two grandchildren and lived in Wokingham since 1980.

Following a B.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of London in 1973, worked in clinical research for the pharmaceutical industry until retirement in May 2016.

Inspired to join WADE on retirement by fellow Trustees Carole and Chris Barnes.

Mr Victor Forsyth (WADE Trustee)

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Victor Forsyth. M.A.( Hons.) Cantab. Modern Languages.

Born in Norwich Sept. 1937. Married Patricia May, Christmas Eve. 1960, Four children.

Wide international experience in Sales, Fire and Industrial explosion safety systems. R.S.C.M. chorister 1944 – 2014. Awarded Bishops Chorister. Moved to Wokingham in 1976. Served twice as Chairman for Wokingham Town Twinning Association.

Member of Wokingham Choral Society for 37 years. Now retired.

Mr Gerald Cockroft (WADE Trustee)

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Married, with two daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson. Grammar School, Bradford. School Certificate, Matriculation.

Two years National Service, Sergeant, Intelligence Corps (MilSec) Trieste (BETFOR). 14 years T.A. in Intelligence units in Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Croydon as I moved around in my business career.

Career in Freight Forwarding, specialising in Air Freight, worldwide, Import / Export. As general Manager for major UK Forwarder implemented BS5750 programme, Investors in People, Security of cargo / premises. Handled Insurance claims, personnel training, pensions and implementation of computers into the business.

In retirement : two years as Parish Councillor, 14 as a District / Borough Councillor. Chairman of Health Select Committee, Vice Chairman of Licensing Committee; Member of Adoption Panel and Fostering Panel. Chairman of Appeals Panel on many occasions. Employed by Department for Transport Aviation Security Division as an Aviation Security Validator to companies exporting goods by Air.

Joined WADE as representative from Finchampstead Parish Council in 1998, and then as a District / Borough Councillor. Produced the current Employee's Handbook.

Mr Paul Bidwell (WADE Trustee)

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Lived in the Bracknell ward of Priestwood for eight years moving to Berkshire from Essex in 1996 and was elected Town Councillor for this Ward in 2015.

A Trustee of a WADE since 2010 taking a brief period away to work for an Adult Social Care organisation also in Wokingham, before returning as a Trustee in 2012.

Combines on-going support of the Labour Party and Trusteeship with a full time job delivering services to Local Authorities across the UK. Worked in Europe and the USA. Married with six children (three step) all now adult and combines supporting his family with a passion for sport and the arts.

Mr Peter Lucey (WADE Trustee)

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Proud to be a Trustee for WADE. Retirement from a career in IT (though open to offers!) in 2015 freed up some time and elected a Trustee that year.

Admired WADE for many years, and made WADE his nominated charity when he served a second term as Town Mayor of Wokingham (2012/3).

Lived in Wokingham since 1988 – when he returned from Germany with Hewlett-Packard Ltd – and has served as Town Councillor since 1999. Assists with publicity and fundraising - any donations or ideas are, of course, very welcome.