Pierre Bosdet, Chairman & Treasurer (July 2022 to present)
Pierre runs PCFixup, the village computer fixer. He has lived in Chorleywood from the age of 7 & has only been absent to attend Loughborough University, & 17 years spent in Vancouver, Canada, as an IT Manager.
He has also worked for the United Nations in Riga, Latvia, and has lectured in IT at Riga Business School. He has several close Ukrainian friends and is passionate about helping Ukrainians survive this unprovoked attack.
His interests include travel, food & wine, and walking & cycling the Thames Path.
Roger Dromard (April 2023 to present)
Roger and his family have lived in the area for many years, the last 25 in Chorleywood. Roger is now retired but before that had a portfolio career during which among other things, he had his own fish food business; worked for 15 years in HR in the paper industry; spent some years with a lock and safe company, and for over 30 years ran his own garden design and maintenance company. His interests include reading, gardening, sport, and art.
Jeremy Fern (July 2023 to present)
Jeremy has lived in Chorleywood for three years, moving here from Sarratt.
He has a small business, run from home, focused on corporate communications and other advisory work, following a career in stockbroking and asset management, then sixteen years with the City of London Corporation at Guildhall and the Mansion House. He loves London and he loves Hertfordshire but does not miss a daily commute between the two!
Jeremy served for 35 years in the Army Reserve and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London. He has been a school governor first for a primary school in Bethnal Green, and now a high school in Tulse Hill.
Interests include history, food and wine, sustainability and the natural world.
The current trustees wish to thank past trustees who helped with significant steps in the formation of this charity:
Introduction to charities near Kyiv – Taissia Rantiuk (March 2022)
Acquisition of storage & sorting space – David Gray (April 2022)
Organisation of Ukraine guests packing team – Lesley Gray (May 2022)
Logistics chain to ship goods from Tunbridge Wells to Kyiv at least cost – Pierre Bosdet (June 2022)
Registration as a UK registered charity – David Gray (July 2022)
Introduction to website designer – David Gray (August 2022)
Without these giant steps forward, the charity would not be where it is today, & would not have helped as many needy people in Ukraine as it has been able to.
David Gray (July 2022 to July 2023)
David lives in Chorleywood with his wife Lesley who also helps with the operation. He is Treasurer of Chorleywood Residents Association.
David is an experienced Non-executive Director and Trustee, who has been a senior finance professional for over 30 years. He is a Trustee & Treasurer for two charities, IAC (an adoption charity) and Herts Disability Sports Foundation, and was previously a Trustee of The Motor Neurone Disease Association and Childreach International. He has been Finance Director at both quoted companies and Private Equity backed businesses and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
His leisure time revolves around sport and the grandchildren. He plays tennis regularly and watches a lot of sport, especially football, cricket and tennis. David has trekked in India, Peru and Nepal, raising funds for charity and visiting projects.
Taissia Rantiuk (July 2022 to April 2023)
Taissia has worked as a senior florist designer with Andrew Fleming for over 8 years and has lived in the neighbourhood for over 10 years. When the war started she felt the need to help her home country by sending money collected from friends and work colleagues to a Ukrainian charity that she used to work with in the past, which was concentrated mainly on children with special needs and orphans, but has expanded dramatically during the war. This is how our Chorleywood Aid for Ukraine charity started. Tais has been incredibly devoted in arranging direct deliveries to make sure the aid reaches the most vulnerable as well as helping the local Ukrainian guests settle in.