Meet our management committee
Adrian Nagle – Chair
Adrian spent his first 20 working years in the commercial world working with major overseas retailers and importers in a multi-million-pound business. For a brief period, he had his own small business; designing, importing and marketing a range of handmade terracotta pottery from Portugal. For the last 20 years he has travelled with his partner, living and working overseas (mostly property and garden maintenance). He has experienced a diverse range of communities in a variety of environments. His last major stop was on the edge of wilderness in Northern British Columbia, Canada. He also lived in a community group in Norfolk for a year. He says he has been drawn to the project because it has community at its heart and has a vision of the walled garden becoming a place of beauty, well-being and community for all, plus good coffee!
Vicki Malcolm - Communications and Marketing
Vicki works as an Occupational Therapist at the Little Plumstead Learning Disability hospital and has ten years’ experience in the NHS. Vicki's work includes assisting her patients to improve their life skills towards living in the community and find meaningful opportunities which improve their quality of life, including college and work. Vicki has considerable experience running social media and marketing for social organisations and runs an annual conference.
Louise Amond - The Walled Garden
Louise was born in Little Plumstead and has worked at Little Plumstead Hospital for 28 years supporting patients with a range of disabilities engage in occupation, learning and therapies. Louise fondly remembers The Walled Garden in its former glory as a space for people to work and relax in.Along with her husband she has extended and renovated their house and garden and enjoys making and up-cycling furniture and other fixtures. Louise is a keen gardener and is probably happiest being outside growing fruit and vegetables for her kitchen table. She adds “The project combines both my interests: restoration and growing fruit and vegetables, it’s the perfect thing to be involved in”
Ellie Edgar - Secretary
Ellie has lived in the area for over 30 years. She started working at Little Plumstead Hospital at the beginning of 1998, when the formal Resettlement Process of the patients had just begun – one ward had closed. She was secretary to the Site Manager at the time so was very involved in the running of the site. Eventually, her manager was transferred to the new service as Business Manager and Ellie went with him. Norfolk Learning Difficulties Service was set up jointly between Norfolk Social Services and Norfolk Primary Care Trust to look after the residents who had moved into the community. When her manager retired, the post was transferred to Norfolk County Council. Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust took over the service that remained at Little Plumstead in April 2008, when she returned as PA to the Service Manager. During the time she has worked in the Little Plumstead area, two local shops have closed, one of which was also the Post Office. The Post Office has also recently closed in Thorpe End. I was very pleased when I heard the Walled Garden here was hopefully going to be developed as a few years ago, when it was still part of the site, it was beautiful. Ellie was also secretary to the Blofield and Brundall Sea Scout Group when her sons were growing up where she helped with fundraising.
Debbie Tomkins - Treasurer
Debbie has an accountancy background and latterly worked as a Company Secretary for a listed plc. She is passionate about wildlife conservation and is a regular volunteer at a local RSPB reserve, helping to run events and providing reception cover and office assistance. Debbie and her husband moved to Little Plumstead in 2001, loving the rural feel of the village whilst only being a short drive from Norwich. She is delighted to be involved with the project to create a special and unique place in the community that will not only provide a much-needed local service but has the potential to facilitate other opportunities.
James Richards - Project Manager
Born in Kingston-Upon-Thames and educated at Langley School. James is a business and IT management consultant; who having read a BSc(Hons) Business Information Systems and later a Post Graduate Award in Business Leadership, now specialises in portfolio and programme management through an independent consultancy. James has worked in multiple business sectors including financial services, critical national infrastructure, construction and technology. He says the local community needs this hub and access to essential services and is excited to lend his experience to the project and be part of the team.
Philip was born in Norwich and educated at King Edward VI (Norwich) School. He also attended Norwich City College where he obtained a Diploma in Business Studies. His Career has been largely within Personal and Business Tax and he is currently a Tax Consultant (part time) with a significant regional firm of accountants where he deals with all aspects of personal and business tax. Philip has spent much of his working career in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Married to Linda they have live in Thorpe End since 1991.Philip is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth Haven, where he remains an active member and he is also Chairman of the Norwich Fundraising Branch of the Guides Dogs for the Blind Association. Philip, too, is Treasurer of Charing Cross Centre, a Norwich based Charity offering offices and rooms to other Charities and Voluntary groups at cost. Philip has also been involved as a supporter of Christian Aid and National Children’s Home actively involved in fundraising.Philips other interests include drama, theatre, writing, music and walking amongst other things. He firmly believes in the community and mutual support that it can provide.
Stephen Howard - Construction
Steve has just retired after a long career in and around Construction. He spent the first three years in the Royal Air Force, then the next 30 years firstly working for the Family Construction Company and then managing the company.Steve’s experience in construction is from extensions and modernisations to new builds and listed buildings. For the last 16 years he worked for the Offender Learning Service firstly at HMP Wayland and latterly HMP Norwich, initially by working in the workshops teaching construction and then to managing the department with 35 Staff and a 2 million pound budget.His interests include gardening and walking and for 5 years he was the District Commissioner for Scouts at 1st GLP Group. He became involved in this project in order to give something back to the community.