As Chair of the Board of Directors I am delighted to introduce our two new Directors Janet Breeze and Rose May who have recently joined LymeForward Community Interest Company. Their breadth of experience, diverse backgrounds and rich knowledge of life will bring an innovative and fresh approach to the future development of LymeForward as a social enterprise and local area partnership.
I have been coming to Lyme Regis since 2000 and am thrilled now to be living here full-time. My professional background has been mostly in corporate social responsibility, working for the private sector, civil society, multilateral agencies and national governments. I’ve lived and worked as consultant and volunteer in nine countries, addressing a range of issues including prison reform, education, ethical trade, human rights, sustainability and, most recently, entrepreneurship and energy transition.
One of my main focus areas has been sustainable partnerships for development. This is where I would most like to contribute in Lyme - building effective collaboration between all stakeholders in order to meet the needs of the local community.
I look forward to learning more about all the wonderful initiatives already in place and to bringing fresh perspectives where I can.
I’m originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne where I met my husband John from Lyme 42 years ago, which began my long association with Lyme Regis. We spent our working life in Bristol and brought up our family of three, while visiting Dorset at every opportunity!
I ran my own fashion business and label until family commitments took over and then spent 30+ years teaching fashion and textiles in higher and further education. I also taught women from diverse backgrounds sewing and pattern cutting in a community college, where I took a sabbatical year to set up a not-for-profit social enterprise making and selling reusable cotton nappies. I designed the products and trained a team in production and sales. Part of the business ethos, as well as recycling and sustainability, was about providing jobs in an area where jobs were scarce. The business start-up was funded through grants and by the end of my year it was running successfully with a manager and went on to include more products and a nappy laundering scheme.
I retired five years ago, however retirement is not the time to stop doing things you like!
I’ve since been volunteering for the Marine Theatre making costumes. Lockdown also found me organising a small team of 20 (The Cobb Team) making hospital scrubs, laundry bags and masks. I have been involved for the past two years with Turn Lyme Green making Boomerang Bags and reusable bags for the food bank. I hope to contribute my life experiences, empathy and ideas while working with my co-directors, staff and volunteers at LymeForward.