LRDT Staff Team
The heart and soul of LRDT is the fantastic team that work here. As we are a small charity, hardly any of us are full time employees, but instead come in around our other jobs, businesses and projects to pull together as a team, all of us are very willing to get stuck in to what ever is going on.
David joined LRDT in the summer of 2022 following his role as director of The Lyme Regis Museum from 2012 - 2021. David is already familiar with the work the Trust does, not just due to being neighbours for almost 10 years, but because David has been helping the trust with a new ongoing project this spring! We are very excited to have him as we move on to this next phase!
Cleo became Marketing Manager in September 2020 and is responsible for providing the look and feel of our many different projects, getting the word out about them all along with LRDT as a whole. She is also in charge of our website, social media and has redesigned all our branding.
A valued member of the team since 2003, Carole looks after all the day to day finance needs here at the Trust. Carole has seen many of the transitions and developments LRDT and so she brings with her a great deal of understanding and knowledge of where the Trust has come from and how it's grown.
Having worked wonders with the Lyme Regis Workshop social media, Krizim joined the team as a permanent member of staff in mid 2021 and what a asset she has been! Krizim brings with her a wealth of experience from managing a community hall, as a marketer for charity and even in radio production!
Marketing and Admin Assistant
Christie is the face behind our radio station's social media having started with us in early 2021. Christie now also works with us each week to support the running of all our facilities and promote our activities across the whole charity.
Our trustees come from a wide range of work backgrounds and careers. They have been teachers, business leaders, nurses. We're lucky to have such a great group of people from our community willing to give up their time to help and shape LRDT so it can best serve Lyme Regis.
In 2018, after a lengthy chat with another of the LRDT trustees, it became apparent that I was very interested in getting involved in what the Lyme Regis were doing and I joined as a Trustee in 2018.
I have worked as an instructor, a manager and advisor. I also run my own business and I believe all of these things have given me skills, knowledge and experience that I can pass on through my work as a Trustee. Throughout my working career I have dealt with multiple groups of people, often within niche demographics. This has given me a wider perspective on socio-economic outcomes and my experience relying on empathetic analysis.
I feel that LRDT is starting to make a mark on our town once again, with a great enthusiastic team driving forward new and exciting projects. I look forward to enabling and being part of the future of LRDT.
Living in Lyme with my fabulous wife and two amazing daughters, I have been keen to get involved where I can in local community work to help not only improve the services and support for our younger generation, but also to look for opportunities to continue making Lyme an amazing place to live for all local residents.
I was therefore honoured and excited by the offer to join the LRDT team last year (2020), I bring over 20 years’ experience working in the field of Human Resources and Learning & Development which I hope can support the trust in its continued mission and help it grow as a force for good for the people of Lyme.
I currently work at the Met Office in Exeter leading the Corporate Training teams and have a passion for learning, as a keen runner and hiker I spend much of my spare time running and exploring our beautiful coastline and surrounding areas that help me further appreciate what a beautiful place we live in.
Neil is the latest recruit to our board of trustees, but is a long time friend! Having worked with us as a lead volunteer on our flagship projects - The Seaside Store and our community cafe, The Old School House. Not only that, Neil is a key contributor on our community radio station, Lyme Bay Radio, presenting three shows each week including a weekly broadcast with local chef, Mark Hix.
Neil comes to us in his retirement from a fascinating 38 year long career as a pilot with British Airways! He is now an integral part of his community in nearby Charmouth alongside his duties as a trustee, volunteer and radio presenter.
We recently lost a passionate supporter and major contributor to our Trust with the passing of Dot Wood, Trustee of Lyme Regis Development Trust (LRDT) on Saturday July 23rd. Dot was more than a colleague to us; she was a friend, and her positive energy will be greatly missed.
Dot became a Trustee here in 2017 and her contribution to our charity has been significant and impactful. She instinctively understood how our work helps combat social isolation. Dot championed our work to create Lyme Bay Radio and our Community Café. She played a key role in delivering Fossil Festival and was Chair of our property management company.
Hardworking and enthusiastic, Dot’s greatest triumph at LRDT was as the guiding light of our Community Workshop. Dot raised the funds to get the workshop off the ground and since then many people have been able to develop new skills and make new friends as a result of her work.
In memory of Dot, we have changed the name of our Community Workshop to The Dot Wood Workshop and commemorated her contribution with a workshop made plaque.