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 very willing to get stuck in to what ever is going on.

Carole Packman

Finance Assistant

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.

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Cleo Cobb

Administrative Assistant

Cleo's role is to support all the other member of staff, work along side them to assist with projects and events and to help get done whatever needs to get done! She is also in charge of our website, social media and can be called on for our design needs too.

Jon Doody

Fossil Festival Manager

Taking over the reigns in 2019, Jon is in charge of creating the Fossil Festival again for 2020. Carrying on the amazing legacy of the festival is no mean feat, but Jon did an amazing job last year and we're really excited to be part of what he delivers for the next.

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Chris Tipping

CEO and Property Manager

Chris became our CEO in January 2019 and has been working at Trust for several years as our property manager. He also brings with him the exciting projects he has spearheaded as the manager of LymeForward. Chris' passions lie in connecting the community and getting people involved no matter what age, gender or income.

Our Trustees

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.

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Dorothy Wood

Having recently retired from 40 years of teaching, 29 as Head of Art and latterly Director of Arts at the Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis, I was delighted to be asked to be a trustee of LRDT in 2017 and was immediately put to work helping the team organise and run the Fossil Festival 2018 and 2019.

During my time at the school, I worked closely with the community on numerous projects involving the Trust along with B Sharp, the Hub and the Fossil Festival. One of the most exciting collaborations was helping my A level creative diploma students to coordinate and win £60,000 from the People’s lottery for fixing the roof on the Hub.

It has been a real delight to see the Hub grow from strength to strength and become central to community activities. I sincerely hope that the new initiatives of the community workshop, the radio station and the community cafe become a great success and that the trust is able to continue overseeing such worthy projects that benefit such a broad section of our local community.

I am delighted to be working with the LRDT team in helping to continue the good work of the trust for the town and surrounding area

Sue Howard

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.

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Lynne Wheatly

In 2013 my husband and I realised a long-held, heartfelt, dream to live in Lyme Regis.


Having had a career as an education professional and now retired I am particularly interested in opportunities to improve the economic and social outcomes for all young people in Lyme Regis.

I am excited about the opportunities we have to develop The Hub as a centre for all to value, as an accessible, safe and dynamic space in town.

Lyme Regis provides opportunities to explore and learn around every corner. l believe  we must exploit to the fullest those resources to meet the needs of all our townsfolk, whilst protecting fiercely its authenticity and treasures.

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