Personal Profiles of the current Pub Team.
John and his wife settled in Grindleton in 2015 where he has found an exceptional warmth and friendliness in the local community. John retired in 2013 after spending 35 years in the Chemical Industry having held senior commercial and supply chain management positions with ICI, INEOS and Mitsubishi Chemicals. In addition to the steering team role with the Grindleton Community Pub John is also Chairman of Trustees of the Grindleton Recreation Ground Charity. John is a keen cricket and fly-fishing enthusiast whose ability has never quite matched his enthusiasm!
Chris was born in Germany but moved to Grindleton over 20 years ago with his parents. He has worked locally in Clitheroe for the last 10 years as a Mechanical Engineer for Spiroflow where he has held multiple roles and now manages their engineering. He has experience in Project Management and Sales as well as working closely with Suppliers. Chris has experience renovating his own property on Main Street over the last few years which is now finished and where he lives. He is excited about the Community Pub and Café project, it is definitely a village asset he can have more of a connection with.
Judy grew up in Stourbridge and moved to Lancashire in 1990. She started working with Lancashire schools in 1995, developed an appetite for public sector finance and moved to Bowland High as business manager in 2007. She is now a partner in a regional networking company www.lasbm.com providing conferences, expertise and professional development opportunities for school business leaders. She lives in Grindleton, with her husband Pete – a keen fisherman. They enjoy getting involved in village life and find plenty of time for socialising and walking with their two yellow Labradors. Judy really misses having a pub in the village and is very willing to do all she can to make our community pub & café project happen.
Chris has over 30 years’ experience in senior marketing positions with a number of healthcare companies. In his last position he was a member of a start-up team that developed technology from Oxford University, growing the company until it was floated on the NASDAQ stock market in the USA. He then retired to the Ribble Valley with his wife Sue, moving to Grindleton just as the Duke of York closed! Chris moved to the area to pursue his outdoor hobbies including fly fishing, walking, repairing dry stone walls and has now taken up bowls as he admits he is too old to play cricket. He is looking forward to having his first foaming pint in the pub in the near future.
Claire and her husband, Graham, moved to Grindleton over 30 years ago and have been very involved in the community since then. She misses the convenience of a local pub, the opportunity to meet up with neighbours and enjoy a nice meal out on those evenings when cooking feels like a chore. She would also like to see The Duke of York, which is looking very sad and in need of some T.L.C. at the moment, brought back to life by the community. Claire is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She has worked as Financial Controller for a variety of companies but for the past ten years she has worked as the Financial Controller for a manufacturing company in Burnley. In addition to her role with the Grindleton Community Pub, Claire is also a trustee of the Grindleton Alms Houses.