Our Trustees

Grove Cottage’s Trustees are the people who are ultimately responsible for governing Grove Cottage. The group between them has a wealth of experience covering a wide range of areas. The trustees meet bi-monthly and all major decisions are covered at these meetings.

Kevin Davis
Chairman of the Board
I was introduced to Grove Cottage in 2009 and became Chair of the Board in 2016. My instinct was to become involved with fundraising as I had experience in other charities. However, as time progressed and I gained a greater understanding of learning disability I have become more involved in helping deliver the aims and objectives of the charity. I am a former Metropolitan Police Detective and my later experience in the home office has allowed me to realise the importance of team work to achieve a shared goal.

Richard Smith
Treasurer
I have been involved with a number of national charities over the last 15 years and have always enjoyed using my business and commercial experience to help develop and grow the depth, breadth and reach of the respective charities. I wanted to get involved in a local charity and you cannot live in Bishop’s Stortford and have not come across Grove Cottage so was delighted to join the board in 2014! It is a privilege to be Trustee of this amazing charity which has served the local community for over 50 years, especially at such an exciting time as the charity embarks on some ambitious projects to widen its reach and secure its future for the next 50 years.

Amy Drew
I am by profession a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and in 2014 joined Grove Cottage to develop their much valued SLT provision. In 2016 I was invited to join the Board of Trustees which I have found to be a very worthwhile experience helping the charity deliver a range of services to our members with learning disabilities and supporting their families and carers. I have since stopped managing the SLT service but provide support and advice when needed.

Duncan Murdoch
Grove Cottage has enjoyed over 50 amazing years and the next 50 will see a huge change and step forward in its development. Grove Cottage provides a vital link to the community which it serves. Joining Grove Cottage as a Trustee in 2014 has been a huge honour and privilege and I share the passion and dedication of its staff, volunteers and members. I am a Chartered Surveyor, with my own company specialising in planning and development, and I seek to provide the Trustees with property expertise in their future growth. I have lived locally for many years and hope my community knowledge and expertise will help aid the development of Grove Cottage into the future.

Patrick Draper
Safeguarding Lead
I became involved with Grove Cottage as a Trustee in around 2010 and previously I was the Head Teacher at Benfield Primary school for 15 years. I gained lots of experience in Special needs education and wanted to get involved with Grove Cottage and help support their special needs Nursery. I am now involved in all areas of Grove Cottage in my role as a Trustee and find it very rewarding and wonderful to give back and help the local community.

Stephen Downing
Being the parent of a child diagnosed with autism and global development delay, I personally know the value of the services provided by Grove Cottage. Having fundraised for Grove Cottage since my son first attended, the logical next step was to become a Trustee, I therefore joined the board in 2018. My hope is that I can draw upon my fundraising experiences over the years, plus offer some direct feedback of our family’s experience as an end user. Professionally I am an insurance broker, with a specialism is construction and engineering insurance, so I can bring to bear my knowledge of the industry to Grove Cottage.

Tracy Fisher
I had wanted to volunteer with a local charity for some time and was first introduced to Grove Cottage by Richard Smith in 2015. I had moved to Bishop’s Stortford a few years prior and having seen and heard a lot about Grove Cottage, I knew it was a fantastic charity so I leapt at the chance to become involved. But it is from seeing first-hand the invaluable help and support it provides to its members and getting to know the amazing team that all work so hard to make it happen that I have come to appreciate how truly fantastic it is. It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to be a part of it. I am a corporate lawyer by trade and I am hopeful that I can contribute something of use to Grove Cottage and its work and growth going forward.

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