Meet the Team
Chantry Centre Trustees, Directors & Employees
Trustee since 2011
Adrian having held the position of Group Strategic Director for Cory Environmental, Managing Director of Green Investment Bank and ultimately setting up Tolvik Consulting Ltd, has wide commercial experience in all areas of business management with specific expertise in Finance.
Trustee since 2018
Andrew had a career in the Central Electricity Generating Board and its various successor companies, ending up as Head of Plant Engineering at Oldbury Technical Centre. He has been a member of The DODS for many years and is currently their treasurer. Andrew has held many roles locally having been a director of Kingshill House for many years and a school governor for more years than he cares to remember!
Trustee since 2010
Geoff was a founding Trustee of the Chantry Centre. Geoff has had extensive experience and involvement in the community development having held the role as Dursley Town Councillor, County Councillor for Dursley, Stroud District Councillor for Dursley, Chair for the Vale Vision Development Trust and Leader of Stroud District Council.
Trustee since 2017
Angela originally joined The Chantry Centre as a garden volunteer before becoming a trustee. She is retired after over 40 years in engineering working as a production planner. She is a founder member of Cheltenham Literature Festival and has a BA in Creative Writing. She sees The Chantry as a community and cultural hub and the garden as a green oasis in the centre of a busy, fast growing, town.
Cllr Symon Ackroyd
Trading Company Director since 2019
Symon worked in the IT industry for many years providing Service Delivery and Project Management to many companies up until 2016. Since then he ran his own Garden Maintenance business, Invigilated at Rednock School and brewed beer on a regular basis. He is the current Mayor of Dursley.
Symon was the last Chairperson of the old Lister Club before its transfer to the Chantry Centre in 2011. After taking a few years off until 2019, he joined the management company as Director supporting the Chantry Centre in the daily operations. Currently he has an additional part time role as Project Manager for the redevelopment of the Centre.
Chantry Centre Manager
Mark is the Chantry Centre's only full time employee and has been the manager for more than 15 years. His role covers the day-to-day running of the Chantry Centre including managing the bar on behalf of the Trading Company and undertaking maintenance activities.
Trustee since 2022
Richard is an experienced PLM Consultant and local business owner who started his career as an apprentice toolmaker and has progressed to supporting engineering organisations from micro through to ftse100 enterprises with specialist software and technology solutions.
He comes to the Chantry Centre as a local resident keen to help navigate technology solutions to benefit the charity and the local community.
Outside of work, he is far more unfit than he’d care to admit, but still enjoys, kayaking, paddleboarding and falling off a surfboard!
Deputy Bar Manager
Matty started playing skittles in the Lister Leagues in 2007 at the tender age of 14, he progressed to play twice a week being a member in a team in the Berkeley League as well. He has also played football for Cam Everside and Uley in the past. His first working experience at the Chantry Centre was via work experience whilst still at school. He is now the Deputy Bar Manager.
Trustee since 2022
Boo a regular user and avid supporter of The Chantry Centre became a Trustee in March 2022.
Trustee since 2022
Jemma has worked in marketing and communications for almost 20 years and currently works for the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) as Head of Communications. Originally born and having grown up in Gloucestershire, Jemma moved to Dursley in 2021 and joined the Chantry Centre team as a Trustee in 2022.
Having previously worked across the public, third and private sectors, and been a volunteer for various charities, she is excited to bring her skills and expertise to the Chantry Centre and support its mission of being a safe and welcoming centre for the community.