Meet the Committee

HILARY KEMP
CHAIR

I moved to Letchworth in 2003, and have involved myself with a variety of community activities – from organising events in Howard Park, to chairing the annual Letchworth Festival. Due to the Settlement’s important role in Letchworth’s life, I wanted to take an active role in securing its future beyond its 100th year. I am honoured to have become chair of the Settlement Committee at this significant and challenging point in time.

My ‘day job’ is a Product Director working on Big Data for Social Good, using data to tackle global humanitarian challenges. I have a teenage daughter at Highfield School.

MARIAN ADAMS
SECRETARY

My first career was working for the Church of England, ending up as Head of Accounting Services for the National Church Institutions. I then became the Finance Director for the UK office of an international healthcare charity where I was not only responsible for finance, but governance, HR and IT. I took early retirement a few years ago.

I enjoy needlework, cricket, tennis, theatre and travel. I am also the Secretary for LALG and a governor at a local school. I have lived in Letchworth for over 35 years and am married with one grown up daughter.

ALAN HIGBEY
TREASURER

Graduated from Reading University before embarking on a 36-year career with Lloyds Bank, latterly as a senior manager looking after large corporate customers. After retiring early, for the past 11 years I have worked part-time for an ex-customer helping him with his finances.

Married with two grown up daughters I am interested in football (watching as too old to still be playing) and theatre and have often been to the Settlement to watch the Settlement Players. Having lived in Letchworth for over 30 years now, I want to help the Settlement beyond its present difficulties and into a bright new post-COVID future.

KATHERINE ALCOCK
COMMITTEE MEMBER

I have lived in Letchworth since I was 11 years old, and was introduced to the Settlement way back in the year 2000. I am a tour guide and historian, who spends most of my days showing visitors around the South of England, and hanging out in the British Museum. I also run a small web design and photography business that keeps me busy during the winter, and I am a professional actor, seen from time to time treading the boards of the West End.

NIGEL CARRICK
COMMITTEE MEMBER

Long term resident of Letchworth and associations with the Settlement for the last 18 years. Previously an architect, volunteer abroad for 2 years and community development officer in Buckinghamshire. Also ceramicist selling and exhibiting.

STEPHEN CHARLES
COMMITTEE MEMBER

I have lived in North Hertfordshire for over 30 years and been actively involved with the Settlement Players for 10 years, and their chair for the last two.  My career has been spent as an analytical scientist, and for the last 20 years I have worked with GSK, mostly on respiratory medicines.  At the end of 2019 I took an open ended sabbatical to follow my interests in history, ancestry and archaeology.  I have always been involved with community organisations and I hope to use my career and community experiences for the benefit of the Settlement and the local community.

ABIGAIL HUFFER
COMMITTEE MEMBER

Hertfordshire born and bred, I grew up in Bygrave before moving to London to study at University College London. As a child, my Nana used to help in the kitchen at the Settlement and my Mum attended quilting lessons, so I have known about the Settlement since childhood. Despite doing my PGCE in Secondary Modern Languages, the majority of my teaching career has been with adults, and I joined the Settlement as a German tutor in 2018. I am proud to work at the Settlement and become part of the Committee to continue its work for future generations.

NATALIE MAGUIRE
COMMITTEE MEMBER

For most of my career I taught English to and organised courses for adults and 16-19 year olds in two London colleges of further education. When I retired I moved to Hitchin and discovered the Settlement. I have attended many courses for many years in art, art history, language and general interest. It’s an organisation I feel very attached to and I’d very much like to play a part in its ongoing survival and to see it flourish and grow.

SHAUNA MILLER
COMMITTEE MEMBER

I moved to Letchworth in 2020, but have lived around North Hertfordshire previously. As a qualified teacher I have a passion for education. I was attracted to the history of the Settlement and helping to preserve its important part in the local community. I also volunteer with Reach Out in North Herts, befriending and helping local residents.

 

I work full time as an IT Project Manager at the moment and have two older children. I enjoy playing netball, travelling and cooking.

Christina Butterworth

Committee member responsible for Property

I have lived in North Hertfordshire since 1983 and moved to Letchworth in 1990 to embrace the environment and resources of the First Garden City. Having spent most of my career working nationally or internationally I retired in February 2020 and decided to use my newfound time and energy to get involved in various local communities, including: the Letchworth Arts & Leisure Group, Garden House Hospice Care and now the Letchworth Education Settlement. I have valued the ability for lifelong learning and connecting with others during my 40-year career as a nurse and look forward to supporting Settlement staff, volunteers and users to do the same.

Barry Neale JP

Committee member and Volunteer Co-Ordinator

I have lived in Letchworth with my wife Linda since 2015, having previously lived in Luton, where I was born. My career was spent working with the Ministry of Defence, supporting the Armed Forces in a variety of roles in the UK and overseas. I retired in 2002. I also served (unpaid) as a Magistrate for many years in Luton and Bedfordshire, and was the first Chairman of the (unified) County Bench. I have volunteered as a trustee for a number of charities over the years, and am a keen advocate of voluntary service within the local community.

Val Button

Committee Member

Although I have worked in theatre, tv and film as a costume designer and maker, most of my career has been as a free-lance costumer specialising in the replication of period clothes. Clients have included The Royal Palaces and costume museums throughout the UK. I was a visiting lecturer at Loughborough College of Fashion teaching the construction of corsetry. I moved to Letchworth in 1999 following an invitation from the Heritage Museum to design and produce ‘The History of Corsetry’ for the Spirella exhibition. More recently I have carried out textile restoration and framing for locally based Kendals, specialists in furniture restoration and picture framing.

Natalie Maguire

Committee Member

For most of my career I taught English to and organised courses for adults and 16-19 year olds in two London colleges of further education. When I retired I moved to Hitchin and discovered the Settlement. I have attended many courses for many years in art, art history, language and general interest. It’s an organisation I feel very attached to and I’d very much like to play a part in its ongoing survival and to see it flourish and grow.

Christina Butterworth

Committee member responsible for Property

I have lived in North Hertfordshire since 1983 and moved to Letchworth in 1990 to embrace the environment and resources of the First Garden City. Having spent most of my career working nationally or internationally I retired in February 2020 and decided to use my newfound time and energy to get involved in various local communities, including: the Letchworth Arts & Leisure Group, Garden House Hospice Care and now the Letchworth Education Settlement. I have valued the ability for lifelong learning and connecting with others during my 40-year career as a nurse and look forward to supporting Settlement staff, volunteers and users to do the same.

Barry Neale JP

Committee member and Volunteer Co-Ordinator

I have lived in Letchworth with my wife Linda since 2015, having previously lived in Luton, where I was born. My career was spent working with the Ministry of Defence, supporting the Armed Forces in a variety of roles in the UK and overseas. I retired in 2002. I also served (unpaid) as a Magistrate for many years in Luton and Bedfordshire, and was the first Chairman of the (unified) County Bench. I have volunteered as a trustee for a number of charities over the years, and am a keen advocate of voluntary service within the local community.

Val Button

Committee Member

Although I have worked in theatre, tv and film as a costume designer and maker, most of my career has been as a free-lance costumer specialising in the replication of period clothes. Clients have included The Royal Palaces and costume museums throughout the UK. I was a visiting lecturer at Loughborough College of Fashion teaching the construction of corsetry. I moved to Letchworth in 1999 following an invitation from the Heritage Museum to design and produce ‘The History of Corsetry’ for the Spirella exhibition. More recently I have carried out textile restoration and framing for locally based Kendals, specialists in furniture restoration and picture framing.

Natalie Maguire

Committee Member

For most of my career I taught English to and organised courses for adults and 16-19 year olds in two London colleges of further education. When I retired I moved to Hitchin and discovered the Settlement. I have attended many courses for many years in art, art history, language and general interest. It’s an organisation I feel very attached to and I’d very much like to play a part in its ongoing survival and to see it flourish and grow.