Meet the Trustees

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.

STEPHEN CHARLES
VICE CHAIR

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.   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.

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 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.

MARINE BOULTER
COMMITTEE MEMBER

Originally from France, I moved to England 25 years ago. My two children are now grown up and both live in Manchester. Over the years although I have taught at primary school level in after school clubs, I have mostly been involved in adult education. I started working at the Settlement 5 years ago. As well as teaching French I enjoy organising different types of events around the language. I love being part of the Settlement and looking towards the future, I’m delighted to be part of its development.

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.

COLIN CONNELLY
COMMITTEE MEMBER

Retired Structural and Civil Engineer, married over fifty years and proud father of three daughters and grandfather of six children. Follower of everything scientific (books, documentaries courses etc) and politics. Member of Cambridge Astronomical Association, Extinction Rebellion, Friends of the Earth, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Settlement Wine Discovery Group. Joint founder of an Architectural Practice and early implementer of Computer Aided Design in construction. Played National League Basketball and enjoys watching Rugby Union.  Keen cyclist and dog walker (Teddy the Cockerpoo) and regular fitness training. Read crime fiction. Try to not take myself too seriously.

COLLETTE HOEFKENS
COMMITTEE MEMBER

I have been working as a professional artist for over thirty years. Starting with commissions I gradually moved to speculative pieces, creating artworks inspired by the fauna and flora of Hertfordshire, where I have lived since a child.  I exhibit with Norton Way Gallery, Letchworth and the Wren Gallery, Burford.  
I am the proprietor of Norton Way Gallery, which I established in 2007. I work with, and represent, over thirty artists from across the UK and Europe. Previous to this I worked for other galleries and assisted in the curation and hanging of the Society of Equestrian Artists’ annual exhibitions in London.  
I have been teaching for over twenty years and started the life drawing classes at the Settlement in 2004.

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.