Lichfield Waterworks Trust
Committee Members elected June 2017
Chairman; David Moore MA (trustee)
I am a retired construction industry professional having worked in industry for over 40 years in both the public and private sectors.
I have a keen interest in photography, film making, history and heritage. I have studied for a master’s degree in Public History at Ruskin College Oxford.
Philip Bowers – C.Eng. M.I.Mech.E (trustee)
Trustee and Health and Safety Advisor
I worked in the power supply industry for 31 years mainly in the design, construction and operational elements of power supply. I then retired early from being an Engineering Manager in the Combined Heat and Power sector to work at a sports college for five years passing my skills on to others and having an absolutely wonderful time.
Since taking early retirement I have enjoyed horse riding, fishing, sailing, cycling, crown green bowling and skiing whilst keeping up to date with advancements in engineering.
Gill Bellenie (trustee)
I studied for a degree in Environmental Sciences at Salford University, and later qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, enjoying 30 years advising both public bodies and private companies on their property strategies. I took a career break in 2002 to study Architectural History at Edinburgh University. Whilst there I sat on the Civic Society’s planning committee commenting on planning applications and was also elected as a Fellow of the Society of Scottish Antiquaries. I have always been interested in industrial archaeology, particularly the building of the canal system and anything to do with the industrial revolution. I recently retired and have become involved in Church Recording and work for the Erasmus Darwin Trust.
Kate Gomez (trustee)
Trustee and community engagement.
I am a community development worker and am involved in several initiatives locally as well as working on a project to tackle social isolation in the over 50s in Birmingham. One of the fundamental principles of the work I do is to encourage members of the community to come together to share their skills, knowledge and resources with each other. I recently graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a first-class honours degree in Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language and I am especially passionate about using heritage and a sense of place to help build cohesive and active communities.
As part of my interest in local history, I have written a book on Staffordshire and also write a blog, telling the stories of local people and places. Well respected founder of Lichfield Discovered, contributes historical articles to the local press, community liaison officer with Staffordshire County Council
I have been involved with the Lichfield Waterworks Trust from the beginning, and strongly believe that Sandfields Pumping Station can be somewhere people come together to learn, create, be inspired and have fun.
Philip Mantom (trustee)
Philip is well known in the community and charity sector in Staffordshire having worked for the Lichfield CVS from 2008 to 2013 and then as a Consultant on governance and funding from 2013. Philip coordinated the development of the Talent match project for Support Staffordshire, this is a £2m 5 year initiative to help young people in to work and is acting as a funding advisor for the Free Spirit Horse memorial at the NMA.
He is bringing this expertise to the board of the Trust and works closely with Kate Gomez on community development and membership.
Philip’s background is in customer service and contract management for Utilities companies and is still proud of having kept the contractor legers for multimillion pound engineering works accurate to the last penny!
His first degree was in the History of Science from the University of Leeds, and more recently a Dip.Ed from Staffordshire University in 2011. When he is not herding his two cats then he is usually on the fells of Cumbria and Westmorland.
Stephen Sanders Honorary Vice Chairman
Chris Pattison (treasurer)
I was employed by South Staffs Water from 1972 to 2004. In the latter years of my time there I took an increasing interest in their extensive archives which were in a pretty poor state and scattered far and wide. So I spent a fair chunk of my spare time over the next few years putting them in order. Around 1997 Sandfields was decommissioned and with the Company’s blessing, I helped set up the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station Mark 1 which comprised a small group of SSW enthusiasts and some of the Claymills members. We went into the station on Monday evenings to carry out basic cleaning and preservation tasks. We used to open the station to the public periodically especially on Heritage Open Days in September each year. This all came to an end when Persimmon bought the site in 2004, which coincided with my retirement from SSW. A couple of years later I was approached by the then MD of SSW who asked me to set up a company archive room at their HQ in Walsall, so my wife Sue and I spent about 6 months on this project. The room was opened in September 2006 and I still maintain it.
Vacancies – Finance Officer (trustee)