Meet the Team

Lichfield Waterworks Trust

Committee Members elected July 2019

Stephen Sanders Chairman (trustee)

Stephen Sanders attended the first of the Save Sandfields Pumping Station meetings and has been a member of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust since it was establishednd private sectors.

His background was in the industrial/architectural/manufacturing sector and he spent the greater part of his career in advertising, marketing and design.

He also has some experience in education, primarily teaching pottery in night school.


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.


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.


Kate Shaw-Kapsis (trustee)

I worked as an adult trainer for many years and have experience of working with people both in industry and the public sector, helping them to develop their skills.

Having taken early retirement, I enjoy a variety of activities through Tamworth U3A particularly in history, science and gardening.

I have an involvement with the RSPB Middleton Lakes reserve, participating in bumblebee surveying and in the role of ‘Meeting and Greeting’ visitors to the reserve.

Beekeeping is a hobby I share with my husband, managing a few colonies. I also taking an active role in the local Beekeeping club contributing to bee awareness days, educating the public about the importance of bees and how they can garden to help pollinators.


David Cross (trustee)

David has had two very different careers, first joining the CEGB in 1974 at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station as an operations engineer, then in 1979 he moved to Heysham 1 power station in Lancashire as a Control and Instrumentation engineer.  Moving back south 3 years later to the Nuclear Power Training Centre at Oldbury in Gloucestershire he spent 10 years managing and developing training simulators (rather like a flight simulator) replicating control rooms at the power stations, then took the opportunity to join a new team at Oldbury, producing training materials in workbook form, video and computer-based multimedia (long before the internet!).  Within that time span, he has visited and worked at every nuclear power station site in the UK with the exception of Dounreay!

Having ‘survived’ privatisation of the industry (but first gaining a Masters’ degree with the OU) he took voluntary redundancy in 1997 and did 18 months of freelance teaching in project management, before joining Staffordshire University as a program manager, teaching leadership and management to corporate clients.  Retiring in 2013 he now enjoys a wide range of interests and hobbies, one of which is a long-time interest in industrial archeology that was re-awakened when he joined in the fun at Sandfields in 2017!


Robin Taylor (trustee)

Robin has a professional background initially in engineering and more recently in human resources, learning, economic development and area re generation working in the public, private and voluntary sectors.  This included posts with Birmingham City Council, the Learning and Skills Council and within two regeneration zones in the West Midlands. Since taking early retirement in 2005 he helped to set up and run two innovative social enterprises and was the founder of Low Carbon Lichfield, a community based organisation working to promote carbon reduction, energy saving and sustainability. This led in 2012 to becoming a founder director of Southern Staffordshire Community Energy and in 2015 Chase Community Solar.

He volunteers for Friends to Friends (a charity that is run by and for people with learning disabilities that he helped to set up) and Fusion Credit Union and is a trustee of the Darwin Walk Lichfield. He is currently working with others to set up the Trishaw project, a charity that will be offering a pedal/electric powered taxi service in the Lichfield area to older and disabled people who would otherwise be isolated and housebound. This fits well with his active interest in community action, health and well- being (he is a tai chi teacher) and sustainability. He is also a passionate advocate for the arts and music and plays in a local band.

Robin has lived in Lichfield for over 40 years and is married with two grown up children and four grandchildren. He and his wife Jane celebrated their golden wedding in October last year.

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.

Why not join the most exciting new community venture in Lichfield?

Lichfield Waterworks Trust is turning the old Sandfields waterworks in Chesterfield Road into a unique center that will:

Establish a new visitor attraction in Lichfield

Provide a new facility for entertainment, weddings, musical performances, dramatic presentations and other community events

Keep alive one of the key parts of Litchfield’s heritage

This project can offer the opportunity for people with particular skills to make a real contribution Key projects include:

Restoration of the 1873 Cornish beam engine, one of the few of its kind left in the UK

Refurbishment and conversion of the interior of the building to provide a community space and visitor attraction

Exploring, researching and recording the history of the waterworks and pumping station

Making films, producing media material and publicity resources

By becoming a volunteer, you could:

Enhance your profile/ CV and boost your career

Apply and develop your skills and knowledge

Make a real difference to our architectural and industrial heritage

Vacancies – 

We are currently looking to recruit people who can help us with:

Finance Officer

Social Media Manager

Events Manager