Findon Village Store
Run by the Community for the Community
Phone: 01903 877710
Mon to Sat 06:00 - 19:00
Sunday 06:00 - 12:00
The Management Committee
The Store and Post Office is managed by the Findon Village Collective Ltd (FVC). An interim Management Committee has been setup to oversee the re-development of the store and the first few months of operation.
The team comprise:
Chairman: Peter Goldsworthy
Ex-Chairman of Findon Parish Council and still a Parish Councillor. Peter has been a board member of Worthing Golf Club for 8 years. He has lived in the village since 1994, enjoys his public service commitments, and will serve until the formal election of FVC board members at the 2018 AGM.
Vice-Chairman: Joanna O’Dell
Jo is a previous owner of the Post Office and Shop, which until she left was a profitable venture. She now acts as the principle retail advisor to the shop’s management. Jo lives in the village and works in London with a full-time job position.
Shop Manager: Aud Stapleton
Aud worked in the shop during its last year of operation under the previous owners, and although has no long-term retail experience, has a wealth of management experience as a Senior Manager in Royal Mail for the previous 26 years of her working life. Aud lives in ‘The Old Post Office’ in Cross Lane, and in her spare time is a volunteer for St Barnabus.
Treasurer: Helen Woods
Helen is a qualified Chartered Accountant, living in Cross Lane with her husband and two sons. She works in London, training and examining accountancy students. Helen really values the Post Office as an asset for families living and working in Findon; for everything from being able to post back accountancy exam scripts to offering job opportunities for local students.
Management Accountant & Asst Treasurer: Dee Rempel
Dee is a full time Management Accountant for a company in Goring, has lived in Findon for 17 years with her family. Dee will be responsible for monthly and quarterly financial reports, is already overseeing the payroll and pension admin, and is pleased to put something back into the community having had both her children acting previously as paper girls and boys.
Company Secretary: Jan Vandevelde
Most of Jan’s Career has been in corporate governance and risk and claims management. She has a post-graduate Diploma and Masters in Law, and now works part-time as a teacher in English for adults and as an occasional exam reader for children with dyslexia. Jan has lived in the village for 23 years and sees the shop and post office as an essential part of village life.
Volunteer Coordinator: Julie Leitch
Julie came on board at short notice when Christina Bedford had to step down for health reasons, and has worked incredibly hard to fill all the volunteer slots that were needed. Her background is in call centre and corporate partner management, but Julie now works full time at Windlesham School. She is “excited to be part of a community that is committed to bringing our store and post office back to life, something that can’t be done without the amazing willingness of our 50 plus volunteers”.
Marketing & PR: Rebecca (Becky) Fagan
Becky is a creative retailer who ran her own florists shop for many years, and only moved to Findon a couple of years ago with her family. She is determined to ensure that the shop is successful by blending traditional values with a modern retailing outlook that will fulfil the needs of as many sections of the village as possible.
Buildings Advisor: Steven Porti
Steven is an organic farmer and landowner. He came on board to look after the fabric and renovation of our Grade 2 listed building, which of course includes the flat above the shop. Steven’s comment on why he is keen to become involved was “I was overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of all those involved with the purchase and regeneration of the shop, and wanted to be a part of it”.
Buildings Operations Advisor: Steve Smith
Steve has a wealth of experience in business performance and process improvement, particularly in the retail sector. He has extensive knowledge of supply chain management and contract negotiation and has a strong belief in teamwork and customer focus. Steve is keen to lend his skills and experience to help drive our business forward.