Findon Village Store
Run by the Community for the Community
Phone: 01903 877110
Store Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat 07:00 - 19:00 Sunday 07:00 - 12:00
Post Office Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri 08:30 - 17:30 Sat 08:30 - 12:30
Sun 08:30 - 12 noon
The Management Committee
The Store and Post Office is owned and run by Findon Village Collective Ltd (FVC). A management committee has been elected by shareholders, to develop and manage the business on their behalf. The Management Committee comprises:
Chairman: Peter Goldsworthy
Peter moved to Findon in 1993, to build, and then manage, Goring Hall Hospital, which he did until 2000 when illness intervened. He joined the Parish Council in 1997, serving as Chairman from 2007, until the village store suddenly closed in 2017, when he initiated the “buy it or lose it” campaign. Peter chaired the interim management committee of FVC Ltd and is now chair of the elected committee. He intends to step down once a suitable successor comes forward in 2019. Married to Anne for 50 years, he has 4 lovely grandchildren, is still a Parish Councillor, an occasional golfer, and Chair of Worthing Golf Club. Peter is very proud to have helped the village to save the shop.
Vice-Chair, Business Operations Development Manager: Steve Smith
Steve is a retired Partner within the Global Consulting Services division of a major USA Corporation. He has held many senior roles and has a considerable wealth of experience in business management. He has focussed on growth, profitability, operational and performance improvement, across many sectors and particularly in retail. He has managed everything from small consulting teams to thousands of staff involved in outsourcing of IT and business processing. Steve is committed to making the shop the very best it can be for the community it serves.
Treasurer: Helen Woods
Helen is a chartered accountant managing training delivery from offices in London and Birmingham. Living in Findon with her husband and children, working from home whenever possible, she values the shop and post office as a key part of what makes a modern approach to work viable, while living in a vibrant village community in a beautiful setting.
Company Secretary: Jan Vandevelde
Most of Jan’s career has been in corporate governance, risk and claims management. She has a post-graduate Diploma and a Masters in Law. She now works as a teacher, book editor, and as an exam reader for dyslexic students. Jan and her family have lived in Findon since 1994, and see the shop and post office as an essential part of village life.
Buildings Advisor: Stephen Porti
Stephen Porti is a landowner and organic farmer. He came on board to look after the fabric of the building, including the flat above the shop. Stephen’s comment on why he is involved with the management committee was: “I was overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of all those involved with the purchase and regeneration of the shop, and wanted to be part of it.”
Branding, Promotions, Product Selection and Sourcing: Becky Fagan
Becky is a creative retailer who ran her own floristry business for many years. She is determined to ensure that the shop is successful by blending traditional values with a modern retailing outlook that will meet the needs of as many villagers as possible.
Advertising, PR and Communications: Jo O’Dell
Jo is a previous owner of the Post Office and Shop, which, until she left, was a profitable venture. The Committee now draws on her excellent experience and retail advice. Jo lives in the village and, despite working full-time in London, still manages to work in the shop on a voluntary basis from time to time, as well as leading on PR and Communications Strategy.
Management Accountant and Assistant Treasurer: Alan Holmes
Alan is a retired Chartered Accountant and was an audit partner in mid-tier National Partnerships for over 30 years. After retiring from this role he spent 6 years working with a small accounting practice providing a full range of services to mainly one-man companies before finally unplugging his adding machine!!
Having moved to the village only 6 months ago he was impressed by what had been achieved in setting up and operating the Village Shop. He was on the verge of volunteering to work in the shop when he heard about the vacancy for the Assistant Treasurer’s role and concluded this was probably where he could make a more useful contribution – he looks forward to joining the team that has achieved so much in such a short time.
Registered Name & Address:
Findon Village Collective Ltd
Findon Village Store