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:  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.

Vice Chair:  Patrick Colville 


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!!


Company Secretary:  Richard Pratt

Richard is a retired dental surgeon with wide experience in NHS and private practice both as a provider and business owner. For many years, he’s been a director and company secretary of a small flat management company, albeit with far fewer shareholders than FVC Ltd!  He’s also a volunteer in the shop and a regular member of that happy band of brothers – the high viz wearing Findon Village Volunteers working party.


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.”


Sourcing:  Rebecca 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.


Operational Support:  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.


Compliance:  Anne Colville

Anne has lived in Findon for the last 23 years.  She started her career as a Nurse and before retiring as a Director across a group of 9 care homes throughout East and West Sussex. Newly retired she wanted to become more involved in the local community and still utilise her skills acquired from years of working in health and social care.  She is a volunteer in the shop and has subsequently been asked to be part of the committee looking into best practice across health and safety, infection control and first aid.

Logistical Support:  Chris Blacker

Chris moved to Findon with his wife Sharon in 2016. His family have lived in the village for many years.
Chris enjoyed a career in the merchant navy as a navigating officer. He then went on to command a large oil tanker in addition to working as a marine pilot in west Africa.
Chris retired in 2021 and now acts as part of the sourcing team on the committee. Chris’s wife Sharon is also a volunteer in the shop.

Volunteer Liaison:  Annie Whitchurch

Annie took on the post of Volunteer Trainer shortly after the shop opened in 2017. She continues to work in the shop and train new recruits in a voluntary capacity, working closely with the Volunteer Coordinator. Originally a teacher at Sion School, she was co-opted to the Management Committee in July 2021 with responsibility for communication and liaison with the Manager and  volunteers, book-keeping tasks and aspects of compliance. She also writes the shop’s monthly article for the Findon News.


Registered Name & Address:

Findon Village Collective Ltd
Findon Village Store
Horsham Road
BN14 0TF

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