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
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
Logistical Support: Chris Blacker
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