Members are the heart of SouthGen

We are a values-led, members-based business. Shareholders are more than financial investors. Investors become members, and every member, regardless of how many shares they own, has one vote in the affairs of the Society.

Members can stand for and elect the Management Committee. They also decide the amount of interest to be paid, limits on share withdrawals, and how to reinvest profits for the benefit of the community.

Read more about your role as a member in our Membership Strategy.

The Management Committee

SouthGen’s current Management Committee consists of six people with a mix of skills that represent our community’s diversity. All have operational roles in delivering this project.

Jessica de Grazia Jeans

Chair

Jessica is a retired barrister who worked for many years as a consultant in institutional capacity building in the criminal justice system.

She has lived in Southwold part time and full-time since 1987. Her children attended pre-school and primary school in the area.

Jessica wrote the submission that resulted in the denial of the NHS appeal of the Old Hospital’s ACV designation and negotiated the deal with Hastoe and the NHS to buy back the Old Hospital. Now she is Project Manager for the redevelopment phase and lead Grant Writer.

Duncan Cardwell

Vice Chair

Duncan is Chief of Growth at Adnams Plc. and also serves on its Executive Committee. Duncan’s business experience spans the tech sector, start-up companies, logistics, bricks and mortar retail, and E-commerce.

Duncan fully understands the problems of start-up companies, and thinks outside the box to find innovative solutions to seemingly daunting problems.

He also understands the business of job creation and growing people’s skills to enhance employability. Duncan has three children and commutes to the Adnams Distribution Centre daily from his home in Norfolk.

Charlotte Brown

Company Secretary

As an insurance loss adjuster, Charlotte’s career has taken her all over the world investigating catastrophic accidents in the oil and gas sector. Until recently, she was a Board Director at Matthews Daniel, a small company of specialist energy loss adjusters.

Charlotte and her husband, Andrew visited Southwold for the first time several years ago, fell in love with it, and decided to move to the town to live here full time. Charlotte has thrown herself into the life of the area, dedicating hundreds of hours of her time to SouthGen, and brings to the Management Committee an understanding of business and corporate risk, a sharp eye for detail, and a commitment to making this project successful, no matter what it takes.

David Burrows

Dave, who was born and raised in Reydon, brings to SouthGen drive, enthusiasm, commitment to community, plus valuable expertise in the construction sector. Dave, who started as a ‘brickie’, worked as a project manager for M S Oakes Ltd before moving to the UAE where he served in senior management roles in the oil and gas sector. Family and his love of Suffolk drew him back to his Reydon roots.

His start-up company, Pegasus Solutions, provides facilities to the offshore energy sector and construction industry. Dave, who has three small children, fully understands the issues facing local businesses and young families. Besides serving as Southwold Town Crier, Dave is the Chair of Sole Bay Utd Junior Football Club and recently set up the Sole Bay Football School for children aged 2 – 6

Martin Culwick

Treasurer

Martin is well known face to local residents from his years working at Lloyds Bank in the Market Square and then H.A. Adnams on the High Street, and also his long record of community service. For 20 years, Martin kept the books of the Southwold Sailors Reading Room and was secretary to the Southwold Lions for three years.

In his retirement, he is a driver for the Voluntary Help Centre and serves as SouthGen’s Treasurer.

Martin’s meticulous record keeping and his patience in negotiating the online world of HMRC and banking make him a huge asset to SouthGen.

Nicola Jopling

Nicola, who is currently employed as a Digital Consultant at GroupM, the world’s largest media investment group, has 19 years experience in the world of advertising. She has led the strategic communications planning for some of the world’s most high-profile brands. She holds a Cannes Media Lion for her creativity.

Nicola, who lives in London, is a frequent visitor to Southwold; her extended family owns a second home around the corner from the Old Hospital. When Nicola learned of the project, she volunteered to help with SouthGen’s marketing and communications strategy for shares. Nicola brings to SouthGen the perspective of the visitor and second homeowner who think of Southwold and Reydon as their second community.

The Management Committee is supported by a Project Administrator, Phoebe Dunning, and volunteer advisors with expertise in creative design, childcare, hospitality, co-working office space, communications and marketing.

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