Our current board, elected by the members of Norden Farm at the 2012 AGM are:
Martin Kaye - Chair
Martin, a Maidenhead resident, has over 35 years’ experience as a chartered accountant. He was previously a senior tax partner in accountants and business advisors BDO LLP where his management roles included being Head of Risk Management and having Profit & Loss Account responsibility for two large business units of the firm. Martin's current interests outside Norden Farm include being Chairman of a Pension Trust Company and a Chairman of an international charity that promotes economic empowerment for women in countries where they lack equal opportunities. He has an MA in Art History from The Open University.
He was appointed as Chairman of the Trustees in July 2015.
Susan Flinders - Vice Chair
Susan has worked across a large number of industries and at all levels including board director, giving her an unusual breadth of knowledge, skills and experience including in business and brand development, marketing, events, retail, hospitality and membership bodies. She has an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset and uses this to develop organisations delivering positive results. She engenders enthusiasm and motivation in those she works with. She has lived in Maidenhead for 25 years, has been Chairman of Maidenhead Astronomical Society for 3 years and has been a weekly volunteer at the TVAP Fun Club for over 5 years.
Tony Stock - Board Secretary
Tony is a retired Chartered Engineer with a background in informatics and general management in the private and public sectors. He has experience in developing results orientated cultures in organisations large and small. His voluntary and community activities have included roles as school governor, chairman of Windsor and Maidenhead Voluntary Action, board member of a national housing association and NHS Non-executive Director. He has a broad interest in the arts including theatre, film, music and visual art. He enjoys choral singing, and has recently revived an interest in watercolour painting.
John Seymour - Chair of Finance Committee
John has lived in Maidenhead since marriage in 1963. After a degree in History, he did National Service in the RAF, training as a Russian interpreter. He started as a tax inspector in the Inland Revenue, then worked for 15 years in IT. For 15 years he ran various industrial businesses, and then spent 15 years in international marketing and business development, including setting up joint ventures in China and Russia.
Since retirement he has been active in various voluntary roles, including school governor, churchwarden, the CAB, and the Bray Society.
Clifford Perkins - Honorary Treasurer
Margaretha Welsford - Chair of Long Barn Catering Ltd
Over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, specialising in sales & marketing of events. She is currently Director of Sales for a rapidly expanding group of conference venues in London, successfully doubling the group’s revenue over the last 5 years and opening 6 new venues. Margaretha has been a keen member of various amateur dramatics groups both in the UK and her native Sweden and believes a venue has many similarities with a theatre, where success is only achievable if talents both “on stage” and “back of house” are focused towards a common goal.
Norma Herdson - Vice Chair of Long Barn Catering Ltd
Norma worked in education in the Borough for 20 years full-time including Deputy Headship – subsequently staff training in local schools. As a former RBWM Councillor,she worked with and represented residents and was involved in decision-making on various Council committees.
She has been Chair of Maidenhead and District Arts Council for 10 years – an umbrella organisation for 45 local arts groups, working together to support arts in the community. The arts – music, drama and visual arts – take up her spare time, often playing in concerts with friends to raise money for local charities.
Iain has lived in Maidenhead for 28 years and has been involved with Norden Farm since opening. He organised sponsorship for the Courtyard Theatre for the first 3 years. His career has been in the Telecommunications industry in the Thames Valley and he has held senior positions in a number of companies including Nortel, Vodafone and Cisco Systems. He is now Chief Engineer of MusicQubed delivering mass market digital music services.
He has created and maintained the Norden Farm website since opening and provides regular IT support to the technical team.