Meet the members


John Ellis – Chairman

John has spent a life time involved in Charities; one of his first memories is collecting with his parents for the local Philanthropic Society as a young child.

He went on to be Chair of a National Charity after being involved with The Samaritans, Round Table, Rotary and other local organisations.

Professionally he has held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sector.

When not involved with Charities John has been deeply involved with sport as a participant, official and administrator.


Richard Whitbread – Vice-Chair

Richard Whitbread is a qualified accountant who spent eight years in the bus industry as part of his career working in various business management roles until his retirement in 2014.

He remains a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

He has had a lifelong interest in surface transport and currently addresses some of the issues related to the legal aspects of the yelabus operation.


Bill Hill – Secretary

Bill spent 29 years working in the food industry in various sales and marketing roles. He worked at a number of companies including United Biscuits, Merrydown Cider and Associated British Foods.

Bill was UK and International Sales Director at Ryvita before moving into consultancy.

In 2010 Bill made a dramatic career change and retrained to become a Primary School Teacher. After a year at Winchester University he joined Oaklands Junior School in Crowthorne. Bill retired in July 2019.

Whilst working in the food industry he worked with a small children’s eye cancer charity called CHECT. He helped the charity recruit its first full time employee and was involved in developing a number of HR policies.

Bill and his wife are keen travellers both internationally and in their Romahome camper van. They have three children, two grandchildren and a dog. Bill has lived in Yateley since 1988.


Gill Hennell

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Maureen Ayres

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Tony Spencer

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Margaret Claydon

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