Ian Cooper (Chair)
Ian spent 24 years with Abbey National working in project management, training and development roles. His achievements included setting up and running a 600 seat contact centre. In 2001 he left Abbey National to work for himself, operating as an interim manager and training consultant, Ian currently works in Adult Education, helping the long-term unemployed and people with mental and physical difficulties obtain work and integrate into the wider community.
Ian was recruited on to the Board of CAL in 2016 by the then Chair Hazel Turner.
When not working or occupied with CAL, Ian keeps busy honing his cooking and baking skills, and building a pottery studio for his wife.
Rachael FitzGerald-Finch (Hon. Treasurer)
After completing a degree in biochemistry at Holloway College Rachael joined the Metropolitian Police and served as police officer for three and a half years. She then joined the Army and after completing officer training at Sandhurst, served in the Logistics Corp in the UK and Afghanistan. She then completed the Ammunition Technical Officer's course before undertaking specialist roles in the UK and Afghanistan. After leaving the Army, Rachael completed an MBA and joined Wildcat IS, a company providing specialist consultancy and training services in counter terrorism and explosives.
Graham's started his working life with Southern Gas before moving to quality assurance roles with Plessey, first in sheet metal production then the semi-conductor division. He then went on to manage a garage door company before becoming a Senior Technical Consultant with a data conversion company. Since 2000 he has run his own business,Graham Every Ltd, undertaking data conversion. Graham came to CAL as a volunteer minibus driver and has been driving ever since. He joined the board in 2015.
Originally from Birmingham, Sue moved to the area in 1971 when her husband purchased a sawmill at Castle Frome. Originally trained as secretary, Sue worked for a number of companies before joining her husband in his family woodworking business. She went to work for an accountant for a number of years before joining the Mental Health team of Herefordshire Council, a post she greatly enjoyed. She worked closely with Approved Mental Health Professionals, and also managed the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) legislation for Herefordshire. Sue is enjoying a busy retirement that includes being an Advocate, a lot of amateur dramatics (a life long passion), playing bridge and ringing church bells. She also works on CAL's Ring & Ride desk two mornings a week.
For 33 years, Bryan Spencer was a GP in Essex. Latterly he was a Board member for the Mid Essex Clinical Commission Group, responsible for the health care of 370,000 people and a budget of £400m. In June 2016, following retirement, he moved to the Ledbury area and almost immediately volunteered as a driver with CAL. He now drives for Ring & Ride and a regular mini-bus run for Much Marcle Primary School. When not volunteering he enjoys gardening and keeping hens (his free-range eggs are available from the CAL office).
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in natural sciences John had 39 year career in defence electronics. He worked for Elliott Brothers in Borehamwood and Sperry Gyroscope in Bracknell before coming to the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency in Malvern. Since retiring in 2007, John has been heavily involved in the not-for-profit sector. He has been Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of the Lady Emily Community Hall at Tarrington and is an active member of the City of Hereford Rotary Club. He joined CAL in 2008 and is a regular minibus and Ring & Ride driver. He also served as a Parish Councillor for 10 years.