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Phoenix Staff Team



Jude has a background in the not-for-profit and charitable sector, and was previously a trustee of the charity. Now, as manager, her job is mainly to keep all the plates spinning, with the able help of the Phoenix community of staff, trustees and volunteers.



Alison is Phoenix’s Finance and Administration Co-ordinator, the staff member with the longest job title!  Her previous roles include working at a Church community café supporting adults with learning disabilities to build on their life and social skills.



Woody was previously at a Cambridge College, and now heads up our woodshed. His name isn’t a happy coincidence, we already had a Mark, and so he volunteered to change it!



Alie has an education background, and her previous experience in the voluntary sector includes organising the Gala Day at EACH in the village. She is now in charge of our kitchen, and as a keen gardener is already busy planning what to grow in our vegetable patch to cook in the kitchen.



Barney does a bit of everything at Phoenix, supporting everyone and anyone as needed and utilising his background as a tutor by delivering functional skills training to co-workers to improve their employability.  Prior to that he was a journalist and is delighted to have found a new way of using his communication skills. 



Chas, a retiree, had a previous background in commercial ventilation and air conditioning management and was a volunteer at Phoenix before being enticed to join the staff group. His construction site experience has proved invaluable in solving our property maintenance problems and although he is kept busy in all departments, his work in the woodshed is legendary – it is fair to say that he loves a challenge!  



Mark has been with Phoenix for over twenty years, starting with the previous incarnation of the charity, Silver Fern. Mark has responsibility for the safety and tidiness of the site, and is a source of all Phoenix related knowledge and history!



Misa, a local student, with an aspiration to help people, is responsible for making sure that Phoenix is clean every day – in her own words “a clean workplace is a happy workplace!”


Phoenix Trustees


Brian Guinee


Brian brings a wealth of experience to Phoenix from his background in industry, including over twenty five years working at local company, Domino Printing Sciences, where he was Director of Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Since joining the board, Brian has taken particular responsibility for the key area of health and safety.


Jackie Teasdale

Vice Chair

Jackie's son is a trainee at Phoenix, so she has known the trust for some time as a family member. Now retired she brings her past experience in special educational needs to the board.

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Charles Hobley


Charles comes to Phoenix from a financial background as a Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience, and is working to build on the community’s financial and governance foundations. Phoenix is the first charity he has been involved with and he is enjoying engaging with a charity he feels inspired by.


Norman Jones

Norman has considerable management experience having worked in the cement industry for over 40 years. He is a Trustee Director of the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund that has been a keen supporter of Phoenix since its formation.


Becky Munns

Becky is a local Milton resident who became involved with Phoenix through the Milton Little Library Project. Becky brings many years of HR experience to the team and is excited to be part of a charity for the first time. "I love the strong sense of purpose and community at Phoenix and its a brilliantly fun team to be a part of"


Neil Cook

'The Phoenix Trust is very much a family affair for Neil; he was introduced to the charity via his father David, who has been a valued trustee for a number of years. Neil has volunteered in all manner of ways and is often found helping the co-workers cook a hot lunch for the team. Neil's design and fit out company COEL is a sponsor of the Trust, and he recently rallied his local business contacts into funding and building a recreational room for the co-workers to enjoy a game of pool or a round of darts during their free time. As David steps down, Neil is delighted to take on the role of trustee and looks forward to adding to the enrichment activities which are so valued at The Phoenix Trust.'


Anna Ghale

Anna has been a secondary school teacher for over twenty years, initially as a science teacher and as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) for the last thirteen years.  Some of the children she has taught are now co-workers at Phoenix Trust, and her own child attends as a co-worker.  Anna believes that everyone can reach their potential and beyond with the right adaptations, reasonable adjustments and work arounds, and that Phoenix provides the right balance of a workplace in which to learn new employability skills and nurturing, caring environment.  Anna is looking forward to working with the Phoenix Team, mucking in when needed.

Our Patron


Neil Mackay


Neil Mackay

Neil has shown a keen interest in Phoenix for a number of years, so we were delighted when he agreed to be our patron. At his store on East Road, Mackay’s, we have Phoenix wares on display, and Neil is often on hand to tell potential customers about us, and critically, give directions to the site! 

Neil is something of a legend in the DIY world, and in fact, won the inaugural  Industry Personality Award in 2017, with the judges commenting particularly on how he strove to make retailing engaging and fun.

Mackay’s has been part of the Cambridge landscape for over a hundred years, selling hand and power tools, ironmongery, fasteners and fittings, ladders and access equipment, personal protection equipment, garden tools, and more. Mackay’s also have some of the most endlessly patient sales assistants in Cambridge – their web site might say “where the professionals shop”, but they are very welcoming to amateurs as well!

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