Phoenix Staff Team
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!
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.
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.
A retired Chartered Surveyor, John spent most of his professional career in the public sector, working for Cambridgeshire County Council and then The Medical Research Council. John has been a Governor at local Primary, Secondary and Special schools over many years. In addition, he was a Director of a local community charity engaged in sporting activities.
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"
'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.'
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!