Having spent over thirty years with British Telecom in the fields of New Technology Introduction, Operations and Customer Service, since retirement Alan has focused on a wide range of voluntary work. Over the years he has served on the East Brighton Education Action Zone, the Brighton and Hove Community Partnership, chaired the Institute of Telecom Professionals, and also chaired Wired Sussex, which gave support to IT start-ups. More recently his activities have included being chair of the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance and Deputy Chair of Amberley Working Museum.
Jenny worked for the Post Office for over 30 years, qualifying as an Accountant (ACCA) through the company’s Finance Development scheme. Her senior roles included Head of Audit for Post Office Counters and Director of Finance for Royal Mail London District. Since taking early retirement she has been part of the Post Office Fellowship Board as Finance Director and Vice Chair. Jenny is married to Graham Handley who is a long serving member and active supporter of POFR.
David has been a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants in the Vale of Evesham for more than twenty-five years. He has also been Treasurer for The Workman Trust Charity for 20 years, a local charity which has maintained and renovated the village school room. He is married with three grown up children.
Martyn spent over 45 years with Royal Mail, initially working in Operations as a manager then moving into admin and managerial positions in wages and personnel. He was later seconded to the Royal Mail managerial union, the Communication Managers Association, holding positions in the Anglia Territory and then on the National Executive. In this role he interfaced with a wide variety of business units within the Royal Mail group. He was CMA lead on health & safety, with an additional focus on welfare and mental health.
Tom had over thirty years’ experience with the then Trusthouse Forte group, managing several hotels. He became a Divisional Managing Director and was appointed to the THF Board, as well as being a Governor of Colchester Institute for 10 years. Tom was invited to join the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance Board in 1995 as a non-executive director and was the hotel advisor to the Board until the closure and sale of the hotels, retiring from this role in January 2021. He is now a trustee of the PORF, as well as now spending his time with his wife Gail, playing golf and being a volunteer hospital driver.
Ernie joined the Post Office as a telegram boy in 1954 at the age of 15, soon moving to Post Office Counters. He was active in the Communication Workers Union for many years, rising from Branch Committee member to Acting Deputy General Secretary. He was also a Trustee of the PO Pension Scheme for some thirty years and chaired the Union’s Insurance Society for four years prior to retiring. Ernie was formerly a panellist on Employment Tribunals and has been a trustee for the Rowland Hill Fund for eighteen years.
Simon was the Company Secretary for the Post office Fellowship of Remembrance for nearly twenty years. He has now joined the Trustee Board of the PORF, to which he brings his experience of running a business together with a deep understanding of the ethos and objectives of both organisations. He previously worked for British Coal on research and engineering projects. Simon takes part in the Cenotaph parade every year to remember the men and women of the GPO who died in the two World Wars. He has two children, and lives in Cheltenham with his partner.
Paul began his career with Post Office Telecommunications in 1976 in Staffordshire, starting as an engineer and moving through the ranks becoming the Sales Director for Midlands and the North of England for the Public Sector. He joined the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance Board in 2006. On retiring from BT in 2015 he took on a volunteer role for HF Holidays leading walking holidays across the UK and Europe.
Debbie spent over thirty years working for BT plc, primarily in human resources. After retiring she managed the BT Benevolent Fund for almost eleven years. She is also on the board of EnviroAbility, a Herefordshire-based charity which promotes projects which benefit disadvantaged groups of people, the community and the environment, and is Vice Chair of the trustee board of the Civil Service Insurance Society Charity Fund, a grant-making charity. She is widowed with one daughter, and lives in Monmouth.