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Trustee Profiles

Chairman - Neil Bowerman Neil was born in London and moved to Pocklington in 1984. Moving on to Swanland in 2016. A widower from 2003, Neil is soon to be remarried to Joanne. All the children have left home and started producing grandchildren. Now retired, Neil worked as an Industrial Photographer and for the last 30 years for Rowntrees in a variety of roles. This included writing computer simulations and teaching problem solving as a Lean Six Sigma practitioner.

Joanne and Neil do a lot of dancing, principally Modern Jive and have recently starting learning Ballroom. Enthusiastic member of the South Cave and the Wolds Rotary Club, because of all the fascinating people you meet from all walks of life. Despite having to get a proper job when a mortgage was required, the love of pictures and photography has never gone away.

Secretary - Russ Garbutt was born and bred in West Hull and spent his latter formative years at Hull Trinity House Navigation School. A career in the British Merchant Navy spanning over forty years culminated in command with P&O Ferries on the Hull to Zeebrugge service.

Retiring sixteen years ago he is Secretary of the East Yorkshire committee of Seafarers UK, member of the Humber Port Welfare committee, charity steward of the de la Pole Lodge of Freemasons and actively pursuing local community engagement.

Russ has lived in the village of Swanland for over forty years, is married to Gillian and they have two grown up daughters living in neighbouring villages.

Treasurer - Rebecca Edge

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Bookings Secretary - Chris Page grew up in Cwmbran, South Wales, and worked for a computer development company for several years.

She is married to Andy and they have 2 children, a son 29, who is married, and a daughter 25, who live and work in different parts of the UK. They have moved, with Andy’s career, to several places in this country, spent a short period in the USA and moved to Swanland 17 years ago.

Chris retired in 2018, having worked in school admin for a number of years. Whilst being at home when the children were young, she had part-time admin jobs and been involved in a couple playgroups and Parent Teacher Associations (Both Primary and Secondary).

Chris enjoys reading and lots of crafts, including knitting, sewing and card making.

Trustee Allan Quarterman is a Hull man, and has lived in Swanland for a number of years.

He has had a career in the motor trade and presently is a manager with a large motor group in Leeds.

His interests include golf and the RNLI Hessle branch where he is very active, having supported the RNLI by running in the Dublin Marathon and The Great North Run and by abseiling from the Humber Bridge.

Trustee - Marion Riley is originally from Nottinghamshire but she has lived in Swanland for many years. She is married to Brendan and they have two daughters and five grandchildren. She had a successful career in teaching and, in 1989 was appointed Head of Physical Education and Community Tutor at Wilberforce College.

She retired in 2005 and is now involved in many organisations. Together with her husband she has been Chair and Vice Chair of Swanland Twinning Association for the past 4 years. She is a very active person, enjoying all outdoor pursuits. She carried the baton during the 2002 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay.

Trustee- Keith Carpenter Born in Radstock Somerset, brought up in Bristol and attended Bristol Cathedral School.

He is married with three children and six grand-children and moved to Swanland in 1978.

Over thirty-five years’ experience in the petrochemical and construction industry, working on numerous projects in the UK and overseas. Keith is now retired.


Trustee Janie Thoresby was born in Hampton, Middlesex moving on to a farm in Skerne, near Driffield as a 7 yr old. August 1963 was the start of a 54 nursing career working in hospitals in East Yorkshire, Shropshire, South Wales and private hospitals in Hull as a Ward Sister.
When Janie retired May 2017 she became a City of Culture volunteer, a role she still fulfils along with volunteering for Reading rooms and the Pearson Park project.
When her grandsons were small she went into St Andrew's School, Kirk Ella to listen
to year 1 reading as she had done when her children were there.
Family and friends are very dear to Janie
Hobbies are paper crafts and mixed media, china painting and walking her 2 dogs

Trustee Valerie Milne moved to Swanland with her husband eleven years ago having been relocated from Scotland when she started working in Hull.
She is employed in the pensions industry and has been a pensions manager in occupational pension arrangements for many years and with several large employers in the UK.She is currently also a trustee director of four occupational pension schemes.

She has a business law degree and am a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute. She recently moved to part-time working and is now taking time to meet other residents in Swanland and take part as much as she can in the running of the Village Hall whilst spending more time with her husband.

Trustee Andy Page grew up in South Wales and started work in the steel industry near Newport after university. Andy, his wife Chris and 2 children have moved to several places in the UK as his career progressed in the steel industry, including a short period in the USA. The family moved to Swanland in 2003.

Andy was able to take early retirement in July 2016 but has carried on doing a small amount of consultancy work for a variety of companies. Andy has been married to Chris for 33 years and they have 2 children, a son, 29, who is married and a daughter 25. Their children live and work in different parts of the UK. Andy enjoys most sports and does some running (jogging!) for fitness and plays golf for frustration! Andy also does some local volunteering including Hull City of Culture.

Village Association representative


Swanland Parish Council
nominated representative