Katy Shore-Kapsis Katy Shore-Kapsis - Chairperson (Trustee)

I worked as an adult trainer for many years and have experience of working with people both in industry and the public sector, helping them to develop their skills. Having taken early retirement, I enjoy a variety of activities through Tamworth U3A particularly in history, science and gardening. I have an involvement with the RSPB Middleton Lakes reserve, participating in bumblebee surveying and in the role of ‘Meeting and Greeting’ visitors to the reserve. Beekeeping is a hobby I share with my husband, managing a few colonies. I also taking an active role in the local Beekeeping club contributing to bee awareness days, educating the public about the importance of bees and how they can garden to help pollinators.
Philip Bowers Philip Bowers - C.Eng. M.I.Mech.E - Health and Safety Advisor (Trustee)

I worked in the power supply industry for 31 years mainly in the design, construction and operational elements of power supply. I then retired early from being an Engineering Manager in the Combined Heat and Power sector to work at a sports college for five years passing my skills on to others and having an absolutely wonderful time. Since taking early retirement I have enjoyed horse riding, fishing, sailing, cycling, crown green bowling and skiing whilst keeping up to date with advancements in engineering.
Gill Bellenie Gill Bellenie (Trustee)

I studied for a degree in Environmental Sciences at Salford University, and later qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, enjoying 30 years advising both public bodies and private companies on their property strategies. I took a career break in 2002 to study Architectural History at Edinburgh University. Whilst there I sat on the Civic Society’s planning committee commenting on planning applications and was also elected as a Fellow of the Society of Scottish Antiquaries. I have always been interested in industrial archaeology, particularly the building of the canal system and anything to do with the industrial revolution. I recently retired and have become involved in Church Recording and work for the Erasmus Darwin Trust.
David Cross David Cross (Trustee)

David has had two very different careers, first joining the CEGB in 1974 at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station as an operations engineer, then in 1979 he moved to Heysham 1 power station in Lancashire as a Control and Instrumentation engineer. Moving back south 3 years later to the Nuclear Power Training Centre at Oldbury in Gloucestershire he spent 10 years managing and developing training simulators (rather like a flight simulator) replicating control rooms at the power stations, then took the opportunity to join a new team at Oldbury, producing training materials in workbook form, video and computer-based multimedia (long before the internet!). Within that time span, he has visited and worked at every nuclear power station site in the UK with the exception of Dounreay! Having ‘survived’ privatisation of the industry (but first gaining a Masters’ degree with the OU) he took voluntary redundancy in 1997 and did 18 months of freelance teaching in project management, before joining Staffordshire University as a program manager, teaching leadership and management to corporate clients. Retiring in 2013 he now enjoys a wide range of interests and hobbies, one of which is a long-time interest in industrial archeology that was re-awakened when he joined in the fun at Sandfields in 2017!
Robin Taylor Robin Taylor (Trustee)

Robin has a professional background initially in engineering and more recently in human resources, learning, economic development and area re generation working in the public, private and voluntary sectors. This included posts with Birmingham City Council, the Learning and Skills Council and within two regeneration zones in the West Midlands. Since taking early retirement in 2005 he helped to set up and run two innovative social enterprises and was the founder of Low Carbon Lichfield, a community based organisation working to promote carbon reduction, energy saving and sustainability. This led in 2012 to becoming a founder director of Southern Staffordshire Community Energy and in 2015 Chase Community Solar. He volunteers for Friends to Friends (a charity that is run by and for people with learning disabilities that he helped to set up) and Fusion Credit Union and is a trustee of the Darwin Walk Lichfield. He is currently working with others to set up the Trishaw project, a charity that will be offering a pedal/electric powered taxi service in the Lichfield area to older and disabled people who would otherwise be isolated and housebound. This fits well with his active interest in community action, health and well- being (he is a tai chi teacher) and sustainability. He is also a passionate advocate for the arts and music and plays in a local band. Robin has lived in Lichfield for over 40 years and is married with two grown up children and four grandchildren. He and his wife Jane celebrated their golden wedding in October last year.
Chris Pattison - Treasurer

I was employed by South Staffs Water from 1972 to 2004. In the latter years of my time there I took an increasing interest in their extensive archives which were in a pretty poor state and scattered far and wide. So I spent a fair chunk of my spare time over the next few years putting them in order. Around 1997 Sandfields was decommissioned and with the Company’s blessing, I helped set up the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station Mark 1 which comprised a small group of SSW enthusiasts and some of the Claymills members. We went into the station on Monday evenings to carry out basic cleaning and preservation tasks. We used to open the station to the public periodically especially on Heritage Open Days in September each year. This all came to an end when Persimmon bought the site in 2004, which coincided with my retirement from SSW. A couple of years later I was approached by the then MD of SSW who asked me to set up a company archive room at their HQ in Walsall, so my wife Sue and I spent about 6 months on this project. The room was opened in September 2006 and I still maintain it.