Mudeford Wood Community Trust was set up as an incorporated charity – number 1141612 – to act on behalf of the users and residents of the Centre.

The Trust is run by a number of volunteer trustees comprising local residents, Centre users and Councillors:

Board of Trustees

Dawn Brookes
Chair Person

Dawn has lived in Christchurch for 58 years and spent her working life as a qualified chef in the school meals service, then for the M.O.D. before joining Nat West Bank in 1972. After the birth of her 4th child who was disabled Dawn switched to voluntary work.

Dawn established the first Contact-a-Family group in Christchurch, became a voluntary youth leader at Mudeford Wood Youth Club, then was instrumental in setting up and running a disabled youth club at Burton Youth Centre. Dawn is also chairperson of Mudeford Wood Playgroup.

DB Meritorious award soloReceiving the Meritorious Award in April 2014 in recognition of the hard work and dedication to both Mudeford Wood Playgroup and Mudeford Wood Community Trust.

DB Meritorious awardFrom front to back (L to R) – Dawn Brookes, Janet Kerr, Liz Sabey, Vicky Fuller, Gerry Bell, Theresa Rippon, Kaith Vinycombe and Michael Scott-Johns


Michael Scott Johns 

For the first twenty years of his professional life Michael worked in actuarial and finance departments of several life assurance companies then became an accountant with HSBC until retirement in 2003. Since retirement Michael has been carrying out accounting functions for several charitable organisations, including a church and a food bank and he is secretary of the New Milton Table Tennis Club.

Deborah Stephens BSc, C.Eng, M.I.Mech.E

Deborah been a Chartered Engineer for 26 years, working continuously in aero-engine, automotive and defence industries, including on Grange Road, Christchurch site for 21 years. She has been on the management committee of SAMRA (Stanpit & Mudeford Residents’ Association), for 10 years, 5 of them as Chairman, is currently on Mudeford Wood Tennis Club committee and captain of various Dorset LTA league teams. Deborah started the highly successful Friends of Mudeford Wood in April.

Richard Ashdown

Richard Ashdown spent the first twenty years of his career in the Royal Navy seeing active service in a number of areas of conflict and tension around the World. Richard is currently Managing Director of a Business Consultancy Company and holds executive and non-executive positions in a number of other prominent companies and charities including Chairman of a large Housing Association. Richard is also qualified as a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Assessor and Trainer, RYA Senior Sailing Instructor and Power Boat Instructor.

Paul Hilliard

Paul was born in Barton on Sea, and lives in Highcliffe with his wife and two sons, who have both attended school at Mudeford Wood. Paul has a background in finance, economics and customer service. His 22 years experience of the financial services and investment industry was initially with Barclays Bank, and for the last 14 years has been with HSBC. Paul is a member of the Dorset District Council Citizens’ Panel, and is an active supporter and contributor to the local school, playgroup, and cub-scouts.

Liz Sabey

Liz has experience of voluntary work spanning 30 years – from building and managing a village hall for 30 years, to Community College and Training, to being a Group Board member for Spectrum Housing Group and being heavily involved in community projects across 4 counties. Liz has also been Secretary of the local Residents Association for the past five years. Liz has 20 years experience of being self employed in the Service industry and was an NHS employee for 13 years dealing with vulnerable and diverse groups of people of all ages.

Vicky Fuller

Born locally Vicky has lived in Mudeford for most of her life and now lives with her husband, son and daughter.  Vicky’s background is District Nursing and Health Service Management. Her interest in Mudeford Wood Community Centre started with playing badminton, tennis and short tennis at the centre, and when the Trust was formed she became the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Janet Abbott