Harvey Jennings

Harvey Jennings

Harvey Jennings is a retired Army Warrant Officer, former business man, a former housing manager for a national housing association, former Leader of Derby City Council, former Director of Marketing Derby and now works part time.

He has been a Trustee of the War Memorial Village since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Trustees, a position held since 2015.

George Arthur Hibbert

George Arthur Hibbert

Vice President

Arthur is a tenant Trustee who has been involved as a Trustee of the Village since 1956. Invalided out of the Army in 1950 after a serious injury in Egypt in 1949, Arthur has always been involved in looking after the welfare of the tenants of the village, earning multiple awards from the Royal British Legion.

John Jennings

John Jennings

Age 80 this year and married with three children, John is Derby born and bred. When he left school, he entered into an apprenticeship as wood machinist with British Rail.

He was in National Service between 1957 and 1959 and served as Army Reservist for 18 years with the Royal Engineers. He was a City Councillor for 8 years and has served as a Trustee on the War Memorial Village since 1968.

Sarah-Louise Smith

Sarah-Louise Smith

Sara-Louise spent most of her childhood moving from country to country due to her father being a Regimental Sergeant Major in the Armed Forces.

The Army has been a massive part of her life as serving in the forces has gone back generations in her family.

As a recently elected trustee I'm honoured to be a part of the Committee for the War Memorial Village Derby. It is an opportunity to listen and improve (where applicable) the accommodation and services our veterans receive, but also an opportunity to raise awareness to the current and future generations of the work we do.

Revd Norma Bracewell

Revd Norma Bracewell

A Church of England priest and married to Graham with four sons, Norma worships at St Peter's Church in Chellaston where she is the Associate Priest. She is a trustee of the Derby War Memorial Village and feels privileged to be the Chaplain to the folk who live there.

Norma was born in Birmingham but lived most of her life in or near Canterbury. She was licensed as a Church of England Lay Reader and was ordained at Canterbury Cathedral in 2010. She moved to Derby with her family five and a half years ago.

Cllr Alan Grimadell

Cllr Alan Grimadell

Alan Grimadell was born and bred within Shelton Lock and from an early age was always aware of the importance of the War Memorial Village - Derby. He entered local politics in 2006 and was elected to represent Chaddesden between 2007 and 2011. After a short hiatus, he was re-elected to Derby City Council in May 2015 as a councillor for Chellaston Ward. He presently holds the position as Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture, and Tourism which he held previously in 2010 to 2011.

Alan has been involved in the charity hospital broadDerby Dance). He is delighted to be a Trustee of the War Memorial Village Derby.

Malcolm Young MBE MSc PhD

Malcolm Young MBE MSc PhD

Honorary Company Secretary and Treasurer

A former senior RAF officer and retired university principal lecturer, Malcolm has been active in a variety of senior executive roles in military charities continuously since 1993.

He has been a director/trustee of the War Memorial Derby since 2011 and has been the Honorary Company Secretary and Treasurer since 2013.

Mick Doyle

Mick Doyle

On leaving school at 15, Mick joined the Co-op for a short while, then enlisted as a junior soldier on the Sherwood Foresters at 16, in Germany as a Drummer boy. After this he served at various stations in the UK and Malaya, Borneo, Singapore and Northern Ireland, a further 2nd and 3rd tour of Germany finishing with a tour in Berlin.

He finished his career as a S/Sgt (Drum Major) in 1975. After this followed employment in management at the Co-op Midlands to retirement.

 Andrew Wall MBE

Andrew Wall MBE

Andrew is a retired Chartered Surveyor who has specialised in estate and housing management. He has worked in private practice and over a period of thirty years was employed by two national housing associations in senior positions.

Andrew developed the points-based allocations policy for the War Memorial Village. He has been a trustee for six years.

Cllr Ross McCristal

Cllr Ross McCristal

Ross is a professional recruiter of 14 years. He has a track record of working with a variety of community-based and charitable organisations. Ross was elected as a Derby City Councillor on 3rd May 2018 and appointed as the Derby City Armed Forces Champion in the same year.

Ross has a long history of involvement with our armed forces, particularly the Mercian Regiment. Ross was appointed as a Trustee in November 2017.

Mel Martin

Mel Martin

Mel served eight years in the Royal Air Force Regiment, traveling all over the world. He was invalided out in 1991. He joined and worked at British Midland Airways Engineering for 9 years, and was the Vice-Chair of the Shelton and Chelleston customer panel on the DACP, where amongst other things he organised a fundraiser, raising quite a lot of money to try and help to pay for vandal-proof shelters on the parks in those areas.

He left in 2001 after joining the trustees on the War Memorial village. He left BMA Engineering in 2000 and joined Network Rail Engineering in 2001, where he now runs a team of technicians on one of the five ultrasonic test trains, testing the rail all over the country, usually at night.