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The Board

Cathy Beare – Chair

Cathy has spent her career working in Finance, is a Certified Accountant with an entrepreneurial and commercial flair and thrives on helping others deliver on difficult projects.

Cathy currently splits her time between Non-Executive roles and charity projects, with a little consultancy thrown in for good measure.

Edwin Wealend – Vice Chair

Edwin is a Chartered Engineer with global experience in the delivery of large scale construction projects. Born on the marsh, raised, schooled, and lives in Folkestone.

In his spare time, he enjoys annoying his friends and family by getting overexcited about engineering, Victorian and otherwise.

Nick Barnes

Nick joined the board of Jenners as Construction Director in the year 2000 and undertakes a wide range of responsibilities within the company and has been involved in a number of complex and interesting projects over the years.

Nick is a board member of Construction Safety South East and VC of the Invicta Training Group, an organisation established to encourage training within the industry.

James Walker-Osborn

James was COO of a successful telecoms business during the 1990s guiding it to a multi-million-pound sale and worked on the subsequent merger of the sales, marketing and IT requirements of several businesses acquired at the time. Turning his attention to the London property market he quickly rose to associate director level of a leading London agency, before relocating to Folkestone.

James co-founded the Friends of the Leas Lift and advises local businesses on their digital and marketing strategies.

Dan Hulme

Dan grew up in Folkestone before studying law at Kings College London. He now lives back in Folkestone and has for the last eleven years been working for Strand House towards the regeneration of his home town.

A keen sportsman with 35 caps for the England Beach Soccer national team
he helped found and is now Chief Executive Officer of The Sports Trust and is separately a trustee for Goals 4 Girls.

Peter Oetzmann

Peter is Managing Director of a plumbing and heating engineering firm in Folkestone. He began his career with Laing as a project planner for large scale construction projects. His last project before moving to Folkestone was the £7 million conversion of the City of Manchester Stadium.

In his spare time with, his wife and friends, he runs a Folkestone Comedy Club and Folkestone Beer Festival. He founded with Adam Smith the Leas Lift Beer Festival many years ago……..and will bring it back.

Luke Duffy

Luke went to school in Folkestone and has recently returned after 25 years of living in London, where he still works for an Independent investment house specialising in media solutions as their Head of Partnerships. He is a specialised Media trader and has extensive commercial experience having worked for Media Owners and Agencies, including ITV, Channel 5, Dentsu & Publicis.

He is excited about helping with the restoration of a much loved and missed Folkestone landmark, as part of the Appeal Board.

Jo Streeter

Jo worked for a company close to Folkestone for over 20 years in various project and management roles, and as Head of IT for 10 years. Following 10 years as a Project Consultant in various sectors, working with building contractors, engineers, software developers and business partners to deliver varied and complex projects, Jo started working for a former client as a Programme Delivery Manager in 2021. Jo is now their Head of IT.

Jo Atkinson

Jo is chair of the Finance and Legal committee of the Leas Lift CIC.  She is a qualified actuary (now retired) and had a career in the financial services industry, working in both the life and general insurance sectors specialising in financial modelling and capital requirements, including at Lloyds of London.  After living and working in Australia and South Africa as well as London, Jo settled in Kent 20 years ago.  She plays an active role in the local scout group and has been Trustee and Treasurer for the past 5 years.

Adam Jay Coleman

Adam is an experienced producer, fundraiser and strategist in the cultural sector and a socially-engaged researcher and historian of postwar British architecture and urban planning. His experience in the cultural sector includes roles at Arts Council England, Gloucester Culture Trust, Eden Court Highlands, Company Three youth theatre and Lyric Hammersmith. His voluntary work includes trusteeships with creative producers Trigger and Coney, and service as a Community Panel Member for Islington’s Youth Offending Service.

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