Who we are
Find out more about what we do
The Cirencester Community Development Trust Ltd. was formed in 2012. Aspects of the Community Plan, Our Future Cirencester are embedded in our thinking.
The Trust itself is made up of a Board of Trustees and individual members, the Town Team.
Helping the Cirencester Community Thrive
The Cirencester Community Development Trust exists to support projects, initiatives and ideas from our wonderful town for the benefit of the people and businesses in Cirencester and the surrounding area.
How we provide support:
Providing management and funding support to local projects and events.
Initiating our own projects.
Working with individuals and groups ( such as the Town Team) to create projects.
Facilitating a forum for cultural, heritage and tourism providers to exchange ideas.
Signposting to local organisations for help and support in the COVID-19 era.
The Key aims of the Trust are to:
Help make Cirencester a great place to live and work.
Advance the Arts and culture of the town.
Support the understanding of the history and heritage of the town.
Widening access to the culture of the town.
Add to the vitality and viability of the town.
Meet the Team
Shirley Alexander has lived in Cirencester for more than 40 years and has served the community, in one form or another, for all of that time. She is married with three grown up children and has been a Cotswold District Councillor, a town Councillor and has served as Mayor of the town twice. She is, at present, Chair of the Bingham Library Trust and President of Soroptimist International of Cirencester & District.
David Fowles runs a marketing and publishing company called Cotswold Media specialising in promoting property, leisure, tourism and independent retail businesses in the Cotswolds. David is also a Cotswold District Councillor and Vice President of the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce. As a trustee of the CCDT, David is responsible for looking after the Business group reporting into the main board
Andrew Lennard ‘A chartered accountant whose primary role is as Treasurer of CCDT. He has lived in the area since 1980 and worked as Finance Director in the SME (Small Medium Enterprise) sector for a number of companies based in Cirencester and London’
Jan is a Town Councillor. She retired from a consultancy, specializing in Waste & Resources after her election. Previously, she ran Defra’s Waste & Resource Management Research Programme and provided technical advice during negotiations on environmental legislation. Jan has lived in Cirencester for 20 years, is a member of Park Community Group, U3A and Friends of the Gumstool Brook.
Corinne Lamus arrived in Cirencester from London in the late 60s; her love for the town and its community was instant and that passion has grown over the years. She began “getting involved” when her eldest daughter was at playgroup and is currently a member of community and heritage and arts groups in the town and chairs the Culture Heritage and Tourism Group of CCDT.
She chaired the Abbey 900 Festival Steering Group and is a member of the Abbey 900 Legacy Advisory Team
John Lamus moved to Cirencester in 2010. His career was in IT, Finance and General Management within the wine industry.
He was a Trustee of Bristol Children’s Help Society and since 2013 has been a Trustee of Watermoor House. He was a member of the Abbey 900 Festival Steering Group with responsibility for Finance.
Derek Callanan moved to Cirencester in January 2010. His is a practising solicitor and partner at a top 100 UK law firm. Derek has a particular specialism in corporate law and corporate governance. He was also previously a trustee of Corinium Radio, Cirencester’s local radio station.
Justine joined CCDT as a trustee at the end of 2019.
Cotswolds born and bred, Justine came to the town when she married over 25 years ago and has two children who have grown up in the town.
Justine works for the locally based St. James’s Place in their Corporate Responsibility team and is acutely aware of the need to support local charities and projects. She also brings with her relationship management and marketing skills.
Below is links to our Team’s documents. Feel free to download them and take a look at what we’ve been working on.
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