Who we are


Jane Roberts
Jane chairs the trustee board of Ross Community Development Trust. She was a university lecturer until her retirement from the Open University in 2018.  Her family moved to Ross in 2000 but has lived in the Wye Valley for nearly 35 years.  She was first elected to the Town Council in 2007 and served as Mayor 2019-20, working with others to setup Ross Good Neighbours in order to combat loneliness in the town.
Dennis HumbleDennis Humble
Dennis moved to Ross in 1993 and was employed to help manage services for people with disabilities. His contribution was being able to see people’s ‘ability’ to contribute, and was suggested a project that involved ‘all’ the community in an exciting approach to recycling. Thanks to the willingness of the local people to get involved they were soon topping the stats for the highest participation in a community recycling project in Europe – indeed, at the time, the Bremen Trust rated it in the top 17 most exciting projects in the world. The people of Ross responded to the challenge and Dennis is now quite excited to see how they respond to the challenges and opportunities the C.D.T. is proposing.
Dr Simon Lenanne
Dr Simon Lennane is a GP at Alton Street Surgery, Ross-on-Wye and a trustee of Ross CDT. Simon is Clinical Director of the local Primary Care Network and Mental Health GP lead for the CCG. He helped set up Ross-on-Wye Parkrun, and has an interest in social prescribing and community health.
Jane MaineyJane Mainey
Jane moved to Ross-on-Wye 16 years ago and has over 25 years’ PR, marketing and events experience, working with the arts, corporates and local authorities. She joined the Ross Good Neighbours scheme at the start of the pandemic as a volunteer with the shopping team and is now PR lead for the Ross Community Development Trust, as well as a trustee.
Ed O'DriscollEd O’Driscoll
A town councillor with more than 20 years’ experience as an arts/community charity CEO. He was a founding Director of Create Gloucestershire that oversaw the development of a framework for incorporating arts and culture into health and wellbeing services, and is a current Director of the NRTF (National Rural Touring Forum) developing a national strategic response to the impact of COVID on the arts in rural communities
Melvin Reynolds Melvin Reynolds
Melvin came across the concept of the Community Development Trust while holidaying on Lindisfarne, where their umbrella Trust has raised millions for everything from new homes to archaeology.  He raised the idea with the Ross Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group which embraced the idea, which was in turn supported by the Town Council. His vision as a founding trustee was, and is, that the Ross CDT be fertile ground in which a host of flowers can co-exist, flourish and bloom in mutual support of community betterment initiatives in the town.
Steering Group
Paul Cummings
Following Officer Training, Paul was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport in 1971. During his 34 years’ service, he completed numerous appointments including Transport, Logistics, Officer Recruiting and Selection, Operations and Personnel Management. Following retirement in 2005 he was appointed Director of Grants and Welfare for the Army Benevolent Fund, managing a £7m budget which provided support to Service Charities and individuals in need. Paul retired in 2014 and held a number of Service Charity Trustee appointments including Chair of Veterans Aid and Chair of Queen Mary Roehampton Trust. He moved to Ross in December 2019.
Felicity HearnFelicity Hearn
Felicity’s role in the Ross CDT is Team Leader for the Phone Friends Team, which involves supporting and coordinating two assistant coordinators and approximately 24 volunteers. The volunteers act as phone friends to Ross residents who are socially isolated and / or lonely, by maintaining regular telephone contact (usually weekly). Felicity is also on the Steering Group for the CDT.
Clare West
Clare has been part of the steering group for the last year. She was keen to support the initiative and to represent the Ross Library Development Group which she chairs. Since the Covid pandemic outbreak, she has been the liaison for the team which collects the payments for the grocery deliveries. In her spare time, she has also been busy stitching scrubs bags and masks for care workers and volunteers.
Andy Inkpen Andy Inkpen
Past President of Ross Rotary Club and part of a team made up of Rotarians, Ross Lions and Ross Good Neighbours delivering prescription
medications on behalf of the three pharmacies in Ross.

Keith Wilding
Ross Lions Club
Gemma Johnson
Gemma is a part of the Talk Community hub team at Herefordshire Council and works in partnership with community groups across the county. She joined the Ross CDT Steering Group earlier this year and has helped support the training of volunteers for the Ross Good Neighbours scheme. Gemma has also supported the group during the Covid-19 pandemic as part of the Council’s Talk Community Covid response team. For further details, email talkcommunityhubs@herefordshire.gov.uk.
Sharon Waldis
Primary Care Network Manager