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 Humble Dennis Humble
“I moved to Ross in 1993, I was employed to help manage services for people with disabilities. My contribution was being able to see people’s ‘ability’ to contribute, we 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 we 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 I am quite excited to see how they respond to the challenges and opportunities the C.D.T. are 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 Mainey Jane 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'Driscoll Ed 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
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
Felicity Hearn Felicity Hearn
My role in the CDT is Team Leader for the Phone Friends Team, which
involves supporting and coordinating 2 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). I am 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 Covid hit us she has been the liaison for the team which collects the payments for the grocery deliveries. I have 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
Herefordshire Council
Talk Community
Rowana Nicell
Social Prescriber
Sharon Waldis
Primary Care Network Manager