The Amersham and High Wycombe Branch is run entirely by volunteers. Any member of the branch may stand for election to the committee at our Annual General Meeting which is normally held in February.
Lots of our volunteers make a huge contribution to the success of our branch but choose not to join the committee. If you would like to volunteer to help us please contact us to find out how you can help.
Read about our current committee below.
John Grainger, Chairman
John retired from his career as a Consulting Engineer in 2014. He is married to Cathi who is also on the branch committee.
As an exiled Cumbrian, John is a keen walker and helps organise the Tremblers and Striders walks.
He can also be seen helping out at many of the branch fundraising events either in possession of a collecting tin, directing car parking or scoring at our quiz nights. When our branch became the Wycombe Area MG Owners Club charity of the year, 2016, John committed himself to restoring his 1979 MG Midget … Cathi permitting!
Trevor Owen, Vice Chairman
After a 30 year career in marketing and business strategy, Trevor decided it was time to cut out the stress and wasted hours commuting into London for a quieter life in retirement.
Shortly afterwards his wife, Margaret, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
Trevor runs the branch website and is interested in communicating to the wider community the great things going on in the branch and in raising funds for Parkinson’s research and support. His other interests include photography, travel and walking.
Tony Vaughan, Vice Chairman
Tony is a retired headteacher who was diagnosed in 2007. Initally he felt reluctant to join the local branch. However, once he and his wife, Jan, had participated in one or two meetings, Tony volunteered to take on the role of Newsletter Editor (now, fortunately, skilfully managed by Mary Phipps) and is also a former Chairman of the branch.
Thanks to a dynamic committee and other members, Tony has witnessed the introduction of a variety of initiatives such as Hospital Presence and groups for singing, dance and walking.
He is often involved in interviews at Parkinson’s UK National Office and says he was privileged to propose formal thanks to the artists who performed at the charity’s Carol Concert in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark in December 2013.
Dorothy Salathiel, Secretary
Dorothy was diagnosed in 2008, a few months before she was due to retire from her job as a government statistician.
Shortly after that she responded to an appeal from the branch for volunteers and sold raffle tickets at her first meeting. She has been the branch website manager; run the singing group and organised collections at Tesco’s. She strongly believes in the value to PWPs of activities such as walking, singing and dance.
As well as taking part in branch activities, she enjoys doing aerobics, decorating and travelling, especially trips to see her daughters in Australia and New Zealand.
Lola de-Lima, Treasurer
Lola is a Chartered Certified Accountant who started her career in the legal profession before spending 15 years working in forensic services for a global accountancy firm in London.
After 6 years of commuting into London, she decided to focus on work and social commitments closer to home and her young family in Buckinghamshire. This led her to volunteering as Treasurer when the opportunity presented itself.
Amongst other interests, she enjoys making DIY skincare products, photography and travel, particularly exploring local markets in each country that she visits and the cuisine.
Cathi took early retirement from her job as an Administration Manager in 2014.
Her hobbies are housework and gardening but alas she has no time for them as she is a keen quilter with most of her thoughts engaged in planning the next project.
Cathi enjoys organising quiz nights in aid of branch funds and thinking of new ways to raise money for, and awareness of, the condition along with generally helping out at fundraising events.
As a branch member, she has learnt the basic rules of Mah Jong and has joined, along with three other branch members, the Chiltern Mah Jong group. She also enjoys the Dance4Fun and Wobbling Warblers singing classes organised by the branch.
Jenny Harland, Membership Secretary
Whilst at school, Jenny’s ambition was to become a French teacher but a prolonged hospital admission at the age of 16 changed her outlook on life.
Instead, she trained to be a nurse, becoming a ward sister in Guildford and then going into nurse education.
After her marriage to Austin (who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 1990) they moved to Chesham, where they still live.
Jenny became an active member of the branch in 2002 and was Secretary of the branch between 2008 and 2017.
Chris retired from his Senior Teaching post at Aylesbury Grammar School after more than thirty years.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012, since when he has regularly attended monthly meetings and, along with his wife Georgina, has taken a keen interest in the activities of the local Parkinson group. He has been involved in fundraising, Hospital Presence and, thanks to his wife, a very successful tea party event. Chris hopes to participate even more fully in the coming months.
Chris’ interests include golf, gardening, walking and photography.
A former primary school teacher, Margaret was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006 and joined the committee in 2013.
She is a firm believer in the benefits of keeping active and enjoys walking, especially in the Lake District. She has been a member of the branch’s Tremblers walking group since it started.
Margaret led the formation of the Dance4Fun! group enabling members to experience the positive effects of dance and music on their symptoms. She also enjoys singing with the Wobbling Warblers singing group.
Other interests include art, gardening and spending time with family and grandchildren.
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