Distribution committee

Reactive Grant Aid decisions are made by Greenham Trust’s Distribution Committee, which currently meets twice yearly. The members of the Committee are drawn from the local voluntary sector.

Members are:


David AppletonDavid Appleton - Chairman
Sport England

Having grown up and worked in North Wales, he moved to Newbury in 1998. He describes his interests as Sport, Sport and Sport but does confess to also enjoying the theatre and music as well as spending time with his family.




Paul BryantPaul Bryant
West Berkshire District Councillor for Speen Ward

Paul was born in Weston-Super-Mare in 1938, and spent 6 years at Southampton University studying mathematics. He has recently retired from a career at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, dealing with computers, computer networks and telephone exchanges.

Paul is a past member of Shaw-cum-Donnington parish council and is currently West Berkshire Councillor for the Speen ward, his principle interests being planning and the environment. He is Chairman of the Royal Berkshire Fire and rescue Authority. He is an executive member of the Newbury Society and his other interests are genealogy, gliding and gardening.


Billy DrummondBilly Drummond
West Berkshire District Councillor for Greenham Ward

“I have lived and worked in Newbury since 1988 and for the last sixteen years I was the Head Chef at Newbury Racecourse. I left there in 2006 and have now started my own company, Elisabeth Rae Catering. I am married with three children.

“I am a member of Greenham Parish Council and I am currently a member of West Berks Council. I am a past member of the executive for public protection and community safety. My principle interest is in doing the best for the residents of Greenham who elected me to serve a second term.”


Sheila EllisonSheila Ellison
Thatcham Town Council

Sheila Ellison has lived with her husband Peter on the edge of Crookham Common for 29 years and has been a member of Thatcham Town Council for 13 years, being Mayor in 1995. During that time she has supported the introduction of various community activities with a particular focus on the younger residents of Thatcham. Her own interests include horse riding, sailing, reading and history. She has been married for 46 years and has three children and four grandchildren. The latter live locally and attend local schools.


Ian LangleyIan Langley
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

Ian represents the voluntary sector on the distribution committee having been the chair of trustees at the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire between 2003 and 2008 and prior to that chair of trustees for 5 years at 1421 the Youth counselling agency in Newbury. He is also a governor at Park House School, Newbury and was previously a governor at John Rankin Infant and Junior schools for nine years.

Professionally qualified and registered as a social worker, Ian has spent much of his career working with young people and is currently Head of Hampshire Youth Offending Service, which works to prevent youngsters offending and reoffending.

Ian grew up in South London, hence his diehard support for Crystal Palace FC, but has lived in Newbury since 1974 and is married with two teenage daughters. He is a self confessed sports nut and plays table tennis in the top division of the Newbury and District Table Tennis league for whom he is the Vice Chair and their representative on both the English and Berkshire Table Tennis Associations


Jane ShillamJane Shillam
Newbury and District Arts Association

Jane is a classically-trained musician and she has been involved in music education and arts administration during her thirty plus years in Newbury.  She has taught curricular music in local comprehensive schools as well as giving instrumental lessons privately and in independent schools.  Jane was Secretary of Newbury Symphony Orchestra for over twenty years and she is currently Chairman of Newbury and District Arts Association which promotes arts events and activities throughout the area.



Julian Swift-HookJulian Swift-Hook
Greenham Parish Council

"I have been a local councillor here in the Newbury/Greenham area for nearly 20 years, on Newbury Town Council, West Berkshire District Council, and Greenham Parish Council.  I am Chairman of the Board of Trustees of West Berkshire Mencap, and I am also Chairman of Kennet Community Radio.  I serve as a Governor for The Willows School in Greenham and also as a Commissioner on the Greenham and Crookham Commons Commission.  I was elected Mayor of Newbury in 2016.  I was proud to serve as a Director of Greenham Trust for five years.

"As well as supporting all of these local councils, charities and voluntary organisations, I am a member of Amnesty International and of Families Need Fathers, both national organisations campaigning on very different issues but with similar goals - a fairer society.

"I moved to Newbury from Southampton more than 30 years ago, pursuing a career in the steel industry and then in mobile telecommunications.  I have a grown-up daughter and I live in Greenham with my partner and two cats.  In my spare time I enjoy playing with radios (I am a licenced radio ham) and taking computers apart, and I have more than a passing interest in politics."