Abbeycroft Trustees

Your chance to make a difference

Would you like to join the board of trustees of Suffolk’s largest health & fitness provider?

We are looking for new Trustees to help guide and implement our recently developed 5-year strategy.

As a not for profit social enterprise (charity) with an annual turnover of £12 million, we reinvest all our profits into services and initiatives.

We work in partnership with a number of local organisations which include West Suffolk Council, Babergh Council, Active Suffolk, Suffolk Mind, Allied HealthCare Professionals and the West Suffolk CCG.

Abbeycroft has over 600 members of staff working across 19 centres mostly in Suffolk, and in your role as a Trustee, you will be responsible for the strategic governance of the business. You will be a keen ambassador for all that we do, and be able to champion Abbeycroft in your own networks and communities.  The activities we are involved in are varied and impactful, and our new strategic plan is both challenging and exciting.

We are particularly seeking Trustees who have an active interest in Health and Wellbeing, Marketing and/or Education. You will join a committed Board working with our experienced Leadership team.

You will also need to be committed to our mission to inspire people to live healthy lifestyles, and our vision to create healthy active communities through excellent services and facilities, great experiences and strong partnerships. 

You will be willing to bring your skills and experiences into our Board Meetings, which generally take place on a Thursday morning around 5 times a year. In addition to this, you will need to be able to sit on a subcommittee who also meet around 5 times a year.  You will share your insights, be willing to learn from those we work with as well as make a valuable contribution as a Trustee.

In return, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of an organisation that is able to make a real difference to people’s lives, and one that is a valued partner in Suffolk in the delivery of a wide range of physical activities that our 2 million visitors enjoy every year.

To find out more about Abbeycroft and the role of our Trustees, please see the recruitment information pack and Impact Report below.

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2020


Trustee Recruitment
Impact Report


Sarah has been our Chair for 6 years and is also the Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). She is the first woman and first businessperson from Suffolk to occupy the prestigious post at the BCC.
With a background in management consultancy, Sarah has worked for high profile organisations including JP Morgan, Badenoch and Clark and KPMG.
She established and still runs Sarand Business Software company with her partner and they celebrated 25 years in business in 2019.

Sarah Howard MBE

Chair of Trustees

Former Deputy Principal at West Suffolk College, David is now semi-retired and runs a small business consultancy.

David Howells

Vice Chair

Marie had a 37-year career as a senior manager with Lloyds Bank before taking voluntary redundancy.

Marie Mills


Anne worked for many years specialising in IT in London. Now semi-retired Anne runs a local self-catering and B&B business in Mildenhall.

Anne Greenfield


Head of Primary Care at NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

Lois Wreathall


Tim spent many years as Head of Leisure and Community Services at Babergh District Council. Now semi-retired, he does consultancy work and is vice-chairman of Suffolk Mind.

Tim Mutum


Diane is retired, with a working background in NHS business administration/ marketing and human resources.

Diane Saunders


Terry is a West Suffolk Councillor and governor at King Edwards School. He has held a number of portfolio responsibilities, including Mayor of St Edmundsbury. 

Terry Clements


John worked in telecommunications for 35 years before training as a maths teacher He is also Chair of Governors at St Mary’s primary school in Hadleigh.

John Turnbull


Simon is a director at Barker, Storey Matthews and chair of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Simon Burton