Proposed Committee 2020
Lisa Norgate-Barnes - Acting Chair
I moved to Lea Park in 2016 and have lived in and around Thame for the past 13 years. I'm originally from Birmingham, luckily very near Cadbury's. 😀 I have four children, twin boys who went to Lord Williams's and are now all grown up, another son who is 12 and also goes to Lord Williams's and a daughter who is 10 and goes to John Hampden. I work for West Berkshire Council as a Community Lead Officer and deal with their social media and other comms regarding environmental health, licensing and trading standards. I enjoy going to the gym and running and regularly run half marathons. I have also completed London Marathon three times for different charities. I'm currently fundraising for Thames Valley Air Ambulance and hope to run 5 marathons next year for them, including London again in April 2021.
Anne Walkinshaw - Deputy Chair
Married to Ian Walkinshaw 3 children, 6 grandchildren
Moved from Welwyn Garden City to Lea Park Thame 1980
Initially a Supply Teaching at Barley Hill Primary Sch. Then full time in 1984. Then in 2000 I became Head Teacher at Tetsworth School until 2005.
Joined LPRA 2018
Hobbies - Long distant walking- Coast to Coast
Travelling - New Zealand, Australia, South America, North America
Ken Lewis - Membership Secretary
Moved to Lea Park from West London in 2015 with my wife Claire.
Trained as a Motor Mechanic with Royal Mail. Retired as a Senior Manager for Royal Mail. I was the holder of the Vehicle Operators License for HA,UB,HP and OX Postcodes and responsible for all the vehicles and the Distribution of the Mail.
Enjoy all DIY and play golf regularly. We have family in Thame. Joined LPRA in 2015 and the Committee in 2019.
I have enjoyed being the Membership Secretary since Feb 2020.
Lesley Harker - Treasurer
I have lived in Thame since 1995 and on Lea Park since 1997. I am retired but have worked in finance most of my life. I have been treasurer for LPRA since 2018 but supported previous LPRA’s treasurers prior to that. I have four adult children, one of whom also lives in Thame. I enjoy beading, reading, crosswords and gardening.
I have lived in Thame on and off since 1963, the Big Freeze! My family and I bought a house on Lea Park in 1996. I attended LWS, as did my two sisters and two sons. I studied biochemistry at Bristol University, and was initially a science teacher. I later studied part time at Reading University for my MA in Special Needs, to be able to be a SENCo – I retired as Head of Inclusion in October 2014 from a large comprehensive school, with a department of about 26 teaching assistants and other wonderful support staff.
In the years since autumn 2014 I have attended various painting classes (I only did watercolours in the past), regularly attended Zumba classes (online in lockdown) and continued with the swimming (none during lockdown) and gym (at home during lockdown) that I did previously. During COVID-19 lockdown, I also re started ballet – online! - which I learnt as a child in Thame Town Hall.
Worked for BBC Worldwide in New York for 20+ years.
Moved to Thame from London in late 2017 with my husband.
Currently work in production administration for an audio drama production company.
Since moving, have attended many local events, and became involved in a number of local organisations. I’m a member of the Thame Players, and have worked front-of-house for several productions. I became the Hire Liaison for the Thame Equipment Bank in July 2018. I joined the Lea Park Resident’s Association in May 2019 and joined as a committee member in September 2019.
I grew up in Thame and I joined Lea Park Residents’ Association when I moved to Lea Park in 2018 and I became a committee member in 2019. I am a Chartered Construction Manager and work for a government research authority. I’m also a member of Thame Round Table, often volunteering my time to assist with the Santa Sleigh and Thame Duck Race. I enjoy playing squash and skiing.
Helen Denny - Media Secretary
I moved to Thame from Leeds with my family in the late 80's and attended Barley Hill primary and Lord Williams School and Sixth Form.
After finishing my A Levels I moved back to Leeds and completed a degree in History of Art from Leeds University.
During the COVID lock down I have been on furlough and used the time to spend quality time with my son (who will soon be starting at Barley Hill) and gain a qualification in Equality and Inclusion, a topic close to my heart.
I joined LPRA a few years ago and became a member of the committee in October 2019. As part of my role on the committee I have set up our new Facebook page and keep the website up to date. I'm always happy to hear suggestions of the type of content you'd like to see.
Morgan James - Secretary
I’ve lived in Thame since 2017 and been on the committee since early 2020. Prior to this, I lived in places as diverse as London, Bulgaria and Thailand teaching and working with refugees, migrants, and children in institutions. I have a master’s degree, am an active trade unionist, and work for an international development organisation. I speak Bulgarian and a little Spanish, and I’m currently studying German. My hobbies include walking, model-making and restoring my old car.