Elaine Kidd - Chair
I have lived on Lea Park since 1979 with my husband Alan, initially on Cromwell Avenue and then in Naseby Close. Our two children both attended Barley Hill and Lord Williams’s schools.
I previously served on the LPRA committee for four years, 2010-14, the maximum period of service allowed, and have recently re-joined the Committee, initially as Secretary and at the 2022 AGM I was elected Chair. I hope to continue to ensure that Lea Park remains a safe and pleasant place to live and identify problems which affect residents’ quality of life, with the help of the Committee and residents.
I am an active member and supporter of Thame Wombles, a keen gardener and supporter of the Thame Town Council Wayfinding projects.
Joe Chapman - Vice Chair
I have lived in Thame, on Lea Park for 33 years. Married, with 2 grown up children, and 2 grandchildren. I am a retired Prison Law Consultant, having spent over 40 years in the Criminal Justice system, initially as a Prison Officer, then qualifying as a counsellor and group therapist, working with life sentenced prisoners.
Following a heart attack in October 2020, and during recovery, Joe founded the award-winning Thame Wombles, a local litter picking and conservation group.
My hobbies include music, writing and amateur photography.
Simon Heap - Secretary
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.
David Currie - Treasurer
We are fortunate to have found a new Treasurer, David Currie, for the LPRA, nominated by Lesley Harker, our current Treasurer and seconded by Elaine Kidd.
David and his family moved to Thame in 1990 from Glasgow to take up the position as Management Accountant at DAF Trucks. He was employed by DAF for 47 years in senior management roles in the accounting departments until he retired.
Both his daughters attended St Joseph’s primary school where he took up the role as finance governor for 13 years. A role he thoroughly enjoyed.
David is now retired and enjoys fishing, walking and gardening. He is looking forward to spending my time as a Treasurer on the LPRA.
David is keen to get involved in the work of the LPRA and the Committee are confident he will do an excellent job.
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.
Vacancy - Media Secretary
Creating posts and stories on LPRA Facebook page
Sharing content on LPRA Facebook page the residents might find useful
Editing and maintaining the website
Writing short blogs to post on the website
Attending committee meetings to report on social media activity
Exploring paid for activity to recruit new members
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