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A charity that welcomes the community,
embraces the family and engages with nature.

The Trustees

Conquest Centre’s Trustees offer their expertise and guidance on a voluntary basis to ensure the smooth running of our charity. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact Centre Manger Jess Dixon on jess@conquestcentre.org.uk.

James Holyday, Chairman

James is a Director of Summerfield, a regional development company, with extensive experience of construction and property management. He became involved with Conquest Centre in 2006 and joined the Board of Trustees as Chairman in 2008. He enjoys the challenge of working with a local ‘grass roots’ charity and especially the fundraising and management of the Centre.

David Hardy, Treasurer

David has been involved with Conquest Centre for a many years, as he is Jess’s step-father! He has been drafted in to help out with many things from building our first website, to directing traffic at events. So it was only right that he became a member of the Board of Trustees. In Sept 2008 David was elected treasurer. He works in the electronics industry, and is a keen pilot so keep your eyes peeled in the skies above Taunton!

Claire Stoneman, Trustee

Claire is a Solicitor and Partner with Foot Anstey LLP, leading the clinical negligence team in the Taunton office. She specialises in brain injury cases and birth injury cases leading to cerebral palsy. She has represented a number of families over the years, helping them to arrange rehabilitation, ongoing care, therapies and financial support.  Claire became involved with the Conquest Centre in 2013 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. She is also a Trustee and Vice-Chair of Headway Somerset. She has a life-long love of horses (despite having had a cantankerous New Forest pony as a child!) and, as such, is keen to help the Centre continue to thrive.

Sandra Wickham, Educational Advisor

Sandra became involved in Conquest Centre in 2002 as a volunteer after she retired from teaching PE (which she’d done for 38 years in Derbyshire and Somerset). She became an instructor in 2005 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2008. In addition to helping at Conquest Centre, she coaches 5 to 18 year old girls and boys at a local hockey club. She has 2 children, a number of animals, enjoys gardening and sings in a local choral society.