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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 Patrick Draycott (the Board Administrator): patrick@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.

JOHN HARRISON: TRUSTEE

John relocated to Somerset 13 years ago and not being quiet ready for full retirement, continued to run two Property Development and Investment Companies as well as being an active member of the Community (for example: Debt Adviser at Taunton Citizens Advice, Chairman of a Parish Council and a local Almshouse Charity). Johns career and eclectic practical skill set lends itself to the maintenance, safety and growth of Conquest. This, along with his horsey pursuits (he and his wife own 5 horses, incl. 2 which they rescued) plus his passion for fundraising, make him a keen member of the Trustee Board. His wife has also enjoyed being a Volunteer at Conquest Centre for a number of years.

PATRICK DRAYCOTT: BOARD ADMINISTRATOR

Patrick (and his wife) moved from the South East to Taunton in 2018, having spent a working lifetime advising Trustees ‘specifically’ of large pension funds. Much of his time was spent in the City of London where he was also a member of the Court (Trustee Board) of an ancient Livery Company, becoming Master (Chair of Trustees) in 2014/15. Since retiring, he has worked for a number of charities supporting disabled children and young adults. He says that “small, local, charities are essential to the communities they serve. They will play an increasingly important role as the resources of Local and Central Governments become ever more stretched. The army of unpaid volunteers across the land is this country’s biggest Human Resource.”