As a charity, is it paramount that a board of Trustees is formed to maintain effective management, and that it delivers the goals set out by the Charity Commission. Our board is invaluable in helping to maintain high educational standards and the provision of a safe, friendly environment to support social inclusion.
I became a Trustee & co-opted on the Executive Committee in Nov 2017. Joined PGH as a student in September 2017 & am currently taking beginners German. Formerly a Chartered Surveyor (commercial property), now self-employed as a business consultant, quality systems auditor and network marketing professional.
Interests include cycling & skiing (participating), music (singing, learning instruments & watching) and exploring the countryside (as often as possible).
A love of Italian drew me to the Guildhouse and still does. I retired in 2017 after a 45-year career in journalism, corporate communications and public relations. I worked for seven years in the 1980s as chief reporter of the Rugby office of the Coventry Evening Telegraph, going on from there to head up PR and Communications for a major business organisation and later for an international law firm. Italian apart, I also love Art (viewing not doing), music (all forms),cinema, theatre and sport .
Appointed as Honorary Treasurer, Trustee and member of the Executive Committee in March 2016. Retired after 50 years as a practising Chartered consultant in Rugby in 2015. Treasurer of other local activities and director of national charity. Previously governor of local secondary school. Interests include watching cricket and golf, investing, travelling and family activities.
Fire Safety Officer
I was co-opted onto the Executive Committee in May 2019 having recently retired. My career consists of: 27 years in the Army as an aircraft engineer; 11 years working in various airworthiness and IT-related roles, and the last 7 years as a self-employed domestic electrician. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, my wife and I moved here from Wiltshire in 2016 in order to be closer to our family.
My other interests include: learning Italian (at the PGH), reading, music, walking my dog, DIY and understanding the world in general. I am also a member of the Rugby Amateur Transmitting Society (RATS).
Retired in 2010 having been CEO of a special service Bank. Awarded the OBE for services relating to the Euro. Trustee of the Percival Guildhouse since March 2016. Trustee Director of the Barclays Bank Pension Fund. Treasurer of the Barby Church Trust. Recently joined Rugby Rotary. Very active in Northamptonshire Archaeology.
I enjoy spending time with my children, grandchildren and friends, reading, travelling, the Arts, running, gym, cycling, skiing and watching Rugby.
Ralph de la Croix
I trained in Electrical Engineering with AEI in Rugby, pursuing my career with GEC, GEC Plessey Telecommunications and Siemens, in their engineering, personnel and training functions, before working for Leicestershire Constabulary, evaluating their training and corporate development activities. I retired from full time employment in July 2011 and joined the PGH as a student in 2013 becoming a co-opted member of the Executive Committee in May 2019.
I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren, pursuing a range of artistic activities, listening to and playing music, gardening (under the supervision of my wife) and filming wildlife, (hedgehogs) visiting to our garden.
Since obtaining my postgraduate degree in Linguistics in 2017, I have worked as a freelance Romanian translator and linguistic consultant. An adopted Rugbeian since 2011, I have previously worked and lived in three different countries: Romania, USA, and (briefly) Poland. With almost 15 years of volunteering experience under my belt, I am also a seasoned volunteer. In my spare time, I enjoy walking, reading, attending French and Spanish classes at the Percival Guildhouse, and baking.
I joined the Executive Committee in October 2015 as the reciprocal trustee for the Westham House Fund, of which I am Treasurer. I took early retirement from my role as Head of Communications with CSWP after 34 years in public service (mainly in the Careers Service). School Governor for 25+ years and have been Chair of Governors at Rugby High School for 10 years.
Interests include football (supporting Burnley FC, my home town), cricket (supporting Lancashire CCC) listening to/watching music (classical and popular), history (reading and visiting historic sites), quizzing (watching, participating and writing).