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.


For more information on becoming a Trustee, please contact the admin team on 01788 542467 or email:

Carin Jackson


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).

Clare Turnbull


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 .

David Thomson


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.

Steve Becker

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).

Rob Close


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.

Peter Reaney

Reciprocal Trustee

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).

Liz Pichon


I moved to Rugby from Kent in October 2021. I have been retired since 2019, but before then had a long career in further and higher education, as both a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education and Faculty Director of Post Compulsory Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. My research interests focused on equality, inclusivity and education for sustainability.  I am a keen reader, walker and traveller.

Dr. Anjna Chouhan


I am Creative Producer for Warwickshire Libraries, and have spent 11 years as an in-house scholar at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. I love Shakespeare, theatre, Victorian literature, fashion and film.

Tracey Saunders

Co-opted Trustee

I went to school in Rugby and moved back to the town in 2010.  In 2024 I enrolled at PGH for their beginners Spanish course and applied to become a trustee too. With more than thirty years experience of PR and communications for companies in London and Birmingham I currently work as a Communications Manager for a water company. In my spare time I enjoy contemporary dance, Japanese anime, cooking, gardening and yoga.