Club Senior Leadership Team

Colin Whitton

President

Colin is a recently retired manager for Waitrose. He worked for the John Lewis Partnership for 36 years which has given him a unique insight into many areas of the retail sector. He has also had the opportunity to work for several organisations in the voluntary sector including the Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Scheme and the Hawk Conservancy Trust.

He has been involved in Rotary for almost two years and sees the forming of a new club for Salisbury as an exciting venture that will fully support the community as well as forge strong business links.

He is married with two grown-up children and enjoys many varied pursuits including hill walking, travelling, motorcycles and demonstrating alfresco cooking!

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Jessica Kennedy

Secretary

Jessica is a Branch Manager at Waitrose & Partners, with over 14 years of Retail experience in Waitrose. Jessica has worked across numerous Waitrose branches, starting first in a non-management role and working her way up to a Senior Management Leadership role involving; Coaching & Career Development, Operational Leadership and Large Scale People Management.

Jessica studied a Law Degree at Westminster Law School, but decided to pursue a career in retail.

Being very new to Rotary, Jessica is really keen to work with experienced Rotarians, building knowledge and working with the newly formed Club as the Secretary. Being part of the many Rotary youth initiatives and development of youth and business is a passion which she is excited about being a part of.

Jessica has lived in Salisbury for the past two years.

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Kevin Flynn

Treasurer

Kevin Flynn is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 30 years senior management experience across a number of sectors including engineering, defence and education. Kevin has worked for, amongst others, British Leyland, GKN, Berlitz Business School, the Ministry of Defence and The Godolphin School before taking up his current position within his own business, CVL Solutions Limited, delivering coaching and consultancy services.

Kevin has over 10 years’ experience with Rotary being the former President of the Salisbury Rotary Club and Assistant District Governor with responsibility for Group 5. He has been very involved in working with schools in the Salisbury area to help young people in the many Rotary-led youth initiatives including RYLA and a variety of youth competitions.

After an absence from Rotary to nurse his Mother, Kevin has re-joined as a member of Sarum Rotary where he is keen to restart his work bringing young people and local businesses together.

Kevin is married with 2 daughters and lives in Salisbury.

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James Foreman

Compliance Officer

James currently works bank at Salisbury Hospital and is also a bank driver delivering catering to private jets all around the UK. Originally he worked on one of the greatest liners, the QE2, then ran a small hotel in Fordingbridge. He then went on to work his way up at his family’s Dementia Care Homes,
training as a Social Worker and eventually becoming a Director.

He joined the Rotary family in 1991, being a member of Salisbury and Wilton Rotaract, he has also been a member of both Salisbury and Wilton Rotary Clubs.

His most memorable time so far in Rotary is going to Kids Out dressed as
a clown for 25 years seeing the children’s expressions of enjoyment on these great days out. He is looking forward to being part of Sarum Rotary helping young people and businesses work together to benefit each other.

James is married and has four children and one granddaughter.

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David Clayton

Youth Officer

David is a local businessman and has been a Rotarian for over 10 years. He lives in Harnham with his wife Mary and dachshund/springer cross called Ko, and his two children, being in the process of flying the nest.

David has always had a passion for helping schools acting as a Young Enterprise business adviser when in his mid-twenties.

David was the co-founder of the Business in the Community Group which acted effectively as the forerunner to Sarum Rotary Club.

David is also extremely passionate about Salisbury and has co-organised a number of key events in recent years aimed at raising money for good local causes.

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Steve Marriott

Youth Officer

Steve is a Chartered Chemist and Scientist with over 30 years' experience. He has a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry, investigating a novel method for the synthesis of engine oil surfactants. Most of his career has been with the Ministry of Defence, undertaking research in an array of different chemistry related disciplines.

Steve joined Rotary in 1991, being a member of Salisbury & Wilton Rotaract. He then joined Salisbury Rotary in 2008 and was Club President in 2013, and joined Sarum Rotary in 2020.

Steve is passionate about the things Rotary does for young people and, as well as being a Youth Officer for Sarum Rotary Club, he is also currently the District Youth Service Team Leader and the District Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Co-Ordinator.

Steve has lived in Downton for the past 14 years.

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Andrew Longland

Media Co-Ordinator

Andrew started his career in IT, working in Software Development having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Business Information Systems. For the past 7 years, he has been the Commercial Director of a manufacturing business. He is also Managing Director of his family's publishing business which publishes, amongst other things, a free local community magazine for an area east of the New Forest.

He has always tried to help charities and voluntary organisations and has previously held positions as Chair, Trustee and Treasurer of different Charities, mainly involved in the welfare of children and young people. His first experience of Rotary was when he attended a number of Rotary events in the New Forest, having been invited by his mother who was an avid Rotarian in that area for many years. He then became a Rotarian in 2020, joining Sarum Rotary Club, with a desire to get back involved in charitable events and causes again, as well as growing his local network of contacts and friends, being fairly new to the Salisbury area. He became the Media Co-Ordinator for the Club in August 2020.

Andrew moved to Salisbury in 2017 and lives with his fiancee. Between them they have 3 children.

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Anne Smith

Membership Officer

Anne’s career was mainly in the Civil Service. She retired after 21 years as a Senior Registration Officer for Wiltshire, dealing with births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships. She also trained and became a voluntary bereavement councillor for over 10 years and, for the last 20 years, she has been involved with the Salisbury Women’s Refuge.

Being an “Army wife” saw Anne living in Germany for 11 years which gave her the opportunity to travel through Europe. When she settled in Wiltshire, she realised that she could be of service outside of her family and working life by joining the Soroptimist International for 11 years. This charity’s focus was on the welfare and advancement of women and children.

She became a Rotarian in 2008. Over the years, Anne has been involved in various fund-raising activities such as charity concerts, a mystery car rally, a craft fair, a car boot sale, a swimathon, helping managing a marathon, sky diving, the lantern parade, marshalling charity events, bucket collections and collecting tools for refurbishment and sending to Africa, to name but a few.

The one project that Anne is most proud of is the project which Rotary sponsored and was run by Women for Women International in the Congo. This enabled 25 women to learn a trade, obtain literacy skills and health education, which in turn provided an income to feed and educate their children. She travelled to the Congo to attend their graduation and to see what a difference it made to their lives and community. She describes it as “a humbling experience to see the joy and gratitude they had for changing from being destitute to a valued working member of their community, giving them the opportunity to flourish, earn a regular income and improve their standard of family life”.

Anne has served as President of both Rotary and Soroptimists in the past.

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Vacant

Membership Officer

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