The RCHC Constitution, as agreed with the Charity Commission, allows for eleven trustees. Trustees are the only voting members. The following nine trustees are named in the Constitution. This means there remain two vacancies, for which the current trustees are interested in volunteers from residents with museum, management, financial, legal or charity experience.
Prue Amner (Secretary)
Prue qualified in telecommunications and worked as a software engineer until she had her three children. Subsequently she was a computing lecturer then senior manager at Highbury College Portsmouth for 18 years before becoming a freelance consultant. The family moved to Rowlands Castle in 1970 and all her children attended the village school where she has been a governor for over 30 years. She has served as a Parish Councillor and was one of the early committee members of the Rowlands Castle Association and Village Fayre. These experiences have given her a good level of knowledge and interest in the village and its history to enable her to assist in developing the website for the Heritage Centre.
Kevin graduated as a physicist. He has worked in teaching and the Scientific Civil Service. He and his family moved to the village in 2008. He has immersed himself in village life and has served as Treasurer and Chairman of the RCA and has edited the village magazine for the last five years. He is currently chairman of the Rowlands Castle u3a.
Alan Drinkwater (Editor)
Alan graduated as a geographer. He and his family moved to Rowlands Castle in 1983. At that time, he worked in Personnel Management for IBM. He served for twelve years on Hampshire County Council, subsequent to which he was invited to become President of the RCA. He was appointed and served for eight years on the Southern Region Flood Defence Committee of the Environment Agency. During ‘retirement’ he assisted in drafting the ‘Parish Plan 2008’ and the ‘Local Landscape Character Assessment 2012’. These experiences have given him a greater awareness of the local area and its history, leading to an interest in establishing a village Museum.
Rodney has lived in Rowlands Castle for nearly four years and wishes to make a contribution to the strong sense of community in the village. He has recently been elected to the Rowlands Castle Association and has had an interest in the RCHC project from an early stage. He is the Town Clerk of Chichester City Council and served as a Naval Reservist for over 30 years.
Alan Eyers (Chairman)
Alan has lived in the village for 26 years, having moved down from Kingston-upon-Thames. He is recently retired from being the Operations Director of a textile treatment company, Euroflam, based in Horndean. He started working life in the Hotel Business, a part of which time was spent in operations for the Savoy Hotel Group. Alan served on the Village Fair for 11 years, 3 as Chairman, 3 years as Chairman of the RCA and was one of the early members of the RCHC from its conception. He also oversaw the building and lighting of 16 Village Bonfires for the RCA.
Paul has worked in the Heritage and Tourism industry for over 20 years and Paul is now the Head of Operations at the Mary Rose and Managing Director of Mary Rose Trading. Paul chairs the regional Museum Development Panel and Guest Lectures in Contemporary Tourism at Southampton Solent University. Paul has lived in Rowlands Castle for 5 years with his wife Ellie and young son Barney.
Anna Mlynik-Shawcross (Vice Chairperson)
I was born in Gdansk, Poland. I qualified there in Medicine and practiced as a doctor in Poland. I was very actively engaged in the anti-communist movement, including Solidarity and have since been honoured in Poland for my efforts.
I came to Britain in 1985 as a political refugee. I have since gained British Citizenship. I trained in Psychiatry at the Maudsley and later Leicester. In 2003 I moved to Portsmouth and took up a Consultant Post there, living with my husband in Southsea. I retired in 2010 and moved to Rowlands Castle in 2017.
Following my retirement, I founded in the UK a Charity called “Help People with Autism in Poland” and helped raise funds to build the first residential facility in Gdansk.
Since coming to Rowlands Castle, I have become involved in various aspects of village life. I joined Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre because I am interested in the history of the village and I want to contribute to preserving its heritage for the future generations.