Trustees

John Armstrong (MPhil, CEng, FCIBSE, MIMechE).
Chair of Board
John has recently retired, previously working as a self-employed property consultant specialising in maintenance of the engineering services in buildings. Before that he worked at Ove Arup and Partners, the Property Department of Barclays Bank, the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and  the Health Service. He was President of CIBSE during 2007-2008.He is married to Jenny, they have three sons and four grandchildren. His youngest son, wife and two grandchildren now live in New Zealand. ‘I enjoy being involved with Action 21 because it is both a local charity supporting sustainable living and a thriving community for volunteers. Being able to encourage people to be aware of the environment we live in and the importance of ensuring it is protected for the next generation is important. I also feel Action 21 is a big asset to the local community by providing a wide variety of volunteering opportunities which give people experience and purpose. I am pleased to be part of the Trustee Board which ensures Action 21 continues to succeed in its objectives.’
Roger Twiney
Vice Chair, Strategy & Marketing
Roger is retired after a career in the automotive industry. He is a Chartered Engineer.Before retirement he was Director of Environmental Affairs at BMW and Chairman of the Environment Committee of the UK automotive industry trade body (SMMT). Roger has lived in Leamington Spa for some years. “I am keen to help the local community achieve outstanding environmental performance. I believe that Action 21 has a key role to play in this.”
Mike Cronin
Treasurer

Mike retired after an extensive career as a commercial accountant within a number of organisations in both the public and private sector. He joined Action 21 as a trustee in March 2018 and is responsible for monitoring and reporting of the finances within the charity. “I strongly believe in the ethos and aims of Action 21 and am keen to use my skills and experience to ensure that it continues to remain on a firm financial footing.”

Margaret Begg
Human Resources
Margaret retired from being a local councillor in 2007 after 23 years in this role, latterly with responsibility for environment on Warwick District Council. She spent her working life as a teacher and organiser of adult education. “My  professional life has given me extensive experience of the local democratic process, which is very helpful to Action 21. As a trustee, I am committed to developing new environmental projects of lasting impact in the local community. My years in adult education will help me to play a part in promoting Action 21’s charitable aims of providing educational opportunities which enable the community to take practical steps towards a greener future.“
Chris Pollock

Re-use
Chris has been on the Board of action 21 since retiring from a 40-year career in international business. His main interest is in using his experience to support and develop the re-use business, which is now the only source of income for the charity. He has also recently taken on responsibility for the volunteer voice on the Board and has involvement in health and safety policy. “In the last few years I have become increasingly interested in ecological and sustainability issues. I’m a regular volunteer in the shop and really enjoy the interaction and banter with customers and volunteers.”
Peter Blackledge
Volunteer Voice
Peter is retired after more than thirty years in the telecomms industry and more recently eight years in local government. Since retiring he has volunteered his time for a number of local charities, and at Action 21 he has been involved in both online sales and electrical testing. He has recently joined the Board as the Volunteer Voice. “I enjoy my work at Action21 and want to ensure that it continues to provide worthwhile and fulfilling opportunities for the widest possible range of volunteers.”
Martin Lythell
Bicycle Workshop

Martin is a experienced cyclist and skilled mechanic who runs the bicycle renovation and repair workshop.

Belinda Pyke
Belinda moved to Leamington in summer 2017 after a thirty year career as a senior official in the European Commission where she worked in a variety of policy areas, including migrant integration and equal opportunities. She became aware of Action 21 when she needed to downsize her belongings and became a volunteer soon after. ‘I am really impressed by Action 21’s ethos and values so am pleased to be able to contribute to its activities both as a volunteer and as a trustee.’
Annie Bryan
Annie became involved with the organisation in 2017 as she is passionate about environmental issues and wanted to contribute to Action 21’s work to benefit the local community. “Action 21’s mission to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill is more crucial than ever, and the Re-useful shop is a fantastic resource for everyone in the Leamington area. As a keen cyclist, I also think the bike workshop is a great idea! As a Trustee I enjoy helping to build on Action 21’s good work to promote sustainability at a local level.” Annie has over 10 years’ experience of working in Higher Education, delivering and supporting teaching, learning and research, and is currently employed at Coventry University.