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.”
Geoff Randall 
During his working career, Geoff was employed as an accountant in the public sector, firstly, in local government and latterly, in higher education. He was appointed as the first Director of Finance of De Montfort University in Leicester in 1989, taking voluntary early retirement in 1997. He has since been involved with the NHS, including an 8 year stint as a Non Executive Director at Warwick Hospital. Geoff became a Trustee of Action 21 in January 2011 and now looks after the finances as Honorary Treasurer.“Action 21 is a cause I fully support and I genuinely enjoy my role with the charity. My professional skills mean that Action 21 doesn’t need to employ someone to keep the manager and board aware of the charity’s financial position. This means it has more money to plough into projects that benefit the whole community.”
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

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.”
Mathilde Robert
Events & Projects

Mathilde has 10 years experience in Sustainable Development and Project Management in both private and public sectors. She has been in charge of the Environmental Service in a French municipality near Paris, leading waste collection and recycling for 60 000 inhabitants and more than 300 companies, organising events for children and adults to promote sustainable living. Prior to this Mathilde worked as a project manager and marketing manager for Veolia Waste Management in Paris. Mathilde is now taking care of her two children Paul and Elisa.“I enjoy being involved with Action 21 who turn the Sustainable Development concept into true local actions, not only reducing environmental impacts but also generating social links and providing valuable services to the community. I am pleased to be part of the Trustee Board to continue developing new sustainable projects that meet community needs.”

Martin Lythell
Bicycle Workshop

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