Meet the Founders
Richard and Will are both successful businessmen within Windsor. They want to help strengthen the fabric of the local community, through making connections between people, increasing skills and supporting social and cultural renewal. But hear it in their own words.
The Green Room School
I grew up in Windsor, attended the local schools, and taught in both Windsor Girls’ and Boys’ schools, before starting Everyday Theatre in 2004, which progressed on an interesting journey to the Green Room schools we have today. I am passionate about people, education and pubs The Swan presents an opportunity to pursue all of these in what will hopefully be a groundbreaking initiative.
The Green Room School began in 2011 as a part time project with three pupils, helping them re-engage with education. It now operates as 2 independent schools, in Windsor and Kingsley, and a 6th form provision (GR6). All three, judged as Ofsted Outstanding, offer unique opportunities for our learners but are bonded by the same ethos that drives our work. We aim to provide an inspirational alternative learning environment, where every young person has the help they need to achieve success.
Buying The Swan is great news for the local community and also for our school as we now have a perfect place we can use for our GR6 pupils. We hope it can provide a venue for learning, an inspiration for Masters Edge projects and a perfect place to learn vital life and work skills as our pupils prepare for adulthood. Having a pub to be used by the school is a new and exciting project, it sounds like something we should do!
Windsor & Eton Brewery
I moved to Windsor in 1985 and it's where my kids grew up and Rebecca and I call home. The Swan is a long term project in which my involvement is about making Windsor a better, more inclusive community. The role of the Green Room School is essential to this. Our commitment as directors is to manage all individuals' investment wisely so that, in five years' time, we've created a community hub that changes lives positively and we’re all proud to be part of. It will be hard work but worthwhile and good fun for all involved.
Meet the PR and Fundraising Team
All volunteers. All passionate about The Swan. All want to restore The Swan as a local pub ... and to create a unique community hub. Aim of the team is to spread the word and to raise funds for the renovation.
With a quite varied approach - from web, to social media, to traditional press and radio - the team evangelise the story of The Swan. Further, the team are making grant applications to varied and appropiate potential benefactors. Ideas and suggestions are always welcomed.
Chair & Press
I moved to Windsor in 2002, intending to stay for no more than 12 months.... 16 years later, I am still here! I work as a Global Project Manager in clinical research, which allows me to travel to some amazing places, but have been searching for something to get me more involved in the community I now call home. As a lover of 'proper pubs and proper beer' with a goddaughter who has been diagnosed as autistic, the vision of The Swan as a community hub and social enterprise seemed to align perfectly with things important to me, so when the opportunity to get more involved came along I was excited to volunteer. I enjoy travelling, walking, watching sport (especially rugby), dancing, baking, the theatre and much more... so keeping busy is not difficult!! I hope to see you for a pint when we open!
I am a born and bred Windsorian, married with a daughter. I am the headteacher of a Slough primary school and also support across Slough Borough with school improvement. I am the 'Chief Tweeter' for the 'SaveSwan' Twitter account. I developed a liking for beer when the brewery first opened as I wanted to support a local business and I needed to drink something when accompanying my husband there! We've watched the business grow and I wanted to be part of a project that brought together beer with my passion for education, especially supporting young people with additional needs having once been teacher in charge of an infant special needs resource base.
I have had the pleasure of calling Windsor my home for over 20 years. I live on Parsonage Lane and my community means a lot to me. I am married to Martin, have two rugby mad boys called Jimmy and Eddie and have a lively Cavapoo dog called Evie. My job in marketing at O2 has given me the opportunity to put my skills to use to bring us together to save The Swan and I am keen to be involved in ensuring it meets the needs of the community and brings joy to many. You'll find me drinking a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
I moved to Windsor 40 years ago, having met my wife, Hilary, a Windsor lass, at teacher training college. After two years teaching, I was commissioned into the Royal Army Educational Corps. Twenty years later, I left the Army and became CEO of a large grant-making charity. Since taking early retirement I have been looking for the right opportunity to volunteer within the local community. From the first public meeting held at the Brewery I was inspired by the vision of what The Swan in Clewer could become and could provide. Using my experience in education and the charity sector, I hope to be able to help develop a community hub that will support the pupils of The Green Room School and the residents of Windsor.
Facebook & NextDoor
I was born and bred locally and moved to Clewer a year ago, after my wife Louise and our son inherited her family home. We have been married for 19 years. After 20 years as a mechanical engineer, I changed career path to move into property refurbishment, which I still do today. I was a volunteer for The British Red Cross, and also for the King George VI Day Centre in Clarence Road. I am a keen real ale supporter and a member of CAMRA. In fact, Louise and I can often be found enjoying evenings in the tap room at Windsor & Eton Brewery. Clewer Village already has a community feel, and I believe the opening of The Swan will bring a whole new atmosphere to the area.
I have lived in Windsor for the last 12 years. I walk the dog or cycle past The Swan too many times to count, and am keen to see it reopen so I can drop in for a coffee or a pint! I am a tech entrepreneur working on the Internet of Things to make products and places more interactive with people and the environment. My former roles as a marketing director for The Coca-Cola Company and management consultant should prove useful too, as well as advisory board work for a local charity. I’m interest in social enterprises and sustainable development, and have written a book about the importance and impact of civic action (www.civicrevolution.com). I love the sense of community in Clewer Village and the ambition of turning The Swan into a community hub.
I am a husband to Claire and father to 3 grown-up children. Our family have lived in Windsor for almost 30 years. Having spent a career in Marketing and Commercial Planning, which included 5 years service on a food industry PR and Communications committee, I have recently taken early retirement, giving me the opportunity to invest both my time and my energy, as well as my experience, into The Swan. I am a lifelong supporter of real ale with an interest in local independent breweries; so I am really keen to see the reopening of The Swan early in 2019 in order to indulge this passion!
Web & IT
I am currently trialling retirement; before that, I had various management positions within the telecoms industry. I moved down from Scotland to Windsor almost 20 years ago and, to be honest, I am still loving it! People who know me will tell you that I love beer and curries (which explains my size). I used to be a regular at The Swan and have some fabulous memories and met some fantastic people. My aim is simple: to help The Swan become phoenix-like and bring it back to life as a cracking wee local pub.
Meet the Building and Renovations Team
The building team have really got stuck in and made big strides in our journey to re-opening. Apart from organising volunteer events, they have had specialists in to perform work behind the scenes. Soon visible signs such as scaffaling will be part of The Swan whilst we make repairs to roofs, windows and brickwork.
Volunteer & Site Coordinator
General Manager at The Green Room School.
Project Manager for The GRS
Teacher of the Edge/Life Skills and the IB.
Site Project Manager