Our trustees


James Buckle
Chair of Trustees


I have lived in Semer since I was a child and am married with three children. I am a farmer and landowner and passionate about all things Suffolk and am determined to ensure the survival of The Suffolk Trinity for the enjoyment of future generations. I served as High Sheriff 2009-2010. I have been Master of the Essex and Suffolk Hunt since 1994 and have participated in point-to-point and team chases. I am a keen skier and enjoy shooting.


Liz Reid
Vice Chair of Trustees

Having been brought up in Northern Ireland, I attended art college in Chester. I have lived in Suffolk for 28 years, moving from Stoke by Nayland to Layham in 1996. My husband and I have two children, both of whom are married. Horses have always been a large part of my life since I was two years old and I am Joint Master of the Essex & Suffolk Hunt and volunteer with Shelley RDA. I am also a Parish Councillor When not working with horses, my interests are gardening, cooking, skiing, tennis, art and everything to do with the countryside.


His Honour Judge John Devaux, DL

Circuit Judge.

Hon Recorder for Ipswich.

Deputy Lieutenant for Suffolk.

I have lived in Suffolk since 1979 and close to Hadleigh since 1988



Sheena Lawrence

Having grown up on a farm near Halstead in Essex, I then lived in London for four years, working first as a Medical Secretary and then as PA to a Partner at Knight Frank & Rutley.  I am married with four children, three girls and a boy.  My husband Jim and I started our business together 20 years ago, from farm buildings at our home in Stoke-by-Nayland.  We moved it to the Lady Lane Industrial Estate in Hadleigh six years ago and now employ 150 local people.  I am a committee member for the Essex and Suffolk Pony Club and help organise various events during the year. 

Hilary Jacklin

Born in Essex, I then went to University in London. This was followed with graduate training in fundraising and marketing at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. I worked for the NSPCC and then went on to be Head of Fundraising at the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

I moved to Suffolk in 2000 with my husband and three children and now work in a local school, teaching children with special educational needs. I am a Trustee of RDA Ipswich and organise the biennial Art Exhibition in Stoke by Nayland

Rev'd. Chris Ramsey

Husband and father of four, I moved from the IT industry to become a full time church minister over 13 years ago, having been involved with church ministry since my late teens. I have a passion for people being whole and being the best "them" they can be, which I believe involves helping them know just how much they are loved by God whether they think they deserve it or not.

I'm really pleased to be serving as a Trustee with the Porch Project, building upon some of the foundational work that has been done in the parish in connection with schools and young people through church and other local youth organisations.

I enjoy spending time with my family and our menagerie of animals. I am a keen console gamer and also enjoy modelling and painting for tabletop war-gaming . I know - weird hobby for a vicar, but then who wants to be normal!


Tony Addison

Founder & CEO of Free Rein.

Member of the Suffolk Police Business Crime Forum

I have been in Hadleigh since 1987, aiming at 30 year’s residency to become a local – only to be told the qualification is a relative in the cemetery ! Oh well.

My business (working in internet technology) has been in Hadleigh since 2004 and I have worked with the local Constabulary and Chamber of Commerce to improve our local crime experience. When Porch was started we immediately felt we had to support it and get actively involved. Now, becoming a Trustee will strengthen that commitment and, I hope, will bring certain digital skills and expertise to help the Project grow much further.


Judith Hermite
Trustee & Treasurer

I moved to Hadleigh in 2013 with the plan being to eventually retire from my reinsurance/insurance career in London. As it happened the opportunity to retire came quicker than expected and I happily spent most of 2014 planning home improvements and digging the garden. All enjoyable but I missed the challenge of working so found myself volunteering as the Treasurer for the Porch Project.

Three years on I was honoured to be asked to join the Board of Trustees. I’ve learnt a great deal during my time with the Porch and that learning continues.



What's new

Funding + Support - Posted 10/02/2019 22:03

The High Sheriff of Suffolk visits a drop-in

On Friday 8th February The High Sheriff of Suffolk, George Vestey paid a visit to a Hadleigh drop-in.

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Events - Posted 01/02/2019 22:08

Porch Project helps with road safety in Hadleigh

At last Fridays drop-in at Hadleigh Zach ran a road safety quiz. There were winners but no losers as everyone received a set of bike lights.

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Events - Posted 04/12/2018 17:50

Leadership For Life

Here at the Porch Project we are now able to offer and deliver an INCREDIBLE programme to our young people.

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Events - Posted 17/07/2018 14:43

Summer Celebration & AGM

Please join us on Thursday 26th July 2018 at 7pm at our offices, 28a High Street, Hadleigh.

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Events - Posted 06/06/2018 11:02

Horizons Session 6

Many thanks to Hadleigh Hair Lounge for hosting the sixth session of our Horizons programme.

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