Chair of Lowther Gardens Trust
Tim has been Chair of Lowther Gardens since taking the Trust independent from Council running some 5 years ago. He has some 32 years of experience working in the entertainment business from presenting for the BBC through to writing and directing for theatre both in this country and internationally. He has recently completed directing a film for the Heritage Lottery. He has always believed that it is not what you take out but what you give back to society that marks who you are as a person. Consequentially his own company has funded and run youth arts work for the last 32 years across the north of England as a way of delivering something directly back into the community. He moved to the Fylde coast in 2002.
He was delighted to be invited to join the St George’s Day Festival committee in 2015 and hopes that his experience of team working and event organisation will help the festival grow to it’s full potential.
On a personal note Tim is a keeper of ducks and when not working is often seen running madly round the orchard with his flock of Indian Runners.
Retired Colonel and Regional Director for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
My name is Philip Naylor and I am a retired Colonel who served 30 years in the British Army. Since I left the Army in 2006 I have done a number of things, including spending nearly 4 years living and working in Montreal, Canada and also spending a couple of years travelling the length and breadth of England in my narrowboat. These days I am the Regional Director for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in the North West, and I primarily look after all the fundraising in the region. Although the charity is the army’s national charity, there is only myself and two part time staff to cover events from Carlisle to Chester and all points in between, so we tend to be spread a little thin and therefore rely very heavily on volunteer fundraisers to support us. In an average year we have almost 150 events taking place across the region, which include a large range of challenge and sporting events, as well as a wide variety of social events from receptions hosted by the Lord’s Lieutenants to activities in social clubs and pubs. We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to be beneficiaries of the St George’s Day Festival.
I have to say that I love my work! I enjoy it for two reasons: firstly, you rarely meet a grumpy or miserable fundraiser, most are so happy and pleased to be helping the charity and this happiness is infectious. Secondly, I get a great deal of satisfaction from knowing that what I do has a real impact helping those fellow servicemen and women and their families when they are in need. I consider myself very lucky to have completed my service and left the forces to rejoin the wider community with relative ease and with no scars from the past, the same is not true for others who leave the army bearing the effects of terrible injuries, both physical and mental, those who struggle to make the transition from one community to another and those who having given years of service, struggle in old age. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity will stand by all these servicemen, veterans and their families in times of need. We have a simply motto; they have done their duty, now we will do ours.
We rely almost entirely on the generosity of the public to raise the money we need, each year and the St George’s Day Festival is now a major part of the fundraising. It is a real pleasure to be part of the team that organises the festival and I very much hope that this will continue in to the future.
Trinity and Brian House Children’s Hospice Community Fundraiser
Having worked previously as the Volunteer Administrator for Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice, I have moved into the role of Community Fundraiser, which involves working with a variety of community groups across the Fylde coast, including the St George’s Day Festival, raising vital funds for our local hospice.
I have previously been involved with community groups throughout the area and worked in the IT department of AXA/GRE for 13 years, which gave me a good knowledge of the local area – especially as my three children attended St Bede’s in Lytham. I feel it’s a great honour to be part of the Festival, which has expanded year-on-year, and I love the community spirit and sense of fun that it offers to all those involved.