The Old Hospital is owned by SouthGen (the Southwold and Waveney Valley Regeneration Society Ltd), a charitable community benefit society, registered as a mutual society with the FCA.
Meet our management committee
Our members elect the Management Committee, which operates the Old Hospital.
Jessica de Grazia Jeans – Chair
is a retired lawyer and consultant in institutional capacity building who led the grass roots campaign to save the Old Hospital for the community. She project managed the redevelopment and setting up of the community businesses.
Paul Luke - Secretary
has had many years experience in senior leadership roles at the BBC which he recently left after 25 years. Paul is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee of BAFTA and a Trustee of Southwold Arts Centre.
Sue Gull - Interim Treasurer
More details to follow...
Elaine Glendinning– Nursery Director
is the Ofsted Nominated Person for the Old Hospital Nursery. Elaine is an early years educator who has served as Head of three primary schools.
Dee Fay – HR officer
is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and experienced in the charities sector.
Piers Sturridge - Hospitality
was a London chef and restaurant operator in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He moved into advisory roles in the 1990’s. Piers is a trustee of the Gorton Monastery, a management trustee of the Hepworth Wakefield and an advisor to the Omnibus Theatre. A long-term advocator of ‘real food’, he worked with producers, suppliers and councils in creating the farmer’s market and farm shop movement.
Teresa Lynch - Compliance
is a recently retired pharmacist with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, working in medical information, drug safety and compliance. She has lived in Walberswick for the last 10 years having moved here from London. She hopes to be able to bring some of her skills and experience to this project
The Old Hospital has been funded by 477 community members who invested in £498,000 of community shares and other generous donations from members of our community. Our other funders are shown below.