Meet the team
It takes a great team to make a great organisation. Find out more about us below.
Phil Watts OBE MRICS Chair of Trustees
Phil joined the Board of Trustees in November 2016 as Acting Chair, to support hard-pressed trustees and staff. Phil went on to take the role of Chair on a permanent basis in May 2017.
Phil is a retired Civil Servant, having worked for Ordnance Survey for almost 48 years. A chartered Land Surveyor by training, in a long and diverse career he gained experience of Corporate Planning, Project Management, Product Development & Publishing, and Sales & Marketing. Prior to retiring in 2014, Phil was Ordnance Survey’s Head of Corporate Affairs, involved in the Department’s engagement with Government Ministers, Stakeholders and Customers, and serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors.
Phil has been Church Warden and currently Treasurer of his local Parish Church. An active Church Bell Ringer, Phil serves on the Winchester Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches as Diocesan Bells Advisor. He is also a season ticket holder at his home-town club Swindon Town. Phil is married to Liz Watts, and they have two sons, one married.
Liz Watts FMAAT Treasurer and Founding Trustee
A founder member of Fledge’s Board of Trustees, Liz Watts serves as Fledge’s Treasurer. She has almost 30 years’ experience in the Charitable Sector and with charity management and finance, having worked in pre-school education, and then with Winchester Area Community Action from 1989 until 2012. Latterly she served as Deputy Chief Officer, responsible for the all of WACA’s finance and personnel functions. Liz now supports the finance operations of Blue Apple Theatre, a Winchester-based performing arts company providing a range of opportunities for people with learning difficulties.
Away from work, Liz is currently Church Warden of her local church on the outskirts of Chandler’s Ford, having served her Church in many different roles since it was founded in 1987. She is married with two adult sons.
Mark Cheshire Trustee and Founder
Mark, together with his wife Lauren, started with the initial vision for Fledge in 2009. Since that time, Mark has played a central role in shaping what Fledge looks like as an organisation and building the foundation that secured charity status. Mark currently serves as a trustee.
Outside of Fledge, Mark works as a deputy learning support manager and teacher in sixth form education, with a specialism in specific learning difficulties.
Lauren Cheshire Trustee and Founder
Lauren, together with her husband Mark, started with the initial vision for Fledge in 2009. Since that time, Lauren has played an integral role in sharing the vision of Fledge to build support and develop the framework from which Fledge was grown. Lauren currently serves as a trustee.
Outside of Fledge, Lauren has extensive experience in youth work having worked as a youth minister within the Church of England for 8 years. Lauren also runs a training consultancy that specialises in safeguarding.
Penny Thatcher Trustee
Penny is a recent addition to the trustee board, joining in 2017, having provided some HR support and advice to the charity over the past couple of years. Her professional background and training is in the HR field, particularly in relation to employment policies and practices, and she currently works as the Employment Adviser for Southampton Methodist District and Wessex Synod of the United Reformed Church. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Penny is a member of her local Parish Church and believes passionately in seeking ways to serve her local community. She has a heart for enabling people to move forward on their journey, for empowering and equipping them for what is ahead, and has been inspired by the potential of the Fledge vision to do just that.
Nerissa Dean Project Manager
Nerissa came on board as the Project Manager for Fledge in June 2015 and has been instrumental in making the Fledge vision a reality including the set up and development of the Fledge House. She has overall responsibility for the operational running of the charity, turning her hand to everything from funding to liaising with Eastleigh Borough Council to removing rogue insects from behind the kitchen appliances!
Natasha Baker Lead Support Worker
Natasha joined Fledge in May 2016, shortly before the first residents moved into the Fledge House. Natasha is responsible for developing the support provision and working with the residents to meet their support needs. She organises group sessions for the residents as well as supporting them 1 to 1 including occasional trips to the ice cream parlour!
Ali Williams Support Worker
Ali joined the Fledge team in Jan 2017. She works alongside Natasha to provide support and mentoring for the residents. Ali works part time for Fledge and part time as the assistant youth leader at KCC, in Hedge End. Away from work Ali loves spending time with her family & friends, socialising and cooking.