WADRA Committee Members


Elisa Miles
Chair
Elisa came to the UK from the USA in 1986 to work, and made Reading her home. She has lived in Caversham since 1992 with a four year placement in France during that time. She has worked as a user experience designer and researcher, and in the last 20 years has worked at a number of consultancies developing and managing teams to deliver to a variety of clients. Most recently she was a director at Blue Latitude Health where she created and ran the customer experience part of the business. She and her husband have three children all raised in Caversham.

Elisa has been an active member of the WADRA since 2010, most noticeably in organising community fundraising events and initiatives for the restoration of the MPF Pavilion: Summer Fairs, car boots, metal recycling, dinner dances, and Christmas Fayres. She has also been active in the campaigns to save MPF from inappropriate development. Elisa has been a WADRA committee member since 2011, has acted as Treasurer, and is now the Chair.

Martin Brommell
Secretary

Having lived in Reading for over 50 years, Martin moved to Caversham in 2003 and has been passionate about this area ever since. Married with a grown up family and grandchildren, he retired from corporate life as a sales director in 2015 and has since become a keen golfer. His other interests include art, music, motor racing, overseas travel and socialising.

Martin became chairman of MPFAG in 2014, an action group set up to protect Mapledurham Playing Field from development, and in 2018 launched a judicial review at The Courts of Justice in London, in an effort to stop a free school being built at MPF.  An active WADRA member since 2003, Martin became a committee member in 2014 and has represented WADRA on many occasions at Council meetings. In 2020 he became WADRA secretary, and continues as WADRA’s representative for the North Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum and MPF Management Committee.   


Hayley Brommell
Treasurer
Hayley has lived in Caversham Heights for 17 years and has been an active WADRA member since 2003. She has been proactive in supporting fund raising events, door-to-door canvassing as well as campaigning against local developments which threaten to destroy the character and environment of the wonderful area covered by WADRA.

Hayley joined the WADRA committee in 2016 as Secretary until 2019, when she became the Treasurer.
 
With nearly 40 years service at BT, working in a variety of demanding roles, her latest position involves managing suppliers, 5G infrastructure projects and network enhancement programmes.

Hayley is married and is very proud of her daughter, son-in-law and young grandson, who’ll be two in 2021. In her spare time she is a keen gardener, excellent cook and enjoys the outdoors with her Shit Tzu dog, Marley.

Robin Bentham
Robin has lived in The Warren, Caversham for 30 years. After 7 years in the Royal Navy, seeing action in Korea and supporting the 1957 British Pacific H-bomb tests, he had a career in computer systems definition, including work on Driver and Vehicle Licensing, and the CHAPS funds transfer system.  
 
Robin joined the WADRA Committee in 1991, and was Chair from 1999 to 2019. For WADRA he has scrutinised local planning applications, and liaised with RBC on planning, festivals — WOMAD and Reading Festival — and numerous other local issues.  As chair of WADRA, he managed the transition from WADRA’s original 1964 set-up to a formal, written constitution.  Also, during his tenure as chair, Robin persuaded RBC to recognise their responsibilities as Trustees of Mapledurham Playing Fields and its pavilion.

Robin maintains a particular interest in the restoration of the Grade 1 listed Chazey Tithe Barn, built around 1611.

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Pam Reynolds

Pam has lived in Caversham for nearly forty years and has been a member of the WADRA committee for around twenty of them. Her particular interest over the years has been communicating WADRA members’ views to RBC and Festival Republic to promote active discussion and action to protect our community from the less attractive aspects of the Reading Festival. She has also been involved with fundraising and assisting with WADRA functions.

Pam trained as a teacher, and later worked in higher education in an administrative and editing role. She is a member of St Peters choir and acted as librarian for many years. She enjoys working in the charity sector, and for many years was a member of the Commonwealth Housing Trust, a charity which organises fundraising and the building of housing and schools in Africa.

She currently works with SSAFA – the Military Charity. She trained as a case worker, but around ten years ago, there was a large influx of retired Gurkha ex-servicemen and their families to Reading. Pam established an education project for Gurkha wives, which has now been running for nearly ten years. With the invaluable assistance of more than thirty volunteers, the project teaches over a hundred Gurkha wives each week. In the 2017 New Year Honours List Pam was awarded the BEM in recognition of this work.


Robert O’Neill
Bob has lived in the WADRA area since 1970 and was born not far outside. He has led scrutiny of Reading Borough Council matters and questioned RBC on its duty to provide sport and leisure for all, not just a selective few. Since the 1980’s Bob has lent on the Council and those responsible for the state of the Mapledurham Playing Fields’ Pavilion; sharing in the activities of the Society of Beneficiaries to lobby them to treat us more fairly.

Living close to the Borough boundary, Bob takes an active interest in what happens in South Oxfordshire, especially subjects such as aggressive development on local countryside.
Alistair McLeanAlistair McLeanAlistair was born in a small village some 10 miles west of Edinburgh. He worked as a civil engineer with a firm of consulting engineers before joining the Surface Mining division of British Coal in Scotland. Following several promotions he moved around the country, with British Coal, ending up as Regional Manager in the North East of England. When the mining industry was privatised, he joined the successor company, UK Coal, firstly as Regional Manager and then as Regional Director in the North East. He qualified as a Chartered Engineer with qualifications in both Civil and Mining Engineering.

Alistair has two daughters and two grandchildren who live in Reading and he moved to Caversham in 2014, following the birth of his first grandchild.

Whilst living in the North East, Alistair was a member of a local Estate Committee, which assessed planning applications for extensions and new builds, submitted by local residents and organisations. With that experience and a keen interest in Planning matters, he joined the committee of WADRA in 2014 and monitors planning applications made to Reading Borough Council for the WADRA area.
Jane BickerstaffeJane moved to Caversham in 1978.  She is married with two children.  She worked in the environmental affairs department of Metal Box for ten years, was involved with Reading and Kennet Waterways Trust and was adviser to the UK government’s first minister for recycling.  She has always taken a keen interest in caring for the environment.  She joined WADRA and the action group to protect Mapledurham Playing Fields in 2017 and continues to promote protection of green open spaces and wildlife.