We are a friendly committee with several regular volunteers who lead on or support the active projects we are working on. We aim to keep our members and supporters updated on events/information about Cambridge that we think will affect them and be of interest.
The committee members are:
Wendy Blythe – Chair and lead on strategy, events and conservation
Born and educated in North Wales then here in Cambridge after a peripatetic childhood following her parents around Africa Wendy became involved with FeCRA in 2014 after she was told by officers that there wasn’t the money or design mentality in Cambridge for landscaping a local cycleway scheme or for any SUDS drainage.
Since 2014 she has actively campaigned for outcomes that put Cambridge and its communities and neighbourhoods and their families and health and happiness and green spaces and the River Cam first. FeCRA, which she chairs has hosted numerous events with well-known speakers such as the Bristol Mayor George Ferguson; Dame Fiona Reynolds; landscape architect Kim Wilkie; ecologist Prof David Rogers and the award-winning investigative journalist and China expert Ian Williams.
After a career spent working as a commissioning editor for an educational publisher, initially in East Africa and then in the Caribbean, Wendy worked for Macdonald Young Books and Simon & Schuster. Following the birth of her triplets she set up her own publishing business and worked from home for Simon & Schuster commissioning Michael Rosen’s ABC and Michael Rosens Book of Nonsense ( short listed for the Kate Greenaway Award) and various other titles such as Start your own Nature Reserve; Little Fingers; Crafty Little Fingers; What do we know about the Romans ( part of a best selling series) etc.
She was in Cambridge from 1973-6 as one of the first women accepted at a Cambridge male college and has lived here since 1995. She founded and has chaired the Hills Road Area Residents Association and has been chair of FeCRA since 2014. She is also is a member of the Friends of the Cam Steering Group and the committee of Cambridge Living Street and is on the committee of a number of Cambridge community groups.
She has a particular interest in landscape and community, the importance of environmental commons and the nature of belonging, inspired perhaps by her own background and her concerns about the world and climate change and the places and communities that she has known and loved. This was reflected in the subject of her MA dissertation: Small Worlds: Landscape and Community (the work of the North Wales architect, landscaper, town planner and environmentalist Clough Williams-Ellis, whose book England and the Octopus (1928) is widely seen as kicking off the UK environmental movement. She also has a MA from the UEA School of Creative Writing. Contact Wendy: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Caldwell is vice-chair of Mill Road Bridges, a community group hoping to inform and nurture local community spirit.
He also started Mill Rd TV in 2015 whose aim is to provide a social media platform via community produced video.
He is interested in how Cambridge works.
Angela Chadwyck Healey
Has lived in Cambridge since 2009. She founded and has chaired the Madingley Road Area Residents’ Association and has been actively involved with the development of safe walking and cycling proposals for Madingley Road, now approved by the Greater Cambridge Partnership and due to start in autumn 2021.
She has a particular interest in the social aspects of housing in the city. Her other concerns include the importance of communal green spaces, the preservation of the River Cam, and the historic core of the city as a unique space which should be preserved, with the medieval market place at its centre.
Angela is a graduate of Anglia Ruskin University, after which she worked in the prison system. More recently joining the Committee of Cambridge 2030, ‘working to unite our community in action to fight inequality and create a healthy and prosperous city for everyone’. She is associated with Cambridge & District Citizens Advice and the Arthur Rank Hospice.
Cycling Officer and lead on Community and Open Spaces
Jean is Chair of Newnham Croft Residents Association..
She has a particular interest in looking after our green spaces, and is also on the committee of Friends Queens’ Green, Friends of Paradise Nature Reserve and Friends of Sheeps Green and Lammas Land.
Jean is a member of Living Streets and Camcycle and is committed to working for improvements that will put pedestrians first and make our streets safer for people walking and cycling.
John Latham – Treasurer
Born and educated in Essex, then here in Cambridge, John has been a resident of West Chesterton for nearly four decades.
After retiring from a career in corporate and international banking, mostly at Lloyds Bank, John spent 9 years on the board of King Street Housing Society, serving as Vice Chair for 5 years with finance and audit as his main focus.
John’s interest in conservation and vernacular building began as a teenager and he has long been concerned about the environment. He is a Trustee of Hobson’s Conduit, and has life-long passions for railways, aviation and all things nautical. Since 2010 John has taken part in Swaffham Bulbeck’s Summer Theatre both on stage and behind the scenes.
John Lawton – Membership Secretary & Webmaster
Lilian is chair of Histon Road Area Residents’ Association and former vice chair of Histon Road Local Liaison Forum. Since 2016 actively working to improve the design of Histon Road for better walking, cycling, air and noise pollution including tree canopies and hedges, wildlife. Campaigning for better safety for mobility scooters and other disability transport. Member of Camcycle and cooperating with Living Streets. Engaged in “A Community Remembers Histon Road” – Community grant project with residents resulting in a Book.
Background: Master of Science in English, Economic History and History at Stockholm University: Purchasing &Production coordinator Scandinavia Hygiene products and Logistics Manager pharmaceutical Bristol-Myers Squibb; Sports – Vice President Confederation Mondiale des Activitees Subaquatiques CMAS – vice president Sports Committee and secretary Scientific Committee; Enjoying studies at U3AC in German Language and Stockmarket.
David is vice-chair of the Great Northern Road Resident’s Association which was formed to address concerns specific to that road, including traffic levels, pollution, noise, pedestrian and cycle access and planned inappropriate development, as well as levels of service in the new blocks. It also aims to foster a sense of community in a new development area. He has since become involved in wider issues concerning decision making and governance in the city.
David’s background is in value management and specifically in defining the delivering value to customers with new technologies about which he has bee advising companies, large and small, in sectors from finance to entertainment for past 25 years.
Barbara Taylor – Web Information Secretary and North Cambridge Liaison
We have plenty of opportunities for more people to become active members and we welcome ideas and support. So please get in touch.