As a charity, Marlens needs a board with the skills and contacts to meet a number of requirements:

  • Create a new charitable organisation built on the existing Marlens, and manage the transition.

  • Maintain strong links with the community, so as to sustain and deepen the existing affection for the marine lake.

  • Build a strong and supportive membership.

  • Build, train and manage a volunteer force to clean and maintain the lake and its surroundings, and to carry out income-generating activities.

  • Maintain trust and cooperation with the existing lake user community, and expand the community of users.

  • Provide effective and regular communication about what is happening.

  • Meet the legal and contractual requirements laid upon Marlens as a charity and leaseholder.

  • Generate enough income to sustain all these activities, through trading, events, membership subscriptions, usage fees and grants.

  • Manage Marlens prudently to ensure we remain solvent and able to meet our obligations.

To meet this challenge we would like to build a 12-member Board of Trustees with an appropriate mix of talents, knowledge and experience, a good gender balance and a mix of generations.

Members so far in place include:

Joe Norman


Retired software engineer.
Linda Knott Retired English teacher. Town and District Councillor.

Honorary President of Marlens.

Honorary Vice-President of Clevedon Sailing Club.

Bob Slee Technical Director of Palm Equipment International.

Supporter of Marlens and Clevedon Canoe Club since 2005.

Jo MacCready Gerald Joseph McCready-Fallon

Jo combines a strong academic background with over 20 years of hands-on leadership development and coaching experience across public and private sectors. He’s an exponent of applied psychology at work and understands how it can be used to inform and transform both relationships and performance. He is currently conducting research into coaching behaviours and elite performance for a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (D.Prof.EP)

He is skilled at working with those that are facing major challenges or who need to think differently about where they are and what they need to do. Clients include: Boots, Vue Cinemas, Lexis Nexis, UCLan, GPs in Avon and Bristol and executive management in education.

 Jo is an endurance swimmer and has completed the Dart 20k, Burgh Island, Portishead to Clevedon and most recently the Bristol Channel. He also has extensive outdoor learning experience.

Kate Gay Kate is a marketing consultant and also a keen swimmer (she is one of our registered instructors). She is driving our publicity and marketing and is also the webmaster for our Clevedon Marine Lake web site.
Barry Cherokoff Barry is a Clevedon Town Councillor, appointed to the trustees by the town council.
Steve Price Renowned long-distance swimmer and open-water swimming coach. Enthusiastic user of the lake. Well-known local musician and band-leader.
Chris Blades Trustee appointed by Clevedon Town Council. Chris owns Clevedon Van Hire in the Old Gasworks in Clevedon.
Tony Cherry  

Tony Cherry is Regional Senior Partner of DAC Beachcroft LLP in Bristol and Newport, an outward facing “Chairmanship” role with pastoral, but not line management responsibility for the offices. Tony is responsible for Practice Governance and Risk across the whole of the DAC Beachcroft business. His legal technical area of work is corporate risk management, legal risk control generally and issues involving exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents in the environment and through products, an interest he first acquired when working for ICI.

He lives with his wife Caroline and three children in Clevedon.

Alan Wilson A key member of the technical team looking after the lake, Alan says ”

I moved to Clevedon from the home of good football – Liverpool (not the Everton part) – in 1982 with my long suffering wife Caroline. My two kids were brought up here, attending Yeo Moor Primary and Junior, followed by what was then Clevedon Comprehensive. After school, whilst awaiting “O” level results (they’re like GCSEs but not so easy), I went into the motor trade as a Summer job and never left it. I retired this year (early I might add) from the civil service where I presided over the annual road safety checking schemes (MOT) for motorbikes, cars, vans, coaches, buses, trucks and trailers for the last 5-10 years of my career. I’ve been a Marlens volunteer – working mainly on the music side of the Festivals plus a bit more for 5 years now, after succumbing to Joe Norman’s charm offensive. I was a Volunteer, Lake Guide during the renovation and Currently I’m a member of the Technical Team that maintains the Lake. Having responded yet again to Joe Norman’s persuasive charms I’ve been voted in as a Marlens Trustee – where I hope my senior management experience in the civil service can be of some use.”