The following are members that have been appointed to serve as directors on the Club's Board of Directors during the current year and holders of key offices with the Club.
Rob Kellock - Chairman
Rob was appointed to the Board in April 2014 as the Club's Regional Director. He is a practising solicitor from Preston, Lancashire, specialising in criminal defence and motoring law. He is responsible for coordinating the smooth running of the Club, maintaining lines of communication between the Club's many volunteers, the Board, the Clubhouse team and the Club's commercial partners. As Chairman, Rob conducts the Club's Board meetings, presents the Annual General Meeting to members and works closely with the Club's General Manager Chris Seaward.
Rob is married to his wife Liz and has 2 teenage children, Tom and Maddie who are growing up rapidly.
Having joined the Club over 12 years ago, Rob has enjoyed a variety of different types of Porsches, front, rear and mid-engined. Starting out with a 944 lux which provided plenty of smiles and a nice change to company lease cars, Rob went on to a 996 Carrera 4 which he kept for almost 5 years. The 911 was followed by 4 years of sheer joy in the instant classic Boxster Spyder. This was replaced with a 981 Cayman S that performed over 25000 trouble free miles in 2 years and proved an ideal companion for his many drives to the Clubhouse. Rob is currently enjoying a 997 Carrera GTS.
Rob was appointed Chairman in April 2016
Richard Watling - Vice Chairman and Commercial Director
Richard has been an enthusiast of Porsche Cars since he first heard the sound of a 911 in 1971 but it was not until 1997 that he was able to buy his first 964. Now the proud owner of a 993 2S the flame is undiminished.
A Club member from the start, since 2005 his main contribution to Club life has been in organizing the Factory Visits. He has now completed eighteen trips during which over 600 members have been given the chance to tour the factories and to explore Germany and the full ability of their Porsche on track and road. For him this is what membership of the club is all about – getting the best out of your Porsche by meeting fellow enthusiasts, driving to great events, getting help on technical issues and enjoying the many benefits such as Porsche Post.
His background is in marketing and general management having had over forty years experience in major companies such as Diageo, building brands, managing markets, and creating profitable business opportunities using many tools such as research, design, planning, budgeting, communications, and commercial agreements. In the eighties he was responsible for sponsorship of the Porsche works team providing insight and friendships, which endure to this day. He is now retired from full time work but remains very active in a number of fields.
Appointed Commercial Director in November 2013 it is his intention to grow the top line of the club through member recruitment and retention by the establishment and nurturing of successful business partnerships with companies that can provide member benefits, sponsorship income and useful advice and connections. He is also concerned to ensure that the Club’s major contracts and commercial arrangements are sound, appropriate and in accordance with the best business practice.
After many internationals and UK moves he now lives with his wife Sarah in Kemble, Gloucestershire, close to Cornbury House and convenient for travel to most parts of the country.
Richard was appointed Vice Chairman in April 2016
Nick Pike - Communications & Strategy Director
Nick is a retired Royal Air Force engineer with a background in mission and business critical communication. On leaving the RAF he moved to the USA where he spent several years before moving back to the UK in 2009.
Nick's association with Porsche dates back to the early 80s, when his mother traded in her Triumph TR6 for a 924S, the school run car! His first Porsche came about when tasked with buying the 'sensible' car for the family he successfully argued that they did not need one and so bought a Boxster ‘S’.
Shortly after returning to the UK he took of on responsibility of the technical assistant for the Boxster register, a role which he continues to provide today.
2011 saw Nick and his wife Edwina becoming Regional Organisers for London. Since then they have organised numerous events for the region locally and internationally, many of which have been featured in Porsche Post.
Nick was elected to the board as Communications & Strategy Director in 2015.
Chris James - IT & Media Director
With more than 30 years as an IT professional working with large corporations internationally, and more recently as an independent IT consultant, Chris brings a wealth of strategic and hands-on IT experience to the Club.
His journey into the world of Porsche began when after a ride and drive in a friends new 993 in 1996 Chris, decided he had to own a Porsche. Although having owned many English sports cars including one for over 20 years he decided after the drive it was time for a change.
At the time he was living in France and started to look locally, but was then moved to the USA so decided to purchase one there. As part of the car purchase, membership of the PCA was provided and after attending a number of the Mid Ohio branch events he decided to learn to use the car to its full and participated in a number of track days and sprints on the local drag strips and ovals.
Back in the UK, with the 993, he joined the PCGB and the Chiltern Region. In 2011 when the RO role became vacant he was one of a small group who formed a committee to run the region which he participated in as Joint RO until 2014.
In 2011 he was invited to join the Digital Media Project (DMP) team to drive the project, which is replacing a large part of the club’s IT infrastructure. When the IT Director position became vacant he decided to apply to continue the work of the team and provide the overall club IT Director role.
After around 10 years ownership of the 993 he replaced it with his current 996 GT3 MK2 in 2009 which he still owns and enjoys. Chris lives in the Chilterns with his wife Antoinette.
Chris was elected to the board as IT & Media Director in 2014.
Phil Graham - Regional Director
Phil was elected to the board as Regional Director in 2017.
Albert Walsh - Register Director
Albert has been in the Motor Trade all his life as his father ran a garage. So it was always going to be where his career path would take him.
Albert’s motoring career started in 1969 in his home town of Blackpool as an apprentice car sprayer. On moving to Manchester he became a parts salesman for a Ford and VW dealer. By 21 he became the Parts Manager for a Citroen dealer a position he would hold for the next 30 years for various dealer groups.
It was during this time that he had his first experience with Porsche when he joined Ian Anthony the Porsche Dealer in Bury, sowing the seeds for his love affair with Porsche!
Over the next decade Albert worked at JCT 600 in Bradford as well as Mercedes-Benz, Rolls Royce & Bentley, Lotus Maserati, GM USA & Harley Davidson. He formed his own company in 2004 specialising in the repair of the Lotus Elise (He felt there was enough Porsche Specialists already).
Following a motorcycle accident and whilst Albert was unable to work on cars, he was approached by the Pendragon group to see if he was interested in becoming parts team leader at their new Porsche Centre in Bolton - was he ever!
After a year he left to resume his own business, this time specialising in Classic cars and carrying out pre-purchase Inspections, mainly Porsche and Lotus cars, also working with and advising a leading specialist dealer in Prestige vehicles. On 'retirement' in January 2014, he now works part time for a leading Porsche Specialist. Albert is a Member of the Institute of the Motor Industry and sits on the Representative Member Association and is on the IMI Professional Register.
Albert has been a Club member for over 10 years. He has previously owned a 924, 911 Supersport Targa and now owns a 944S2 Cabriolet plus six other Classic cars. Albert has a son and daughter in their 30's who also have motoring interests.
Albert was elected to the board as Register Director in 2015.
Ian Yeoman - Finance Director
Ian has a Business Management degree and is a qualified Chartered Management accountant. Following a career in major multinational engineering companies, Ian was part of the team that founded Ultra Electronics as a management buyout in the early 90's. Following a successful flotation, he retired in 2000.
Withdrawal of the company car prompted the search for a more exciting set of wheels which culminated in the purchase of a 996 Carrera 4 from Porsche Reading and then five years of wonderful Porsche ownership. The 996 was then traded against a 993 Turbo S in 2008, a car that Ian owns and enjoys to this day.
Alongside 911 ownership, Ian has been a serial Caterham owner for the last 20 years, the most recent of which arrived in 100 cardboard boxes and was assembled by him and raced for 5 years garnering little silverware but a lot of gravel rash !
Ian lives in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire with his wife Jeanette and has three daughters in their 20s. He joined the club 14 years ago and hopes to bring expertise in the prudent stewardship of the Company's assets and help in the commercial exploitation of opportunities whilst representing the best long-term interests of its members. Enthusiasms outside the motoring sphere include mountaineering, skiing, cycling and singing quite badly in a local village choir.
Ian was elected to the board as Finance Director in 2015.
Sue Taberner - Company Secretary
Sue qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 1997 and has been Company Secretary of the Cub since September 2012. She is responsible for ensuring the Club complies with its legal and statutory requirements, in particular the Companies Act 2006. This includes maintaining the statutory registers, filing documents at Companies House, arranging, attending and minuting board and general meetings and ensuring the Board complies with the Club’s Articles of Association. Sue thoroughly enjoys her role and, whilst it can be challenging at times, she has met some wonderful people and is grateful for the opportunity to serve such a great Club.
In terms of qualifications she is a dual qualified professional in Law and Corporate Governance and Administration, and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. Day to day she is employed as a Company Secretary for an investment company, and manages a portfolio of PFI assets (including schools, hospitals and other public buildings) located throughout the UK.
As for family, Sue is married and blessed with a wonderful daughter who is currently in her first year of secondary education. Her husband is a consultant, qualified in construction law and specialises in resolution of construction claims and disputes. Sue's passion outside of working life and family life is her role within PCGB, competing in her local netball league and tennis. She also loves to travel, with her favourite destinations being Barbados and New York.