Meet the board
Chair and Marketing and Partnerships Director - Richard Watling
I am privileged to chair the board of this great Club whilst holding the Marketing and Partnership role and running the factory visit program. My aim is to ensure that the Club is genuinely at the heart of Porsche ownership and enjoyment in the UK.
It is a sizeable business with a large membership catering for all models in the Porsche range which needs to be run on good business principles. At the same time, it is a Club, a mutual organisation, where members are part of a community of friends, so it is my ambition to see us grow our events and benefits and create a friendly supportive environment.
I have known the Porsche company for four decades and been a member of the Club for 25 years. My background is in international marketing, and I am ”busy retired”, living in the Cotswolds close to the Club House which I visit regularly.
Community & Regions Director - Laura Wardle
The role of Community and Regions Director is to assist the Regional Organisers to connect the 32 Regions and 35 registers across the UK. Liaising closely with the team at Cornbury House, helping to coordinate events to bring members together through the Club’s regional and national events is a crucial part of the job.
Communicating frequently with both the Club’s Regional Operations Manager and Technical Director to ensure member experience is as inclusive and wide ranging as possible, thereby meeting the needs and certifying that the Club is satisfying the needs of its cherished members and volunteers.
One of seven Directors working closely with the Clubhouse Team to introduce fresh ideas to increase member benefit.
Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Director – Nick Hine
Nick, a previous Chair was on the board until 2015 while holding the additional role of Communications Director. Nick resides in Region 31.
Finance & Governance Director – Nick Taylor
Nick, who has been Regional Organiser for R31 since 2021 and was awarded "Member of the Year" this April for the enthusiasm and passion he has put in to reignite the Region.
Nick is a qualified, highly successful international banker with a multi-decade career in large, respected financial institutions in cooperate finance and risk management. Very senior references have been obtained from his recent employers.
HR and Operations Director – Rob Kellock
I was appointed to the Board in June 2022 as Operations Director, having previously held experience on the Board from 2014 to 2018 where I held the roles of Regional Director, Vice Chair and Chair. I have been an honorary member of the Club since 2018.
As a passionate enthusiast for all things Porsche, I currently drives a 991.2 Carrera T in racing yellow which is at home out on track, as a concours prize winner and on European driving trips. I have been a member of the Club since 2006 and regularly attend meetings and events in R18, Lancashire, which is my Home Region
As a practicing solicitor, I have acted as the Club’s legal advisor either officially or as a resource available to the Board for over 10 years now.
IT Director – Chris James
Chris was previously on the Board in this role from 2014 to 2018 and for some months has been leading the IT Expert Group composed of four Club members who volunteered to support the transition to the next stage of our digital journey. Chris has recently moved to Region 31.
Although only just appointed to the IT Director role I have been part of a team of volunteers we formed in early 2022 with considerable Information Technology experience. The team has completed a survey with Regional Organisers and Register Secretaries, validated with the Board and initiated new projects that will deliver enhanced functionality to members and club staff, and help club officials to support their members. The team are Ed Borrie, Rob Hamilton, Andy Graham, Simon Turtle, Chris James, and Mark Hamilton, and regular updates are provided to the Board.
This work is aimed at keeping the Clubs abreast of new technology that can be used to improve overall members’ engagement and improve the Club office administration systems.
Register & Technical Director - David Carnaffin
The R&T Director is responsible for relationship management with the 35 current Register Secretaries and associated assistants as well as dealing with enquiries and technical questions from the general membership.
Working alongside Club’s Regional Operations Manager, the R&T Director has a responsibility to assist the members directly when required or to appropriately re-direct the enquiry.
The R&T Director will also assist the Clubhouse Team in the coordination of new appointments to the volunteer team and with events/seminars specific to the registers where required.