Neil Smith (Chairman)
Neil moved to Redgrave 7 years ago and purchased Knoll Cottage next to the Cross Keys. Having spent 12 years living and working in America where he missed the atmosphere and community spirit of a traditional English pub he was especially keen to buy a house in a village with a pub. Neil lives with his wife Sam and two young children. He has a degree in agriculture and has worked for Shelbourne Reynolds in Stanton for the last 23 years and is now Sales Director and is also heavily involved with product development, design and manufacture. Neil joined the Parish Council 2 years ago and is now Vice Chairman. He enjoys DIY, walking cycling and most outdoor activities. Neil is committed to raising his young family in Redgrave and is keen to contribute as much as possible to help turn the Cross Keys into the traditional village country pub and community hub that the village deserves it to be.
Andrew Dickson (Treasurer)
Andrew Dickson has lived in the village for the last 17 years and is keen to see the pub re-established as the heart of the community. He owns a financial planning firm in Rickinghall and it looks inevitable he was going to end up as treasurer of the organisation. His interests are ranging across gardening, model building, stamp collecting and a bit of painting, amongst other things.
Julie Moore (Secretary)
Julie moved to Redgrave in 2012 and believes the pub is in an ideal position to become and should be the hub of the village. Julie now retired spent her career in the finance sector including 6 years with the regulator. Julie is also chairman of the Redgrave Community Shop committee and secretary to the Redgrave Garden Club, she also actively supports many of the other village clubs.
Fiona retired to Redgrave with her husband in 2013. Previously, she had been living in Cardiff for 16 years where she worked for Cardiff University as the Finance Manager within the School of Postgraduate Dental Education. Before her move to Wales she was the Bursar at an independent boarding and day school in Hertfordshire for 7 years so her background is predominantly in finance.
She is committed to local community issues and, on hearing that the pub had been offered for sale to the village, she felt impelled to get involved. ‘I see the Cross Keys as a place of enormous potential and I am convinced that saving this pub is key to protecting and strengthening our community.’
Fiona is an active member of the local church. She also works on the editorial team for the Parish Magazine and is Treasurer of the Mill Lane Allotment Association in the neighbouring village of Rickinghall.
A local East Anglian born and bred, Andy moved to Redgrave in 2008 buying Keys cottage (next door to the cross keys) with his now wife Sarah. He enjoys many outdoor activities such as fishing and canoeing our local river Waveney and boating on the Norfolk broads. He is a passionate Diy enthusiast – an engineer and designer at heart, he has a degree in product design and has worked for the past 10 years developing new innovative products for Bosch power tools. Andy always has a project or two…. on the go and likes to always be active in body and soul! Andy strives to revitalise and rejuvenate our village pub helping to bring it back to its former glory. Andy has been known to enjoy the odd “mixed Grill” and has completed a few “eating challenges” in the past, so he looks forward one day to be able to do this with his neighbours and friends at the community owned cross keys!