We love our Connect Reading Trustees and we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them too.
We asked Tony, our Treasurer, a few questions to get to know him better and find out a bit more about why he decided to join us at Connect Reading.
Hi Tony! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I have lived and worked in Reading for the last 30 years, originally moving to the town to take up the position of Head of Passenger Transport at Berkshire County Council in 1991. On the demise of the County Council in 1998, I established an independent, co-operative transport planning consultancy, Transept Consulting Limited, to provide advice to the new unitary authorities in the Thames Valley. After leaving Transept, I set up another local transport planning and project management consultancy (Carnmenyn Consulting Ltd) in 2008. I worked closely with Reading Borough Council on transport policy and community strategy in both of those consultancy roles. I joined Reading Buses in 2013 as Director of Resources, later Chief Finance & Information Officer, with a specific role to develop wider stakeholder engagement, liaising with local authorities, business partners, universities and colleges, residents’ groups and voluntary sector organisations to promote sustainable transport initiatives. I was also instrumental in developing Reading Buses’ support for local cultural organisations and promoting cross-sector partnerships. I retired from Reading Buses in September 2019 although I am still retained part-time as company secretary for the main board, the company’s Pension Trustee and for the four active and five dormant subsidiary companies in the group. I am also a member representative on the Berkshire Pension Fund’s Local Pension Board and chaired that body between 2017 and 2019.
Why did you decide to become part of Connect Reading?
I first got involved when Reading Buses became a member, deputising for my boss at various meetings. I liked what the charity was doing and when I was asked to join the Board in 2019 it was something I was keen to do. It seemed a great way to stay engaged as I approached retirement.
What is one thing you love about Reading?
The people. Such a wonderful, diverse community.
What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself during the pandemic?
I really miss spontaneity…
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like the idea of spare time. Right now I fill my time with reading, listening to music, walking in the countryside. In other times it would have been more like travel, theatre, galleries and gigs.
What in your life is bringing you joy right now?
Our first grandson, even though we can only Zoom meet now!
Thank you Tony, we love having you as part of the Connect Reading team.