Trevor Waddington OBE
Our Chairman, Trevor Waddington, retired to Budleigh Salterton with his wife Diane in 2012 after a 35-year career in the Royal Navy followed by 17 years of running an antique clocks business in Bradford-on-Avon. He is a Fellow of the British Horological Institute and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. In 2014 he gained a History degree from the Open University. He’s a steward at the National Trust’s A La Ronde, Exmouth, and is also webmaster to the Exeter Flotilla.
Susan Lacey retired to Devon in 2018 with her husband, Ian. Originally from Glasgow, Susan served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service for ten years (including six months at CTCRM Lympstone), and subsequently worked in senior leadership positions in universities and charities in the UK, the United States and Qatar. She brings a broad background in administrative systems and procedures and, to quote one of her previous bosses, the ability to make the trains run on time. With a strong desire to serve the community in which she lives, Susan is working with the other Trustees and the extraordinary group of Museum volunteers to help to strengthen the Museum’s operations in order to make the most of its limited resources. Her other interests include cross-stitch embroidery, reading and singing with the Lympstone Military Wives Choir. She became a Trustee of the Museum in May 2019 and currently serves as Membership Secretary and Minutes Secretary.
Is a retired chartered accountant. 'I moved to Simoutjh with my wife in February 2016. My only other connection with Budleigh Salterton is the Men's Probus Club which I joined in 2015 whilst we were in temporary accommodation in Clyst St Mary and I am the current chairman. The Fairlynch accounts examiner, who is also a member of Probus, persuaded me to become Fairlynch treasurer. I am also very involved as secretary of the Sidmouth U3A, as secretary of the Sidmouth and Honiton Philatelic Society and chairman of the Sidmouth 41 Club. In my limited spare time I enjoy rambling on the coast path, watching rugby, travelling and spending time with my two daughters and three grandchildren.'
Chris was born and brought up in Bedfordshire. She moved to London to study Biology and Education, and taught sciences at Holland Park School, a comprehensive of 2600 students, where she became Head of Biology. Her last teaching post was at an Exeter High School also a comprehensive, where she was Head of Science. She has been Secretary of the Devon and Cornwall Branch of the Royal Society of Biology (formerly Institute of Biology) for 26 years, organising events and liaising with universities and other organisations. In 2009 she was awarded the President’s Gold Medal at the Royal Society in London for meritorious service to Biology. She is a member of the Exe Sailing Club and enjoys sailing; has kept and ridden horses for many years, enjoys literature, theatre and the arts, and is a Friend of the Royal Academy of Arts. In Budleigh she is ‘an enthusiastic member of a Literary Group, a book group, and dabbles in a life class, having but little talent!’
‘It is a privilege to serve as Trustee and Steward at Fairlynch,’ she says. ‘This lovely museum is a gem in Budleigh’s crown and I hope to serve it well. It is a joy to work with such a wonderful team of volunteers, who like me, want it to prosper and be valued by the wider community.’
Bernard Hadley was born on the Caribbean island of St Vincent and went to school in Barbados at a public school established in 1745 by the Codrington family from Dorset. After graduating in law from university in England, he worked for a substantial international engineering company and subsequently for a technology development and engineering company, finishing his career as its legal director. He and his wife lived in Hampshire before moving to Devon in 2011. His wife was brought up in Devon from the age of nine and had cousins living in Budleigh Salterton whom she visited frequently. Bernard had an aunt living in Budleigh Salterton whom he also visited frequently. She was a steward at the Fairlynch when it first opened in 1967. As a steward himself, he enjoys contributing to a museum of so much interest and so much at the heart of the town. His hobbies are genealogy, history, music, gardening, tennis and walking.
A native of South Wales, Ian Lacey retired to Budleigh Salterton in 2018 with his wife Susan. Ian is an alumnus of Imperial College London, where he developed a long-standing interest in amateur theatre. His involvement with the Imperial College Operatic Society led to his spending each summer from 1976 to 1984 in Budleigh Salterton building scenery for their productions in the Public Hall.
Ian’s career included over 20 years serving in the Royal Navy, teaching in an American University in Qatar, and most recently a team manager in the IT department of a large military charity in London.
Ian became a trustee in May 2019, and having been involved in education for much his career, he leads the museum’s education outreach and engagement with local schools. He is also a trustee for the Exmouth and District Talking Newspaper which sends weekly recordings of local news to anyone in the area who has little or no sight or who just has difficulty reading the local newspapers. As well as amateur dramatics, his interests include singing and running Parkruns.
Roz is a native of Otterton where her family has lived since the 1750’s, and for over 10 years served as a Parish Councillor for the village.
Now living in Budleigh Salterton she has been researching local history for the past 30 years with special emphasis on the people of the lower Otter Valley. Currently is head of Local History at the Fairlynch Museum.
Since 1998 she has been a volunteer for the Devon branch of GENUKI, a charitable Trust maintained to collect and share genealogical information and is also a regular contributor to the Otter Valley Associations history section.