The details of members making up the Management Committee are shown below. The Members of this Community Benefit Society (i.e. shareholders) will vote to elect or re-elect the Management Committee for the following year at each AGM.

Please do contact us if you would like to get involved.


Chair: Ruth Jones
For the last 12 years Ruth has been a head hunter for the legal profession and owner of Matley Legal – an independently owned boutique executive search service specialising in placing quality teams, Partners and Senior Associates into major Law firms within the UK and outside.She came to live in Ocle Pychard 19 years ago with a son who has attended local schools, and clubs which has led her to develop a wide network of contacts and friends in the community. As such she is keen to give something back and help try to keep the heart in our community by lending what services she can to making sure we do not lose the last local amenity we have – our village shop and post office.Ruth has a Law Degree, an HNC in Business Studies and is a member of the International Compliance Association (post graduate qualification in anti-money laundering).

Secretary: Tom Hermolle
Tom was elected onto the Management Committee at the first AGM in October 2016, when his wife Jennie stood down after having been a member of the committee during the shop’s formative year. He is a Software Systems Architect with 20 years of experience across a wide range of industries, currently managing a team of developers at an environmental and recycling consultancy. When he first moved to Burley Gate in 2007 with Jennie, he was also making freestanding and fitted furniture, but has had little time available for furniture making since two small boys (now both at Burley Gate School) appeared on the scene!

Treasurer: Ron Powell

Cris Hooper

Anne James