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WCDA Staff


Trisha Bennett

Community Development Coordinator

Trisha has been a freelance Consultant and Trainer since September 2004 and has undertaken a wide range of Consultancy and training contracts across the country. These include running very successful “Introduction to Community Work Skills” courses for a wide range of participants and consultancy and training for Community Matters on management of community buildings and complex governance issues. Other work has included tenant participation, team building and organisational development for a range of organisations in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

Since 2013 Trisha has supported this Big Local project now called WCDA.


Gavin Aldrich

Media Contractor

Gavin has more than twenty five years experience in marketing, communications and business development. Working with clients at the coalface, both in-house and as a consultant, has given him an insight into what it takes to create great work that gets results.

Gavin has experience working in many International locations and a history of successfully negotiating, defining, directing and delivering briefs from concept to completion.

He is able to provide practical guidance and hands on actions that add value. He enjoys satisfying objectives in creative, timely and highly effective ways.

He is equally adept at managing whole projects as well as working on the delivery of one element of a project. His commitment determines that whatever the project, large or small, he provides effective solutions, whether working solo or in collaboration with others.


Aneta Banas

Administrator & Whitley Researcher

Originally from Poland – Aneta has lived in Whitley for the past 9 years but only recently started working in the community and she’s one of the busiest people you will meet: she’s just finished studying for her GCSEs; enrolled to Reading College to study Access to HE on her way to Higher Education and she’s joined our team as the Whitley Researcher and Administrator. Aneta’s married to a chef and they have two beautiful girls - who keep them busy too!


With a baby boy on the way, Aneta will be on maternity leave from 11th June 2019 for six months and lovely Kelly will be covering for her during this time.


Kelly-Louise Wheeler

Office manager (maternity cover)

"I’m Kelly, I will be covering for Aneta whilst she is on maternity leave. I have 4 children , 3 boys and 1 little girl who is 2. I’m quiet and a busy person always doing something. I love going to the gym and doing aqua aerobics and also am studying a makeup artistry course online. I have been wanting to get back into admin work for a while and what a better place to start than in my own community. I have always lived in Whitley and love it very much."

WCDA Volunteers


Marianne Lindsay

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Chaitanya Kavuri


Social Club & Café Staff


Anne-Marie Wheeler

Café staff

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