WCDA Staff


Trisha Bennett

Community Development Coordinator

I've been a freelance Consultant and Trainer since September 2004 and have 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. My 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 I have supported this Big Local project - now called Whitley Community Development Association.


Gavin Aldrich

Media Contractor

I have 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 me an insight into what it takes to create great work that gets results.

I have experience working in many International locations and a history of successfully negotiating, defining, directing and delivering briefs from concept to completion. I am able to provide practical guidance and hands on actions that add value. I enjoy satisfying objectives in creative, timely and highly effective ways.

I'm equally adept at managing whole projects as well as working on the delivery of one element of a project. My commitment determines that whatever the project, large or small, I can provide effective solutions, whether working solo or in collaboration with others.


Rhonda Dorrell


I was born and raised in Whitley. I have spent many happy times at the Community Centre. I am now back and have joined the WCDA team, dealing with the accounts.


Donna Duval

Surplus Food Coordinator

Aneta Banas


Originally from Poland – I have lived in Whitley for the past 10 years and, in the past couple of years, started working in the community.

I've joined the team as Whitley Researcher back in 2017 and from February 2018 - I am WCDA's administrator. I've finished studying Access to HE course last summer; 10 days later I gave birth to a healthy baby boy and have been on maternity leave for past 6 months. Kelly-Louise Wheeler did an amazing job covering for me. Now I'm ready to get back in the saddle for a busy year ahead!

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Maria Cox

Community Develoment Worker

I'm a Big Local resident, part of the Whitley Park Fundraiser committee and the JMA parents' forum. I've become a trustee in July 2018.  I'm a mum of three and spend most of my free time watching my son playing football. Since July 2019, I have stepped down as a trustee and have become Community Development worker.

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Lisa Alloune

Business Manager

I'm a local resident. Since July 2018 I have served as WCDA trustee and from February 2019 - treasurer. In July 2019 I have stepped down as a trustee and have become WCDA's business manager.

WCDA Volunteers


Marianne Lindsay


Nick Elliott


Social Club & Café Staff