Meet the Team

Run by a team of twelve volunteer directors & one paid post as well as over 60 volunteers

Jo Grail Community Enterprises CEPL12 Director

Jo Grail
Operations Director

I became a Director to have a hands-on role helping our community.  I play a key role in managing back-office, but also love being hands-on including helping in the Community Fridge.  My background as a former head teacher means I am used to wearing several hats, I am excited to be involved at this busy time in our organisation’s development.


In my spare time I love spending time with my family, including spoiling my grand-children.

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Alan Marks
Operations Manager

I started off as a trader selling at the regular markets 5 years ago before becoming employed by CEPL12 to help run the community market.


I now deal with the day to day running of the company. I really enjoy the varied nature as well as the fact that my work directly helps benefit the local community.

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John Penney
Transport Director

I live in Saltash with my wife Heather we have three children, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.


I retired from working within the NHS for 36 years in three roles, Ambulance Service, Diabetes management and Pharmacy.


Heather and I are both season ticket holders at Argyle and I am Chairman and Heather Treasurer of the Vice Presidents Club.

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Peter Ryland
Premises Director

Born in 1951 it was not until 1976 that my wife and I moved to Saltash and realised the strong community spirit in the town.


Having studied Estate Management at Reading University I started my own property business in 2000 having worked previously for Plymouth City Council and as Property Controller for Plymouth and South Devon Co-op.


I have been Chairman of Saltash Chamber and a member of other organisations in the town and am presently a Trustee of Saltash Scrapstore. Although I don't now live in Saltash my heart will always be in PL12.

Peter Thistlethwaite Community Enterprises CEPL12 Director

Peter Thistlethwaite

A retired local government officer, with a special interest in health and care, I have lived in Saltash for 30 years and joined CEPL12 as a Director in 2008. 

I have held a number of positions within the organisation including the responsibility for finance, and chair.

During my time with the organisation, I have helped develop and create Dementia Voice and the plan for the take over of 18 Belle Vue Road. 

Jo Baskott Community Enterprises CEPL12 Chair Director

Jo Baskott
Community Kitchen Director

Proud of my Saltash and Cornish heritage, I have volunteered for many years, including the May Fair committee and the Town Team (Fore Street regeneration).  I am a former Saltash Citizen of the Year and Town Councillor and was one of the founding Directors of our organisation.


I come from a business management background, and have a history of running my own businesses. 


My life-long passions include gardening, sewing, mosaics, cooking, walking, archaeology and wildlife.

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Richard Bickford

I thoroughly enjoy my role as a volunteer director of CEPL12. We work with so many wonderful and varied people.


I am also a local town councillor, and hope that I have helped to establish a great partnership between the two vitally important organisations within the town and continue to foster good communications wherever possible.

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David Bremner
Vice Chair,
Finance Director

Originally from Berkshire, I moved to Saltash in 1982 while serving in the Royal Navy.


A Control Engineer by trade, my background is in management, safety and nuclear energy. 

I love being a part of CEPL12, as I see it as a great way to give back to the community that's provided a safe and happy environment for me, my wife and my daughters to live in.

Rose Edwards Community Enterprises CEPL12 Director

Rose Edwards
Dementia Voice Manager

When I moved to Saltash in 2012, I wanted to volunteer and joined CEPL12 in 2013 to help set up and run the Volunteer Service.

In 2014 I became a Director and soon afterwards I helped set up Dementia Voice PL12 to provide support and activities for those affected by dementia. Although I am no longer director, I am one of the lead volunteers helping to run the Dementia Voice groups.


It has been an extremely rewarding few years working with some lovely people for the benefit of the local community.

Sue Ellingham Community Enterprises CEPL12 Director

Sue Ellingham
Volunteering Director

I was mainly educated in Tavistock, then trained as a teacher of home economics and subsequently taught for 43 years in a variety of secondary schools in Lincolnshire, Germany, Surrey and finally Devon.


I have lived in Saltash for over 20 years, where both my children went to school.


I am now enjoying retirement with my dog, campervan and voluntary work.

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Sam Gardner
Community Fridge Director

My background in Technical Management in the food industry fitted perfectly with the ideas already in place for a community fridge, when I became a director of CEPL12 in October 2020.

I have lived in Saltash for 9 years, with my partner, 3 teenagers and our ever growing menagerie of dogs, cats and guinea pigs, and have been involved in supporting the young people of Saltash for several years; as Chair of governors at Saltash Community School and on the civilian committee of the local ATC squadron, but I really wanted to be involved in a more hands on volunteering role.

Working with a fantastic team of enthusiastic volunteers, I am very excited to be leading the Community Fridge and Larder enterprise, and happy that it has gone from strength to strength in its success in reducing food waste and supporting the local community.