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Mr Dennis Priebe (Chairman)
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Profession: Retired Company Director

He is the Current Principal of our Training Centre, Chief Power Boat Instructor and Founder Member of our group.
Dennis is married to Cynthia who provides a terrific amount of help and support in the background; she is one of our many unsung heroes. During the 1980/90s they had built up a successful business in the Leisure Industry but in 1993 he was forced to retire after suffering a spinal injury. Prior to this he was very athletic competing at both senior level Rugby and Power Lifting; he was also a qualified Squash Coach and keen runner. He has been sailing for 11 years and has competed successfully at both numerous open race meetings and at National level. His passion for sailing has not diminished over the years but rather his focus has been redirected to helping others to sail. Rudyard Sailability is a major part of his life and the Charities vision of seeing a new fully accessible centre at Rudyard his ambition. Dennis firmly believes in the huge benefits afforded by the provision of sailing for the disabled and is committed to this end.

Mrs Jackie Griffiths (Secretary)
Jackie Griffiths

Profession: Guest House Proprietor

Jackie is married to Rolf and they have two children Candice (11yrs) and Tilly (9yrs). They run a small guest house in Cheddleton Nr Leek. Tilly has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is a full-time wheelchair user in mainstream education.

Jackie’s professional life began as a bi-lingual secretary working in Paris, and moved on to Education when she completed a Bed (Hons) in English and French. Following a brief teaching career, she joined British Airways and worked for ten years as Cabin Crew which is where she met Rolf on a flight to Rio.

They moved to Staffordshire in 1998 to set up their own business and start a family. She is now immersed in the education of her daughters and is one of the Governors at their schools. She is also involved in a number of organisations committed to families who have children with disabilities including The Caudwell Children, Treetops, The Jennifer Trust, Special Matters, and the Mothers’ Union.

Jackie became involved with Rudyard Sailability in 2003 as a Volunteer and became Secretary the following year. Since that time she has been engaged in a variety of activities covering secretarial duties, PR, fundraising, and helping out at events. She loves being involved with the Charity and hopes to develop her sailing skills so that she can also support the Charity on the water.

Dr Richard Hayward
Jackie Griffiths

Profession: General Practitioner

Richard is a general practitioner and research fellow at Primary Care Sciences Keele University. He is married to Julie and has three grown up successful daughters. Along with Dennis Priebe Richard was a cofounder of Rudyard Sailability. He has had MS for twenty four years and works from his wheelchair. A keen sailor at Rudyard he also sails on tall ships.

Mrs Linda Gill (Treasurer)
Jackie Griffiths

Profession: Retired Accountant

Linda is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA, GCMA)  She started out working in Finance in the Health Service and moved to ICI a few years later, she retired from AstraZeneca PLC in 2013.
Linda became involved with Sailability through her late husband Allan who was a volunteer and keen sailor. She has had many sailing adventures on their boat, in particular in Cornwall, Scotland and finally in Porthmadog, Wales where they were members of Porthmadog Sailing Cub.
Linda became a trustee in November 2016.

Mrs Charlotte Atkins
Jackie Griffiths

Profession:Was until recently MP for Staffordshire Moorlands since 1997

She is married with a daughter Emma who has disabilities and is presently studying a 4 year Masters degree in computer science and software engineering at Birmingham University. Charlotte has been involved with Rudyard Sailability for around 4 years and became a Trustee to help Sailability’s successful fight for planning permission for the new boat store. Charlotte led the campaign in Parliament for better funding and support for our canals and waterways. She initiated many debates and questions in Parliament and led meetings with ministers on these issues. For this work, she was presented with the Inland Waterways Association first Parliamentarian of the Year Award for 2008-9. Charlotte was an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group and worked closely with British Waterways and other waterways organisations to promote the community involvement and enjoyment of our waterways.
Mrs Anne Morris

Mrs Anne Morris
Jackie Griffiths

Profession: Retired Solicitor

Solicitor for 36 years with A. H. Brooks & Co. Solicitors, Leek

Owner/Practice Manager for 25 years Chair of Leek Chamber of Trade & Commerce since 2005 Former President of North Staffordshire Law Society, North West Association of Law Society and National Law Society Committee and Council Member

Anne has been involved with Rudyard Sailability since July 2007 after our 2nd planning application refusal. Anne led our appeals against 1st refusal, 2nd refusal and enforcement notice. Anne is part of the dream team and with Anne's help Rudyard Sailability succeeded in gaining planning permission for its new boat store. Anne has been a trustee of Rudyard Sailability since 2008 and is currently negotiating the lease for the area for the new Boat store at Rudyard Lake with British Waterways and ensuring Rudyard Sailability has a future at Rudyard Lake.

Dr Ali Ashard
Jackie Griffiths

Profession: General Practitioner

Ali has been involved with Rudyard Sailability since 2004. Friends recommended my son Gibreel to join. Watching him and other poeple participate got me interested in sailing. Sailing is an active sport and involves team work, Stamina and at times strength. It is encouraging to see poeple with a physicaldisability and the able bodied work together.

In my other life I am a GP in Stoke on Trent. My wife and my other two sons although not actively involved also visit the lake, and enjoy the activities.

Mr Gary Lowe
Jackie Griffiths

Profession: Senior Lecturer Sport & Exercise

Learning to sail didn’t come easily! My very first recollection of attempting to sail was on Rudyard in the early 1970’s. In the ensuing years I gained various dinghy sailing experiences in the Lake District, on the Welsh coast, and in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts USA.

My wife Brenda and I both became involved in teaching children to sail while still learning ourselves, eventually becoming coastally endorsed instructors and then senior instructors, quickly followed by gaining the Powerboat and First Aid Instructor award, while in our spare time completing the Day Skipper Certificate. In 2003 I took on the role of Commodore of Redesmere Sailing Club, standing down in 2007 when Brenda, became Principal of the Training Section. Needless to say in my current position as Chief Instructor of Redesmere I ‘do as I’m told’.

My introduction to Rudyard Sailability was while supporting a work colleague who was developing outrigger canoeing for physically impaired canoeists on Rudyard Lake. Fascinated by the ‘unusual’ dinghies on the jetty I engaged in conversation with a rather ‘portly bearded fellow’ though very polite and exceedingly well informed. Treating this as an educational experience, I thought nothing more of it until I received a call from a friend appealing for help with a Sailability group who wished to gain RYA training centre status. As a firm believer in the value of the voluntary sector and the benefits of sailing as an experience I offered my support.