Lea Park Residents' Association

Caring for our Community

Committee Members 2024

Chair - Mark Goodall

Mark has lived in or around Thame for more than 50 years and in Lea Park for the last 5 years, he joined the LPRA committee this year as Chairperson. Mark is divorced and he has a son, who is currently at Lord Williams and a cheeky little Terrier/Russell cross called Bandit.

Mark ran a toy retail business locally for 15 years which included the Pied Pedaller, followed by several more years in Sports and Toy retail. Mark has for the last couple of years worked for Royal Mail.

Having previously served as a town counsellor several decades ago, he has always been interested in the community, so decided to join the Lea Park Residents Association. Mark is also Chairperson of Lea Park V South Ltd that looks after the Denbigh and Chalgrove Road Maisonettes.

His interests include cycling, long walks and sports, being a keen follower of Chinnor RFU.

Mark is a strong believer in the importance of having an involved, friendly, supportive, and safe community and he hopes that the LPRA can make a positive contribution not only to Lea Park but to Thame as a whole.

Vice Chair - Judith Edwards

Judith has been living in Lea Park for five years but is new to the committee, having joined as Vice Chair in 2023.
 
Professionally, Judith is a business development specialist in the charity sector, with over 20 years’ experience in working with organisations to improve their relationships with funders and improve their financial sustainability. She has extensive experience of working with trustee boards and helping with governance.
 
Judith is married and a mum of two teenagers, one at Lord Williams’ in Year 11 and one starting her first year at university. She is a keen reader and also enjoys, walking, cycling, gardening and being outdoors. She goes to a weightlifting gym regularly, is a member of a book club and also does a weekly pilates class. She is a close follower of current affairs and is particularly concerned about climate change.
 
Judith is driven by a passion to make a difference, having got involved in politics at an early age and then taking a politics degree. This has informed her professional and personal life and is the main motivation for joining Lea Park Residents.  
 
Judith says, “When we first moved to Thame, just over 5 years ago, I was blown away by how vibrant this small beautiful town was and felt instantly part of the community. I want others to feel that too and want to ensure that Lea Park remains a welcoming place to live. My priorities are around community and the environment. I’m keen to encourage walking and cycling through and around the estate and make safe spaces for wildlife too.

Secretary - Simon Heap

Before retiring in 2020 I worked in local government for over 40 years in democratic services, dealing with committee administration, civic functions, elections and electoral registration.

I have lived on Lea Park since 1994 and joined the Association’s Committee in 2022.

I am also Secretary of the local Branch of CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale)

Membership Secretary Urgently Needed

David Currie - Treasurer

We are fortunate to have found a new Treasurer, David Currie, for the LPRA, nominated by Lesley Harker, our current Treasurer and seconded by Elaine Kidd.

David and his family moved to Thame in 1990 from Glasgow to take up the position as Management Accountant at DAF Trucks. He was employed by DAF for 47 years in senior management roles in the accounting departments until he retired.

Both his daughters attended St Joseph’s primary school where he took up the role as finance governor for 13 years. A role he thoroughly enjoyed.
David is now retired and enjoys fishing, walking and gardening.  He is looking forward to spending my time as a Treasurer on the LPRA.
David is keen to get involved in the work of the LPRA and the Committee are confident he will do an excellent job. 

Karl Braisher

Karl Braisher - Media Secretary

Hi there, my name is Karl Braisher, and I’m thrilled to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a resident of the Lea Park estate, where my family and I have lived for over 15 years now. My wife Sarah and our son Joshua are everything to me, and I cherish every moment we spend together.

During the day, I work as a full-time electrician for a company called Instron in High Wycombe. It’s a challenging job, but I find it incredibly rewarding. I love solving problems and helping people, and that’s precisely what being an electrician allows me to do.

In my spare time, I enjoy designing websites as a hobby. There’s something incredibly satisfying about creating something from scratch and seeing it come to life on a screen. I’m also a presenter on Red Kite Radio, where I host a show called the “Weekend Warm Up.” I play 90s dance music, and it’s a lot of fun. Music is one of my passions, and I love listening to it whenever I get the chance.

I hold an amateur radio license, which is something I don’t get to do as often as I’d like these days. It’s a fascinating hobby that I picked up a while back, and I find it endlessly fascinating.

I’m a firm believer in giving back to my community, which is why I’m interested in helping out with the Lea Park Residents’ Association. I think my skills in media and web design would be useful in updating the association’s media presence, and I’m eager to contribute in any way I can.

Joe Chapman - Resident Representativent

I have  lived in Thame, on Lea Park for 33 years. Married, with 2 grown up children, and 2 grandchildren. I am a retired Prison Law Consultant, having spent over 40 years in the Criminal Justice system, initially as a Prison Officer, then qualifying as a counsellor and group therapist, working with life sentenced prisoners.

Following a heart attack in October 2020, and during recovery, Joe founded the award-winning Thame Wombles, a local litter picking and conservation group. 

My hobbies include music, writing and amateur photography

Samantha Bellia - Resident Representativent

Graham Reed - Resident Representativent