Tom Harris – Chair
I started coming to Odyssians in 2011 after hearing about camp from a friend. I didn’t know what to expect and was worried about getting everything right. When I turned up I quickly got to know everyone and was shown how to help out. It was a really intense and exciting week and I was interested to see how I could help out more. I joined the planning committee in my second year and in 2016 became Chairman of Odyssians. It’s great to spend the whole year planning camp and I’m really looking forward to Odyssians 2017!
Jamie Sawyer – Secretary
Having been introduced to Odyssians in 2014 by my now-fiancee Hannah Whetnall, I started off helping out with the updated website (that you’re on right now!). After coming along to a few meetings to help the Odyssians committee with the digital presence, I came along to my first camp in 2015. After being on the planning team in 2016, I decided to step up to be Secretary and try to help in any way I could.
Louise Facer – Trustee
I was ‘forced’ to attend Woodlarks in 1985 as part of my job – I didn’t know anything about it at all. Two years later I retuned voluntarily and can tell you that was my most daunting year. I’ve been back nearly every year since and in 1994 when Odyssians started, attended a couple of camps per year back to back until old age and a lack of holiday saw me commit to just one full camp – Odyssians.
I’ve been a lifeguard for Odyssians, driven mini buses, laundered, cooked, run patrols, attended working parties in the off season (readying or closing down the site), and helped look after some lovely people over the years.
I’ve been camp secretary for over 10 years, and three years ago took over the role of camp leader. This year, 2017, I’d like to see a newer, fresher-faced person in the role, however I’ll probably stay on the board of trustees as a member (if they’ll let me !) It’s the people who attend Odyssians that make camp what it is – FANTASTIC!
I like good manners, gin, holidays, sausage dogs and moustaches.
I dislike wonky wheels on trolleys, writing minutes for meetings, loud pubs, gardening and skiing.
Kevin Coghlan – Treasurer
More to come…
Hannah Whetnall – Trustee
arrived at Odyssians in 2006, nervous but excited about the week ahead. I’d come along to complete the residential aspect of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, and at the time I didn’t know what a huge impact Odyssians would have on my life! Over 10 years later and I’ve become a trustee of the charity, and look forward to the next camp as soon as the current years is over. I’ve made friends for life, gained a nickname I can’t shake (Toots!) and can’t imagine a year without camp!
I like banoffee pie, my cats, my onesie and have a minor obsession with stags.
I dislike spicy food, cat hair and how clumsy I am.