Norman Herbert (Chair)
I became the Chairperson for the Trust at our AGM in 2019. As someone who believes in the importance of lifelong learning, I am proud to hold this position and to promote the ideals of Betty Game’s legacy. As someone who undertook a Master’s Degree in Education with the Open University later on in life, I have first-hand experience of what it is like to return to learning years after leaving school and, like Betty, I found it life-enhancing. As a lecturer in Higher Education, I understand that undertaking graduate and postgraduate courses places tremendous demands upon learners, not least financial ones, which is why the Trust is here to help. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela).
I have been a Trustee since BGOT was founded some ten years ago and was Chairman until the last AGM, in January this year. I have always believed that all in our society should have an equal opportunity to learn, ideally in their youth, but also subsequently, where life has intervened or an interest in education was not kindled at that stage in their lives. The Trust was set up specifically to assist those in Stevenage who found a calling later in life to return to education, when they have to balance their desire to learn with other aspects of the busy lives we all seem to have these days. We try to help in some small way with those studies.
I did not attend University, but having left school at the age of 16 my life education began in Athens, in the mid-1970s, where I lived with my parents for a year. On returning to the UK I went to Cambridge Technology College and undertook a Diploma in Business Studies and then went to a polytechnic to study Urban Estate Management, on a four year BSc. sandwich course, including a year as a Surveyor in Cambridge. This was the first step on a progression to becoming a Chartered Surveyor and Partner in a local firm of commercial surveyors in Stevenage, where I still practice.
Revd Mervyn Terrett
The Reverend Mervyn Terrett was founder chairman of the Trust as Betty Game’s former vicar. Now Chairman of Tracks Autism and Mayor’s Chaplain
Grandfather to nine, Luton Town FC season ticket holder and a dog owner like Betty.
Cllr Sharon Taylor
After getting a degree in Physics at Oriel College Oxford I did my PhD in lasers (back in the earliest days when they were just a fascinating toy). I then worked in ICI for about 9 years on computer simulation of various aspects of chemical plant operation before joining Hawker Siddeley Dynamics in Stevenage. HSD then became part of British Aerospace. One of my main tasks was a computer simulation of the launch of air to air and air to ground missiles from fighter aircraft. I served in the Stress Department for several years to provide structural clearance for new installation of missiles on aircraft until my retirement from what is now MBDA in late 1999.
I also am treasurer of Friends of St Nicholas Church Stevenage which fundraises for maintenance and improvement of the fabric of the church. In addition, I administer the reclaim of tax from HMRC via Gift Aid for the church and for FSN.
My main leisure activity has been development and flying of competition model aircraft at national and international level where I have represented GB as one of a team of 3 on many occasions with considerable success. These aircraft fly indoors in sports halls and larger venues and can achieve flight times of 30 mins or more via power from a rubber motor which drives a large propeller.