The Nancy Oldfield Trust

The aim of the Nancy Oldfield Trust is to provide the opportunity for people who are disabled or disadvantaged to enjoy a day out on the water, try new activities, improve their self confidence and increase their environmental awareness.

Anyone who is disadvantaged, or has a disability; physical or emotional, temporary or permanent, regardless of their age can enjoy sailing, canoeing, fishing, bird watching and motor boat cruises.

Read our latest Annual Review here

Our Facilities

The Centre is situated in the village of Neatishead on Barton Broad. A fully accessible bungalow on site sleeps up to 10 in four bedrooms with en suite wet rooms. Groups can stay for a weekend, a few days or a week, and take advantage of all the boating activities while they are here.

There is a reception area and office, and a large classroom also on site.

Our Amazing Team

There are two full time RYA Senior Instructors who, with the Centre Manager and a team of 40 trained and experienced volunteers, support the boating activities of the Trust. Part time staff include an administrator, an accounts officer and a bosun.

Stephen Bradnock (Manager)
Stephen Bradnock
Caryl Wright (Administrator)
Caryl Wright
Colin Savidge (Senior Instructor)
Colin Savidge
senior instructor
Mark Elson (Senior Instructor)
Mark Elson
senior instructor
Ruth Owen (Senior Instructor, Changing Tack Project Manager)
Ruth Owen
senior instructor, changing tack project manager
Charles Hare-Winton (Seasonal Senior Instructor)
Charles Hare-Winton
seasonal senior instructor
Our Trustees

Frank James (Chairman)

Frank spent 30 years with Norfolk Constabulary in both uniform branch and CID and retired with the rank of Chief Inspector. He served in senior positions including 5 years as head of Special branch, Deputy Divisional Commander north Norfolk, head of Crime Prevention and head of Force Training, responsibility for counter-terrorism investigation and Emergency Response Casualty Information Bureau. He went on to work for Shell UK as External Affairs and Security Manager for East Anglia and the Southern Basin of the North Sea.

Frank has also served on Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce, and was a director of Lowestoft Enterprise Trust and Waveney Enterprise Services. He is Part time Technical Director and Board member of ISL Dardan Security in Norwich, and an Independent Member of South Norfolk District Council Standards and Ethics Committee.

Chris Peck (Finance Director)

Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Martin & Acock, The Close, Norwich. He joined Peat Marwick Mitchell Chartered Accountants (later named KPMG) in their Norwich office as an Assistant Manager, and carried out assignments throughout the UK, and then moved to Thain Wildbur, a Norfolk firm of Accountants with several offices, to front the opening of a new office in Norwich, which he established and expanded before being asked to join Sexty & Co as a Partner. His wide ranging portfolio as a Partner included being in charge of several audits and examinations of charities and charitable trusts. Following Chris’s formal retirement as a Partner in March 2013, he then became a part-time Consultant for Sexty & Co until 2015.

David Prettyman (Fundraising Director)

Born in Eye, Suffolk David trained in both Fine Art & Graphics at Lowestoft and Hornsey Art Schools.

He first worked in London as a Commercial Artist, then spent 18 months ‘wandering around’ before entering a career in social work specialising in the fields of Learning Disability & Mental Health.

As a qualified social worker he has worked for several London Boroughs; has run a number of Residential establishments; been a specialist advisor and Principal Officer for residential & day care services, an Assistant Director of Social Services and a member of the Home Office Panel of Experts, consulting on standards of care.

Val Khambatta (Chair of the Executive Committee)

Val’s background is in education and training, and her expertise is in customer care, personnel management and developing and delivering activity programmes for young people. She worked as Diocesan Youth Officer in Southwark, and then moved to Norfolk where she managed the Horstead Centre, turning it into a successful thriving centre of excellence for youth activities.

Val is an RYA Senior Instructor, and committee member of the Norfolk Punt Club and is also a JP. Over the years she has also been a member of the Broads Forum, as council member of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and has led sailing holidays on the Broads for young people.

Liz Ollier (HR Director)

Liz Ollier was born and educated in Norfolk. She is also an RYA senior Instructor (volunteering in the Trust in both sailing and motor boats) and past Commodore of a local sailing club. She is a former CEO of an NHS Trust responsible for both hospitals and community based health services and has also been a NED of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital until 2016 and a member of the Police Authority.

Since 1997 Liz has worked in international health development in less developed countries worldwide for UK DFID, the Australian Department for Aid and Trade (formerly AusAID) the Gates Foundation and WHO specialising in governance and evaluation of donor programmes. She is a Trustee of Lepra and has a particular interest in disability. She is a keen sailor, kayaker and walker with an interest in the wildlife of the Broads.

Diane Harber (Marketing Director)

Born and bred in Sprowston, Diane was a pupil at Thorpe Grammar School, and moved to Horning when she married. She was Site Director at Wroxham Barns Ltd, from 1992 – 2005, with overall responsibility for the day to day operation of the business, including gifts, clothes and food buying for the retail shops and the tearoom.

Diane has been involved in a number of local organisations, including Wroxham Ladies Circle, Rotary Club of Broadlands from 1999 to present, The All Saints Centre in Norwich (now closed), The National Trust Blickling Estate from 2013 to present, and Horning Fundraising Committee.

Jonathan Chadd

Jonathan is a solicitor and notary public who worked in London with Norton Rose and in Sydney with Allens specialising in maritime law before returning to Norfolk and joining Norwich law firm Leathes Prior in 1985. He was a commercial law partner with the firm for 30 years (specialising in franchising licensing and intellectual property both nationally and internationally). He was actively involved in the marketing and development of Leathes Prior’s commercial practice and remains a consultant with the firm.

He is director and chairman of a family retail and property business based in Lowestoft and Southwold. He also has wide experience in planning law and was a member of the Legal Institute of Town Planners.

Brought up sailing on the Broads he is a keen offshore sailor, a classic boat owner and regularly races a day keel boat at Aldeburgh.

David Lennard-Jones

David has a background in education and training. He was an area director for Norfolk Children’s Services until 2010. He now works as an independent adjudicator for the Department for Education and does some work with schools in Norfolk that need to improve. He is a keen sailor with a wayfarer on the north coast of Norfolk and a half share in a Norfolk punt on the Broads. He sails larger boats around the east coast and across to France and Holland. He is an RYA dinghy and keelboat coach assessor. In 2009, he established Open Road as a charity in King’s Lynn and is the chair of trustees. It provides motor vehicle workshop experience for young people who struggle with school.

Peter Hawes

Peter brings extensive experience from both the public and private service. Between 2002 and 2016 he was Managing Director of Norse Commercial Services (NCS) and Main Board Director of the Norse group. Norse is wholly owned by Norfolk County Councils but provides a wide range of services outside the county as well. Peter’s role was both operational and strategic, developing extensive partnerships and involved holding board positions in seventeen companies and chairing eleven boards. As part of his role he led the transfer of residential care services which included the management of residential homes and housing with care schemes.

Prior to 2002 Peter was Managing Director of Norfolk County Services which involved transforming the culture to a more commercial ethos. Peter is a keen sailor and rotarian and is proud to be a governor at Mile Cross Primary school in Norwich. He is also treasurer of a local transport charity that supports people getting to medical appointments. Since retiring Peter had joined the Board of the Flagship Housing Group.

Jasper Copping

Jasper was born and educated in Norfolk and comes from an extended Broadland family. He has sailed all his life in dinghies and classic half deckers. By profession, he is a journalist who worked on national newspapers for ten years before returning to Norfolk in 2014 to work for Archant, publisher of the EDP. He brings to the Trust experience in communications and advocacy as well as in depth understanding of the local media. Jasper is married with a young family.

Visit Us

Over 6000 people come to the trust each year. Many of them are regular groups who come weekly or fortnightly throughout the year. In the Summer months we have school groups as well.

Monday to Friday we take groups out at 10.30 and 13.30 for around two and a half hours. We ask for a donation of £11.00 per person, with carers going free. However the minimum donation per boat is £22.00, so if there is only one person with a carer, we will ask you to pay £22.00. If you have difficulty with paying for boat trips or transport to get to us, please ask about our non means tested bursary scheme which may be able to help. We can arrange weekend cruises and sailing and with sufficient notice, we can be more flexible with timing.

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a trip.