Board Members

Antony Lowther

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Antony Lowther is currently the Chair of EnviroAbility which mostly involves signing cheques and turning up for photo opportunities – it’s a great job!

Antony was born in Whitchurch and still lives just a mile from where he was born. He attended school in Monmouth and university in Cardiff. His first career was selling soap products for Proctor and Gamble before he joined the family business of AJ Lowther and Son Ltd which specialises in the design and manufacture of steel framed buildings for industrial and agricultural clients up and down the country.

Married to Ania with one son Ayrton and two dogs Aimee and Annika, Antony has a preference for all things named with an A. He is also on the boards of the Whitchurch and Ganarew Memorial Hall and the Tudorville and District Community Centre.

Debbie Terry

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Debbie Terry has been an EnviroAbility Board member for many years. Having spent her entire working life as a Human Resources manager in BT, she retired in 2008 only to immediately take up a new part-time role as Manager of BT’s own charity, the BT Benevolent Fund . She grew up in Essex and attended Warwick University as well as later doing a Masters at Aston Business School. She now has various charity interests including being on the Board of the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance. Debbie lives in Monmouth and is widowed with one grown up daughter. Her main hobby is travel with recent trips having included Peru, Georgia and Vietnam, as well as theatre-going and walking her labradoodle.

Melanie Mellor

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Melanie Mellor was born in Essex and spent her growing up years in Dorset. Having completed teacher training in London she moved to the Ross area 30 years ago.

She has been a teacher of children with special educational needs for 28 years in Ross and has taught several of the young people now working very successfully with Enviroability.

Melanie very much enjoys being on the 'board' and tries to get her head around the many projects the clients and volunteers are involved with!

Mike Gibbins

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Mike Gibbins grew up in Devon and is a retired Chartered Surveyor. He studied at Bristol Polytechnic (now UWE) and spent most of his career in retail development, working for the likes of Coop, Wickes and Asda. Looking for a volunteering opportunity, Mike discovered EnviroAbility and was impressed by their work with disadvantaged people. He has been involved with EnviroAbility in various capacities for about 8 years.

Mike is also a trustee of the Peace and Hope Trust, a local overseas aid charity working in Nicaragua, and has made many trips to that country, although he likes nowhere better than cycling in the Welsh Borders on a sunny day. He has two grown up children and lives in the Golden Valley with his wife Ruth and several chickens.

Daniel Madge

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Daniel Madge is a parent carer representative on the board of EnviroAbility.

He has worked for the NHS in a variety of roles for 20 years and prior to that in the voluntary sector for an organisation supporting people with enduring mental health problems.  He left Manchester eight years ago, where he worked as the Social Inclusion and Innovation Manager to work in Wales. He is currently employed as a Organisational Development Practitioner in the Welsh NHS. He has special interests in managing complex social systems, sustainability, staff engagement and leadership development.

Daniel has an BAHons from Liverpool University, a Masters Degree in NHS Management and a Diploma in Institute Personnel and Development. He has recently studied Group Dynamics at the Tavistock Consultancy Service and Complexity at Schumacher College.

In recent years he has volunteered with English Heritage to test build Neolithic Houses for the new visitor centre at Stone Henge and completed a fire walk in aid of the Bristol Children's Hospital. He is also a committee member for CCAA, a charity supporting children with Arthritis.

Daniel grew up in Hereford and currently lives in Goodrich with his wife and three children.