Winchester Churches Nightshelter is led by the Chief Executive, Michèle Price and our Board of Directors. Together they work to define and deliver our strategy to help break the cycle of homelessness by enabling people to rebuild their lives through independent living.
Each member brings experience, knowledge and a passion to contribute towards the Nightshelter’s positive work to tackle homelessness in Hampshire.
Chair of the Board
Tracy started volunteering at the Nightshelter in 2016 and joined the Board in 2018 as the Data Protection Lead reviewing the implementation of GDPR.
She was appointed Chair of the Board in December 2019. Prior to this Tracy enjoyed a 30 year career in the General Insurance industry completing a variety of technical and managerial roles. During this time she became a Chartered Insurer and successfully completed her LLB (hons) and Post Graduate Diploma in Law.
From 2011-2015 Tracy led a team of claims professionals handling large and complex insurance claims from Global organisations arising anywhere in the world. This included coordination of natural catastrophic events. From the UK hurricane in 1987 at the beginning of her career to the Hurricane Katrina (2005) and NZ earthquakes (2011) Tracy has helped organisations recover and transform. Now semi retired, she brings a wealth of experience of risk management and senior leadership to the Board.
David gained his degree in International Politics from the University of Aberystwyth in 1970 and then studied for a PhD before becoming a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He then became a security consultant specialising in Crisis Management for clients worldwide before joining the NHS as Company Secretary at Hampshire Primary Care Trust.
David retired in 2010 and joined the Board of the Nightshelter in 2011. He enjoys travelling with his wife, gardening and playing golf.
Leaving university with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Andrew spent his first ten working years managing the construction of major railway projects both in the UK and in South East Asia. He then moved into the complex world of electronic systems for naval ships and with it came extensive travel across the world.
He moved with his family to the Winchester area in 1990 and joined a high technology research company in Romsey, first as Commercial Director and then Finance Director. Andrew became involved with WCNS five years ago as a cook and evening volunteer, and joined the Board in 2018.
Nigel is a self-employed gardener and a retired Police Officer.
He has been involved with Winchester Churches Nightshelter since 2013, initially through volunteering as either an evening helper, overnighter or with street outreach and later as a director with the responsibility for volunteers having been invited to fill that role.
Nigel’s favourite part of his position is the hands on, face to face aspect of helping and supporting those experiencing homelessness.
Patrick joined the Board in November 2015, bringing around 25 years of experience in the housing, health, care and voluntary sectors. Patrick has dedicated his career to working in partnership with many providers and commissioners to co-produce services that have responded to changing needs as well as developing services in a variety of areas including older persons, homelessness, mental health, substance misuse, dementia, refugees and asylum seekers. More recently, as part of Shared Ventures, he has helped develop the ‘Keep Well Collaborative’, a network which recognises housing as a key determinant of health with the aim of facilitating collaboration, keeping people safe and well at home and reducing / preventing homelessness.
James Cretney MBA, PhD.
James is the Chief Executive of Marwell Wildlife, a conservation charity, which also runs Marwell Zoo, a much-loved regional attraction. He is also a Director of Enterprise M3 Local Economic Partnership (LEP), one of 39 in England, which is working to secure economic growth and prosperity at regional level. In 2019, James was awarded the Millenium Egg, a lifetime achievement ‘Oscar’ for services to the economy, at the Winchester Business Excellence Awards.
Alexis started volunteering at the Nightshelter in 2019 and joined the Board in 2020.
Alexis is a solicitor and has practised for over 20 years. For over 10 years he was a partner in private practice, advising businesses on commercial law matters. Since 2010 Alexis has been working in-house as Group Counsel as well as Company Secretary for a number of organisations, including multi-nationals, in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and e-commerce sectors. Alexis’s main focus these days is on data protection compliance. He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Charlie is appointed as an Expert by Experience Adviser to the Board. Charlie had a successful life, business and career but due to a series of major breakdowns, became homeless. Charlie spent time sleeping rough before staying at the Nightshelter and then moving on to a hostel and supported living. He has been a service user and works with many of the agencies associated with homelessness.
In his role as advisor to the Board, Charlie is able to offer invaluable advice from the experience he gained whilst he was homelessness himself. His lived experience makes him well qualified to assist Directors in planning strategy, as well as suggesting and looking at ways in which the Nightshelter can provide the best service for all our residents.