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.
Tracy spent 30 years in the general insurance industry working with customers across the world in a range of technical and managerial roles involving large budgets. Her projects and management role began at regional level with Tracy reaching the position of European Head in her area of claims.
Having achieved many insurance-related qualifications including reaching Chartered Insurer status, Tracy later went on to study for a law degree and post graduate diploma in law.
Since leaving the industry in 2016, Tracy has volunteered as a helper at the Nightshelter, joining the Board in 2018. Tracy also works part-time as a Hampshire County Council Clerk to School Governors and in any spare time enjoys gardening and remodelling her house.
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 Night Shelter for seven years, 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 four years ago, 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.