I have been a regular visitor to the North Norfolk coast since I was a young child. In 2013 my family and I were able to purchase a second home here in Wells and became very regular visitors from our home in Rutland.
We loved the town together with the surrounding area instantly and decided to make Wells our permanent home when the opportunity arose. In 2017 we were able to do just that when we took over Bang in Wells, a café with guest rooms at the top of Staithe Street.
I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to chair the WCCT and to be able to give something back to the town that I have taken so much enjoyment from. I hope that as a chartered accountant with 28 years’ experience in retail and project management I am well placed to help the town to progress and to benefit from the opportunities the Coastal Community Fund provides.
I am fortunate to have the support of a very strong and dedicated team of directors and members who are also clearly driven to help the community and town.
Simon DaykinWCCT Secretary and Director
Simon joined the team in 2019, and is the Director and Chief Executive of Wells Maltings, the town’s new landmark centre for arts, heritage and community. He has over 25 years’ experience at CEO level in arts, marketing and charitable organisations across the UK. He has a passion for how arts and culture can change lives, and how communities can grow and prosper when they work together towards a series of shared aims. Originally from the Midlands, he now considers Norfolk to be home – geographically and spiritually – stemming from his first trip to Wells, in the back of an overloaded VW Beetle, aged 8. He sees great potentials in what WCCT can achieve, even in these unprecedented times.
My father was born in Wells and I spent most of my childhood weekends and summers here. In 1984 I returned from working overseas in the Middle East and moved in to the Old Custom House on the East Quay in Wells. Since then I have worked in various small businesses in the UK and Europe and, in 1997, my wife, Maddie, started a Bed and Breakfast business at the Old Custom House.
As a volunteer, I have been fortunate in having had the opportunity to work with some inspirational people and in some challenging and rewarding organisations here in Wells: The Campaign to Save Wells Hospital, Wells Community Hospital Trust, Wells Business Forum, Wells Area Partnership, RNLI Wells Lifeboat and The Quay magazine.
I joined the team of WCCT because I believe that it offers an important opportunity for the community of Wells to access funds and expertise to help to turn the threats of over-popularity as a tourist destination that currently face us into opportunities. I hope that I can help to bring these opportunities to fruition and, during the journey, to enthuse others to help us to find ways to keep Wells special.
I was originally trained as a lawyer but served for 36 years as a parish priest in Staffordshire and St. Neots in Cambridgeshire. I married into Wells in 1980 and, since 1989 have had a house here which enabled me to first take a kayak out to sea and then a sailing boat. Helena and I have lived here permanently since 2007, our children having grown up and gone away. We did for a while have a daughter at Alderman Peel. I have served on the Town Council since 2012 and have given time to writing about the history of the town. For as long as I am spared I hope to do some odd things in the town …and maybe some even things
I am married with two daughters and three grandchildren. I have always lived in Wells. The last twenty eight years of my working life was spent as Practice Manager at Wells Health Centre. Being involved in the local community has always been important and I was secretary to Wells Carnival for many years. After I retired I was elected onto the Town Council and in that role I have joined Wells a Dementia Friendly Town, Fair-trade Wells, The Safer Neighbourhood Area Partnership, the Patient Group at the Health Centre as well as Wells Coastal Communities team. I aim to help Wells keep its character, whilst moving forward.
I have lived in Wells most of my life, my family have a business on the quay and have seen all the changes Wells has gone through in the last 60 years, which have been very significant.
I am married with two daughters and four grandchildren. Over the years I have worked in the town and also out of town. I have run my own shop for 8 years, worked on Holkham Estate, for a local estate agents and in a local charity shop. Now retired, I am on the Town Council, Sheringham Shoal and the Coastal Communities Team.
I feel we are very lucky to have this opportunity to live in such a beautiful place but must heed future ideas very carefully so we do not lose what we have achieved. I wonder what my parents and grandparents would think of ‘Today’s Wells” and I hope they would approve and agree that it is a town to be proud of.
I’ve spent most of my career in recruitment, becoming CEO of Locum Group in 1997 and of Reed Health Group in 2002. I set up my own company, Kent Social Care Professionals, in 2006, and sold it in 2015.
Having developed a love for north Norfolk and above all, Wells, we moved here on my retirement in 2015. And never looked back! It’s the people who make it really special. I joined the congregation at St Nicholas church, am a volunteer on the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway and am a regular badminton player.
In October 2017 I became Chair of Homes for Wells. We now have a Board of twelve, hardworking and dedicated Trustees, all giving their time voluntarily. I also joined the Coastal Communities Team, to represent the interests of local people in – or hoping to get into – affordable housing.