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From 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (appointments only)
Chief Executive Officer
Alison grew up in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch, seriously. It is the longest place name in the UK and from its distinct lack of vowels is obviously in Wales. Here she gazed out over the Snowdonia mountains while in the classroom which fomented her love of wild places and the outdoors. Alison holds an extraordinary portfolio of qualifications, studying being a hobby she fits in around running extraordinary distances. Among these is a MSc in Urban Policy and Regeneration, a Post Graduate Certificate in Urban Design, several Leadership qualifications and in 2021 a Certifcate in Precurement and Supply. She holds the sector CiLCA qualification and has led GAPTC as CEO since 2015. She is responsible for ensuring the strategic objectives of the organisation are delivered and representing the organisation at regional and national level. Alison has a strong sense of civic responsibility and is the Chairperson with Unison (Local Government Branch – Gloucestershire). She cut her teeth in the North East of England working for Economic Development in a Local Authority managing a range of programmes funded through various funding streams. Prior to this, she worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). Her short-term goal is to complete the Ring 'o Fire, a 135-mile race around the Isle of Anglesey.
Communication and Support Officer
Anita is our Comms and Support Officer as well as one of our trainers, joining GAPTC in 2011 after becoming a parish clerk in 2004. She grew up in Kent and headed west to study French and Spanish at Bristol Polytechnic (now UWE). Despite not having the opportunity to travel overseas until she was 18, she always wanted to work in the travel industry and achieved her ambition by working for tour operators in the UK and overseas. She initially organised large conferences, then worked in London arranging tours around the UK and Europe for American visitors, before returning to Bristol where she spent 10 years working for a tour operator specialising in communist destinations. Finally, she managed a travel company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before setting up her own business in 1996 working with travel companies and leading tours in Albania, Cuba, China (guiding walking tours along the Great Wall of China), Cambodia and Vietnam. She fell into travel writing when she was asked by a publisher to update a guide book on Vietnam. This led to a commission to write a book on Cambodia. She has worked on several books and travel websites including Asian city guides. She still has the travel bug and has a not-insubstantial wish list of destinations she'd like to visit.
Sue Creswick has been involved with parish and town councils since 1999, first as a town clerk and now as a councillor, in a different authority. She works part time at GAPTC providing advice and guidance to members and training clerks. She grew up in south London and worked in central London in the freight transport business before moving to Canada where she gained experience in the mining and brewing industries. A post-graduate marketing diploma followed her return to the UK. She has two horses which occupy quite a lot of her spare time and two cats. Her commercial background – getting things done – along with her ten years as a clerk and now as a councillor, with particular interests in planning and finance, give her useful experience to draw on when providing advice to our members. Sue is also involved in a trust which looks after some historic buildings.
Strategic Support Officer
Kerrin Cocks was raised in the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa, her father was the director and their house was on the premises. After that wild start she spent her secondary school years in boarding school and studied communications at the University of Johannesburg. Keen on journalism she started her career writing for community newspapers but was soon swept into the world of book publishing at a marketer. As a co-founder of 30° South Publishers she grew the business into the largest independent book publishing house in Africa, representing large international lists. In 2015 she moved with her young family to the UK to experience a different way of life, one where her children can be independent and safe and she can run through the woods in the pitch dark. Over the past ten years she has turned some of her attention to editorial work: writing, commissioning and advising clients on digital content. She believes her wealth of experience will stand her in good stead at GAPTC and hopes to become an integral part of the team. Kerrin is a keen ultra runner and coaches junior athletics at her running club; she can usually be found outdoors.