Regional Chair: Rachel Gilpin

Rachel lives in Devon but spent most of her childhood and teenage years living in Africa, surrounded by some of the worst third world poverty and witnessed many years of drought with all the horrors it brings to those trying to survive the conditions.  Having undertaken a teaching diploma she then worked for 17 years in Barclays Bank Plc.  Her current role is as Chief Executive of Estuary League of Friends, a community based league whose work revolves around assisting anyone in their community to live as independently as possible in their own home.  Estuary has 12 members of paid staff and over 60 volunteers and has seen its work grow by 20% in the last 12 months.