Community First East Hampshire merged with Havant Council of Community Service in 2012. In 2015 the combined group merged with Winchester Area Community Action to create Communities First Wessex, trading as Community First.
Our small but experienced board of directors decide our strategic direction. Our strategy is implemented by the Chief Executive and the Senior Management team.
It is governed by its articles of association (PDF, 600KB) and regulations made under the articles.
Community First’s registered office address is Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1SA
Community First is registered with the Charity Commission number 1147527. It is a Limited Company by guarantee number 8071971.
William served in the Army (Colonel Rtd) and was The Queen’s Messenger for 6 years. He has extensive experience of the public sector and local government serving as the Chief Administration Officer for the City of Portsmouth (PCC) for 10 years.
He also served as a Non Executive Director of Hampshire and Portsmouth Health Authority for 7 years whilst with PCC and is associated with and actively supports a number of armed forces charities including the Royal British Legion and currently works with the Soldiers Sailors and Air Force Association (SSAFA).
A Hampshire man of many generations whose main interests are people and sport; having played both Rugby and hockey for the County, Army and the West Indies whilst serving there.
John is an experienced non-executive chairman, director and board advisor, with a focus on strategy, performance, effectiveness, governance, and Merger Acquisition integration.
Previously a senior executive and consultant with major global businesses in the pharmaceutical, health services, technology, software, security, media and consumer product sectors. His current business interests include workplace wellbeing, international culture & diversity, learning and a telemedicine partnership providing innovative health solutions in a wide range of applications and settings.
He was a Trustee and Chair with Hart Voluntary Action for 10 years and Chair of the Well Being Centre in Frimley. Additionally John served as a stakeholder Governor at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.