MEET THE BOARD……
David was born in London, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1967. He has been a member of the CABP since 2006 and joined the Board as Treasurer in 2011. David is a Chartered Professional Accountant and held positions in both the private and public sectors until his retirement in 2011.
Significant things that have happened during David’s time on the Board include the incorporation of the International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP); the transition to the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA); the introduction of PayPal as a means for paying membership dues; consolidation of the BC office into the National Office in Toronto and the introduction of new membership database (Membee).
David also serves as treasurer for two other not for profit organizations. He lives in Caledon, Ontario with his wife Donna and enjoys travelling and spending time with his three granddaughters.
Ian was born in Victoria London, but at age 10 his parents bought a hotel in Bournemouth and he spent his teenage years in this beautiful seaside town.
After grammar school, he studied Hotel & Catering Management at Bournemouth University and upon graduation he accepted the role of Assistant Manager at the Savoy Hotel in Bournemouth (1972-73). The appeal of experience in a world class hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland (1973-74) was followed by a return to London to the prestigious Churchill Hotel (1974-1975) before travelling to Canada in June 1975. He accepted an offer from the Macdonald Hotel in Edmonton in 1976, intending to work in Canada for a year or two but he met Dianne and his plans were soon changed!
Ian, with two colleagues, formed Renford Inns (1978-1996), a hotel management consulting company, and during these years they assisted over 60 hotels on their business operations. In 1996, Ian built and managed an English-style pub, the Crown & Anchor, in Edmonton, and after 9 successful years of operation, and fed up with shovelling snow, he sold the pub and retired to Vancouver Island. Although he has lived in Canada longer than his birthplace, he still talks of “going home” when he returns to the UK quite regularly. Ian and Dianne have now been married for 43 years and they have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren, all living on Vancouver Island.
Ian has been Chairman of the CABP since 2017.
Fiona was born in Canada to Scottish parents who moved back to Scotland when she was a young child. She lived and did her first degree in Scotland before moving to Canada in 1978 to seek adventure and travel. Several years later, in 2002, Fiona came across a CABP table in a Victoria, BC mall where she lives and, understanding that it was a wise investment, immediately joined CABP. She is very thankful about finding CABP’s display table, as otherwise she would not have known that she was eligible for a British pension. During Fiona’s career, she worked as a clinical counsellor and as a social worker and eventually obtained a PhD in Clinical Psychology. This academic work honed her writing skills which she brings to CABP in the fight against frozen pensions. Beside writing, she enjoys biking and travelling.
Fiona has been a general CABP Board member since 2018 after joining the Board as a general member in response to a request in Justice to help out. She also represents CABP with ICBP. Her passion with CABP is bringing in new members both to support people’s retirement income levels as well as build funds to use to fight the frozen pension issue.
Edwina was born in Dorset however her family roots are in West Sussex and Norfolk. Graduating from Hotel School she joined Holiday Inns working her way up to UK Head of Training where she was responsible for training managers and staff, including the opening of three hotels in Aberdeen, Portsmouth, and Glasgow. In 1981 she emigrated to Canada to set up the training function for 49 Holiday Inn hotels. Four years later she joined The Training Corporation eventually setting up her own consulting business, The Performance Edge, in 1989.
Edwina joined Hay Group in 1995 consulting with a variety of international clients on executive development and process reengineering. In 2007 she led the creation of a Centre for Excellence for Hay Group staff development and for two years led the Assessment Products business globally. During the acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2015 Edwina was part of the ownership group and managed the integration team. She was Chief Learning Officer for Korn Ferry’s 7,000 employees in 50 countries.
In 2016 Edwina decided it was repotting time and focused on skiing, gardening, and clay pigeon shooting. During 2020/21 she obtained her real estate license and now works in real estate investment.
Edwina joined the CABP board in December 2021 and is focusing on building our membership base.
Rob was born in Manchester, England, and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1990. He joined CABP in 2018 and joined the Board in 2022 as Director of Government Relations. Rob is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Professional Engineer in Ontario. He has worked in the UK, Canada, and the Middle East.
He has worked for International Contractors, Consultants, and Project Management firms. During his career he has held positions as General Manager for Economic Affairs, dealing with many International Governments, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Canada and the USA.
Rob has held many volunteer roles including, 8 Years as a Director of the Canadian Business Council in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and, Chairman of the Lighthouse Club Abu Dhabi for another 8 years. More recently, after 3 years he stepped down as the Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Ontario, and currently holds the position of Past Chair.
The common theme in all his voluntary positions is to help a cause where he feels he can add value. In this regard, he is excited to offer the opportunity to work with CABP as the Director of Government Relations to continue the excellent work it does and progress the mission to have British Pensions unfrozen.
Rob lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife Janet with their son, daughter, and three grandchildren close by. He is actively involved in many community activities such as being a Member of the Historical Society and the local Golf Club.
Lucy was born in the South-west of England and grew up on her parent’s farm in rural Dorset. She recently moved to Toronto with her young family and joined the CABP team in April 2020.
Lucy has experience of working in NGO administration, training & development, and also within the tourism sector. She graduated in International Development and has always loved exploring different places and cultures. She has lived in Malawi and America with her tea-trading husband and is now happy to be exploring Canada with her young boys.
Peter was born in York and was educated in England. He was a National Serviceman and Territorial Soldier serving in the Royal Hampshire Regiment in the West Indies. On completion of National Service, Peter was commissioned into the Dorset Regiment (TA) as a 2/Lt.
He joined Bridport-Gundry Ltd as a commercial apprentice, and then moved into production management. He was appointed works manager (1968), made a Member of the Institution of Works Managers (1971), appointed Director and General Manager of North Mills Textiles (1978), a subsidiary company in the BG Group.
Peter emigrated with his wife and two daughters to Orillia, Canada, in 1984 after being headhunted to join GWB Ropes & Twine as General Manager. In 2011, the family moved to Emsdale in Northern Ontario when Peter retired.
Peter joined CABP in 2006 and was co-opted into the CABP volunteer cohort. He joined the Board as Director at Large in 2019. As part of the Veterans Initiative within CABP he spearheaded the National Service survey. He actively submits articles to senior’s magazines regarding frozen pensions. He does this because the UK government steals half of his pension, as well as yours, every month. He believes that the frozen pension policy will never change unless we fight it.
Peter and his wife look after two of their grandchildren who live under their roof. They own and manage a 12-acre woodland estate. They recently celebrated 48 years of very happy marriage.
Ed was born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales in 1946. His father was a well-known novelist and BBC playwright who moved the family to Malvern, Worcestershire. This is where Ed went to school until leaving for his first job at Morgan Motor’s in 1962. In 1968, Ed married Valerie and moved to Crawley, Sussex, where both their children were born.
Working in the electrical industry as a Regional Sales Manager, Ed and Val decided in 1974 to emigrate to BC Canada, where they have chosen to live in the Fraser Valley. Since selling his company Compu-Power Controls in 1996 and setting up a small consulting/sales company, Ed Stone & Associates in 1997. In 2011, Ed decided to semi-retire. He has been an active Member of CABP writing and conversing with his local MP and let them know about the injustice of the UK’s Frozen Pension policy.
In addition, Ed is President of ‘The Friends of Staunton Country Park’ and he is also involved with the Chilliwack Players Guild, re-enacting his late father’s 1950‘s BBC Radio Plays. Ed feels honoured to be offered a position on the CABP Board. It is Ed’s intention to help CABP in their cause of ‘Justice‘ to ‘unfreeze’ the UK pensions of Ex-pat British/Canadian pensioners.
Sheila was born in Graz, Austria where her father, was posted after the war by the British army. She came to Canada (the twelfth country in which she has lived) with her husband who obtained a job here in 1994. Her working career was as an HR professional and she worked for a time with Shell Canada.
Sheila became interested in the frozen pension issue in 2000 when she joined the Calgary based to the British Pensioners Association of Western Canada (BPAWC). She was President for a number of years during which time she worked closely with the CABP. Sheila then joined the CABP in 2008 and immediately joined the Board because of her previous frozen pension experience. Sheila has served many roles on the Board including general Board member, Government Relations, Chairwoman, and now Social Media organizer.
She volunteers with the CABP because she believes frozen pensions is a cause that must be resolved, and will only be resolved if we continue to fight for justice.
Sheila currently keeps active with playing badminton, spending time with her family, and making BoHo jewellery. She is a linguist and is currently learning Portuguese.