Who’s Who

TOCT TRUSTEES(4) modified 1

TOCT Trustees Adrian Whittlesea, Stephanie Jenner, Rob Brunt, Andrew McCarthy


Andrew McCarthy TOCT Chairman

Andrew McCathyAndrew McCarthy grew up and was educated in St Albans.
In the seventies and eighties he taught Environmental Science in Hertfordshire.
Following educational research at The University of East Anglia he spent the last 15 years of his career as Head of Science at a secondary school for children with special educational needs in Stevenage.
In 2006 Andrew and his wife moved to Tolpuddle and enjoy an active retirement.
He became interested in the former Methodist chapel after reading a letter in the Blackmore Vale magazine.

Rob Brunt – TOCT Secretary

Rob BruntRob was born in Barnham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex.A farmer’s son and one of six children.
Schooled at Teignmouth, Devon and graduated in Biological Sciences at Plymouth in 1980.
Rob worked for a number of conservation organisations around Britain and in the last 25-years has managed the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves.
Has lived in Tolpuddle since 1992 and is married to Nicki and have a son, Joe, and a daughter, Emma, and a bouncy dog, Amber.

Revd Stephanie Jenner

Stephanie JennerRevd Stephanie Jenner was born and grew up in Milborne Port (near Sherborne), educated at Bruton and Bradford University (BEng Civil and Structural Engineering).
She worked for British Rail before taking a completely different career path and working for the charity sector in the community, especially with older people, fundraising and the Methodist Church.
She trained for the ministry in the early 2000s gaining an MA in Theology and Religious Studies and entered ministry in 2006, being ordained in 2008. After many years in West Yorkshire she returned to Dorset in 2013 as Superintendent Minister of the Bridport and Dorchester Circuit with her husband Peter and 3 student daughters.

Adrian Whittlesea

Adrian WhittleseaAdrian Whittlesea studied at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford. He was a freelance artist and tutor for five years before becoming Director of Art at Downside School, near Bath, for ten years. Then Education and Arts Officer for three Bath museums and correspondent for the Bath Chronicle on Planning and Architecture.

After six years living in France he returned to the UK in 2011 and lived in Tolpuddle for two years exhibiting his work at Southover House near the village.

Adrian has now settled in Yetminster near Sherborne. He is married to Anne, has four children and six grandchildren.


Colin Huckle – TOCT Treasurer

Colin HuckleUntil Moving to Weymouth in 2005 Colin lived on the Essex/East London Border. He obtained a Diploma in Management Studies and before he retired he was employed in a Senior Administrative role in the Management of a Major Public Open Space.
He has been a Trustee of three different charities as well as a Councillor for 18 years (1984 -2002) and a Non Executive Director in the National Health Service for 6 years, both offices held in Essex.
Colin was elected as a Borough Councillor for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in May 2012 for a term of four years.

Martin Cooke MSc DipM – TOCT Project Coordinator

Martin CookeMartin lives in Tolpuddle and is the director of Heritage & Leisure, a consultancy that over the last 8 years has assisted in developing a range of heritage, arts, play and sports projects in Dorset, Devon and Somerset, and in the process raised over £10m. With a specialism in heritage projects Martin has project managed developments at Durlston Castle, Chesil Beach Centre and Shire Hall, Dorchester. Within Tolpuddle, project managing the development of Orchard Meadow and a new multimedia trail on the Tolpuddle Martyrs story, has highlighted the importance of restoring the former Chapel and developing its active use.

Sue Adams – TOCT Solicitor

Sue AdamsSue moved to Tolpuddle in 2013 and has lived in Dorset for most of the last 30 years. She attended Southampton University and the College of Law in Chester and is a solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser. She advises on all personal affairs and tax, including Wills, Trusts, Inheritance tax, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection and Charities and is a partner in Steele Raymond LLP in Bournemouth. Sue became involved with the Tolpuddle Chapel Trust after meeting Martin Cooke in connection with the Shire Hall Project in Dorchester.

John Bacon – TOCT Administrator

Born in Yorkshire, John has lived in Dorset since 1967 and in Tolpuddle for the last nine years. He retired from the Dorset police in 1990 in the rank of Chief Superintendent before working in the security sector.
John served as Trustee for a pension scheme and was a founding member and Treasurer of the local committee responsible for creating the Orchard Meadow recreation area in Tolpuddle and is currently Secretary of the local project group seeking to develop Tolpuddle Village Hall. John has also been a school governor and Chairman of a Parish Council in East Dorset.