Martin Holcombe – Chair
I moved to Birmingham in 2001 and have always lived in walking distance of the park – first in Beaumont Road and now in Ashmore Road. I love the park and have always used it, initially with my children on swings and as they’ve grown up, for aimlessly wandering about when I need a bit of air and space! I have 25+ years’ experience working in the charity sector which I hope can help me to contribute to a fantastic open space we can all enjoy!
Emma Woolf – Vice Chair
For some daft reason I’ve been involved in the Friends of Cotteridge Park since it was set up in 1997 – oh I know it’s because I really love living next to such a fantastic space and being part of such a wonderful community.I started using the park a lot when my children were born and a screaming child is always less stressful outdoors. As the children grew up and preferred not to be seen with their mother I found other excuses for being in the park – weaving the wigloo, helping with school groups, weeding – anything rather than working. I now volunteer 2 days a week in the park and help other Friends groups in Birmingham & beyond make their parks (almost) as good as ours.
Cathal Lynch – Trustee
I am a relative newcomer to the park but have already enjoyed many happy hours there. Getting involved as a trustee is my small contribution to ensuring these opportunities continue to happen and hopefully get more frequent and more ambitious in scale. The friends group has been very welcoming and I urge everyone to think about volunteering to do something no matter how small.
Carola Lange – Trustee
I discovered Cotteridge Park in 2001 when I moved to Franklin Road with my partner Ian. I attended my first ‘Friends’ meeting shortly after moving and I was immediately inspired by the story of how a small group of people were able to make such a big difference. I have volunteered in some capacity ever since, whether it’s weeding or canvassing for sponsorship. Some years a little less, some years more. One of my first volunteer days was a Sunday morning weeding the little trees that were the beginnings of our millennium wood. I can’t deny my German roots and we Germans like our trees and woodlands! Of course, this is just one of the many small and big projects in the park and I have loved being able to witness the many changes and look forward to seeing the outcomes of some of the new projects that are in the pipeline.
Laura Brooks – Secretary
When we were looking for our first home, we took a wintery walk around Cotteridge Park on New Year’s Day 2010. Less than five months later we had purchased a home on Midland Rd, and just over a year later we were staggering round the park while I suffered through the early stages of labour. I still live in the area 6 years on, with my husband, and two young children who tend to sob if we pass the park and don’t visit. It was during my second maternity leave that I found time to get more involved with the park, including lots of social media and becoming a Trustee in May 2016. I trained as a journalist but now work locally, at Mondelēz International (aka Cadbury) and my daughter is at Cotteridge Primary School. In fact, I rarely leave B30 so having a thriving, vibrant community is incredibly important to me.
Max Woolf and Winston
Literally a life long user of Cotteridge Park, I can honestly describe it as a second home. Having moved back to Birmingham in 2014 I became a trustee primarily to increase engagement between the charity and the high numbers of dog owners who use the park and as IT support for our website and other technical bits and pieces.
You can find me in the park pretty much every single day with my withdrawn guide dog Winston and my wife, Ciara.
Ian Mather – Treasurer
My introduction to Cotteridge Park was running the ‘Bat the Rat’ stall at the first ever CoCoMAD in 1997. Things have come a long way since then and its been amazing to see developments, beginning with the planting of Millenium Wood and working all the way up to the opening of the Shed in 2020. My family have lived in Franklin Road, and now Midland Road, since 1995 and I’ve been involved in activities in the park, mainly around CoCoMAD, for much of that time. What an asset the park is! – a place that brings people together, a soothing green space and serving as the lungs of Cotteridge. I have now stepped in to the role of Treasurer. I come with no accountancy background but bags of enthusiasm and the attitude ‘how hard can it be?’
Carole Drury – Trustee
I have lived in Cotteridge since 2010, with my husband and two children. The children attend Cotteridge Primary School, which has great links to the park. They love forest school and sports day on the field. We all visit the park regularly, and especially enjoyed CoCo Camp and the cinema screening. I became a trustee in 2020, just in time to help out with the opening of The Shed and virtual CocoMad. I am keen to make everyone feel welcome at the park.