Meet the team

Left to right: Clive Adams, Richard Woolley, Josie Nixon, Jon Lambert, Emma Swift, Sam Metson, Ian Wren, Nick Swift

“If you want to help in any capacity – to be on a shortlist for future skills we may need for the pub, to help deliver our messages, to create contents for social media, to apply for grant funding – or simply get stuck in – just contact one of the team via the emails below”



Sam Metson (Chair)

Sam grew up in Roxwell and lives in Radley Green, where his family farm at Pooty Pools and Colleybridge Farm.  He bought his first legal pint in The Chequers and is passionate about the need to secure its future as the social hub of the village. Sam is a Partner at Bidwells, a multidisciplinary property consultancy, where he practises as a Chartered Town Planning consultant.  In a previous voluntary role, Sam was F&GP Chair of the Essex County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and helped secure the purchase and conversion of a redundant building to create a new County Headquarters, which remains in use today.

Nick Swift (Secretary and Grant Funding Lead)

Nick is a Chartered Engineer, with a broad range of experience gained over thirty years in Industry. He has lived in the village for nearly ten years with his wife Emma. In his spare time, Nick plays French Horn, and has served as Treasurer for his local community orchestra. Nick is a member of CAMRA and is passionate about real ale.

Jon Lambert (Treasurer)

Jon has lived in the village for 9 years and brings more than 20 years of project management skills to the group along with a finance background.  As a Member of the Association of Project Managers his professional knowledge from numerous major engineering projects helps the group focus on the many dimensions of the community pub project. He has held a number of voluntary roles with Chelmsford Hockey Club including Secretary and Facilities Manager during a successful £1.5m National Lottery Grant and subsequent building program.  He still runs their successful annual beer festival.  

Josie Nixon (Membership Secretary)

Josie grew up in the village, going to the local pre-school and primary school.  Apart from a brief spell (away at university and a few years of early work) she has remained in the village.   After university, Josie worked for a local authority in Leicestershire as a Warms Home Officer, enhancing the energy efficiency of homes, helping to reduce fuel costs for individuals and increase renewable energy sources within the borough.  

Josie is a senior acoustics consultant, having worked in the industry for the last 8 years she has a wide range of acoustic knowledge from live events to noise at work requirements.   Josie works for a local consultancy and specialises in environmental acoustics, planning applications and building design.   Josie is currently Chair of the Early Careers Group for the Institute of Acoustics, bringing a wealth of committee experience, networking, negotiation and delegation skills.

Emma Swift (Community Engagement Officer)

A resident of Roxwell for nearly 10 years Emma has a background in IT, currently working on strategy initiatives for financial services and identifying beneficial new technologies.   Emma is a professional member of the British Computer Society.  She worked previously with the retail and logistic sectors in areas such as marketing analysis, reporting and forecasting and customer analysis.   Her voluntary work includes designing the initial database for the Roxwell Archive and supporting several small and medium enterprises with developing or migrating their websites.  Her marketing and social communication networking skills significantly help the group in their work to inform and gather key information and data.  A village with a pub was a key factor in Emma moving to Roxwell and she is committed to getting it reopened.

Clive Adams (Building Renovation Project Manager)

Clive is a structural engineer undertaking a wide range of civil, building and structural engineering projects.  He brings to the team a range of skills and knowledge related to all aspects of the construction process – feasibility studies, construction costs, contract administration etc.  He also has project management experience from concept design to construction.  As a keen member of CAMRA, including a judge on the Best Essex Pub competition, he is enthusiastic in developing a successful future for The Chequers.

Richard Woolley

As Dean of Faculty at the local university Richard managed built environment, computing and engineering programs.  As a chartered planner he was chair of the regional RTPI.  Richard was a board member of the Essex Rural community Council for 25 years including periods as chair and vice-chair.  More recently he Chaired a group successfully delivering a £500k roof restoration programme of Roxwell Church partly funded (£250k) by the Heritage Lottery Fund.   He and his family have been residents of some 45 years and they have been actively involved in village life – Richard as a school governor, cricket club, PCC member, village festivals and numerous village celebrations.   Supporter of The Chequers throughout his time in the village.

Ian Wren

Ian moved to Roxwell with his family in 2002 and has been involved in many community groups and activities – serving on Memorial Hall committees, village Olympics, village volleyball team.   He served 30 years in the London Fire Brigade retiring as a watch manager.  He was subsequently re-employed as a trainer in the fire service.   Ian and other family members have worked in The Chequers covering their previous owners holiday periods so has a reasonable knowledge of the day to day running of the pub.   Experienced in all areas of the building process through completion of numerous projects within the village.