About Four Greens


"To improve the quality of life for residents in the North West of the city through creating a robust local economy, a high quality environment, enabling residents to achieve their aspirations, feeling a sense of pride and ownership in the community."


Prosperity: Create an active and vibrant economy promoting and strengthening community enterprise and community asset ownership, increasing opportunities for jobs, apprenticeships, volunteering, and training.

Place: Create a quality, safe, accessible environment that supports community and economic life, makes the most of natural assets, and enables the FGCT area to become a place where people want to live, work and visit.

People: Create a thriving, active, informed, and engaged local community, in which residents feel that their needs are being addressed, heritage and culture celebrated, aspirations raised, and residents can take control of their lives and futures.

The trust seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • to grow its member base so that we increase community participation to ensure the trust is meeting local needs
  • to improve health, well-being, employment, training opportunities, facilities and neighbourhood services through programmes delivered with partners
  • to build a viable and sustainable organisation which will bring about long term change

Our Timeline

  • Jun 2013:  First Stakeholder meeting
  • Oct 2013: Appointment of Shadow Board
  • Oct 2014: Full Board of Directors Appointed
  • Oct-Jun 2015: Extensive Community Consultation
  • May 2015:  Appointment of Business Manager
  • Jul 2015:  FGCT Registered as a CIC
  • Jul 2015:  Financial and practical tendering assessment for Hub building
  • Aug 2015:  Planning Approval for Solar Panels on contaminated land in Ernesettle
  • Nov 2015:   Commencement of former Whitleigh Care home building refurbishment project
  • Mar 2016:  Solar Panels completed in Ernesettle
  • Jun 2016:  Crowdfunding Campaign for Allotments
  • Jul 2016:   Completion of the refurbishment and opening of Whitleigh Community Hub
  • Aug 2016:  Allotments opened up for residents
  • Jan 2017:  RICS Application submitted

About the team

Every one of our directors are locally invested in the Four Greens areas, either as a resident, or by activity. All directors are unpaid volunteers. 

Dave Vear

Position: Chair

Occupation: Primary school teacher Knowle Primary School Honicknowle

Resident: Honicknowle

Key Skills: Primary education background with substantial voluntary sector experience.

Mark Rowles

Position: Vice Chair

Occupation: Voluntary sector Consultant - former Deputy CEO YMCA Plymouth

Resident: Manadon

Key Skills: Grants, marketing with  considerable sports and voluntary sector business management

Sally Walker

Position: Treasurer

Occupation: Housewife

Resident: Ernesettle

Key Skills: Qualified bookkeeper and experienced voluntary sector supporter

Margaret Boadella

Position: Secretary

Occupation: Housewife

Resident: Ernesettle

Key Skills: Finance and business experience and voluntary sector supporter

Vince Burke

Position: Director

Occupation: Retired Vice Principal, All Saints Academy

Resident: Plymstock

Key Skills: Lifelong secondary education career including recent building/project management experience

Dave Downie

Position: Director

Occupation: Part time lecturer and Conservative Councillor

Resident: Whitleigh

Key Skills: Business lecturer with voluntary sector and politics exposure

Jon Taylor

Position: Director

Occupation: NHS manager and Labour Councillor

Resident: Efford

Key Skills: NHS commissioning,  and unit management with voluntary sector and politics exposure

Graham Stott

Position: Director

Occupation: Retired Devonport dockyard worker

Resident: Whitleigh

Key Skills: Naval knowledge and Vice Chair Ernesettle Community Forum,  voluntary sector

Joanne Bowden

Position: Director

Occupation: Builder Trustee of Timebank SW. Chair of resident scrutiny panel for PCH

Resident: Manadon

Key Skills: Gender issues resident involvement, hate crime reporting Quality and diversity trained.

Ember Wolffire

Position: Director

Occupation: Trustee of Timebank SW and Plymouth Pride

Resident: Manadon

Key Skills: Gender issues resident involvement, hate crime reporting Quality and diversity trained.