Meet the Directors

For further information or to contact any of the Directors please email:
or telephone: 01502 714911

Vicky Russ (Chair)

Vicky became a Director in 2020. Formerly Head of Leisure at Waveney District Council, she recommended outsourcing the Lido and Hall, and was then CEO of Sentinel Leisure Trust, running WDC’s remaining leisure assets. More recently she has held senior marketing, business development and transformation roles, currently at Norfolk & Suffolk (NHS) Foundation Trust. Vicky leads and manages the Board, but is stepping down at the end of 2022.

You can contact Vicky by emailing:

Maureen Saunders (Deputy Chair)

Maureen is one of the founding Directors of BLL and before she retired
spent a long career in Nursing, finishing as a Day Sister. 
She co-wrote “Beccles and its Hospital” and is a Friend of Beccles
War Memorial Hospital.  Maureen oversees HR and is also on
the Lido Management Group with responsibilities including
overseeing the cafe.

You can contact Maureen by emailing: or by telephone: 01502 714911

Suzanne Gibbons (Secretary)

Suzanne is one of the founding Directors of BLL and has a strong back background in charity fundraising.  Before retiring, she was chief executive of a registered charity based in London, raising money for neurological research at UCL’s Institute of Neurology.  She was also awarded a National Lottery grant to build 2 floodlit multi-purpose playing areas for tennis, football and netball in Yoxford, Suffolk.

You can contact Suzanne by emailing:

Jane Claridge

Jane is a Freelance Arts/Leisure Business Planning Advisor and became a Director in 2021. She has a long track record in the Arts and Theatre, including in the West End and at Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and The Garage. Jane was a professional advisor on the 2009 Heritage Lottery funded restoration of St George’s Theatre, and then a Trustee 2013-20. Jane oversees business development and community engagement matters.

You can contact Jane by emailing:

David Howson

David joined the board late in 2021 after volunteering at the Public Hall earlier in the same year. He has an interest in involving the community and sees the hall and Lido as significant assets to the town that need supporting for the benefit of our local area. David recently retired after working in local government for 35 years in housing covering tenancy management and housing strategy.

You can contact Dave by emailing:

Shaun Crowley (Treasurer)

Shaun is one of the founding Directors of BLL (but is no longer a Board
Director) and formerly worked in London as a Sales & Marketing
Director in the Financial Technlogy sector.  As Treasurer, Shaun
oversees and is responsible to the Directors for the accounts of
each of BLL’s assets.  Shaun is also Managing Director
of Beccles Lido and on its Management Group.

You can contact Shaun by emailing: