The Club currently has 4 trustees who run Wagtails and meet regularly.

Chairperson - Jacqui Sainsbury

Experience and skills

Jacqui has experience in teaching swimming and tutoring; teaching people to teach swimming. She ran her own swim school in the '-90s when her children where young. She gained her Swimming Teachers for the Disabled in 2015.


Past experience includes 10 years as a development manager for a local authority leisure centre; programming and marketing wet and dry activities for all ages and abilities. 

In the latter years she became general manager for a registered charity which gave her the knowledge and experience for this sector. 

Skills include liaising with stakeholders such as the trustees, parish council and local government. She has experience in fund raising from local government and incl. the Rotary, Popps, the British Heart Foundation and Awards for All.  

In May 2016 Jacqui spent three months in hospital after a car accident and sustained multiple fractures including breaking her neck. She visited Wagtails to swim for rehabilitation and recovery to health. Jacqui states; "when I participated as a user, Wagtails inspired me to volunteer and help in the water". 

Club work undertaken

Besides the role of chairman Jacqui takes an active part in development of the club which includes the swim sessions, the STA affiliation tasks & policies, training and fundraising.

Treasurer & Vice Chair - Alexandra Tuckey

Experience and skills

Alexandra works for the local Accountancy firm Hill Osborne in Wimborne.  She has good accounting, computer, database and admin skills. Having an autistic daughter she has first-hand experience of autism and learning disabilities.

Club work undertaken

Alexandra takes the minutes at committee meetings, organises and updates members’ data and is involved with many other admin tasks (almost all admin tasks).  She produces the Club’s accounts and deals with all financial tasks.  She is also involved with fundraising and keeping the website updated.

Public Relations Officer - David Allen

Experience and skills

David has previously been Chairman of Broadstone Chamber of Trade & Commerce from 2002-2004.  He helped to set up Broadstone Access Group in 2003.  He has extensive knowledge of the Disability Discrimination Act after becoming disabled following a stroke in 2008. This resulted in spending 10 months in wheelchair, so he has plenty of first-hand knowledge of disability issues.

Club work undertaken

David is responsible for public relations helping to build a strong image for the club. He is involved with promoting the Club, fundraising, networking with other charities and attending meetings relevant to the operating of the Club.

Safeguarding Officer - Rosalind Barton

Experience and skills

Ros works for 2 other charities – and  She has had experience as a teaching assistant at a local special school and has worked in sales.  Having multiple sclerosis herself she understands the practical everyday issues of disablilty.

Club work undertaken

Ros is responsible for child and vulnerable adults safeguarding, DBS's and also organises Dial a Ride.

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