BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN. We are delighted to announce we will reopen the centre to public from 19th April

The Umbrella Team

Vicky Whitlock (Trustee, Chair)

Vicky has lived in Whitstable for 12 years and brings 25 years of corporate and brand marketing and event management experience. Vicky now runs her own music management agency and is a non-executive director of the Umbrella Cafe as well as trustee of the Centre.

Lizzie Wojtkowska-Wright (Trustee, Treasurer)

Lizzie has lived in Whitstable ever since she moved to the UK from Poland  in early 2000. She enjoys it particularly for the buzz and uniqueness of the place. She is a qualified accountant and on top of running her own accounting business, she is a treasurer for two local charities including WUCC which she finds very rewarding.

Jenny Dunn (Trustee)

Jenny joined the trustee board in December 2020. For the last four years she has also been one the directors of the Umbrella Café. She has 30 years’ experience of working in hospitality.

David Fisher (Trustee)

David has lived in Whitstable for many years and has been involved with the Centre since 2002. Previously he worked in the field of quality in a range of industries both here and abroad.   His hobbies include reading and angling, and he has made his keen interest in the application of computers and associated technology available to the community through tutoring at the Centre in computing and digital photography.

Nicki Leggatt (Trustee)

Nicki moved to Whitstable in 2003, mainly for the sea swimming, but quickly found out how much more the town had to offer.  As well as swimming she enjoys lots of things:  tennis, the theatre, singing (in a quartet, a large choral society and a ukulele group), reading and more.  Her varied working life included administrative work, teaching in a range of educational fields, running her own educational consultancy and mobile book shop, and finally university lecturing in Canterbury.

Craig Potter (Caretaker)

Craig has spent most of his life as a Whitstable resident. Although in recent years he moved out of town, his heart, his friends and his life are in Whitstable.

He is a dab hand at anything he puts his mind to, be it mechanics, DIY or Tech repair/ maintenance.  Because Craig is committed to working with the community and with local people, and makes it his mission to help wherever he can, the Umbrella Centre feels like home to him.

David Daly (Centre Manager)

David is an experienced manager having spent the majority of his career in the private sector and joined us in November last year.  Growing up in Whitstable, you’ve probably seen or bumped into him at some point either at his old shop in the High Street, or you may have heard him on Red Sands Radio or maybe even seen him on stage at Whitstable Playhouse as a regular in panto.