• Rabi Martins
    Current Chairman
  • Brian Mee
    Past Chairman
  • Caroline Birch
    Treasurer
  • Jackie Connal
    Steering Group Member
  • Michelle
    Steering Group Member
  • Fran Davies
    Steering Group Member
  • Sivakumar Manokaran
    Steering Group Member

Rabi Martins

Current Chairman

Current Chair of Watford Fairtrade Steering Group Rabi Martins is a retired Business Consultant who has served as a Watford Councillor for 20 years

He has supported the group's activities in the town since it was granted Fairtrade Town status in 2007

Rabi says,

"Every time you purchase a Fairtrade branded item you do so knowing you are personally helping some-one somewhere have a better quality of life"

Brian Mee

Past Chairman

Brian Mee, a retired Chemistry teacher, campaigned for Fairtrade Town status for Watford during 2004 and became Hon Chair of the Steering Group in June 2006 and applied to Fairtrade Foundation as Watford had by then achieved the Five Goals required to become a registered Fairtrade Town.

Caroline Birch

Treasurer

Caroline has been a member of the Steering Group since the launch of the Fair Trade Town campaign. She has spent most of that time dressed as a banana. Caroline used to work for Oxfam and this is where her passion for using Fairtrade products began.

Jackie Connal

Steering Group Member

Jackie Connal is Councillor for Holywell ward Councillor Connal is a member of

  • Licensing Committee
  • Licensing Committee (Licensing Act 2003)
  • Licensing Sub Committee

She is also a member of the World Development Movement, and Oxfam. A founder member of Watford Fairtrade. A Friend of Watford Museum and also a member of The Royal Academy, the Tate and the National Trust.

Michelle

Steering Group Member

Michelle is a long time supporter of the aims of Fairtrade and joined the Steering Group in 2017. Michelle says "By simply choosing the Fairtrade version of the products we buy, we can fight poverty in developing countries."

Fran Davies

Steering Group Member

Fran Davies has been involved with Fairtrade in Watford for several years. She was born in Watford and have lived here her whole life. Fran works in a local special school and is a member of St Luke's church.

Sivakumar Manokaran

Steering Group Member

Sivakumar joined as a member of Watford Steering Group in 2017. Sivakumar is an IT Entrepreneur and is involved in assessing communication needs, designing social messages, social marketing strategies and evaluating campaigns of Agriculturals programs in India.