Welcome to the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund

Trustees

Graeme Fuller

Graeme Fuller (Chairman)

Graeme joined Rugby Cement in 1986 as general manager at Rochester Works in Kent. In 1993, he was appointed human resources manager for the Cement Division and moved to Crown House at Rugby. Following the acquisition by RMC in 2000 he became UK HR director for the enlarged group. He left the company at the end of 2004 and now works as an independent human resources consultant and estate planner. He joined The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund as a director and trustee in 2000 and became chairman in 2006.

 
Nigel Appleyard

Nigel Appleyard

Nigel started work with Rugby Cement at the South Ferriby cement plant in 1977 as an apprentice fitter and turner and has moved through the ranks to his present role as engineering and maintenance manager. He lives with his family in South Ferriby. He was aware of the support the fund had given local community projects and past employees so welcomed the opportunity to replace a colleague as a trustee in 2012.

Chris Coates

John Brooks

John started working for Rugby Cement at Rochester Works in Halling in 1977 as a despatch clerk in the transport office situated where “Brooks Place” is now. Working up through the ranks and relocating various time around the country he finished his time with the company in 2003 at Rugby where he was Packed Products Business Manager. He has participated in many charitable fund raising events over the years and still does often with the support of the Ben Fund and this culminated in him being invited to join the Trustees. He now works within the construction materials industry as a freelance Transport and Safety Consultant and Driver Trainer.

Chris Coates

David Holton

David joined Rugby Cement as a junior accounting assistant, direct from school in 1970. He joined the payroll department in 1975 progressing to the role of Payroll Systems Administrator until taking voluntary redundancy from the company in 2004. Being well aware of the aims of the fund over the years, David welcomed the opportunity to become a trustee in Nov 2016. He also carries out voluntary work at Wythall transport museum, is a local historian and part-owner of a 1948 motor coach.

Norman Jones

Norman Jones

Norman spent the whole of his working life in the cement industry, the great majority of it with Rugby Cement. He worked as a chemist in the laboratories at the company's plants in Rugby, South Ferriby and Rochester between 1956 and 1977. After a few years working abroad, he returned to Rochester in 1980 and then moved to Barrington where he progressed from fuel engineer to technical manager, deputy general manager and acting general manager before retiring in 2003. He still lives close to the former plant at Harston.

Ian Southcott

Ian Southcott

Ian has worked in the construction materials industry for over 30 years in a variety of commercial, marketing and public affairs roles. With the CEMEX acquisition of RMC (including the Rugby Group) in 2005, he became the company’s UK Community Affairs Manager and a trustee of the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund in 2006. His role with the company is concerned with establishing and maintaining positive links and relationships with a wide variety of stakeholder and community groups that have an interest in or are impacted by the company’s operations.

Geoff Thomas

Geoff Thomas

Geoff is a chartered accountant spending nearly thirty years in various capacities at Rugby Group, the majority of time devoted to the treasury function. He was a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers from 1990 to 1999. Born and educated in Swansea, he moved to Rugby in 1970.

Jim Wootten

Jim Wootten

Jim joined Rugby Cement at Rochester Works in Kent in 1955 as an assistant in the laboratory. He retired in 2003 as regional technical manager (south). He is a chartered chemist, member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a fellow and past president of the Institute of Concrete Technology. In addition to being a trustee the fund, he is vice president and trustee director of the Friends of the Wisdom Hospice at Rochester.