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The PALS Committee

We're always looking for new people to join the committee.

The committee meets once every 4 to 6 weeks to oversee the charity's work, make sure we're still on track and offer suggestions and ideas to the coordinators, who report back to the committee on their work.

If you have any questions about the role of the committee or what it entails, or would like more information about joining then please contact us, and we'll put you in touch with the Chair of the committee.



The Chair - Paula Elsley


Paula joined the committee in 2012. After being Vice Chair she is now Chair and has been for the last two years.  Paula has a son in the older PYC group.  She is also co-Chair on a PTA committee and helps with a Riding for the Disabled group.

Vice-Chair - Jane West

Jane has been on the committee for over six years, during this time she has held the role of Secretary before becoming Vice Chair.

Jane’s eldest son, Rufus, has been a member of PALS since the age of five and is now a member of the PYC group.

Jane currently works at Newbury College as Admissions and Information Services Manager, she has a background in the hospitality industry working at Gleneagles, The Dorchester, Andersen and Deloitte.  Her passion outside work is gardening and she is Show Secretary for the Bucklebury and Marlston Horticultural Society.

Treasurer and Secretary - Vicky Blackett

Vicky Blackett

Vicky has been an active member of the PALS committee for four years and has taken on various roles. 

She's passionate about the charity, and her own daughter, Iona (now 11) has been a a PALS member since the age of five. 

Vicky enjoys reading, musical theatre and playing golf in her spare time.

Committee Member - Gill Waite

Gill Waite

Gill Waite


Gill is married to Alan and Mum to Ben, Matt and Issy. She enjoys going to the theatre, gardening and reading.

Gill first became involved with PALS when her son Matt joined 11 years ago.  PALS enabled him to take part in many activities and gave him confidence.  Ben, her eldest son, became a volunteer and Issy is hoping to when she is old enough!


Committee Member - Henry Bankes

Henry Bankes


Henry has been involved with PALS since moving with his family to live near Newbury in 2015. His daughter, Ottilie aged 12, is a keen PAL.

Henry is also the Chairman of Snowhounds, an adaptive skiing club based at Bracknell dry ski slope.