Meet the Committee

The Village Bakers Committee work behind the scenes in the name of truth, love and pastry. If you have any questions for the committee please email: Info@villagebakers.lgbt


Kevin Sargent – Chairman

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Favourite Bake: Lemon Drizzle Cake

Back in November 2012, Kevin decided to set up Village Bakers with the simple aim to share homemade cakes with friends and meet new friends. This is still the ultimate aim of Village Bakers and he is extremely proud to see how the group has grown in popularity over the years and see so many friendships form over the years, Village Bakers have even seen the odd marriage and proposals at Village Bakers.

Previous Roles: Chairman 2012 – 2016 / 2019 – Present


VACANT – Vice-Chair

Do you fancy getting more involved with the Village Bakers? Does the thought of fresh cream horns make you quiver? We’re currently looking for our Vice Chair, where you’ll plan and organise Village Bakers. Does this sound up your alley? Let us know at info@villagebakers.lgbt

Laura White – Membership & Member Engagement

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Favourite Bake: Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle cake, was Laura’s first bake that she brought to a Village Bakers social back in 2014, and she hasn’t looked back since. She regularly bakes for her friends and colleagues at work and is renowned for baking for peoples birthdays.

Laura explained why she enjoys Village Bakers so much

I love coming to the Village Bakers Socials as I enjoy seeing my friends and making new ones. I like trying different bakes and am often surprised by what people can make. I hope others enjoy being part of the group as much as I do.”

Laura is currently on the Village Bakers committee, looking after Membership and is keen to ensure people feel as welcome as possible at the group. Laura is the first person most people meet at Village Bakers and she is always smiling and holding her trusty clipboard!

Previous Roles: Secretary 2017 – 2019, Membership 2019 – Present


Steve Brooks – Treasurer

Favourite Bake: Chocolate Banana Loaf

Steve joined Village Bakers in 2013 and has been a valued member of the group, supporting the group over the years and ensuring it goes from strength to strength. Steve is a self confessed shy baker, and is more likely to be seen with large glass of red wine and enjoying socialising with the other bakers, whilst enjoying the range of baked goods at our events.

Steve explained:

“I joined Village Bakers to expand my social group and to make more friend’s. I have made really good friends through the group and eaten to amazing bakes.”

Previous Roles: Treasurer 2014 – 2017, 2021 – Present


Liz Gibson – Media & PR

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Favourite Bake: Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins

Liz has been attending Village Bakers since 2018 and has shown her real passion and love for baking, by always baking fantastic bakes, Liz loves discovering new delicious bakes, sweet and savoury, and being inspired to try new recipes and techniques. All her bakes combine great flavours that keep people coming back for more.

When asked about why Liz loves Village Bakers she explained:

I love the sense of family, checking in with the same group every month as well as meeting new people and making friends. There is always a lovely ambience and it is a steady, diverse and really friendly community.”

Previous Roles: Member of Village Bakers since 2018

Gavin Deadline – Secretary

Favourite Bake: Whisky Cake

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Gavin has been attending Village Bakers since 2014 and was introduced to the group by his partner Stuart. He has always enjoyed the variety of baking and seeing strong friendships formed during the monthly socials.

When asked about the group Gavin added

“I find the group to be one of the most warm and welcoming in the Village. There is no pressure to be a brilliant baker – things so often go wrong and that’s all part of the fun. Baking is something anyone can do, making the group really inclusive.”

Gavin wanted to join the Village Bakers committee because he was able to see the work others had contributed to the running of the group and wanted to contribute. He is looking forward to helping shape the future of the group.

Previous Roles: Member of Village Bakers since 2014

John Maines – Events & Engagement
Favourite Bake: Any Lemon-Citrus Sponges
John is truly one of our star bakers, he has delighted us with his talented baking for a number of years. He also won Star Baker in our Great Village Bake Off event in 2018. As a keen baker John also has his own baking blog (Mainsey Bakes) to share his recipes and tips with his followers.

John explained:
“I joined the Village Bakers in October 2015. At the time I was really starting to develop a passion for baking and cooking, and I wanted to find a group of people who share those interests with mine. After looking online, I found the Village Bakers and went to their next meeting. It can be understandably daunting, going to meet a group of new people on your own, but this is a wonderfully friendly group of people who celebrate each other and everyone’s creations equally, so I felt right at home very quickly, and I’m sure others who want to join up will feel the same!”
Previous Roles: Member of Village Bakers since 2015

VACANT – Funding & Fundraising

Do you fancy getting more involved with the Village Bakers? Does the thought of fresh cream horns make you quiver? We’re currently looking for our Funding & Fundraising Manager, where you’ll find new ways of getting individuals, groups and business to contribute to Village Bakers by building relationships and exploring funding applications & fundraising opportunities. Does this sound up your alley? Let us know at info@villagebakers.lgbt.