Our staff are assisted by volunteers who give up their time on a weekly basis and without whom the Shop would not function. Many of our volunteers have been with us since the beginning! We mustn’t forget the hard work of the volunteers who sit on the committee of the Shop representing our many shareholders.
Feedback from our customers is always welcome, especially if you let us know what we can do to make our Shop even more effective! Here are our contact details.
Meet the Team
Gemma Versteeg has been the manager of Dunsfold Shop since May 2015. She has worked in the Shop from the very early days of the community taking over in 2011. While juggling a small family, she may also be found treading the boards with the local amateur dramatics group.
Matt works with us twice a week, learning the ropes of being a shop assistant. He hopes to work in hospitality and with his charming customer service it is easy to see why. Matt may also be seen covering the paper round while Kath is away, but you need to be up early to spot him! His favourite thing about the shop is helping the community. Matt also spends time volunteering at The Hub in Godalming, an advice centre for those with disabilities.
Louise is our newest member of staff, having joined us in March 2017. She brings with her a wealth of retail experience. Louise lives locally with her young family and, while not working at the Shop, may be seen walking Steve, the sausage dog. Louise loves nothing more than to reorganise the stock room, and chat to the customers.
Kath can often be seen delivering the newspapers during the week helped by our most famous staff member, Ben the collie. Kath has been delivering newspapers since her retirement from the police.
Those of you who are Dunsfold residents know that in this area you can’t go far without bumping into one of the Elliotts. So, it is only right that we have Barbara Elliott in the Shop. Barbara joined us in 2015 having worked for a clothing retailer and adds lots of retail knowledge to our staff team, whilst also helping out with her grandmother duties, her role as Verger and singing in the church choir.
Howard is working with us as a trainee shop assistant at the same time as volunteering at Challengers in Guildford and the Cranleigh Oxfam bookshop, as well as being a key bell ringer at Dunsfold church. He works both as a volunteer and a member of staff, and we are all very grateful to have someone who can sort out the high shelves without having to balance on a step stool!
Doreen has been working at the Shop for over 16 years. There isn’t much that she doesn’t know about the day-to-day running of the business and she is a valuable asset when it comes to ordering fruit, veg and milk. It’s good to have someone who keeps Gemma on her toes!
Frances White (Dr White)
Frances is married to the Rector, is a village favourite and well known amongst the locals. She has also managed to publish a book on Iris Murdoch and still lectures at Kingston University and Chichester University as well as using her previous knowledge of retail in the Shop.