President Elect Alex Cooke brings fundraising and event organising skills to Rotary, helping the Club to support the wide range of activities we undertake in the local community, and internationally.
Alex is a key player in organising a range of fundraising events like Last Night at the Proms, held at Whittlebury Park every February; community-based events such as the Father Christmas Sleigh in Towcester and surrounding villages, delighting adults and children alike; and International Themed Dinners and social nights for members and guests.
Alex is a keen motorcyclist, and enjoyed taking part in a Rotary organised motorcycle expedition in India to raise funds.
Alex joined Rotary on the Isle of Wight where he lived when he wasn’t travelling around the UK, Russia or America and transferred to Towcester when he moved to Silverstone on his retirement eight years ago. His working career started in the motor racing world being part of Ford, Porsche and other racing teams. He eventually moved on to run his own company in the emerging mobile telephone industry. In his fifties, he took up the challenge to become CEO and International Director of a charity specialising in supporting orphaned and disabled children and marginalised people in Russia.
Alex has been married to Jacqui for 40 years; and Jacqui uses her fundraising and catering experience to help with events. They have four grown up children.
As Alex explains, “I have great fun in Rotary, getting involved with the local community and giving something back to society, whilst enjoying the friendship and fellowship of the Club.”