Our Trustees

Martin Townsend, Chair

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Martin joined the Board of Trustees in 2013 and has been Chair since March 2016.

Martin has worked in retail banking and financial services for almost 40 years, most recently in compliance and risk management.

Martin is a Board Member at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (Yorkshire & North East), and an Independent Member on the Audit & Risk Committee of Aspire Housing and the Finance & Audit Committee of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Bev Shephard, Treasurer

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Bev Shephard is an independent business consultant, Finance and HR Director specialising in working with creative businesses,  growing SMEs and not-for-profit organisations. She works with a varied client group embracing start-up charities and large London agencies. She’s a founding Director of Haarlem Artspace in Wirksworth.

Anthony Godbehere

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Our Trustee, Anthony Godbehere says; ‘My first 8 years of work as an engineering draughtsman was a boring experience, so I decided to look for a job, in financial services because the job came with a car, a much better prospect.’

He ended up doing over 40 years service in insurance companies and investment companies, with the last 20 in his own practice and he retired in 2005.

Georgia Litherland

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Georgia Litherland is a heritage interpretation consultant, who specialises in enabling and working with community heritage projects. A former academic editor, children’s librarian and yoga instructor, Georgia has volunteered with numerous organisations and projects in Britain and overseas. She is especially interested in the community-building potential of voluntary involvement.

Gill Geddes

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Gill Geddes is Chief Executive of Connex Community Support; she has been on our Board of Trustees since the CVS was formed in 2001. Gill brings significant experience of the local voluntary and community sector, working with volunteers, vulnerable people and managing a voluntary organisation.

Susan Hobson

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Susan Hobson joined our Board of Trustees in July 2015. Susan is a District Councillor and a Retired School Manager.