Our Trustees

Martin Townsend, Chair

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Martin joined the Board of Trustees in March 2013. He held the role of Treasurer from October 2013 until March 2016, and is now the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Martin has worked in banking and financial services for over 35 years, most recently in compliance and risk management roles. In addition, Martin is a Tutor in the External Faculty of International Compliance Training.

Bev Shephard, Treasurer

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Bev Shephard is an independent Finance and HR Director specialising in working with growing SMEs and not-for-profit organisations. She works with a varied client group embracing start-up charities and large London agencies. She’s an active Trustee for Grindleford Community Shop and for Level in Rowsley, and a founding Director of Haarlem Artspace in Wirksworth.

Gill Geddes

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Gill Geddes is Chief Executive of Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales; 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 School Manager.