Our Trustees

Martin Townsend, Chair

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Martin joined the Board of Trustees in 2013 and has been Chair since 2016. Martin has worked in retail banking and financial services throughout his career, most recently focusing on compliance and risk management.

Martin is an Independent Member on the Group Audit Committee of Aspire Housing; the Audit Committee of Calderdale Council; and the Finance & Audit Committee of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Martin is also a Volunteer at Stockport Credit Union.

Tony Morley

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Tony’s career has focussed on training, he is the owner of UK Training Matters, as well as support to small businesses and further education colleges. Since 2012 he has been involved with REED NCFE as an External Moderator and Trainer.

Locally, Tony is a Derbyshire Dales District Councillor representing the parish of Doveridge.

Carolyn Jennings

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Carolyn has recently joined the CVS Board.

She was employed by Barclays PLC in various MarCom roles. Her most memorable was working in the City as National and International Events Manager for Corporate Banking.

After completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) she moved into Local Government managing the team responsible for delivering services at her local Town Council, and Youth Town Council. She worked in partnership with other Councils, Youth Services, the local Police team, community groups and volunteers.

Helen Bovey

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Helen worked in the community and voluntary sector and for Peak District National Park Authority before establishing a consultancy company 20 years ago. Today the company specialises in stakeholder engagement, facilitation, evaluation and action research and works with a wide range of clients, including the Environment Agency and Nesta. Community organising and securing community benefit from projects and programmes remain at the heart of Helen’s work and interests.

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.

Phil Stanyer, Treasurer

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Phil Stanyer is a business advisor working with a wide range of companies and he specialises in finance and corporate governance. He is the former Chair of East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and prior to this ran several businesses in the region. He is also a Trustee of Tideswell Male Voice Choir.