Friends of Beaumont Park Trustees

At the AGM held on 9th December 2015, the number of Trustees was increased from 6 to 10 in order to provide a wider range of skills and experience in overseeing the administration of an ever busy organisation. The election of a Chair, Vice chair, secreatary and treasurer was also undertaken.  At the AGM held on 15 March 2017, 3 Trustees were re-appointed for a 3 year period, 1 co-opted Trustee was elected and 2 new Trustees were appointed.

 

Roy Mason - Trustee / Chair                    - email - roy@fobp.co.uk

After graduating I became a textile chemist, working for a large mail order company. In the late 80's I became the quality manager for Great Universal Stores and lead auditor for our BSI registration. I joined Manchester Training & Enterprise Council in 1993, becoming heavily involved in government funded training and regeneration projects. I was seconded to Manchester City Council as part of the team that secured and project managed the Commonwealth Games that were held in 2002. Leaving Manchester behind I went to work for the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, project managing regeneration and employment programmes in former Coalfield communities across Yorkshire, East Midlands and the North East. Made redundant in 2013, I now work as a self employed craft's person, teaching on the Prince's Trust programme on an ad hoc basis.

 

Pat Battye - Trustee / Vice Chair

I have a degree in History and Politics and spent most of my working life as a Finance Manager. I also worked as a Deputy Manager (Voluntary) for Oxfam for around ten years. In my younger and fitter days l played badminton and fenced for my local town. I help lead a Kirklees Health Walk and also a chair based exercise class. I am also a U3A tutor running a class in World Literature.

 

Ed Day - Trustee / Hon Secretary            - email  - ed@fobp.co.uk

Educated to A Level standard before following a short career in the Health Service studying as a Certified Accountant but did not complete due to diverting in the mid 70’s into what is now known as IT. Joined a small builders merchants company that by acquisition grew to be the largest in Europe. Retired in 2006 as Director of IT Services for the UK with a budget of £20m+ and over 100 staff. Specialism before becoming director was in Project Management. On leaving the merchanting industry, worked as a consultant to a large car parts company before accepting retirement was a more rewarding choice.

 

Tim Wilkes - Trustee / Hon Treasurer        

I qualified as a chartered accountant with local firm Revell Ward in 1983, working on accounts preparation, tax and audit for local businesses. I then worked for Kirklees Council for almost 30 years, mostly running a small team which oversaw the corporate financial systems, including training, revising procedures, automation and running projects. I retired in May 2014. I now work part-time as a director/administrator at Castle Hill School and its multi-academy trust. I'm treasurer of Crosland Moor community shop and check the accounts for two churches. I also play piano, accompanying various choirs and soloists for concerts and exams. 

 

Chris Connally - Trustee

Following secondary education, undertook a formal electrical engineering apprenticeship educated to HNC level. Has held a variety of posts within the electrical and  process industries, is now the managing director of C J Connally Electrical Engineering Services Ltd a company self-started some 25years ago which now employs some 40 personnel involved in all aspects of electrical contracting and engineering working across the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Canada.
Has experience of project management, developing new and existing contacts, along with the many varied and associated tasks of running a successful medium size business.
He does, along with his wife, own and manage a portfolio of properties primarily serving the residential and commercial sector.
A resident of Beaumont Park for some 20 Years and has been involved with and for Friends of Beaumont Park for which his wife was a founder member and treasurer since inception.

 

Rob Dalby - Trustee

Qualified in landscape management and design up to masters level. I have been in the landscape and land management industry all my working life, both as a contractor and within local government.  I have worked for Kirklees since 1998, and presently manage the parks and green space service.

 

Julie Dempster - Trustee

I graduated with a BSc and started my working life as a Computer Programmer.  After moving on to selling PCs and supporting users, I worked for Boeing Computer Services as a sales woman.  I stopped work to have my 2 children but then trained as a primary school teacher.  I completed a Master’s Degree focused on the management of change in education and have just retired from my second headship.  I have lived very close to the park for over 21 years and often walk my collie there. 

 

Nevil Hall - Trustee                                   

Nevil Hall has held main board director roles of local manufacturing companies for over 20 years, the last 10 as managing director, and previously as Finance & IT Director. He has good knowledge of financial systems and procedures, producing management information and statutory documentation, and of corporate governance.

 

Tony Moyle - Trustee

A graduate of Durham University with an honours degree in Dental Surgery.  I moved to Beaumont Park soon after qualifying and have lived close to the Park ever since. For 34 years I was in general dental practice in the Colne Valley in partnership with my wife, Karen, equally qualified. During this period I held part-time appointments at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in maxilllo-facial surgery and in orthodontics.

As Secretary to the Local Dental Committee and member of the Primary Care Trust Performance Advisory Group I was heavily involved in pastoral care and complaints handling.  Retiring in 2012 gave me the chance to obtain the necessary qualifications to teach duplicate bridge, doing so at Brighouse Bridge Club

 

Darren Smith -Trustee

Left school at 16 (1986) to start and completed an apprenticeship in sheet metal fabrication.

Moved into commerce in 1995 working in a call centre for Girobank  (then part of Alliance & Leicester, now part of Santander)starting in the phones and moving into an operational role. Moved into the commercial Bank in 2001 and have worked with many sizes of businesses / organisations from owner managed to large national corporates and the public sector. Spent 5 years specialising in the healthcare, education and communities team before moving into the banks new agricultural team in 2013 where I am responsible for a looking after and growing our portfolio of farming clients in the Yorkshire region, managing the banks lending exposure of c£30m. Passionate about most things rural, and outdoors activities and been a volunteer on the FOBP woodland group for 10+years

 

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Further details are available on the Companies House and Charity Commission websites

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The day today running of the FoBP lies with the various coordinators and their sub-committees

 


Catering and Events co-ordinator - David Rudd email events@fobp.co.uk

On leaving School at 15 did a 7 year apprenticeship as a Bookbinder, at 25 was working has a Bindery Manager at a large Printing company in Leeds, and had responsibility for 60 staff. Moved in 1975 to an in house printing business as Manager, the company was sold to a consortium and I became Production Director. In 1983 was made redundant, and I set up a Gateaux business, in charge of my own destiny, I then along with my partner Julie, set up 4 cafs in the Halifax, Keighley area, we had 25 very successful years, has we reached 60 we sold the businesses but retained the properties which we now manage, along with all the problems that tenants bring. 

 

Community Development - David Lowe

My career has been in teaching where in the latter part of my teaching career I spent 12 years as a head teacher in Sheffield and Leeds. On leaving my second headship, I set up my own company and worked for nearly 10 years on leadership training and development in the education sector working with aspiring headteachers, senior and middle leaders in schools, with business managers across a wide range of programmes up to graduate level. I was an accredited coach with the National College and gained postgraduate qualifications in consultancy.

Now I am enjoying retirement, finding the time now to develop my interests in the garden, photography, travelling and mountain walking.

 

Park Ecology - Sue Leffman

A wide ranging working life has included (in no particular order) working for Suma Wholefoods Workers Cooperative in Halifax for 10 years as an HGV delivery driver, being project officer at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, completing a degree in Environmental Science, working as a rights of way officer for Calderdale Council, and managing the South Pennine Walk and Ride Festival and www.walkridesouthpennines.co.uk .  My present interests are walking, travel, eating (especially where cake is involved), gardening and growing veg, canoeing and wildlife conservation.

 

Publicity - Michael Fay

Moved from North Derbyshire to Huddersfield nearly 40 years ago. Our children enjoyed the Park in the late 70s and 80s now our grand-children enjoy it as much. Member of the National Trust and Woodland Trust. Susan , my wife, long-time member of RSPB.


Journalist. Former Regional Head of broadcasting regulator (IBA, ITC then Ofcom)  managing early retirement  after 20 years in 2006. Before that Head of Press and PR, Derbyshire County Council. Recent work for CPRE and preservation of endangered historic buildings group. Just finishing stint as Visiting Senior Fellow , Media and Humanities, Lincoln University.

 

Safeguarding - Jo Liversidge

A qualified primary teacher since 1998,  who in more recent years has specialised in nurture groups, inclusion and supporting emotional development and vulnerable groups. A qualified Forest School trainer and practitioner who uses the outdoor environment and local green spaces to support holistic development and promote well being, whilst also providing the perfect setting for positive and playful learning experiences.


Founder and Managing Director of Nature's Footprints Forest Play and Education CIC, a community focussed social enterprise providing Forest School and outdoor learning consultancy, training and holiday provision for local children and families.


Part of the safeguarding team at my local church and in my business with training and certification for 'Working together with children and families' and 'Making positive contributions to child protection case conferences and core groups".

 

Volunteers - Yvonne Latawiec                  - email - yvonne@edday.me.uk

 

 

Weddings - Liz Farmer                  - email - weddings@fobp.co.uk

I became involved with the Friends of Beaumont Park in 2013 when my fiancé & I looked into the possibility of getting married in the Park. We both literally grew up in the Park as our parents lived in the area so it has always been a very special place for both of us. 
With the backing of FoBP we managed to get the bandstand licensed to perform civil weddings. We made history by being the first ever couple to get married in the Park.
Since then I have been the FoBP Wedding Coordinator assisting other like minded couples to get married in such a beautiful & unique setting.

 

Health & Safety - Roy Mason

 

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Hiring the Visitor Centre

Anyone wishing to book the Visitor Centre, may do so by contacting David Rudd; who is responsible for all Visitor Centre Bookings for Events and Private Hire -emailmailto:events@fobp.co.uk

Ed Day is responsible for bookings for all regular FoBP, community and commercial bookings - email mailto:ed@fobp.co.uk   For commercial regular bookings the cost is £15 per hour (reduced to a total of £40 for 3 consecutive hours).