Meg is a partner in a well established local firm of solicitors and has worked in Castleford since January 1985. She served on the Board of the Prince of Wales Hospice for 10 years from June 1889 and remains a hospice supporter and a shareholder in the company. She was invited to join the governing body of New College Pontefract as a business governor on incorporation and stayed in post for just over 10 years, initially as vice chair and latterly as chair of governors. Following her election to the Council of the Law Society in 1998, she served on the High Street Practices Working Party, the Regulation Review Working Party (responsible for rewriting the solicitors’ rules of professional conduct), the Mental Health and Disability Committee, the Wills and Equity Committee and the Scrutiny Committee, the latter two of which she chaired. In 2010 she joined Castleford Heritage Trust as a trustee and has been involved in the Queen’s Mill Project from the start.
Mark became a member of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in June 1999 and Chair of the Authority in June 2003. After joining the Board of the Association of Police Authorities in 2003, he was made the Board’s Deputy Chair in 2009 and in October 2011 he was elected Chair of the Association of Police Authorities. In November 2012 he was elected to be the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. Mark has spent over twenty years working for both public and private sector organisations in West Yorkshire, including West Yorkshire County Council, Citizens Advice Bureaux, CableTel Ltd, The Rugby Football League (RFL) and Halifax Plc. In the 2012 Honours List, he was awarded an OBE for services to the Community and Policing. For nearly 15 years he was Labour Councillor for Castleford and Glasshoughton, Mark stood down from this post after he was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner. Mark lives in Castleford and is President of Glasshoughton Cricket Club, an ex rugby player and a passionate rugby league supporter.
Alison taught in several Castleford primary schools before becoming a headteacher in North Yorkshire. She obtained an MA from York University in Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Management. Her dissertation examined the use of community heritage and informed her work with Castleford Heritage Trust (CHT). She has been Chair of CHT since its formation in 2000. The Trust uses local heritage as a means of encouraging local people to take part in promoting urban renaissance in Castleford. Alison has initiated and helped to deliver many projects in partnership with other agencies and has been active in organising educational activities and community celebrations and festivals. Her work was recognised by the Queen when she became ‘Pioneer to the Nation’ in 2003. Alison also received an MBE in the Diamond Jubilee birthday honours, for her work in community led regeneration. Alison wrote a children’s story book as part of an educational resource pack with three DVD’s, for the Castleford Riverside Project. She chaired the Fryston village committee during the reclamation of the Fryston and Wheldale pit sites. Also she was a community champion for the Castleford River Aire footbridge during the making of Kevin McCloud’s Big Town Plan, produced by Channel 4 Television. Alison was a member of Yorkshire Forward’s Urban Renaissance regional programme, as a Towns Team regeneration representative. She has been a member of various LSP committees and was chair of Wakefield District’s voluntary and community sector committee, VOX. She has spoken at regional and national conferences about her work in community led regeneration in Castleford and the way CHT uses and promotes local arts, heritage and culture.
Keith is a cultural heritage management professional who specialises in community heritage initiatives, with a doctorate in conservation philosophy from the University of York. Keith has been involved in Castleford since 1999 and has undertaken community heritage and craft skills projects in numerous places across North Yorkshire and the North York Moors, and further afield in Romania. Keith has published on community heritage issues and is a member of a national craft skills training group, committed to extending opportunity to and developing craft skills amongst those who prefer to work with their hands.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, John has over thirty years of financial, accounting and commercial experience in Mining, Engineering and Construction; complemented with a decade in a high performance Social Housing environment. John served as a local school Governor for nearly twenty years, half of which as Chair; until recently, he was a Director and the President of the White Rose Credit Union; he is a Director of Northern Shared Services, an innovative Cost Sharing Group.
John has been a qualified Pharmacist for nearly 36 years after graduating from Bradford University with a B. Pharm. (Hons). He later acquired a Diploma in Performance Coaching from Newcastle University. John has run many large Boots Chemist stores as a pharmacist store manager and latterly held various senior posts including Area Pharmacy lead and Regional Finance lead where he was responsible for planning and forecasting £1/4b sales and expenses. He was the founder member and chair of the Pudsey Traders Association in 1992, Rothwell Traders Association in 1996, and the Crown Point Traders Association in 2000. He was also chair of Wakefield Local Pharmaceutical Committee for three years, a member of Kirklees Local Pharmaceutical Committee and latterly a committee member of the new Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire until he took semi-retirement to spend more time with his young family. John is a Trustee of CHT and a long-standing director and current Chair of the Castleford Town Centre Partnership Ltd.
Tony is vice-chair of both the Castleford Heritage Trust and the Castleford Civic Trust. He is a local councillor, member of the West Yorkshire Fire Authority and a director of Groundwork Wakefield. Tony founded his residents’ association (GREAT), is a founder member of the Friends of Castleford Library and chair of Glasshoughton Infant School governors. With a BSc Hons in science and technology, Tony was a scientific technician for thirty-five years. He was educated at Normanton Grammar School and the Open University.
Jane is the director of Creative Minds a micro-enterprise which aims to promote and develop a culture of creativity amongst young people. Jane’s current work includes developing and delivering a programme of enterprise education and business support for young people in North Yorkshire and the East Riding and developing employability and progression pathways for young people in Rotherham. Jane is a non-executive director of Yorkshire Mentoring CIC and lead consultant for YES – Youth Enterprise Services. Jane also provides business mentoring for young people for the Princes Trust and Mid Yorkshire Chamber in Wakefield. Jane is chair of Young Enterprise West Yorkshire.
Jane is a member of the Soroptomists in Wakefield supporting girls and women and a trustee of the Thackray Medical Museum. Jane is a qualified teacher, a WEA tutor and Fellow of the CIPD and the RSA.
Jane was formerly Head of Enterprise UK for the Yorkshire and Humber region. The campaign aimed to give people in the UK the confidence, skills and ambition to be enterprising - to have ideas and make them happen and ran the Make Your Mark campaign, the Enterprising Britain competition and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Prior to this role Jane ran the Make Your Mark campaign in the Wakefield district.
Jane’s background is in the public sector. She is a chartered librarian having started her career in Further Education at Bretton College before moving to Wakefield Council to establish a members’ research and information service. Jane then moved to the Yorkshire Museums Council where she developed a training and information service for the heritage sector. In 2002 the museums council became the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Jane became Head of Regional Development.
In her spare time Jane is a school and college governor and an avid Castleford Tigers fan.
Dave is a retired Colliery official. His interests are in the arts and community issues. From 1990 until 2000 he served and gained much experience as a trustee for a successful innovative arts organisation, the Yorkshire Art Circus based in Castleford. He has self published several books and is a practising artist. He has been, since its conception in 1998 to the present, the chairperson of the Friends Of Castleford Library.
The group fulfilled one of its aims in December 2013 with the opening of a £1.4million new library/museum the Castleford Forum, which Dave has had the pleasure of being on the steering group to deliver it. His community interests have also lead to him being a director of the Castleford Town Centre Partnership since 2002 and a founder member and trustee of the Castleford Heritage Trust since 2000.