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Our trustees

Our trustees

 John Fox (Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity) - Chair

Born in Harrogate, now retired, I spent my working life in the construction industry as a Senior Quantity Surveyor.  I was an elected member of Harrogate Borough Council for 25 years representing the Harrogate Granby ward. I’ve had an active political career since 1973, campaigning and working for MPs and Members of the European Parliament. 

 I started volunteering in the community at school. In the 1980’s I co-founded The Harrogate and District Drugs Advisory Group and have enjoyed being a Trustee of several local organisations.  I now work with and support a number of local charities including Harrogate Hospital Friends.  

I formed ‘Harrogate at Christmas’ to raise money for our Christmas lights and was a co-founder of Harrogate Christmas Market.  During my year as Mayor of the Borough in 2008 I started the Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars Awards.  

 Kevin Douglas (Harrogate & District Cycle Action)  -  Vice Chair

I was born in Warwickshire and arrived in Yorkshire 30 years ago after working in the North East. I worked at Harrogate Borough Council for 20 years, as both Director of Leisure Services and Director of Corporate Policy and Improvement and I then spent 4 years as Chief Executive of Eden District Council in Cumbria,

Most of my career I have been involved in working with voluntary groups and volunteers as well as dealing with many of the service provision issues which people face in market towns and rural areas.

Now retired I wanted to use my knowledge and expertise in a volunteer capacity so hence my involvement with Harrogate and District Community Action as a Trustee. In my time as a trustee I have been privileged to see the work of the fabulous team of staff and volunteers and the strong links they have developed with the local voluntary and community groups and also their partners in the public and private sector. 

Ian Bergel (Washburn Heritage Centre) 

Born in Hereford and raised is Shropshire I went to college in Hull and London qualifying as a Cost & Management Accountant in 1975.

I worked as an accountant/finance director in a number of manufacturing organisations including Gestetner, Waddingtons, Bowater/Rexam and Scientific Games International covering 30 years before working as a self-employed cost consultant for five years.

I have now lived in Harrogate for most of the last 40 years.

Since becoming self-employed in 2007 I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Disability Action Yorkshire and the Washburn Heritage Centre, as treasurer and for a period as chair. I have also worked with the Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce as a management team member and vice-president.

I enjoy being able to use my experience in the charity arena. I am an avid reader, a supporter of Harrogate Town FC and play a ridiculous amount of Bridge.

Helen Bourner (Individual Member)  

I have lived in and around Harrogate for almost 30 years. I came to North Yorkshire as I was working in the private sector as a Regional Director of Sales for Principal Hotels, travelling all over the North of England and Scotland. I left the private sector in 2000 and joined part of the Department of Health – NHS Estates – leading work to focus on improving customer satisfaction. 

I moved into NHS management in 2005 working at Barnsley Hospitals, and then as a Board Director my career took me to Swindon, Warrington and Bradford. Whilst I lived away during the week, the pull of Harrogate – and friends and family  - brought me back almost every weekend. 

My time in the NHS has opened my eyes to the hugely important contribution played by third sector and charitable organisations supporting individuals to live their best lives.
I am very pleased to join HADCA as a trustee working with the team and Board to ensure that we can support the vital work of charities locally.

Maurice Bull (Rotary Club of Harrogate)

I was born and went to school in Coventry, studied Veterinary Medicine at university, and worked in Herefordshire and Zimbabwe before moving to Harrogate in 1985. I retired in 2014.

I am a member of the Rotary Club of Harrogate, and through that I joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 as a representative of a member organisation. When I ran my own practice what I disliked most was the amount of bureaucracy and replacement of common sense by written policies which seemed to get in the way of the real work of the business. Now I feel part of an organisation which, among other functions, helps small local charities deal with similar problems. As a Board member I am gaining valuable knowledge of best practice in the running of a voluntary organisation which I hope to put to good use in future.

 I used to play a lot of badminton, and have represented Cambridge University, Herefordshire and Matabeleland. Now my spare time is divided between Rotary Club activities, occasional volunteer driving for PhysioNet, gardening and decorating. 

 Revd Ruth Newton (Sharow & Copt Hewick PCC)  

I’m the Parish Priest at St John’s Sharow, near Ripon, having previously been Canon Evangelist at Ripon Cathedral, working extensively with volunteers to deliver pastoral care and children’s and youth work.

I have a first degree in Combined Arts, a Master’s in Theology and hold a PGCE and I sit on the Church of England’s governing body, the General Synod.

I’m interested in the learning and networking HADCA provides and in accessing a lot of it! I’m very keen in finding ways of connecting organisations with each other for mutual benefit. I’m a school governor and Chaplain to Ripon Rugby Club and Dementia Forward.

  Caroline Shead (Macmillan Cancer Support)   

I am a mum to three boys, and we all live in Knaresborough. I am a Yorkshire lass, though have lived in other parts of the country with work prior to returning to my Yorkshire roots 17 years ago.

I worked in the corporate sector in a previous life, before joining HADCA in 2006. Discovering the voluntary sector was like finding home, and I ultimately became Volunteer Centre Manager in 2009 when I had the pleasure of supporting many of HARCVS members with all matters volunteer related. In 2009 I lost my Dad to cancer quite suddenly, and hence when an opportunity to join Macmillan Cancer Support arose in I made the difficult decision to leave HADCA in 2013.

I have experience in developing cancer services in collaboration with health and social care partners and commissioners, project management, managing transformational organisational change as well as management of staff. I am passionate about serviced user involvement – and of course volunteering! I am a member of the Association of Project Managers, as well as a certified Coach and Professional member of the Institute of Customer Service.

Outside of work, I enjoy walking my cocker spaniel, keeping fit, socialising and spending time with family. I’m a member of the school PTA and I’ve also recently discovered a passion for floristry which I am indulging via evening classes in Harrogate.

 Bev Richardson (co-opted trustee - previously a trustee of Harrogate Community House Trust Ltd)      

  Cllr Sam Gibbs (Harrogate Borough Council representative) 

I was born in Darlington and moved to Harrogate in 2014 following six years at University in Scotland graduating with a BA (Hons) in History and an MSc in International Politics.

Working in local Politics, I was elected to Harrogate Borough Council in 2018 representing the Valley Gardens ward. I have been Chair of the Council’s Voluntary and Community Sector Liaison Group for the past three years which has enabled me to get involved in volunteering in the community. I’m looking forward to getting more involved with local voluntary and community groups through my work with HADCA.

Away from work I am usually found playing cricket or rugby.