Board of Trustees

BCC is overseen by a board of trustees who are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the charity and for legal and financial oversight and compliance.

Collectively they bring skills and experience in strategic planning, finance, legal matters, arts and crafts, governance, fundraising and are members of the community.  This breadth of knowledge and skills help to steer BCC both now and into the future.

Our Vision

Our vision is for everyone in the community of Boroughbridge and District to be connected, included, and supported.

Our Mission

Our mission is to:

  • Provide community support in response to identified needs
  • Promote social inclusion
  • Encourage and facilitate voluntary activity
  • Encourage partnership working
  • Advocate for change by being an active voice within the community

Our Values

The guiding principles and core beliefs that govern the way we work include: 

  • Pro-activity and responsiveness
  • Inclusivity
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Kindness and compassion
Download our Strategic Plan for 2023-26 here
Download our latest annual report and accounts here

Our current Board of Trustees is comprised of the following members

Les Morrell

I was born and raised in South London and graduated from the University of Essex with a degree in Politics. I started my career in Purchasing at Rover Group and Toyota, going on to spend 18 years in senior executive roles in the automotive industry. I lived in Michigan USA for 10 years and Nijmegen in the Netherlands for 3 years, travelling extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

I have lived in the Boroughbridge area for 11 years and have been a BCC trustee for 6 years.

Lynn Fox

I have many years of working as a HR Manager in business. I also have legal qualifications and several years’ experience working within legal firms. I am qualified in British Sign Language to Level 3. I have been chairperson for a time share company and have worked on a variety of committees.

I have lived in the Boroughbridge area for 35 years and it was while I was Town Clerk that I gained knowledge of the issues of people and businesses in Boroughbridge.

Beth Walker

My experience with BCC has involved assisting a number of service users by driving them to appointments, shopping and telephone befriending. I have been a member of a staff recruitment team and have been on a fundraising events committee. I have also liaised between volunteers and staff.

Sue Jeyes

My career has centred around providing high level administrative support and personal assistance to Chief Executive Officers in a variety of organisations, which also involved managing admin/front of house teams. For the latter 10 years of my career I worked for a large charity and one of my responsibilities was to act as secretary to the Board of Trustees, so I have attained a broad knowledge of charitable administration. In my volunteering life I have undertaken a range of voluntary roles which have included parish council clerk, youth work, women’s refuge and fostering young children.

Having now retired, I am embracing my role as trustee and treasurer for BCC.

Geoff Hustwit

I worked in education for 30 years and have lived in Boroughbridge for 25 years. I played a leading role in developing the Allotment Society, currently serving as Secretary. I have been involved in co-developing and organising the Plot to Plate Food Festival over a number of years.

Nick Holmes

I qualified as an accountant 33 years ago and have worked in industry and logistics in the UK until my early “retirement” in 2015. Although my most recent work experience was building and then selling a global chemical logistics business and serving as a Chief Financial Officer, I have enjoyed revisiting some of my early professional training and applying my ancient knowledge of double-entry bookkeeping in my role as Treasurer, both for BCC and for the library for the last 6 years. 

I grew up in Harrogate and have lived and worked in the North of England all my life and, for the last 30 years, in Upper Dunsforth 5 miles south of Boroughbridge. I look forward to being able to support the community as bus driver, librarian and BCC trustee for years to come.

Jules Preston

I initially started training in accountancy, then joined the civil service rising to Area Manager, Tyne & Wear Manpower Services Commission. From there, I took the role of Chief Executive of Sunderland City Training & Enterprise Council, Business Link and Business & Innovation Centre.

For the following 6 years I worked as an assessor internationally for the Investors in People Standard. I was appointed as a non-executive director in the NHS which included 7 years as Chair of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Foundation Trust and 7 years as Chair of Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. I am still a non-executive director with Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys Foundation Trust and was awarded the MBE in 1999 for services to training, particularly for those with special needs.

Jan Maltby

I practised as a solicitor in a small firm with offices in Boroughbridge and Wetherby for 13 years, after which I continued as a locum solicitor for a further 7 years, specialising in property law, wills, and the administration of estates. I have been a lecturer in Higher Education for 18 years, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am currently the Acting Course Lead for the LLM in Legal Practice and Acting Director of Professional Practice at York St John University.

I am heavily involved in the YSJ Law Clinic which offers free legal advice and assistance to members of the public in York and surrounding areas.

Liz Vose

Originally from West Yorkshire I have lived in the Boroughbridge area for 40 years and my family were born and educated here. My background is in teaching, but I have also held roles in the world of business. I was a member of Boroughbridge Town Council for several years and was Town Mayor on three occasions. In addition, I have served as a governor of Boroughbridge High School and am currently a churchwarden.

I have been a volunteer and trustee of BCC for nearly 20 years and was chair for a number of years.

Janine Stone

I moved to Boroughbridge 2 years ago, I grew up and was educated in Harrogate, but have spent time living in Berlin when there was still a wall separating East from West, over 12 years in Cambridge and more recently 20 years living in Knaresborough.

I have over 30 years’ experience in Finance and have worked in many different industries including property, construction, care and education, but the not for profit sector is where my heart is.

I spent over 10 years working for a large Knaresborough based charity which specialised in providing Care and Education in the SEN sector.  My last role there was as Development Manager responsible for the safe reopening of an Arts & Crafts venue after the pandemic.

I’m still working full time in a finance role for a local charity but I am looking forward to working with my fellow trustees and staff members at BCC