Charity Trustees:

LES OVERTON is Chair of Trustees. A retired senior electrical engineer, he worked as infrastructure manager and health and safety manager for a global IT Company. He ran his own health and safety and project management consultancies and now manages 3 acres of garden and is restoring neglected woodland. Keen to achieve the best possible use of the Coliseum centre for the benefit of the community.

NIALL CARSON is Deputy Chairman. He worked as a countryside ranger at several UK charity and local authority country parks and nature reserves, specialising in environmental education. He moved to Whitby as a self-employed ranger and later co-founded a newsletter (still published locally) for UK countryside staff. Now retired, he is involved in sustainable tourism and manages a small oakwood near Whitby.

SUE BOYCE is the Trust’s long-serving Treasurer. Her previous experience ranged from small business to multi-national corporations, plus consultancy work in central government and the charity sector. A strategic planner, she has a keen eye for making the best use of all resources, whether people and property or information and finance.

BILL BREAKELL lives on the edge of the North York Moors. His work in the public, private and voluntary sectors mainly concerned economic regeneration, tourism and transport and his last post was with the North York Moors National Park Authority. He served on a number of government taskforces and lectured and broadcast widely in the UK and Europe.

LANCE GARRARD has a distinguished scientific career being a former director of the TSUNAMI Initiative, former head of research and development at Sedgwick Re and MD of Metrisk. His work has enabled the Trust to better understand climate change and its potential impact on the area. He lives in the Esk Valley.

JOHN MCEACHEN took early retirement from Head of Libraries, Arts and Museums for a large London Borough and brings to the board extensive experience of work at a strategic level in local government both as an officer and a councillor. He is on the board of The Hawk and Owl Trust (HOT), and manages a High Level Stewardship conservation contract on Fylingdales Moor. He is a qualified trainer for the British Trust for Ornithology.

PAM REEVES is retired and lives in Castleton, the heart of the North York Moors. For many years she was involved in many volunteer roles. She was clerk to Danby Group Parish Council for nearly 20 years and subsequently became a parish councillor and chair of the parish council. She chairs Esk Moors Active (Heather Hopper) which is a very successful community transport scheme. She was an elected director of Yorkshire Coast homes and acted as vice-chair for 3 years and chair for 5 years.

FRED STRICKLAND-CONSTABLE owns a farming estate near Malton, where he now lives. He currently farms about 500 acres. He is a trustee of several charities in Yorkshire and was involved in the creation of the Whitby Abbey Visitor Centre. He owns Fylingdales Moor, currently managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust.

SUE HUDSON is Company Secretary. With a finance background in the NHS and over 20 years’ experience in both financial and management accounts, she joined what was previously known as ‘Whitby Network’ in April 2002 as Finance Co-ordinator and was appointed Company Secretary in June 2006. As Coliseum Centre Manager she is responsible for all staff and volunteers and the day-to-day running of the Centre.

Trustee Payment: No Trustee or person connected with a Trustee receives any payment.

Trustee Selection:

The board identifies specific skill or representation gaps in the current board, then attempts to fill them from the local community by word of mouth; by inviting Coliseum Centre users to register such an interest; and by advertising in the newsletter of the North Yorkshire Forum for Voluntary Organisations. After eligibility checks, potential Trustees attend as non-voters for several meetings before being invited to stand for election on a vote of the existing Trustees.

Trustee Training:

New Trustees are provided with an induction pack, including job descriptions of the various trustee roles and Charity Commission publications on the Duties of Trustees, etc. Trustees are expected to attend training courses and other training events offered locally by the North Yorkshire Forum for Voluntary Organisations and regionally by Locality (formerly bassac).