Trustee Profile

Alan Culley

I started my working life in commerce in the City of London. I have now lived in Cumbria for 35 years and my home is in Carlisle. I helped set up and was responsible for running a small charity providing an alternative to care and custody for young people. I was the Project Manager for 12 years and was able to sustain funding over this period from a number of sources, and the charity still operates today.

I subsequently was employed by Cumbria Children’s services managing early year intervention teams supporting families and then managing a service for Cumbria care leavers.

I have been involved heavily in community arts and have organised and ran art projects, community and youth theatres.

Through my work I am familiar with all of the distinct areas of Cumbria.

I fully support the aims of Cumbria CVS and believe I have the proven experience, skills and qualifications to support the organisation.

Alex Wolfenden

As someone currently working in the third sector, Alex believes that she possess a clear understanding of the sector, the infrastructure support the sector in Cumbria can benefit from, and the role Cumbria CVS can and does play in this.

Alex brings enthusiasm, leadership skills and independent thought to the Trustee team. Alex has a broad range of experience and skills in both commercial and non-profit organisation management, business development skills, project management and financial management skills, and a sound understanding of governance issues.

Colin Ranshaw

I live in Staveley, and care a great deal about the fabulous community I am a part of.

I was a registered Pharmacist for 40 years and worked in both Hospital and Community Pharmacies also within Academia and the Pharmaceutical Industry. Previously as a Hospital Consultant Pharmacist and also as Chairman of the Welsh Executive and Council Member of The Royal Pharmaceutical Society I had been involved at senior level with many major NHS changes. I have chaired professional organisations and working committees at Local and National levels.

Presently I am Chairman of South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust (Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool, Kendal) and have been a Trustee of Cumbria County Volunteering Services for 3 years.  I have been a Public Governor for about 5 years of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS FT, about one year as Deputy Head Governor and nearly 4 years as Head Governor.

These organisations are involved in delivering and actively contributing to the Health and Wellbeing Services as part of the local NHS network and Cumbria County Council which I engage with. My direct engagement is as a member of Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board, a member of the Third Sector Network Executive and Member Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Health and Social Care Sector Panel.

I am also the immediate past Chairman and present Vice-Chairman of University of Sunderland Students’ Union and have been an Honorary Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy at Nottingham University.

I have also been honoured with an Alumni Fellowship of the University of Sunderland (my alma mater)

David Thackray

David joined BICC plc ( now Balfour Beatty plc ) in 1967 and retired from his role as company Pensions Manager in 2007. He has experience of working closely with actuarial, legal, financial and investment professionals including meetings in chambers with leading counsel. A key part of David’s professional experience related to the outsourcing of Public Sector work to the Private Sector. This involved meetings and negotiations with HM Treasury, Union, NHS, Local Government and Civil Service officials.

In the role of Trustee or Trust Director David has extensive experience from 1991 through to 2013. He chaired a FTSE company Pension Trust Board for five years and the Trustees of the Employment Conditions Abroad Scheme for six years. David has some experience of the third sector through his work within a faith group and he has been and remains a strong advocate for the voluntary sector.

Mike Taylor (Chair)

Over many years I have been involved with the Third Sector – Chair of the Chester Voluntary and Community network; Chair of Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) and since moving to Cumbria 10 years ago, I have been Chair of Cumbria’s Third Sector Network and Chair of St John Ambulance Cumbria – as well as having held senior appointments in the private sector (Shell) and the public sector (Chair of Cumbria Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

I am now a Trustee of Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden (CACE) and Chair of Action for Health for Cumbria.

My commitment to Cumbria is absolute and my knowledge of the county gained through my countywide roles has become quite extensive.

Paul Stewart

Paul has been manager for the charity Millom Network Centre Ltd since its beginning in 2006. It’s mission is to provide sustainable regeneration services in education, training and business support. Paul has experience of working through the transition from council run services to a trust at South Lakeland and working with a newly set up board of directors giving an invaluable insight into the effects of trustee involvement and support for operational activity.

Robin Cope

I am based in Kendal where I am chair of Stricklandgate House Trust (an umbrella organisation for charities), chair of the building sub-committee for the Kendal Alms Houses, and chair of Hay Bridge Nature Reserve. In addition, I am treasurer of South Lakeland Action on Climate Change Transition Town – (SLACC-tt) and treasurer of the Eden & South Lakeland Credit Union. I am also the examiner for the Kendal Civic Society accounts and I volunteer for Manna House in Kendal where I am team leader for one of their Winter Shelters.

I worked in the charity sector at London Advice Services Alliance as a Project Manager and with Homeless Link as their Head of Information. I was also the CEO of the Lancaster & Morecambe CVS and was a director of a sales and marketing company that worked with a multitude of publishers, including Age UK and CPAG. As a volunteer, I was a Samaritan for fifteen years and one of their deputy-directors. I currently work for the National Trust and a book business in Kendal.





Contact David Allen, CEO in the first instance on 01768 800350