The business has been set up as a Community Land Trust (CLT) and incorporated as a charitable Community Benefit Society (CBS), a form of co-operative business, with a Membership open to local people. It has a Management Board, whose Members/Directors are local people predominantly living in the Holme Valley. This Management Board will deliver the affordable low-energy homes and be accountable to the EcoHolmes membership.
The Management Board is responsible for running the EcoHolmes business; at the recent AGM all the founder Directors stood down at this was our first AGM, and new Board was elected by the CLT membership for terms of up to 3 years. The officers of EcoHolmes, namely the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, are appointed by the Management Board.
The current Board Members and Directors of EcoHolmes are:
Ex-MD of Rowan Yarns and Creative Director Crafts for Coats Plc, Founder Director and ex-Chair of Fair Trader Coop, a Holme Valley community business, lives in Choppards, Holmfirth.
Member of HoTT, founder Director of HoTTWind @Longley community wind turbine business, civil engineer and ex-Project Director of infrastructure construction projects, lives in Holmfirth.
Qualified acountant and ex-Head of School Adminstration at Huddersfield University, with experience of finance in a voluntary role for community organisations. Lives in Gomersal.
Ex-health professional and retired Associate Dean of Human Health & Sciences, University oif Huddersfield. Member of HV Parish Council Climate Emergency Standing Committee and lead on Transport. Lives in Holmfirth.
Ex-Board member of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), ex-Director of Housing Kirklees Council, lives in Honley.
Ex-Professor in Sociology at Sheffield University, a specialist in sociology / anthropology of children and childhood, health and food. Lives in Holmbridge.
Ex-CEO of Action Halifax (regeneration not-for-profit company), BD Manager UK Homefinder, ex-Kirklees and Rotherham council housing manager, lives near Hagg Wood, Holmfirth.
Director of Solid Carbon Storage, a carbon offsetting business, mechanical engineer, Director of Zero Carbon Yorkshire (ZCY) and member of its Housing group, lives in Jackson Bridge, Holmfirth.
Nigel Priestley MBE
Senior Partner, Ridley & Hall Solicitors Huddersfield, and a community care and adoption specialist solicitor. Lives in Meltham