Management Board

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 first AGM all the founder Directors stood down and a new Board was elected by the CLT  membership for terms of up to 3 years, to achieve a rotation of elected Directors.  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:

Stephen Sheard

Stephen Sheard

Chair

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. Founder and elected Director.

John Queening

John Queening

Company Secretary

Ex-director of HoTTWind @Longley community wind turbine business, retired civil engineer and ex-Project Director of infrastructure construction projects, lives in Holmfirth.  Founder and elected Director.

Catherine O'Halloran

Catherine O'Halloran

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.  Elected Director.

Tony Hood

Tony Hood

Ex-Board member of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), ex-Director of Housing Kirklees Council, lives in Honley.  Founder and elected Director.

John Shepherd

John Shepherd

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.  Founder and elected Director.

Jill Hayfield

Jill Hayfield

Textile Artist & joint curator/owner Somerton Art SPACE

Ex-proprietor of Holme Castle Hotel, winner BBC Country File Green business award 1992. Lives in Holmfirth, where she has supervised an eco-retrofit on her mid century home.  Elected Director.

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

Chairman of AW Hainsworth, integrated woollen mill in Pudsey and Non-Exec Director of Covelya Group, an Ocean Science company, and a mechanical engineer. Part of the Transition Towns movement since early days (2007). Lives at Magdale in Honley.  Elected Director.