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 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:

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.

John Queening

John Queening

Secretary

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.

Gill Reed

Gill Reed

Treasurer

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.

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.

Tony Hood

Tony Hood

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

Allison James

Allison James

Ex-Professor in Sociology at Sheffield University, a specialist in sociology / anthropology of children and childhood, health and food.  Lives in Holmbridge.

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.

Matthew Tulley

Matthew Tulley

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

Nigel Priestley MBE

Senior Partner, Ridley & Hall Solicitors Huddersfield, and a community care and adoption specialist solicitor. Lives in Meltham