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Our Staff

We have seven members of staff and a small army of volunteers here at Nidderdale Plus working hard to offer advice, support and information on a vast array of topics. They also coordinate and recruit our growing team of volunteers who do a vast amount of work in keeping all of our services running.

Helen, our Executive Director, carries out all the development work at Nidd Plus, making sure that we remain responsive to local community needs, and manages all partnerships. She also has day to day management responsibility for the hub.

Helen Flynn

Executive Director

Helen is a former Harrogate Borough Councillor, serving residents of Nidd Valley ward (2012-2016), and is a former entrepreneur and businesswoman.  She has been a trustee, board director and governor for various organisations across all sectors—public, private and third sector—for over 17 years.  She lives on an active smallholding in Darley and very much enjoys living in and serving the larger community of Nidderdale.

Sandra Walker

Community Hub Coordinator

Sandra Walker, our Community Hub Coordinator, is involved in all aspects of volunteer recruitment, training and organising. Sandra joined Nidderdale Plus in 2015 and has been a key member in establishing the community library, tourist information point and community office. Assisting residents and visitors alike, meeting their needs on a daily basis including managing the community car, she is passionate about excellent customer service and works tirelessly with an amazing team of volunteers to provide this.

Angela Raw

Community Hub Assistant

Angela joined Nidderdale Plus in March 2022 as a Community Hub Administrator. She was born in Pateley Bridge and after living outside the area, retuned to Nidderdale in 2009 with her family. She worked in education as a Teaching and Student Support Assistant for 8 years.

She is looking forward to working locally, assisting visitors to the area, helping the community and promoting beautiful Nidderdale!

Tracey Dawson

Business Support Officer

Tracey Dawson has worked within the Nidderdale community since re-locating to Bewerley in 2015; in addition to working at Nidderdale Plus as the Business Support Officer, she is an exam invigilator at Nidderdale High School and Clerk to Bewerley Parish Council and Hartwith cum Winsley Parish Council. She is also a volunteer First Aid Educator for the British Red Cross. Prior to moving back home to Nidderdale, Tracey was Head of a SureStart Children’s Centre, supporting families to access learning, childcare and promoting initiatives to improve local services and raise awareness of issues specifically related to the needs of the local community.

Jo Hayes

Digital Champion Coordinator

Joanne recently relocated from Peterborough to North Yorkshire in 2019. Prior to moving, Joanne owned and managed an equestrian centre for many years, teaching children and adults of all ages, along with Pony Club activities and NVQ training. Joanne has joined Nidderdale Plus as our Digital Champion Coordinator to help improve peoples digital skills and also to encourage those who are not connected to the internet, to get started and learn some basic skills. Joanne will also be training and coordinating a growing team of volunteer digital champions across the Nidderdale area.

Carole Cottrill

Community Hub Assistant

Originally from Essex, Carole moved to Nidderdale in 1987 and brought up her three children in Darley. After being a stay-at-home mum for several years she held a variety of Youth Work and Office Administration roles, mainly within the charity sector. Carole worked as a volunteer at Nidderdale Plus before the pandemic and has now become one of the staff members working on the front desk. She really enjoys meeting members of the local community and those from further afield who are wanting help with Tourist Information. She is looking forward to continuing to develop her knowledge of everything that Nidderdale Plus undertakes to support the local community and is pleased to be part of the Team.

Zoe Crossley

Befriending Coordinator

Zoe Crossley is providing maternity cover for her sister, Laura Crossley, our Befriending Coordinator. She has recently passed her Mental Health Nursing degree with Teesside University and is hoping to support people in the Nidderdale area who are experiencing loneliness. Zoe has previously spent a lot of time in Pateley Bridge, particularly in the surrounding rural areas, where she used to work with her friend in a butty wagon at trials events.