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Board of Trustees

Nidderdale Plus is a registered charity. We are managed by a board of trustees who meet every two months to discuss and decide strategy and ensure that priorities are being delivered in accordance with our agreed strategy, aims and vision.

Our Aims

To maintain, improve and develop local services and improve access to existing and new community services, activities and events; to increase social inclusion through volunteering. We have identified that many residents in a rural location can feel isolated and vulnerable and we strive to provide assistance and support by offering a range of support services.

Our Vision

We aim to expand the range of services we offer and to provide more practical support by extending the areas we cover to include all of the Nidderdale AONB.

Latest Financial Accounts

To read and/or download our annual report and accounts for financial year 2022/23, please click on the box below

Our current Board of Trustees is comprised of the following members

Richard Bruce

Acting Chair

Richard has lived in Nidderdale for over 25 years and has had over 45 years’ experience in various senior roles in the insurance industry with a global insurer and more recently as a compliance consultant. He has a wealth of experience in areas of governance and corporate sales. An ex Round Tabler, he is currently Treasurer of Nidderdale 41 Club.

David Frady

David is a former IT professional now working in the creative industry. He has been a trustee for his local church in Hampshire and spent the last seven years working out in Asia with charities and NGOs supporting them in awareness campaigns. He now lives with his young family in Upper Nidderdale.

Sue Jones

Sue has lived in Nidderdale for 35 years and is a retired IT professional, having worked for a number of organisations in the UK, Europe, and Hong Kong over a 50-year period. Leading up to retirement Sue specialised in managing IT Compliance. She loves living and walking in beautiful Nidderdale with her husband and is also a Nidderdale Plus volunteer in the Charity Shop.

Roger Wensley

After a career as a senior manager in finance at British Gas, Roger joined his wife Sarah at her language school to run the office. On retirement, they moved to Glasshouses.
In addition to being Treasurer, Roger also enjoys being a volunteer driver with Nidderdale Plus. He has also been secretary, treasurer, and chair for an outdoors centre.

Gordon Murdoch

Having travelled the world during his business career, and having worked in Italy, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Gordon realised that his home in Nidderdale is in fact “the centre of the universe”. Accordingly, in retirement, he is pleased to contribute his experience to Nidderdale Plus and the wonderful contribution it makes to the community.

Jackie Kerr

Jackie has a strong sense of public service and is involved with a number of organisations in Nidderdale and has volunteered for Nidderdale Plus Community Hub for some time. She has had an extensive international, national and local career, providing specialist knowledge, advice and training to high level organisations and charities. She brings her knowledge of local people and places, allied with a broader experience of the work of charities and the day-to-day challenges that come with charitable status, to her role as a Trustee for Nidderdale Plus Community Hub.

Malcolm Dawson OBE


Malcolm was a civil servant for over thirty years, which included appointments in the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Justice and as Chief Executive of HM Land Registry and then of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Since retiring from the Civil Service in 2014 and moving back to Yorkshire, he has run his own consulting business. He has been a governor of Boroughbridge High School since November 2014 and is Chair of the Boroughbridge High School and King James’s School Federation. He is also Chair of the Local Governing Committee of Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering.

Malcolm lives in Bewerley, where he is a parish councillor, and enjoys golf, walking and music. He is married with one son, who lives in Swansea.

We are currently interested in recruiting new trustees with IT, marketing and HR skills.

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