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Our Trustees

As a charity we are governed and guided by our Board of Trustees. These are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run, making key decisions about what we do. Our Trustees are all volunteers who give their time and considerable experience free of charge.

Meet our Board of Trustees

Tina Sullivan


Tina is the Matron of three hospitals with vast experience of personnel and asset management, along with coordinating external resources and networking.  Tina leads on safeguarding issues for our charity.

Rob Shaw


Rob is a semi-retired qualified accountant experienced in the public sector. His role includes reporting to the Board on the charity’s financial position and providing guidance on financial matters and budgets.

Alan Thompson


Alan is a retired company director with a background in managing medium sized businesses. He first joined us as a volunteer driver, later joining our Board of Trustees.  Alan’s enthusiasm is a driving force for the charity.

Will Burton

Will is the retired MD of a private sector business services company and a former Mayor of Ely in Cambridgeshire.  He is a long standing supporter of the voluntary and community sector.  His knowledge and experience helps with the business development of our social enterprises.

David Brindley

David Brindley

David is a retired Headmaster and Chair of Friends of Buxton Festival, David has been a Connex volunteer driver for a number of years.  He is also an active member of the local Lions Club and a prominent member of the local community.

Mike Starzec

Mike is a local businessman running a retail management software company.  His experience has proved invaluable in helping us with I.T. systems.

Liza Chera

Liza is a registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and also Programme Leader for the counselling courses at the University of Derby.  Her knowledge and experience lends extra strength to our charity in these areas .

Jon Wood

Jon is a retired solicitor based in the South Derbyshire Dales, and volunteers with the Crown Prosecution Service.  He is also an active Readycall Macmillan volunteer.  He brings his experience to help us with legal issues as well as providing overall guidance.

Christine Heyes

Christine is the Business Development Manager at the University of Derby, responsible for fostering links with business and with management of The Dome in Buxton, where she is based.  Her addition to the team strengthens our links with the University.

Simon Fussell

Simon has lived in Buxton for the past 30 years, so almost qualifies as a local.  He currently works for Buxton Civic Association, with past experience as a finance director and business adviser.   He is a director of Buxton Town Team and Chair of the Serpentine Community Garden Society.

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Sara Gourlay

Sara is an international communications consultant, who recently moved back to the High Peak from Singapore. She brings a wealth of marketing and communications expertise to the team.

Headshot of Pau Davies wearing glasses and checked shirt on light grey background

Paul Davies

Paul is a management professional with a proven record of business transformation and development.  He is CEO of a company based in Whaley Bridge, providing Information Technology Services so has valuable experience in IT systems.

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