Patron

Our Patron is Jimmy Dickinson.  Jimmy is the owner of Longely Farm dairy and supports and sponsors many projects in Holmfirth both personally and through his company.  The Tech would not have re-opened without his generous help


   

Staff 

Manager - Sarah Broxton 

She is now establishing The Tech as the place to go for arts, education, enterprise and wellbeing – and is determined that Tech is welcoming, accessible and inclusive. ar.  She has been instrumental in coordinating the community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, liaising closely with teams across Kirklees Council, local mutual aid groups and other organisations to ensure that the residents of the Holme Valley are supported.

Admin

Sally Barber provides the much needed operational support and looks after the room bookings, the day to day systems and keeps us all in order. 

Housekeeper

Cath May keeps the building clean and safe for us to use and even though her invaluable contribution is invisible, we couldn't manage without her.  

Buildings

Roger Pope is another one whose work is often unseen.  As a much valued volunteer, he repairs and fixes things, moves furniture, clears rubbish, checks the locks and does anything and everything needed to keep the building open.



Directors

The Directors are responsible for ensuring that the Society runs efficiently in accordance with the rules and delivers its charitable objects.  Above all, they must ensure that the assets are used only for the benefit of the charity’s beneficiaries i.e. the people of Holmfirth and the Holme Valley.

Holmfirth Tech Ltd has five Directors who each have very different organisational and business skills and experiences.  They work for the Society on a voluntary basis as the rules prohibit them being paid for their services.

The current Directors are:

Chris Little

Chris is a founding director of Holmfirth Tech and has lived locally for over 25 years.  He was drawn to saving the building and retruning it to community ownership.  He wants to see the classes and types of service on offer before the building was closed reinstated and the Tech fully used. His professional background is in wealth management.

Margaret Dale

Margaret has lived in the Valley since the late 1980’s and was part of the group that tried to bring The Tech back home when Kirklees College first mooted its closure.  She is determined it remains a main resource for local people in the town centre.  Her professional background is employment and she has been a member of a number of other boards.

Moses Crook

Mo was born in the Holme Valley and has always been aware of the Tech as part of the landscape of his childhood.  He sees it has a new role  as an instrument of community involvement and cohesion, bringing people of diverse interests and ages together - as well as contributing, through its operations, to the wellbeing of local people.  Mo's professional background is in IT and construction.

Simon Turner

Simon moved to Holmfirth in 2014 with his family.  He has a keen interest in building, restoration and design and wants to immerse himself into the community that he loves, hence joining the Tech and becoming a shareholder.  His professional background is in sales and marketing.

Trevor Doherty

Trevor has had considerable board level experience nationally in a major consulting firm, NHS Digital and Dr Foster.  Locally his involvements have included the Wooldale Co-op, Fair Traders and as a trustee of Huddersfield Birdwatchers Club.  As well as being a director of Holmfirth Tech, he is also a director of Holme Valley Climate Action Partnership.  His particular strengths are financial management, audit and governance.  



Activity Leaders and Volunteers

The Activity Leaders are the linchpins between The Tech and the people who use the building.  They organise the activities, entertain, educate and look after everyone who comes through the doors.  They provide us with feedback and come up with good ideas on how we can develop The Tech so it continues to meet local people's needs

We have a team of volunteers without who many of the unseen jobs would not get done.  They paint, move rubble, clean out drains, serve tea and sweets in the Cafe and help in loads of different ways.  We can't name them all but pay tribute to their invaluable help.



THE FOUNDERS

Rachel Lee

Rachel is a chartered engineer with 30 years experience in the energy sector, ranging from operations through consulting and project management.  She project managed the HoTTWind@Longley Community Wind Project, developing the partnership agreement with Longley Farm, engaging community investors to raise over £600k, working with Kirklees planners and managing the construction project.

She and her children are involved in many of the musical activities formerly hosted at Hope Bank Works and now at The Tech.  Rachel left the Board as her many other projects and children needed her attention.

Chris Little

Chris has a wide-ranging expertise in looking after all kinds of high net worth individuals. He entered the financial services industry in 1981 with a position at Legal & General, before moving to Torevell Mahon Granville as an adviser in 1987. He became a shareholding director of Dewhurst Torevell in 1998 and, like his fellow co-directors, established Five Wealth in 2016.

Chris is married with two children and one grandchild, and enjoys church bell ringing.

Chris Harrap

Chris is a chartered surveyor/estate manager, with experience in general commercial, rating and a keen interest in historic buildings.

He is currently Estates Manager for J&E Dickinson (Longley Farm), a mixed use farming estate in Yorkshire, where he is involved in restorations, design and build, leasing, countryside habitat and woodland management. His role encompasses seeking property and business opportunities that complement Longley’s operations and ethos.  Chris left the Board as he moved to live on the other side of the 'hill' to be closer to his partner.




For all enquiries:

Phone: 01484 686305

Email: bookings@holmfirthtech.co.uk


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