Ian Richardson (Chair)
Trustee - co option (Chair)
Ian has spent most of his working life in business for himself. He had a 14 year spell as a self employed Joiner and builder before starting Savant Distribution Ltd in 1996, importing health foods from Canada and the US and distributing the Independent Health Food Trade and multiple outlets. The business started in his spare room and quickly grew to requiring larger premises, staff and systems. He sold the company in 2010 when it was turning over several million pounds annually and employing 12 staff. So Ian has had first hand experience of the challenges faced by small growing businesses and wants to bring that experience to WYCAS to help it develop its income streams sufficiently to be able to continue its excellent work.
Trustee - co option (Deputy Chair)
Natalie has been working in the Higher Education and sport sectors for the past 10 years. She has a broad commercial background with experience rooted in sales and project management. Although she has responsibility for stringent financial targets and ambitious growth objectives, her passion is in operational delivery of sport and education programmes for children, in particular those who would not normally have the luxury. A busy mum of 2 young boys, she is also studying a degree at Leeds University Business School. Natalie became a trustee at the beginning of 2017 with the focus of supporting new income diversification targets and marketing strategy.
Trustee - co-option
Rebecca was an NHS graduate financial management trainee in the North West and qualified with CIPFA in 1998. She spent four years in her early career with Save the Children (UK) including 15 months in Angola. She has had senior roles in the NHS in Greater Manchester and Lancashire in finance, commissioning services and programme leadership, with particular interests in mental health and collaborative working. She is now the director of a small consultancy called Saliency. Her other current voluntary roles are as a member of the CIPFA North West Region Council and as treasurer of Todmorden Choral Society. She joined WYCAS as a Trustee in December 2014.
Trustee - Member organisation
After an apprenticeship in the Construction Industry, Richard moved into training/consultancy in the voluntary and private sectors, working at both operational and managerial levels. Richard has worked for Voluntary Action Leeds for the last years 14years in which he’s had a variety of roles focused largely around project/organisational management and partnership development. He was appointed Chief Officer of the organisation in 2009.
Trustee - Member organisation
Dr Soo Nevison has been Chief Executive Officer at Community Action Bradford and District since it was newly formed in April 2017 following the merger of three Bradford-based CVSs. Prior to this she was Chief Officer at Voluntary Action Calderdale for over 10 years. She has worked in the voluntary and community sector for as long as she can remember, beginning as a volunteer whilst she was student, followed by over 20 years in paid roles. Prior to CVS work Soo spent her life working in drug rehabilitation services in Leeds and London.
She has also previously served on the Boards of VAL, Fit 4 Funding and West Yorkshire Learning Consortium and is currently a Trustee and Treasurer of NAVCA, the national umbrella body for infrastructure organisations. As well as working in the VCS she also undertakes voluntary work with Leeds Force Basketball Foundation and BBL team and her daughter’s scout group and school sports fund.