Our Trustees

Rebecca Davis

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.

Anthony Clipsom

Chair - Member organisation

Anthony is the Director of Bradford CVS. His involvement with WYCAS started right at the beginning. Anthony played a key role in the charity’s formation and securing the funding to enable services to start in Leeds and Bradford before extending elsewhere in West Yorkshire.


Diane Hanwell

Trustee - Service user (Bradford)

Diane is the Admin & Finance Manager with Home-Start Bradford District, a charity she joined when it began in 1999. Home-Start supports families with young children, something Diane is passionate about, even though her 2 boys are now grown up.  Over the years as her role changed and developed she has found the support of WYCAS invaluable.  Diane joined the Board in 2006 and particularly enjoys contributing to HR and policy development. In her spare time she enjoys Zumba, eating out and watching rugby league – Bradford Bulls – making for interesting conversations with Chris!

Richard Jackson

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.

Ian Richardson

Trustee - co option

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.

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