Meet Our Trustees

Paul Kilgallon

Chairman

After spending several years as a sales and marketing manager for a small textiles company, Paul joined a Quango supporting neighbourhood regeneration. This type of work became a passion and has worked in community development ever since. Currently, Paul, works for another charity as a fundraiser, business engager and oversees their mental health department.

John Peet

Deputy Chair

After an early career in engineering, John spent 18 years as General Secretary of L’Arche, a registered charity supporting people with learning disabilities.

John now works part-time as a horticulturist, and visits Nepal each year as founder of the Ikudol Forest Trust and a trustee of the charity Kids at School in Nepal. He is a practicing BACP registered counsellor, and an enthusiastic bee-keeper.

Julie Holland

Treasurer

Julie has lived in Silsden for five years. She is a qualified chartered accountant and has worked for various large companies in London as a coporation tax manager.  On retiring,  she has taken on voluntary work at Silsden Community Library and is currently the treasurer. She’s a keen reader and enjoys travel, walking in the countryside and supporting Leeds United.

Matthew Rose

Secretary

After several years working in manufacturing and engineering, Matthew chose a career in law in 2010, qualifying as a solicitor in 2015. He has steered the final stages of the lease negotiations with consummate ability. In his spare time, he enjoys lively debate and walking his dog, as well as spending time with his family.

David Jessup

Operations

David has lived in Silsden for the last 22 years. Previously, he spent 30 years as a police officer followed by a few years running his own business. He was the Group Scout Leader of a large independent Scout group in Leeds which maintained its own building and grounds and was run as a registered charity. This experience makes David a valued Trustee for our charity.

Graham Arrowsmith

Marketing

Born to Ronnie & Lily Arrowsmith of Silsden, Graham’s business career has been in toys, direct mail, data, print, his own marketing consultancy Finely Fettled and a new financial introduction business. He also co-hosts The Next 100 Days weekly business podcast. Graham is married to Dawn with 3 grown up children, got an MBA from Bradford University and supports Leeds United.

Peter Cannon

Library

Peter was born and grew up in Westminster, London. His career in IT for more than 40 years has seen many changes, working for both IBM and BT. He recently retired which has enabled him to enjoy more of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside as well as support Silsden Community Library as Chairman.

Chris Pratt

Property & Fundraising

Chris moved to Silsden 4 years ago.  He runs a Leeds based commercial property company with sites located across Yorkshire. Chris qualified as a chartered accountant and has worked in a variety of sectors including retail, construction, care homes and property. He also has experience as a trustee with a health related charity. Chris is married with 3 children he enjoys cycling and spending time with his family and dogs.

CLAIRE WADE

Marketing & Fundraising

Born and bred in Newcastle, Claire moved to Leeds when she attended University and fell in love with Yorkshire.  Her career in Sales, Marketing and Training has seen her work in a number of diverse industries from finance, telecoms and bioscience. She runs her own business as a freelance marketeer working from home in High Brunthwaite. She loves walking in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside especially if there is a pub at the end of it !

FRAN ELLIOTT

Fundraising

Fran has lived in Silsden for over 20 years. She has worked for Ernst & Young, Aviva, the Civil Service and now works with HMRC in Leeds. Fran is a qualified Business Continuity and organisational resilience practitioner, and a Communications professional. She has spent many years in Whitehall media relations, publicity and incident management roles. Fran paints in her spare time and loves the Yorkshire countryside. She is married with one grown-up daughter.

Diane Preston

Volunteers

Diane grew up in Pudsey and has recently moved to Silsden as their new home. Diane worked in higher education for most of her career taking on various teaching, research and management responsibilities. She spent the last 20 years at the Open University. Diane’s interests and expertise are around People Management. She is currently trying out early retirement and is enjoying having more time to walk the dog, read and spend time with the family.

Jen Gibbins

Events

After 30 years working with children, young people and their families, taking early retirement, this year, has enabled Jen to have a different focus and her time is spent on grandchildren, family, walking, painting and writing.  Having moved to Silsden over 9 years ago, Jen has watched from afar as the community happened around her because of a heavy commitment to work. She is now able to participate in the town’s activities and events.

AnnE Wogden

Events

Anne has lived in Silsden for over 40 years. She has spent her career in a variety of teaching roles, working most notably in inner city Bradford. She  volunteers in our catering team and is a member of the Silsden Countryside Campaign. Anne enjoys the theatre, Tai Chi, cooking and supports The National Trust and enjoys opportunities to travel regularly to Canada. Anne is married with 3 grown up children.

Events & Publicity Co-Ordinator

MEGHANN Clancy

Meghann joins us following her experience coordinating the hugely successful Grassington Festival. She has also performed as a singer-songwriter and is well known in the local music scene. Meghann is well connected with local media and is looking forward to making new friends in the Silsden business community. Meghann is looking for several volunteers to help put on an ambitious programme of events for the Silsden public. If you can help please contact Meghann on meghann@silsdentownhall.org.uk

ON HAND TO LOOK AFTER YOU

OUR CARETAKERS

Mark Fearnley

Caretaker

Roger Smith

Caretaker

THE 125 Years LEASE IS SIGNED!

Dr SIMON HOLLAND (Deceased)

Dr Simon Holland

The Friends of Silsden Town Hall will always be grateful for the unstinting work of our former Secretary and Trustee, Dr Simon Holland.

Simon sadly passed in 2018. 

He was a founding Trustee and as Secretary he laid the foundations for the 125 years lease with Bradford Metropolitan Council. 

Dr Simon Holland played a major role in saving the Town Hall for the people of Silsden.