Meet Our Trustees

Paul Kilgallon, Events & Fundraising Friends of Silsden Town Hall Charity, Friends of Silsden Town Hall, What's On in Silsden, Silsden Events, Charities in Silsden

Paul Kilgallon


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.

Julie Holland


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 Friends of Silsden Town Hall Charity, Friends of Silsden Town Hall, What's On in Silsden, Silsden Events, Charities in Silsden

Matthew Rose


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 Friends of Silsden Town Hall Charity, Friends of Silsden Town Hall, What's On in Silsden, Silsden Events, Charities in Silsden

David Jessup


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


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.


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 !

Jen Gibbins

Events & Volunteers

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.

Events & Publicity Co-Ordinator


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





Dr Simon Holland, Former Secretary of the Friends of Silsden Town Hall

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.


A Survey of Silsden Residents

Survey Results 2018

What Do You Want From Silsden Town Hall?


The Friends of Silsden Town Hall is a small charity that from April 2019 is running the Town Hall in Silsden.

One of the first things we wanted to do was ask Silsden Residents what things and activities they wanted in the Town Hall.

242 residents contributed their ideas and opposite is the summary of the things mentioned to the Friends.

In May 2018, we discovered what you wanted. But as time passes, you may come up with new ideas. So please get in touch with us with your ideas.

The Town Hall is a brilliant space. It is OUR space in Silsden. And it is for all residents. Whatever age, however long you have lived in Silsden.




If you have the skills to contribute to the running of the Town Hall, please consider becoming a volunteer.  There are lots of roles and we’ll make you feel very welcome as part of the team.