Meet Our Trustees

John Peet

Acting Chairman

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 practising BACP registered counsellor, and an enthusiastic bee-keeper.

Paul Kilgallon

Events & Fundraising

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.

Ray Colling


Ray worked in the footwear industry for over forty years, including five years in Indonesia and India where he also raised funds for Children’s charities. For fifteen years Ray has had a trading company with offices in UK and China.  He is on Silsden Local History Group’s steering committee.

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.

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.

Peter Cannon


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.

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



Mark Fearnley


Roger Smith




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.