The Management Committee

The Management Committee are responsible for the day to day running of the Community Hub. They are elected by shareholders and serve a period of 3 years.

Click here for Minutes of Management Committee Meetings.

The current Management Committee is made up of the following:

Chair – Nigel Thirkill: I have been running our own business providing engineering services to FMCG producers and global brands. Prior to that a range of senior roles with experience in managing teams, problem solving and business management. I am passionate about maintaining a “heart” for our village that makes Church Fenton more than just somewhere to live.

Vice Chair – Debbie Edwards: I’ve lived in the village since 2008 and have grown to love the local area and sense of community which I feel makes Church Fenton a special place. I’m an experienced Project Manager within the public sector and enjoy the challenge of seeing an idea become a reality.

Treasurer – Rebecca Hunt: I moved to the area in 2012 and quickly saw that it’s a wonderful place to live. I’ve actively been involved in protecting and enhancing our community for a number of years. I’m on the working group for the Neighbourhood Plan and am a member of various community groups. In my spare time I love to get out walking and enjoy learning new crafts.

Secretary – Sue Babington: A founder member of the CFCH Feasibility Group, as Secretary, I am responsible for ensuring all the correct information and documentation is provided to the other members (and other bodies) in order to maintain the smooth running of the Hub’s aims and responsibilities.  I am the link between the Parish Council and the Management Committee.   I am an experienced Executive Personal Assistant. I was born and bred in Leeds, and moved to Church Fenton in April 2000.  I enjoy all aspects of community and village life.  I am a member of the volunteer team for Church Fenton Community Cafe, making and serving food to the community, and I currently work part time as an Examinations Invigilator at Tadcaster Grammar School.   I am a passionate team player, and happy to help wherever I can, but my family will always come first!

Samantha Charlston: I have lived in the area for over 20 years and am passionate about making Church Fenton a better place to live for all. I have volunteered in many different roles, giving me a depth of knowledge and experience across a breadth of business types and demographics of population and individuals within that. I am a member of the WI, a Parish Councillor and a regular volunteer at Martin House Hospice as well as trying to support the Community Hub in their endeavours to improve the village. Listening to the people and seeing if we can achieve what they would like in the village is part of the fun and excitement, looking forward to those ideas coming through.

David Herbert: We moved to the village in 1975 so nearly classed as a local. I worked for Yorkshire Electricity before leaving to start my own electrical contracting business until I retired in 2010. I was a founding member of Church Fenton Bowling Club and have served as the Secretary for 22 years. I previously served on the Parish Council for 2 terms and am a member of the current Village Hall management committee. 

Mandy Thirkill: In addition to working in the family business, I support small and medium sized enterprises (SME) from start up to continuity planning, by providing business management support.   I have always worked in financial organisations. I bring a well-rounded knowledge of business processes, strong knowledge of how a business runs, and the requirements needed from start up to year on year growth. 

Lesley Wright: I have lived in Church Fenton for 15 years and I am keen to ensure we have good community facilities that support all demographic groups in a rural surrounding. As one of the Founding member of the Feasibility Group and I have used my expertise as a former national Director in the NHS to develop the business case, Prospectus, register the Community Benefits Society and apply for grants. I have been a former Owner /Director of our two food retail businesses based in Leeds. I am a member of the WI and volunteer in the community shop. Last year I organised the Macmillan Coffee morning in village hall and had amazing support from the community for this.

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