Board of Trustees

High Peak CVS is managed by a voluntary Board, made up of members from voluntary and community groups in the borough.

As a charitable company limited by guarantee, these Board members also serve as company directors. The Board take the lead on governance, strategy, personnel and sustainable development.

In addition the Small Group Project has an Advisory Group, made up of members of local small groups, who inform the direction and work of the project and of High Peak CVS.


Chair: Karen Rigg
Vice Chair: Kevin Scott
Treasurer: Martin Thomas
Trustees: Joy Brown

Kate Dawson

Carol Evans

Sue Howard

Jean Todd - High Peak Borough Council Representative

Karen Rigg - Chair

Karen began her career in banking, but left in 1999 to work for the Prince’s Trust Derbyshire supporting young people setting up small businesses, she has worked in the charity sector ever since. Karen has extensive experience of voluntary sector infrastructure organisations and consortium working, having worked for both GMCVO and Voluntary Sector North West. She has also run a volunteer centre for a short time.  Karen is currently Chairman at the National Tramway Museum and has a strong interest in heritage, education and tourism.

Kevin Scott - Vice Chair

Kevin’s career has been entirely in the management of large company pension schemes and he is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute.  Currently, he is Pensions Manager for AQA, the exam board, and has wide experience in managing pension trustee boards and their professional advisers, including previous roles at Hilton Hotels and Kingfisher.  Managing pension schemes involves dealing with people at all levels and this is something Kevin feels helps in his role as Trustee.  Kevin and his wife moved to the lovely village of Kettleshulme in 2011 from Surrey and with the addition of Harvey the dog he enjoys walking in the beautiful Peak District countryside.  Kevin has previously been Chairman of the New Mills Volunteer Centre and has a passion for wine and hosts the occasional wine tasting.  He is an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits.

Martin Thomas - Treasurer

Born in 1953, Martin is a graduate in Mathematics and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant. He is retired after a career in the electrical and telecommunication cable industry.  Although Martin has lived in Whaley Bridge since 1985, he has worked extensively overseas, and is fluent in Italian. Since retirement in 2006, he has dedicated his time to his interests in music and to voluntary work. Martin is currently Chair of Whaley Bridge Town Council (for 2019-20) and is Treasurer of a number of local community groups.

Joy Brown

Joy retired after thirty years in the NHS, and some seven years in health care in Australia. Her last fifteen working years were spent as a senior nurse manager at the Christie Hospital. After retirement she took a keen interest in voluntary work, and trained as an adviser with Citizens Advice. She moved to Whaley Bridge in 2003, and subsequently joined the Whaley Bridge Amenity Society, and now is the Vice Chair. Later she became a trustee of HPCVS. When not enjoying her home in Whaley Bridge, reading, gardening, and spending time with her friends, Joy is actively involved with her grandchildren. 

Carol Evans

Carol is an anti-poverty campaigner previously involved in community-based research to find solutions to rural deprivation and influence policy-making at European, national and Peak District level. Carol’s activities have included work with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty – enabling people experiencing deprivation to meet with ministers and senior civil servants. She is a Trustee of the European Anti-Poverty Network, England, actively engaged with Independent Constitutionalists UK and campaigns to make rural transport accessible to all. 

Kate Dawson

Kate has a substantial experience of charity communications, most notably as Head of Communications for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity for nine years. She also led on the publicity for the £300 million Healthy Living Centre programme delivered by the then New Opportunities Fund (now Big Lottery). Kate founded Well Read PR in 2014 to provide communications consultancy to charities and the third sector. She lives in Chesterfield and spends a great deal of time exploring the Peak District with her dog. 

Sue Howard

Sue was formerly Chief Officer of Voluntary and Community Services Peaks & Dales (now called Connect)    She lives in Whaley Bridge and  loves walking with her dog in the Peak District but also travels further afield in her camper van.  She originally trained and worked as a teacher and then moved to work with the youth service before working with the disability movement, both in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Now retired, Sue cares for her grandchildren regularly, and is also on the Management Committee of High Peak Contact Centre.


Last Modified: 19 Dec 2020
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