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: Phill  Alcock
Treasurer: Martin Thomas
Trustees: Jo Baines

Joy Brown

Carol Evans

Sue Howard

Karen Rigg - Chair

Karen has been involved with a range of voluntary sector organisations since 1995. She is currently Funding Officer for a large North West based housing association and a director and trustee of the National Tramway Museum. Her employment has included Business Support Manager Derbyshire for the Prince's Trust, Training and Operations Director for a social enterprise in Chesterfield, Training and Development Manager at Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation and Regional VCS Workforce and Skills Co-Ordinator for Voluntary Sector North West. Karen started her career in Banking and is a qualified Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Phill Alcock - Vice Chair

Phill is formerly an Environmental Health Officer and adult education teacher. He is now semi- retired. He now also coaches adults and children in Athletics and Nordic Walking. Currently engaged in research into use of walking as an exercise activity for fitness and health. A technical author and designer of training courses in food and health and safety.

Martin Thomas - Treasurer

Born in 1953, Martin is a graduate in Mathematics and a Chartered Accountant. He held a number of senior and executive positions in the electrical and telecommunication cable industry, most recently as the Financial Controller of Pirelli General (now Prysmian Cables & Systems) in Eastleigh, Hants. Although Martin has lived in Whaley Bridge since 1985, he has worked extensively overseas, and is fluent in Italian. Since retirement in 2005, he has dedicated his time to his interests in classical and alternative music. Martin is currently Vice-Chair of Whaley Bridge Town Council, and is Treasurer of a number of local community groups, as well as the Whaley Bridge Labour Party.

Jo Baines

After 13 years in the public sector working at the University of Manchester, Jo jumped ship into the voluntary sector to set up a Greater Manchester branch of a national charity, Volunteer Reading Help.  Hooked into the voluntary sector she has continued in Volunteer Coordinator roles with other local organisations until 2009 when she joined the Volunteer Centres Derbyshire Coordination team as a Development Worker supporting Volunteer Centre development across the county.  Jo used to be the Chief Officer at Volunteer Centre Glossop.

Passion for volunteering continues and outside of the Volunteer Centre she continues to train and support volunteers, coordinates a local volunteer ‘Reading Friends’ project at a local infant school and is also a school governor.   

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. 

Sue Howard

Former Manager of Voluntary and Community Services Peaks & Dales lives in Whaley Bridge – a stones throw from the CVS. She loves walking with her dog in the surrounding countryside. Sue’s background is working in the education and youth service and then with the disability movement, both in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Sue says she "particularly liked working in the voluntary sector where there are some great people doing their best for their community”.

Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018
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