Bendrigg Trust is governed by a board of trustees with a wealth of knowledge in a variety of sectors including education, fundraising, disability, law and finance. Our trustees are listed below and this page will be updated shortly with more information. The Council meets quarterly and is responsible for the strategic direction and policy of the charity.
Any new candidate as a Trustee is invited to provide a CV. Those without background knowledge of Bendrigg are given a tour and invited to attend Council and/or Management Committee meetings before they commit themselves. If they feel that they have skills which would be supportive of Bendrigg’s work, they are invited to offer themselves for election as a Trustee. The aim is to have a mix of skills amongst the Trustees which matches Bendrigg’s needs.
Anne was introduced to helping those with disabilities when, as a teenager, summer holidays were spent volunteering on outdoor camps in the Lake District for children with disabilities from Salford Children’s Services. This continued through university holidays with PGL, YMCA Lakeside and after gaining her Yachtmaster Offshore qualification, with the Ocean Youth Club as a 1st mate on their 72’ sail training yachts. Anne’s own outdoor activities focused on competitive white water and slalom canoeing, sea kayaking and offshore sailing. A degree in Chemical engineering, an MA in Computer Management Information Systems and a P.G.C.E. led to a career in water treatment with I.C.I, process control with Babcocks, IT & physics teaching and a software company in the egg and poultry sector. Anne lives at Sedbergh School where her husband is Headmaster. Formerly a Trustee of Harrogate Skills for Living Centre, she joined Bendrigg as a Trustee in 2016 where she is involved in IT provision and GDPR compliance.
Tim’s connection to Bendrigg goes back to the very beginning. He was working in a youth club in Kendal (Tim has a degree from Lancaster University and a post-graduate qualification in youth work) when the Youth Officer at the time, David Lawson, showed the founders around the then vacant Bendrigg Lodge. Another of the youth club staff went on to work at Bendrigg. Tim has since pursued a career in both the public and private sectors. In addition he has approaching forty years’ experience as a trustee of several charities. Outside work Tim likes to focus on outdoor adventures (he holds formal qualifications in outdoor leadership and safety). His particular interest is social inclusion.
Brian is a Trustee of Bendrigg. He worked in secondary and further education in the West Midlands for over thirty years. His final role was as deputy principal of a large city centre college. He took early retirement in 2009 when he relocated to Kendal (a town in which he had a base since 1988). He has had a lifelong passion for the mountains and remains a committed mountaineer, climber, walker and cyclist.
Simon is a Chartered Surveyor, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a director of HDH Planning and Development Ltd. HDH is a housing and social research consultancy providing advice on housing needs and development across England. Simon’s CV includes farm, estate and real-estate management, development and construction as well as general management. Simon has been a trustee since 2004 and has had a particular interest in the property aspects of the Trust, and the delivery of the new buildings and development projects. Simon is a keen countryman, who fully recognises the benefits of getting out on to challenging hills, rivers and caves. He is an experienced skier, hill walker and fisherman.
Born and educated in Yorkshire, Judy’s early employment was in advertising and in 1971 she came across to Cumbria for work. A variety of roles at Lake District Leisure Pursuits, Mass Transfer and Community Health Council meant she was based in the South Lakes for work. She married Sam in 1976 and whilst bringing up their 3 children Ben, Becky and Matthew, Judy was involved in various community projects and charities, including: National Childbirth Trust, Birthright, School fund raising, Lancaster Hospital CT Scanner Appeal, Kendal Ski Club, RWYC Youth training, Founding shareholder, director & board member of Lakeland Radio, Cancer Care.
In 2015 her husband Sam was High Sheriff of Cumbria and Judy attended hundreds of events, meetings and presentations with Sam; she says she learnt a huge amount about the Cumbrian Community, its needs and the imbalance of resources in England’s 2nd largest county.
Judy sees her main skill set as forthright simplicity and getting things done. She has organised a large number of very successful balls for young people, various charities balls and dinners for Cancer Care, Bendrigg, Help for Heroes and Cumbria Crimebeat.
In her spare time Judy was a keen skier until recently, enjoyed sailing, played squash, now sees her time spent in the garden, walking, playing golf (badly) being a grandparent and playing bridge – if she can find the time.