New trustee appointments announced at Local Trust

Community investment
Published on Friday, 25 January 2013 14:18
Posted by Scott Buckler

Ex-Merseyside police federation chair Kathryn Kane, design and communications consultant Peter Mills, finance and sustainable development expert Penny Shepherd, finance specialist Jonathan Taylor and environmental social scientist John Whitton have been appointed as new trustees to the board of Local Trust

They join the current six trustees that make up the Local Trust board.

Local Trust's first and major responsibility is to deliver Big Local a long term innovative progamme funded by the Big Lottery Fund that enables and supports residents to achieve lasting change in 150 small communities throughout England over 15 years.

Kathryn Kane comes from a policing background, having unbroken service in Merseyside Police for the last 38 years. She was elected as the first female chair of Merseyside police federation in 2001 a position retained up until her retirement from the service in 2012.

Peter Mills has extensive experience in design and communications in the charity, public and private sector. He is currently the strategic planning director at The Team, an award-winning international communication design agency based in London.

Penny Shepherd is an expert in sustainability. She is the chief executive of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) where she supports and promotes financial services that advance sustainable development.

Jonathan Taylor has considerable experience of charity governance and strategic planning. He is currently director of finance and resources at JDRF, a medical research charity focusing on type one diabetes and is also a Clore Social Leadership fellow.

John Whitton is an environmental social scientist with extensive experience of industry based research. He helped to establish and now manages the Centre for Energy and Power Management at the University of Central Lancashire and leads research into energy, communities and social sustainability. John is a founding member of Rudheath and Witton Together, a community partnership in mid Cheshire working on Big Local.

Michael Hamilton, chair of Local Trust, welcomed the new trustees and said: 'we are thrilled with these new appointments. Kathryn, Peter, Penny, Jonathan and John bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge that will benefit our work considerably as we support Big Local areas to be resilient, confident and good places to live.'

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