John originally trained as an accountant, but has spent most of his life working in the carpet business, culminating in his founding of his own prize-winning Cumbrian wool carpet company. John and his wife Sally live in Sedbergh.
Carole is a Textile Designer/Maker and Licentiate Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Carole studied Contemporary Constructed Textile Design in Bradford. She has exhibited in the regions and London and is Secretary of Lancashire and Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Formerly, a trainer in both education and industry utilising key people and premises management skills and formulation and delivery of training programmes in line with Government funding criteria. At the Lake District National Park Authority, her responsibilities included recruitment and staff management, admin systems management and development and the delivery of admin services to committees and officers. She has a broad experience in personnel practice and working with and for volunteers.
Vic was a Senior Planner for the Lake District National Park with responsibility for rural affairs, latterly he was an IT Manager, business advisor and trainer. He is politically active having been Chair of his local Parish Council and a district and county candidate. He has also served as Chair of the Bay Tourism Association.
Graham has over twenty years’ experience as a Scriptwriter and Editor and was, for several years, a Scriptwriter andStory Editor on Coronation Street before moving to Emmerdale. Graham’s plays have been produced at Manchester Royal Exchange and elsewhere, he has also lectured extensively at Salford, Leeds and Manchester Universities. He is now semiretired but still works on projects that appeal.
Anthony (Andy) Denton
Andy moved to Sedbergh 40 years ago to be married. He has always worked in the financial services industry with extensive experience in all aspects of business financial management. Now semi-retired, he continues to help local businesses and groups professionally and as a volunteer. Andy is Chairman of Sedbergh Enterprises Limited
Carolynne has an MA Education (Management), a BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Administration, an RGN, an RHV, and a Cert. Ed. She has had a distinguished and extensive career in those fields. Carolynne is founder member of the Trust and early Trustee. She retired last year and currently works part-time for an Awards Board.
Anne’s career has been in Arts Education where she developed and administered Degree and HND courses in Design and Visual Arts, she is the secretary of the Association of Degree Courses in Fashion and Textiles, and Secretary of the Friends of the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Anne is now retired and concentrating on her own painting and design with a studio close to Farfield Mill.
Carole has a degree in Theatre Design, but worked all her life in the outdoor industry having been Buyer with Ellis Brigham, Director of Blacks Leisure PLC and Sales Manager of Ardblair Sports. She moved to Sedbergh in 1998 and retired in 2010. Carole was a founder of the Sedbergh Booktown project, she still has a small outdoor business in Sedbergh and enjoys working for the community.
Peter Rothery (Chair)
Peter is a barrister, practising from Deans Court Chambers in Manchester and Preston. He works in the field of family law, especially child protection cases. Peter was a City Councillor in Manchester and Chairman of the co-operative Manchester Craft and Design Centre. He has lived in Garsdale, Sedbergh for 8 years.
David, a maths teacher, became the head of Settlebeck School in Sedbergh after spending 27 years in a variety of managerial positions at other schools. As a head teacher he led the school to Rural Academy status and worked to place the school at the heart of the community, successfully forging strong links with the educational establishment in Zrece, Sedbergh’s twin town.