Farfield Mill



Peter Rothery (chair)

Barrister at Law.  Practises throughout the North West from Chambers in Manchester and Preston.  Specialism is child protection.

Served as a councillor on Manchester City Council representing Central Ward and then the City Centre.  Formerly a Director and Chair of Manchester Craft & Design Centre in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Lives in Garsdale.


Carole Nelson (Company Secretary)

I have a degree in Theatre Design.  In my late 20s I learnt to ski becoming an instructor, this led to a jobs in the ski and outdoor industry, a position as ski buyer for the Ellis Brigham group and that of buyer and Director of Blacks Leisure Group PLC (40 stores at the time).   1998 saw a move to Cumbria and my own business, UK importer for Asolo walking boots.  This was combined with an interest in the Sleepy Elephant book shop in Sedbergh and the part-time position as Director of Sedbergh Booktown Ltd.  In addition to managing the business side of the booktown,  I directed the first 5 annual festivals.

I have also held these community posts in Sedbergh:  Chairman Chamber of Trade,  Secretary Westmorland and Lonsdale Conservatives, Secretary Sedbergh Walking and Cycling Group (current), Chairman Sedbergh Booktown Literary Trust (current). Previous Trustee of the Craven Trust, Skipton.


Carole Bowman

Textile Designer/Maker. Studied Contemporary Constructed Textile Design in Bradford; exhibited in the regions and London. A Licentiate Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. 

Secretary of Lancs and Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

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, responsibilities included recruitment, staff management, admin systems management and development in the delivery of admin services to committees and Officers and a broad experience in Personnel and working with and for volunteers. 


Vic Brown

Born 1948, and married with 2 daughters. University trained - M.SC/ BA Town Planning.

Senior Planner for the Lake District National Park with responsibility for rural affairs, before a career in the nuclear and power industries in IT Support/Customer Service Management, and ultimately as IT Manager.

Other work experience has included advisor to start-up businesses, training young adults in IT skills, and mentoring to secondary school pupils in enterprise skills. Self employment experiences include restaurant and a bed and breakfast management.

Since retiring in 2013 I have contributed to various community matters as Parish Council Chairman, Volunteer trainer to Age UK, Political candidate at both district and county levels, and Chair of Bay Tourism Association.

My interests include photography and musical performance.


Anne Mackinnon

Dip. AD and Higher Diploma in Design in Printed Textiles at Manchester Polytechnic (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Freelance surface pattern designer.

Developed Degree and HND courses at Stockport College.

Students exhibited at European venues and fourteen years in New York at the International Surtex Exhibition.

Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Design and Visual Arts course then Head of Art, Design and Media Department, responsible for over fifty full-time and part-time staff controlling the budget and management of the department.

2007, left education to concentrate on painting.

Secretary of the Association of Degree Courses in Fashion and Textiles.

Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Secretary of the Friends of the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.


David Smith

I was, up until 9 years ago, the headteacher of Settlebeck School in Sedbergh and I spent 27 years in a variety of managerial positions in schools. As a headteacher I had to manage a budget of nearly one million pounds, work closely with my governing body and senior management team, liaise with colleagues in other schools and partner organisations, work with the local authority and regulatory bodies and place the school at the heart of this community. Most importantly I forged a close working relationship with my staff, the students and their parents. My teaching subject was Mathematics.


Graham Carlisle

MA in scriptwriting from Salford University. Founder member of Manchester Law Centre specialising in Debt and Disablement Benefits. Founder Member of Theatre North company.

Lead writer and Story Editor on Coronation Street for over 400 episodes. Lead Writer and Story Editor on Emmerdale for over 400 episodes.

Lecturer on MA Scriptwriting degrees at Salford University, Edge Hill University and Manchester Metropolitan University. Founder Producer of Soaps on Swedish and German Television. Freelance Writer. Long interest in Textile production due to family history. Attended a total of 14 annual international textile shows in New York.


Anthony Denton

I was born in 1948 and brought up on Merseyside and came to live in Sedbergh in 1978 having married a local girl.

I have worked in the financial services industry all my working life. Ten years working for a high street bank. Then just over twenty years’ working for a six partner firm of Chartered Accountants involving bookkeeping, audits, accounts preparation, payrolls, VAT and Income Tax Returns. I left in 1999. Since then I have been self-employed doing similar work at home. I also started part time employment with a local mail order retailer (Car roofboxes, bike racks, ladder bars etc) as their bookkeeper/accountant. When the need for a full time accountant became necessary, I reduced my role to just doing all the payroll work for a workforce averaging thirty staff.

I have been a Director of Sedbergh Enterprises Ltd, the trading arm of Farfield Mill, for a number of years, so know the Mill quite well.


Carolynne Cotton

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