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Our trustees

Our trustees

Jackie Snape (Disability Action Yorkshire) (Chair) 

I originally trained as a nurse and have spent much of my working life in health and social care with the last thirty years being in the voluntary sector.

My ‘day job’ is Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, I feel very lucky and privileged that I have a role that I enjoy so much!

I joined the Board of HARCVS in 2008 because I have strong belief in the voluntary sector and its valuable position in society, we are fortunate to have a diverse range of voluntary sector organisations in the area and I am proud of the part HARCVS plays in supporting them.  I have been Chair since 2015.

In my spare time I can often be found clinging onto the back of a Harley Davidson enjoying all that this wonderful county has to offer! 


Cllr John Fox (Fairfax Community Centre) (Vice Chair)

Born in Harrogate, now retired, I spent my working life in the construction industry as a Senior Quantity Surveyor.  I am currently an elected member of Harrogate Borough Council having served for 25 years representing the Harrogate Granby ward. I’ve had an active political career since 1973, campaigning and working for MPs and Members of the European Parliament. 

 I started volunteering in the community at school. In the 1980’s I co-founded The Harrogate and District Drugs Advisory Group and have enjoyed being a Trustee of several local organisations.  I now work with and support a number of local charities including being Chair of Fairfax Community Centre Management Committee and My Neighbourhood in Granby and a trustee of Harrogate International Centre and Visit Harrogate.

I formed ‘Harrogate at Christmas’ to raise money for our Christmas lights and was a co-founder of Harrogate Christmas Market.  During my year as Mayor of the Borough I started the Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars Awards, now celebrating their 10th Anniversary.


Maurice Bull (Rotary Club of Harrogate

I was born and went to school in Coventry, studied Veterinary Medicine at university, and worked in Herefordshire and Zimbabwe before moving to Harrogate in 1985. I retired in 2014.

I am a member of the Rotary Club of Harrogate, and through that I joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 as a representative of a member organisation. When I ran my own practice what I disliked most was the amount of bureaucracy and replacement of common sense by written policies which seemed to get in the way of the real work of the business. Now I feel part of an organisation which, among other functions, helps small local charities deal with similar problems. As a Board member I am gaining valuable knowledge of best practice in the running of a voluntary organisation which I hope to put to good use in future.

 I used to play a lot of badminton, and have represented Cambridge University, Herefordshire and Matabeleland. Now my spare time is divided between Rotary Club activities, occasional volunteer driving for PhysioNet, gardening and decorating.


 Kevin Douglas (Harrogate & District Cycle Action) 

I was born in Warwickshire and arrived in Yorkshire 30 years ago after working in the North East. I worked at Harrogate Borough Council for 20 years, as both Director of Leisure Services and Director of Corporate Policy and Improvement and I then spent 4 years as Chief Executive of Eden District Council in Cumbria,

Most of my career I have been involved in working with voluntary groups and volunteers as well as dealing with many of the service provision issues which people face in market towns and rural areas.

Now retired I wanted to use my knowledge and expertise in a volunteer capacity so hence my involvement with Harrogate and Ripon CVS as a Trustee. In my 3 years as a trustee I have been privileged to see the work of the fabulous team of staff and volunteers and the strong links they have developed with the local voluntary and community groups and also their partners in the public and private sector.


Stuart Gregory (co-opted community trustee)

I’m now retired, having spent my entire professional career working with children, young people and adults as a teacher, a manager in the Youth and Community Education service and, for six years, whilst still teaching young people, a Head of an Adult Education Centre.

For the final ten years, I was based within the County Council's Children's Services as a senior manager overseeing Children's Centre early years provision, safeguarding children of all ages and abilities through early intervention by the coordination of services to support vulnerable families.

In addition I’ve also had varying responsibilities over the years for working in, leading and supporting the development of large and in most cases complex multi-agency partnerships. These have included post sixteen education and training providers as well as agencies external to the County Council, such as Health, Police, Schools, and the Voluntary Sector who work with children, young people and families. I’ve also developed skills in change management, project management and professional development through additional contract work, whilst still working for the County Council, with Government Agencies such as the Department for Education.

Lindsay Mitchell (Arthritis Care - Harrogate Branch)  

I was born in London and spent my school years in the south east of England. Since then I have lived in various parts of the UK, except for a two year stint in Switzerland, ending up in Harrogate in 1993 where I have now lived longer than anywhere else. Not surprising really given what a great place it is to live!

With qualifications in social science and education, my working life has been focused on professional and vocational educational research and development. Having started my career working in the public education sector in Scotland I joined a local independent research company in 1988 becoming one of the company directors the following year. Over the years my work has become almost increasingly focused on healthcare, specifically professional regulation.

Having much enjoyed my time as a trustee for HARCVS as a member from the Harrogate Branch of Arthritis Care, I have also now also become a trustee of a national charity and more recently a volunteer for Citizens’ Advice. This follows other voluntary work mainly focused on patient representation. In my spare time I enjoy Pilates, walking, gardening and much else besides!

Revd Ruth Newton (Sharow & Copt Hewick PCC)  

I’m the Parish Priest at St John’s Sharow, near Ripon, having previously been Canon Evangelist at Ripon Cathedral, working extensively with volunteers to deliver pastoral care and children’s and youth work.

I have a first degree in Combined Arts, a Master’s in Theology and hold a PGCE and I sit on the Church of England’s governing body, the General Synod.

I’m interested in the learning and networking HARCVS provides and in accessing a lot of it! I’m very keen in finding ways of connecting organisations with each other for mutual benefit. I’m a school governor and Chaplain to Ripon Rugby Club and Dementia Forward.