Trustees of Northamptonshire ACRE

Northamptonshire ACRE Board of Trustees

We are independent charitable organisation that provides advice and guidance to rural communities throughout the County. The charity’s mission is to eradicate social isolation and deprivation in rural areas. The Charity functions with a Board of Trustees who support the management team. The Charity is responsible for monitoring the activities of our trading arm, The Hunsbury HIll Centre Ltd, that trades under the name of The Barns at Hunsbury Hill.

The role of Trustee involves being a part of the governance management and other responsibilities of a trustee and they meet four times a year. The current board are:

Gareth Lugar-Mawson (Chair): Gareth is a former Hong Kong High Court Judge with a substantial background in criminal and civil litigation, as well as business and financial matters. He has been a trustee of Northamptonshire ACRE since 2006 and a Director of The Hunsbury Hill Centre Ltd since 2013.

Ken Christy (Vice Chair): Ken runs an independent consultancy, Ken Christy Rural Support, that work with Individuals, SME’s and Estate Management to realise their vision. Ken has been a Trustee of Northamptonshire ACRE since 2014.

David Scudamore: David's background is in planning and environmental work with Northants County Council and he was responsible for helping to set up many environmental policies and projects within the county. David was a Trustee of NACRE until 2014 when he retired. He returned as a Trustee in 2017.

Richard Hollingum: Rcihard was a lecturer in journalism and media studies at Northampton Uni until he retired. He was also a Parish Councillor and succesfully helped set up Creaton Community Shop. he joined the NACRE Board in 2014. he is also a director of The Hunsbury Hill Centre.

Cameron Waldron: Cameron's backgrond was originally in Personnel and HR. Since 2000 he has worked as a Mortgage & Protection Adviser, an IFA and is Director of New England Financial Solutions Ltd. Cameron became a Trustee of the charity in 2017.

Rachael O'Connor-Boyd: Rachael's experience is in heritage and arts and was previously Director of Delapre Abbey, which she transformed into a successful heritage visitor attraction. Rachael became a Trustee of NACRE in 2019.

Miranda Prentice: Miranda has been involved in the professional health and social care business for over 30 years and is currently running her own health care consultancy. She is heavily involved with SOFEA, a charity that distrbutes surplus food, she runst an emergency larder project in Northamptonshire. Miranda joined NACRE in 2020.

Bernard Lock: Bernard is the longest serving Trustee of Northamptonshire ACRE having been on the Board since 2003. He was a driving instructore but has now retired. Bernard is a Director of The Hunsbury Hill Centre. 

Frances Harris: Frances is a qualified lawyer who spent almost twenty years as a legal and business affairs advisor in the publishing and television industry. She is now the Community Facilities Advisor for NACRE and has been a Director of The Hunsbury Hill Centre since 2015.


Trustees Wanted

Do you have some time to spare? Are you interested in helping rural communities improve their quality of life especially for the disadvantaged? If so we would love to hear from you. Northamptonshire ACRE is an independent charitable organisation providing advice and guidance to rural communities throughout the County and our mission is to eradicate social isolation and deprivation in rural areas. We welcome passionate, dynamic people who have an interest in rural affairs. NACRE is keen to increase the diversity of our Trustee Board and encourage applications from all groups and ages in society. n understanding of the charity and voluntary sector would be beneficial but is not obligatory.

Successful applicants will be encouraged to engage in the development of the strategic direction the Charity has recently set out. Trustees are not paid a fee, but travel expenses are reimbursed.

if you would like to know more about the work that Northamptonshire ACRE carries out and the role of a Trustee within that, or would like an informal chat about becoming a Trustee, please contact Elaine O'Leary, Chief Executive on 01604 765888 or email [email protected]

Alternatively you can dowload the application form and return along with the Equal Opps Monitoring form it to Elaine O'Leary, Northamptonshire ACRE, The Hunsbury Hill Centre, Harksome Hill, Northampton. NN4 9QX.

Some additonal information about the role of Trustee at Northamptonshire ACRE:

Trustee person specification

NACRE Board responsibilities

NACRE leaflet with Mission Statement

About Northants ACRE for new Trustees