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Helen Lidgett (Chair)

Helen worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years until her retirement in 2008 from Derbyshire Rural Community Council (now Rural Action Derbyshire) after 8 years as Assistant Chief Officer and Village Halls Advisor. Her roles included training, fundraising, strategic planning, human resources, project management and staff supervision. She coordinated the management of the Bolsover Community Empowerment Network, latterly INVOLVE, for several years from its creation in 2001 and managed the transition from DRCC to CVP in 2007. For two years she was part-time co-ordinator of the Derbyshire Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure Consortium (now 3D). Helen has a BA degree in History and a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Westminster. In retirement she is involved in United Reformed Church committees at local, regional and national levels.  She is a National Trust Room Guide at Hardwick Hall. She is an independent member of the board of CVP.

Sharon Challands (Treasurer)

Sharon has worked as a Coordinator for Derbyshire Law Centre for 17 years.  She has experience in finance, IT, personnel, building management and office management procedures.  She is Association of Accounting Technicians qualified and registered as a member of the AAT.  Sharon previously worked in Local Government both at parish and district level so she has a good understanding of them.

Dot Willens

Dot is a retired teacher. Before gaining her teaching qualification she worked in East Africa under the auspices of Voluntary Service Overseas. Dot has taught in primary schools in London, Reading, Cheshire and Derbyshire. She ran an independent nursery for 3 years and was a parent governor of a comprehensive school. In 2001 she gained a BSc Hons through the Open University. At present Dot is the secretary of Newton Community Association.

George O’Neil

Is in private practice as a counsellor, life coach and trainer.  At one time he was head teacher of a school for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  He has qualifications in family therapy, counselling (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), NLP and Gender and Sexual Diversity.  For several years he worked as a counsellor with adults described as having learning disabilities and continues to have a particular interest in the needs of people with a range of disabilities. He broadcasts twice weekly on the community radio station Elastic FM and covers a wide range of issues from local events to politics and business.

Corinne Jesson

Corinne has worked for Citizens Advice North East Derbyshire for 25 years starting as a volunteer before becoming a welfare rights and debt case worker.  In 1997 she became the Deputy Manager. Corinne also has experience of supervising and training volunteers and managing specialist workers.

Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan, who is retired, worked for Sainsbury’s for over 30 years. The last 17 years as a store manager in 8 different locations including Chesterfield, Mansfield and Worksop. However since September 2011 he has been seconded to Business in the Community (a business led charity) as a Business Connector for Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. Through this role he has developed a close working relationship with CVP.

Although his secondment ended in March 2013 as a local individual he will continue to share his business experience and strategic planning skills with the CVP Board.

Graham King

Graham is a retired health and safety professional. He started his career in the merchant navy before attending University and graduating with an honours degree in Nautical Science. After graduation he followed a new career path obtaining a post graduate diploma in occupational health and safety and joined the Health and Safety Executive where he worked as an Inspector involved in accident investigation, law enforcement and worked to develop operational strategies within the HSE. After retirement from work Graham was elected as a Councillor at Chesterfield Borough Council where he held the cabinet portfolio for governance and organisational development. Having retired as Councillor he now chairs Chesterfield’s Friends of Stand Road Park community group and is secretary of Friends of Wimborne Crescent Community room.

Nick Willens

Cllr Mary Dooley

Ex -officio member representing Bolsover District Council.

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