Newark Towns Fund Board

Board Member Profiles

  • Abbott & Co (Newark) Ltd

    Henry Price - Managing Director
    Role:  Representative
    Henry Price is Managing Director and Owner of Abbott & Co. (Newark) Ltd, which was established in 1870. In addition to this he established and now chairs an industry forum for UK manufacturers of pressure vessels named PVMF. Henry is also Managing Director of textiles company Price Shepshed Ltd. In 2018 Henry became Non-Executive Director for Clean Power Hydrogen Ltd.

    Code of Conduct - Henry Price (PDF File, 469kb)

    Register of Interest - Henry Price (PDF File, 527kb)

  • Aviation 360
  • Balderton Parish Council

    Cllr Ronnie White - Chairman
    Role:  Representative
    I was born in Newark and spent most of my early and teenage years in Newark and Southwell.  After attending university, I spent 22 years living and working in London.  I moved back to the area several years ago, representing the community as an elected Parish and District Councillor. An active member of the community, I have helped introduce campaigns such as the ‘Report It’ campaign and ‘Safer Cleaner Greener’ and have been involved in the new Community Café due to reopen on Coronation Street playing fields.

    I am passionate about the local environment and the services on offer to our residents, one particular area of passion is supporting the elderly, specifically those with dementia and Alzheimer’s and regularly spend time visiting with residents of the care home in Balderton.

    Code of Conduct - Cllr Ronnie White (PDF File, 339kb)

    Register of Interest - Cllr Ronnie White (PDF File, 500kb)

  • BEIS

    Tom Cartledge - Joint Chairman of the Newark Town Board and Chief Executive
    Role:  Representative
    With a varied and international background spanning real estate, retail and investment, Tom is driven by a passion to change the world through design.  His vision is shaped by the desire to leave a lasting legacy for people and places, underpinned by economic prosperity, social wellbeing and sustainable development.  When he’s not working, Tom enjoys spending time with his family and indulging his passion for sport on the golf course and tennis court. He also coaches at a local rugby club and holds a board advisory role at his beloved Nottingham Forest FC. 

    Code of Conduct - Tom Cartledge (PDF File, 100kb)

    Register of Interest - Tom Cartledge (PDF File, 140kb)

    Karen McCarthy - PA to Tom Cartledge
    Role: Advisor


  • Canal and River Trust

    Linny Beaumont - Partnerships and External Relationships Manager
    Role:  Representative
    Linny Beaumont is the Partnerships & External Relationships Manager at the Canal & River Trust; covering the East Midlands region.  Linny leads a team developing strategic and funding relationships with statutory and corporate partners and oversees media and communications. Within her current role she also sits on the D2N2 LEP Place Board as a Social Inclusion Representative.  Linny has a background in partnerships and fundraising with a number of national organisations including The Prince’s Trust and Home-Start UK. In the past Linny was employed by Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark & Sherwood District Council as the Domestic Violence Policy Officer.

    Code of Conduct - Linny Beaumont (PDF File, 95kb)

    Register of Interest - Linny Beaumont (PDF File, 107kb)

    Alan Leather - Enterprise Manager
    Role:  Substitute
    Alan is the East Midlands Enterprise Manager for the Canal & River Trust.  His role is to develop and instigate projects that help improve the waterways for a range of users.  Alan is an APM qualified Project Manager and led on a range of schemes from the development of a new cycle centre to the creation of new woodlands, play areas, skate parks and range of other access and recreation projects.

    In his spare time, if he is not riding a bike, you’ll find him walking his dogs, fighting weeds in the allotment or he may have escaped on a canal boat holiday.

    Code of Conduct - Alan Leather (PDF File, 90kb)

    Register of Interest - Alan Leather (PDF File, 106kb)

  • D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

    Frank Horsley - Head of Business and Innovation
    Role: Advisor

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    Graham Metcalfe - Lincolnshire & Newark Partnership Manager
    Role: Advisor

    Matthew Hall - Senior Partnership Leader for Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland District
    Role: Advisor

  • Dixons

    Timothy Calvert - Senior HR Business Partner
    Role:  Representative
    Tim is a commercially focused senior HR professional, with a Masters in Strategic HRM and a further Post Graduate Diploma in Employment Law. Currently working within Dixons Carphone PLC who are Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 41,000 people in nine countries. In his current role within the Services Division and responsible for an area covering 2,500 colleagues, Tim’s remit focuses on the Technical Repairs, Digital and Technology teams – across Newark, Acton and our store locations. This remit includes challenging how we attract, engage and develop our colleagues – in an area where the focus is on growing our own talent.
    Previously Tim has held a number of senior roles covering predominately the 3rd Party logistics fields as well as various national and international mining businesses. Born in South Africa, Tim retains a passion for travelling and experiencing other cultures as well as spending time together as a family.

    Register of Interest - Tim Calvert (PDF File, 106kb)

  • East Midlands Digital Media

    Matt Colbourne - Managing Director
    Role:  Representative
    Matt is probably best known as being one half of the Matt & Vicky Breakfast Show on Radio Newark. Having been a voice that listeners woke up too for over five years, many people will know that Matt is passionate about what goes on in his hometown. 

    Matt has a huge love for all things local, which inspired him to cocreate the station’s “Love Where You Live” campaign for 2019. The campaign encouraged people to take pride in what’s on your doorstep, be positive about the area on social media, shop locally supporting local independent businesses and to celebrate those who live here through the station’s first ever Community Awards.

    Code of Conduct - Matthew Colbourne (PDF File, 136kb)

    Register of Interest - Matt Colbourne (PDF File, 134kb)

  • Ellis Mather Group

    Matthew Ellis-Mather - Co-owner
    Role:  Representative
    Having led the multi-million management buyout of Magnet Expert Ltd at the age of 25, Matthew continues to lead the Board and ambitious strategic vision of its parent company, Ellis Mather Group which he co-founded in 2016. Matthew was recognised as Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the East Midlands in 2019.

    Code of Conduct - Matthew Ellis-Mather (PDF File, 448kb)

    Register of Interest - Matthew Ellis-Mather (PDF File, 108kb)

    Stuart Ellis-Mather - Co-owner
    Role:  Substitute
    In his time with Magnet Expert Ltd and having co-founded Ellis Mather Group in 2016, Stuart continues to be pivotal in the commercial and operational success across the Group family of companies aided by his analytical and pro-active approach to strategy and market diversification.

    Code of Conduct - Stuart Ellis-Mathers (PDF File, 435kb)

    Register of Interest - Stuart Ellis-Mathers (PDF File, 108kb)

  • Farndon Parish Council

    Cllr Mick Baker - Chairman
    Role:  Representative
    Mick has been involved at the parish level of Government for over 20 years with Farndon Parish Council.  That experience has led to him now serving as Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Association of Local Councils.  Mick feels it is important that local people have a say on how the future of their town should be shaped and is pleased to serve on the Board to achieve this.  There are exciting times ahead

    Code of Conduct - Cllr Mick Baker (PDF File, 87kb)

    Register of Interest - Cllr Mick Baker (PDF File, 106kb)

    Jayne Saunders - Parish Clerk
    Role:  Substitute
    Clerk to Farndon Parish Council, and also North Muskham, Jayne has spent the vast majority of her career working in local government, at all levels.  She enjoys working with the community and the variety the roles bring.  She also works at Newark Rugby Club, so life can be a little hectic at times, but it brings her in to contact with a lot of local people and businesses.

    Code of Conduct - Jayne Saunders (PDF File, 407kb)

    Register of Interest - Jayne Saunders (PDF File, 643kb)

  • Gusto UK

    Steff Wright - Chief Executive
    Role:  Representative
    Having started my first company as a mobile DJ at the age of 17, I have always had an enthusiasm for developing businesses and innovating in different sectors. I bought my first fully electric car 20 years ago and our Gusto Homes business has led the way in developing sustainable communities and low energy housing for over 20 years. Our Rototek rotational moulding company is now the world’s largest manufacturer of sailing dinghies employing over 120 staff and innovating across a wide range of products. Alongside building innovative companies within Gusto Group, I have a passion re-investing profits back into start-up companies and social enterprises, especially those focused on innovative ways of tackling the climate crisis. I spent 10 years as a director and Chairman of Lincoln City FC where we put in place a sustainable business model whilst trying to gain a promotion.

    Code of Conduct - Steph Wright (PDF File, 442kb)

    Register of Interest - Steph Wright (PDF File, 107kb)

  • Historic England

    Clive Fletcher - Principal Advisor and Lead Specialist, Historic Places
    Role: Advisor

    Declaration of Interest N/A
    Code of Conduct N/A

  • Homes England

    Sandhya Ward -
    Role: Advisor

    Declaration of Interest N/A
    Code of Conduct N/A

    Karl Tupling - Director Markets, Partnerships, Places
    Role: Advisor

    Declaration of Interest N/A
    Code of Conduct N/A

    Paul Gasgoine - Head of Place, Partnerships and New Business
    Role: Advisor

    Declaration of Interest N/A
    Code of Conduct N/A

  • Hoval

    Ian Dagley - General Manager
    Role:  Representative
    Ian attended Magnus Grammar school and has been in Manufacturing for 40 years and a Director of Hoval Ltd for 15 years. He is a grantee of the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen for boilermaker and engineer.
    Ian has also been associated with Fiskerton FC for 30 years as a player, manager and chairman. He was also Chairman of the Trent Autograss racing club based in Newark.
    Ian has done quite a lot of coaching to local schools for those students who are about to leave school and move into work or further education.

    Code of Conduct - Ian Dagley (PDF File, 85kb)

    Register of Interest - Ian Dagley (PDF File, 106kb)

    Ross Halley - Sales Director
    Role:  Substitute
    Ross has worked at Hoval Limited for 11 years, and became a Director three years ago, having been in the industry for more than 25 years. He moved to Newark six years ago.

    Code of Conduct - Ross Halley (PDF File, 96kb)

    Register of Interest - Ross Halley (PDF File, 107kb)

  • Lincoln College Group

    Tom Marsden - Director of Strategic Growth
    Role: Representative

    Tom is an experienced senior leader with 24 years’ experience in leading high performing teams, delivering tasks in the most challenging environments, working across national and local government.

    Tom has previously worked as a strategic planner with both international coalition and cross-Whitehall experience including direct engagement with Ministerial teams, government crisis management and the international diplomacy.  These roles required deft communication skills, complex stakeholder management and policy compliant decision making, skills which would readily translate to a fast-paced business environment.

    An empathetic, people focused leader and experienced mentor Tom has a track record in developing people and maximizing talent throughout a successful military career.   He has recently been appointed vice-chair of the Lincolnshire and Rutland Branch of the IoD and is a community Governor at Carre’s Grammar School where he also supervises the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

    Tom started his current role in April 2020 where he is responsible for identifying and developing strategic growth opportunities for the Lincoln College Group both in the UK and overseas.

    Code of Conduct - Tom Marsden (PDF File, 908kb)

    Register of Interest - Tom Marsden (PDF File, 106kb)

    Nicholas Pettit - Head of Estates Development
    Role - Substitute

    Code of Conduct - Nick Pettit (PDF File, 663kb)

    Register of Interest - Nick Pettit (PDF File, 526kb)

  • Masdings of Newark

    Darren Burke - Proprietor
    Role:  Representative
    Mr Darren Burke is company director of Masdings, designer fashion store on Middlegate, Newark. With over 30 years of experience in fashion and retail he also runs two websites for the stores, and
    He has lived in Newark all his life and feels very passionately about the wonderful market town that we have. He strongly believes it is one of the best market towns in the country. He feels positively hopeful that with the boards strong plans for the town we can continue to survive and thrive for the next 25 years.
    He wants his children to grow up in the wonderful town that he did and be provided with the best education and opportunities that will eventually translate into employment within the local area.
    He believes that community interaction across all generations is vital for a prosperous town. Together with a mixture of traditional and digital retail to build the future of Newark.

    Code of Conduct - Darren Burke (PDF File, 773kb)

    Register of Interest - Darren Burke (PDF File, 243kb)

  • National Careers Service

    Darren Scott - Team Manager
    Role:  Representative
    Contract Manager within The Futures Group. Responsible for multiple contracts within the Careers and Skills sector across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. These contracts cover all ages from Year 11 (15/16 Years old) upwards and include The National Careers Service, Nottinghamshire County Council NEET and Not Known, Unlocking Potential, Adult Education, Apprenticeships and The Life Chances Fund (Future Impact).

    Born and still resides within North Nottinghamshire; Started work within the careers sector within Newark and Sherwood in 2003, before spending time working within Bassetlaw from 2012 and then Lincolnshire in 2014, before returning to cover Newark and Sherwood in early 2020. Committed to raising aspiration and increasing both academic achievement and sustainable employment. National award winning (2018) manager within the careers sector, as recognised by the industry’s leading organisation The Careers Development Institute.

    Code of Conduct - Darren Scott (PDF File, 84kb)

    Register of Interest - Darren Scott (PDF File, 108kb)

  • National Heritage Lottery Fund

    Lesley Owen-Jones - Development Manager
    Role: Advisor

    Declaration of Interest N/A
    Code of Conduct N/A

  • Network Rail

    Andrew Ruff - Senior Sponsor
    Role: Advisor

    Declaration of Interest N/A
    Code of Conduct N/A

  • Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society

    Tony Aspbury - Chairman of Development Committee
    Role:  Representative
    Antony Peter Aspbury is a member of the Executive Committee of the Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, Chairman of the Development Sub Committee and represents the Society on the Newark Towns Fund Board. He is a Spatial Planning Consultant in private practice, the founder (1983) and Director of Aspbury Planning Limited. He is a past President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and prior to that he was Chairman of the Environment Committee of the Chamber.  He is also a past-Chairman of Newark Civic Trust. For 20 years he was a Board Member and Vice Chair of Nottingham Development Enterprise, a partnership between the public and private sector formed to promote the economic development of the Nottingham conurbation which was wound up in 2014. He is also one of the representatives of the private sector on the Nottingham Express Transit (Tram) Partnership.

    Code of Conduct - Tony Aspley (PDF File, 99kb)

    Register of Interest - Tony Aspley (PDF File, 110kb)


  • Newark and Sherwood Citizens Advice Bureau

    Jackie Insley - Chief Officer
    Role:  Representative
    Jackie Insley has been the Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark for 24 Years. She has experience in all business sectors and prior to joining the Citizens Advice Service, trained as a Money Advice Caseworker with the charity, Small Traders Advice Centre. Jackie’s working life started at the Halifax where she worked for 3 years before moving to Newark & Sherwood District Council’s Housing Benefits Department.  Through the work contributions she makes around equality, social inclusion,  research and campaigns, Jackie  is driven by change to improve and empower people's lives...Realising early on in her career, her voice could make the most difference in the diverse voluntary sector. Jackie has a long history of partnership working, managing contracts that include Money and Pensions  Service and Legal Services Commission contracts. Outside the Citizens Advice service, Jackie holds a first class honours degree in Business and Finance and is a board member of Newark & Sherwood Community & Voluntary Service.

    Code of Conduct - Jackie Insley (PDF File, 40kb)

    Register of Interest - Jackie Insley (PDF File, 109kb)

  • Newark and Sherwood Community and Voluntary Services

    Jerry Hague
    Role:  Representative

    Declaration of Interest: Awaiting
    Code of Conduct: Awaiting

  • Newark Business Club

    Kevin Guthrie -
    Role: Representative

    Declaration of Interest: Awaiting
    Code of Conduct: Awaiting

  • Newark Emmaus Trust

    Nikki Burley - CEO
    Role:  Representative
    Nikki joined Newark Emmaus Trust in April 2019 as CEO. They are an independent charity helping homeless young people aged 16-25 in Newark and their babies. She worked in banking for 23 years in many different team leading roles before being appointed as Commercial Director at the National Justice Museum where she worked for 10 years. Nikki was born in Nottinghamshire and is professionally qualified with a first class honours degree in business and finance. She is passionate about helping homeless people and helping them to become independent and good citizens in the Newark area.

    Code of Conduct - Nikki Burley (PDF File, 109kb)

    Register of Interest - Nikki Burley (PDF File, 109kb)

  • Newark Town Council

    Matthew Gleadell - Town Clerk
    Role:  Representative
    Matthew has worked in local governance since 2013.  Matthew is a Chartered Legal Executive having gained his fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2010.  Matthew took up the post as Clerk to Newark Town Council in May 2022.

    Code of Conduct - Matthew Gleadell (PDF File, 58kb)

    Register of Interest - Matthew Gleadell (PDF File, 102kb)

  • Nottinghamshire County Council

    Joelle Davies - Group Manager - Economic Growth & Infrastructure Team

    Role:  Advisor

    Declaration of Interest: N/A
    Code of Conduct: N/A

  • Nottingham Creative Quarter

    Vacant - TBC
    Role: Representative
    Declaration of Interest: Awaiting
    Code of Conduct: Awaiting

  • Nottingham Trent University

    Fiona Anderson - Head of Civic Engagement
    Role:  Representative
    Fiona Anderson is Head of Civic Engagement at Nottingham Trent University, Fiona leads the university’s work with local authority partners across Nottinghamshire. Fiona manages NTU’s civic collaboration with the University of Nottingham under the ‘Universities for Nottingham’ banner. Fiona has an MSc in Local and Regional Economic Development.

    Code of Conduct - Fiona Anderson (PDF File, 86kb)

    Register of Interest - Fiona Anderson (PDF File, 109kb)

  • Pratt & Gelsthorpe

    Richard Gelsthorpe - Managing Director
    Role: Representative

    Code of Conduct: Awaiting

    Register of Interest - Richard Gelsthorpe (PDF File, 530kb)

  • Timico

    David Jones - Chief People Officer

    Role: Substitute

    Declaration of Interest: Awaiting
    Code of Conduct: Awaiting

  • University of Lincoln

    John Latham - Director of DVC Projects
    Role: Advisor

    Declaration of Interest N/A
    Code of Conduct N/A

  • University of Nottingham

    Ben Sumner - Director of Engagement and Partnerships and Deputy Director of Research and Innovation
    Role:  Representative
    Ben is the Director of Engagement and Partnerships and the Deputy Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Nottingham.

    Ben is responsible for the strategic partnerships with the University, from SMEs to global businesses including Rolls Royce, Unilever, Siemens and PepsiCo.

    The University's Research and Innovation department delivers business engagement and knowledge transfer activities including IP and commercialisation, training and professional development, collaborative research and consultancy.

    Code of Conduct - Ben Sumner (PDF File, 102kb)

    Register of Interest - Ben Sumner (PDF File, 523kb)

    Michael Durban - Head of the Local and Regional Business Team
    Role:  Substitute
    Mike is currently the Head of the Local and Regional Business Team at the University of Nottingham and has worked extensively in economic development and regeneration across the East Midlands for the past 15 years. Prior to joining the University, he was Head of Strategy at the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and has also worked for Nottingham City Council and the Greater Nottingham Partnership.

    Code of Conduct - Mike Durban (PDF File, 103kb)

    Register of Interest - Mike Durban (PDF File, 523kb)

  • Urban and Civic

    Johanne Thomas - Communications, Communities and Partnerships
    Role:  Representative
    Johanne is an experienced communications and marketing professional of over 15 years, working predominantly within housing and regeneration industry, across both the public and private sector.

    With a degree in Public Relations with Law, Johanne has overseen communications on some of the Midlands’ largest housing and regeneration projects when working for the government’s Homes England agency, and prior to that led the communications and engagement team for the government’s New Deal for Communities programme in North East Coventry, where she also set up the regions first communications social enterprise.

    Now with strategic land developer Urban&Civic, Joh leads the engagement of local business partners and communities in the development of Newark’s urban extension, Middlebeck, as well as overseeing the communications, communities and partnerships function across several of the business’s portfolio of large-scale sites.

    Johanne is also a Director on two Multi Academy Trusts linked to schools on Urban&Civic sites.

    Code of Conduct - Johanne Thomas (PDF File, 97kb)

    Register of Interest - Johanne Thomas (PDF File, 119kb)

    Richard Coppell - Development Director
    Role:  Substitute
    Richard joined Urban&Civic, the market leading Master Developer of large scale new settlements, in January 2015 where he has responsibility for the delivery of the company’s Strategic Sites and is a member of the Executive Management Committee.  He has over 25 years of experience working in planning, development and regeneration having previously headed up retail development at Lend Lease and brought forward Westfield London for Chelsfield.

    Code of Conduct - Richard Coppell (PDF File, 68kb)

    Register of Interest - Richard Coppell (PDF File, 110kb)

  • Wirtgen Group

    Paul Holmes - Managing Director
    Role:  Representative
    Paul Holmes is the Managing Director for Wirtgen Limited. Wirtgen Group, is an internationally operating group of companies in the construction equipment industry, with the UK subsidiary relocated their UK Headquarters to Newark in 2018

    Code of Conduct - Paul Holmes (PDF File, 68kb)

    Register of Interest - Paul Holmes (PDF File, 110kb)

  • YMCA

    Craig Berens - Chief Operating Officer
    Role:  Representative
    As Joint Chief Executive Officer at Nottinghamshire YMCA, Craig is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of leadership and management in the civic and social organization industry. With a values-driven background in non-profit organizations, Craig’s areas of expertise include: organisational leadership, community transformation, digital strategy, coaching and innovation management.  Having completed his BA degree in Psychology and (MA) Youth Work and Community Development, Craig achieved his MBA in Business Administration, Management and Leadership in 2015 from Henley Business School. Committed to promoting youth development.

    Code of Conduct - Craig Berens (PDF File, 98kb)

    Register of Interest - Craig Berens (PDF File, 110kb)

    Jo Bradley - Business Development Lead
    Role:  Substitute
    Jo Bradley-Fortune is an independent consultant with over 25years leading charitable organisations aimed at tackling poverty, unemployment, ill health , social disunity, crime and ASB  alongside communities developing ownership,  economic resilience and wellbeing. Jo is currently working on behalf of the YMCA to actively seek partnerships, community , statutory, business and third sector  groups and organisations that will embolden the Place Based Approach adopted by the Newark and Sherwood YMCA to tackle  some the area’s most challenging issues affecting children, young people and their families, together. She is contactable through her email.

    Code of Conduct - Jo Bradley-Fortune (PDF File, 452kb)

    Register of Interest - Jo Bradley-Fortune (PDF File, 108kb)