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Board Members

Current Kirklees Community Association Board Members are:

HAZEL WIGMORE DCL (KCA VICE CHAIR)

Hazel has been a community board member with KCA since it was set up in 1994. She founded National Children’s Centre in 1975 and created Brian Jackson House from a derelict railway warehouse in 1983. Hazel was also involved in setting up new services for children including the National Crying Baby Service; National Childminding Association; Danger Rangers; and Double Decker Playbuses - employing punks, skinheads and Rastafarians to convert them.

An Advice Centre opened for multi-cultural work, and the Volunteer Centre and Victim Support Scheme started in partnership with other groups.

Hazel was also involved in setting up an alternative school for school refusers; a Contact Centre funded by the courts for separated parents to visit their children and Supadads scheme for young fathers. The Playtrain on Huddersfield Station (won the New Alchemist Award for the North of England) was a demonstration of creating a play space for children with disabilities at little cost, and a derelict waiting room turned into a nursery (now The Head of Steam).

The Drill Hall at Golcar and a mill were refurbished into training centres for school leavers. Two government-sponsored lecture tours around Australia gave experience of creating dwellings with few resources.

Hazel's aim for KCA is improving the area where social housing is provided.

 SANTOKH KHANGURA

NATALIE PINNOCK HAMILTON MBE

Natalie works as a supply teacher and as Chief Executive/Development Officer for Kirklees LINK (Local Involvement Network). She previously worked as a non-executive director at Connexions as well as roles at the Calderdale and Kirklees Health Authority, Leeds City Council and Bradford College. She studied for a degree in education at the University of Leeds, then later gained an MA is social and community work studies at the University of Bradford and a postgraduate diploma in law at the University of Huddersfield.

Natalie is a founder member of Huddersfield Carnival, Huddersfield Sickle Cell Anaemia Support Group and the Hudawi Community Association. She is also a counsellor at the African Caribbean Counselling and Information Service, a former board member and now ambassador at West Yorkshire Forget-Me-Not Trust and a school governor and mentor. She is also involved with the True Colours Children's Gospel Group and the National Association for Multicultural Education.

 CORA CARTER MBE

Cora was selected by Kirklees Council to join KCA as she is the tenant representative on the board for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, who manage Kirklees Council and KCA properties, and is also chairman of the executive board of KFTRA (Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Association).

Cora has been involved with the Tenants movement since August 1984, which has given her experience of working with the Housing Department in many ways and learning new skills to help negotiate estate improvements, taking on recruitment training to allow her to be involved in the selection and interviewing of new staff.
She has been Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of her local Tenants & Residents Association for the past 18 years. She has been Secretary of TAROE since its formation in 1987 and was also involved in the DETR group looking at Compacts and the Framework for Best Value. 
Cora has had regular meetings with Government Ministers, Senior Civil Servants, Housing Corporations and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Through TAROE she has been involved in the European development on social housing with other European countries. 
She has also been Secretary, Treasurer and Committee member of Huddersfield Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus for almost 40 years, helping people less fortunate and having disabilities.

ROBERT MORTIMER

Robert Mortimer has been a director of KCA since 1987 when it started in partnership with Henry Boot, upgrading and rebuilding void properties and building new properties. At that time Robert was an elected member on Kirklees Council and also on the committee of pride in Huddersfield, funding many projects.

Robert has many other interests today including being county present of the Royal British Legion, South and West Yorkshire; elected councillor for the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust; chairman of Kirklees Sports Council; chairman of Huddersfield Amateur Rugby League; Committee member MOD Veterans Advice and Pensions Committee; Case Worker for the British Legion and Service Personnel and Veterans Agency; Kirklees School Governor; Managing Director of York House Leisure (organising Battlefield tours abroad - fundraising etc.); Royal British Legion Advisor for Citizens Advice Bureau; and Youth Development Officer for the Royal British Legion.

He was also previously Chair of Valuation Tribunals for South and West Yorkshire and a director for Citizens Advice.

COUNCILLOR DONALD FIRTH

 COUNCILLOR ERIC FIRTH

Eric is currently the Mayor of Kirklees. He was born in the Dewsbury Constituency the eldest of six children and has lived there all his life; in fact he has never lived more than two and a half miles from where he was born.

He was educated at Springfield Junior and Infant School and later at Batley Carr and Dewsbury Technical School. He left school on a Friday and started work the following Monday, at the age of 15, as an apprentice painter and decorator.

He has been active in the Trade Union and Labour movement all his adult life and still is although he has recently stood down as chair of 9/601 Unite, the branch he chaired for more than twenty years, which was the branch where the Labour Party was formed.

He was asked to stand as a Councillor on numerous occasions and he eventually succumbed and successfully stood for the council in 1994. He lost his seat in 2006 but was returned in the same ward the following year.

Eric has been married to his wife Janet for 41 years; they have two children and two grandchildren whom they both adore.

Representing the Dewsbury East Constituency where he has always lived, and working for the people and organisations within it, gives him a great deal of satisfaction. He enjoys helping local people, who seek his help, frequently. As a Ward Councillor Eric enjoys contributing to and shaping policies and strategies that will affect Dewsbury residents now, and for generations to come. As Mayor he hopes to share with different organisations and residents the civic pride across all parts of the Borough.

Outside of work Eric loves spending time with his grandchildren and watching Dewsbury Rams and Shaw Cross ARLFC.

 BOB IREDALE

 PETER SALISBURY

Peter worked in the construction industry as a chartered civil engineer from 1966 to 1999, working on projects including the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, Staincliffe Hospital, a well-known brewers in Dublin and Piccadilly Station in Manchester among many others as well as work in safety and quality assurance.

After retirement with his wife Jennifer, he cared for his father and his partner and then Jennifer's mother and father until March 2011.

Peter has regularly attended New North Road Baptist Church since arriving in Huddersfield in 1980, and for many years was on the executive committee of the Huddersfield North Scout District. He enjoys attending concerts in Dewsbury and Huddersfield and is looking forward to a full retirement.

Peter feels he brings construction knowledge and concern for effective management to KCA in his role as a Board member.

 LAURA SMITH

JUDITH HARRISSON

 

Judith joined the KCA board in September 2011, to help give something back to the Kirklees area. She is looking forward to working in partnership with different agencies, helping vulnerable people and using land and properties creatively. She has lived in Kirklees for 24 years - in Honley and Marsh - and is widowed with two children.

Judith originally trained and worked as a secondary school teacher in London, Bradford and Kirklees. More recently, she worked in School Improvement in Leeds, Kirklees and Manchester as a senior officer, before taking early retirement from Manchester City Council in May 2011.  Her role in Manchester was in partnership – including work with social care and regeneration teams, project work with Crime and Disorder etc.  She is currently working as Independent Education Consultant, and also sits on the board of a coalition of small charities involved in work in Africa.

 TONY HOOD

Tony Hood has had 35years experience in housing, local government and the voluntary/community sector. He retired in 2009 from the post of Director for Adults and Communities at Kirklees Council, where he was responsible for adult social services, housing, community safety and neighbourhoods.

Most relevant for Kirklees Community Association, he had previously been the Director of Housing, having worked for several Councils in the North West and a housing association in Liverpool, in housing management, strategy and development.

In addition to experience building strategic partnerships, he has hands on experience of working within communities, with tenants’ organisations and the voluntary sector.

He lives near Denby Dale and is currently the Chairman of a local social enterprise, the borough wide credit union and the adult learning partnership. He is a member of the Vulnerable and Older Peoples’ Advisory Group of the Homes and Communities Agency.

CLLR CHRISTINE SMITH

 Christine rejoined KCA as a Board member in 2011, having been a member of KCA for two years from 2007/08 when the Fieldhead project was first started. 
She has been a local councillor for 21 years - 10 years on Sheffield City Council and 11 years on Kirklees representing Kirkburton Ward.
Christine's interests are housing, planning and the environment. 

She lives in Skelmanthorpe and represents Kirklees Council on the Reserve forces and Cadets Association. This brings herinto contact with many young people and she hears from them first hand their aspirations and their frustrations. Christine says young people are our future and we should ignore them at our peril. 
She is a member of the acting Union Equity and still play the occasional role on major TV programmes.