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Board of Trustees

Sharon Middling

Chair of the Board

Sharon Middling is Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is an asset to the board as well as the town of Biddulph. 

Sharon brought our Community Garden to life recently by leading her team of volunteers. She’s been involved in the designing, building, digging and planting processes from start to finish. 

Stephen Bowyer

Treasurer

Stephen Bowyer (Treasurer) is now retired and a valued volunteer here at Biddulph Youth and Community Zone. He spends his Thursday’s volunteering for our Community Pantry project week in, week out.

When he’s not helping us out at The Zone or enjoying his time off holidaying and exploring, Steve enjoys spending his time playing a round of golf at Burslem Golf Club where he has gained years of treasurer experience. 

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Trustee

Chris Thomas (Trustee) is now retired but spent 30 years working for the Inland Revenue. He has recently completed 8 years as Hon. Treasurer of “The Tibetan Education and Relief Association”, a registered charity which collects money to send out to Nepal and Northern India to aid, specifically, children of the Tibetan refugee communities and, more generally, peoples of Himalayan ethnicity.

In past years he served as a voluntary social worker and worked as a volunteer with young people, either offenders or considered at risk of offending. Outside of these activities his life passion has been in things oriental and oriental martial arts. He has served as Secretary and Chairman of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and also on the Technical Panel of that organisation.

James Bourne

James Bourne

vice chair of the board

James Bourne (Trustee) has been a vital member of the Zone for over 4 years, volunteering at the Youth Club, Kids Active, Fitness classes and much more. James works as a PSCO down in Brighton, where he recently relocated to.

James was a valued lead Youth Worker engaging young people and creating fun activities to take part in. He also encourages and supports the young leaders, holding regular meetings and guiding them to plan activities. His other interests are fitness, films and TMNT. James joined the board in 2019, having seen the potential of the centre and would like to help push it to the next step. 

Kevin Jackson

Trustee

Kevin Jackson (Trustee) My name is Kevin Jackson I am 66 years old, I was a founder member of the club over 50 years ago, I am retired having worked in engineering all of my life. I was appointed to the board by Biddulph Town Council in 2017. I am a town and District councillor and I have over 25 years experience as the representative for Biddulph east.

Conner Brady

Connor Brady

Trustee

I’m Connor, a 21 year old student at Staffordshire University studying business management and I have a passion for marketing and social media. I joined the board in my role as a Town and District Councillor representing Biddulph East since 2019.  I am also a member on the Board of Trustees at Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau and hope to always represent the views of young people within the community.

 

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Secretary

Mark Johnson is the Society’s Secretary responsible for governance and legal matters. He is a solicitor and chartered company secretary with over 26 years’ experience of advising not for profits and social enterprises on their legal and commercial affairs. He has a particular interest and experience in the sectors of education, youth and sports services, as well as health and social care.

Kevin Jackson

Ema-Leigh Nellist

Trustee

Ema-Leigh Nellist is the head of the young leaders as part of the youth club. Ema-Leigh is the youngest member of trustees. 

Kevin Jackson

Amy
Wyatt

Trustee

Amy lived and studied in Biddulph until 18yrs. After graduating from Lancaster University, she worked as a full time Youth and Children’s worker at Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem. With a side job as an aerobics, body pump and spin instructor. During this time she also wrote and developed a five week self esteem course for children, teens and women. She continues to regularly deliver this in schools and community groups, across the city, some 20yrs later! 

She then transitioned to associate pastor at Swan Bank with a focus on community and young adults, before heading back to Biddulph in 2013 to be leader of Oasis Community Church, Biddulph Park. Oasis now meets in Biddulph town hall and throughout the week bases itself in an office at The Zone where they are in partnership with The Zone and run various midweek groups for all ages.  

 

 

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