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


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


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. 

Jill Salt


Jill Salt is the Society’s Secretary responsible for governance and legal matters. 
She is a well known councillor to the town of Biddulph as well as being a teacher. 

Conner Brady

Connor Brady


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.


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