Peter lives locally and has worked in Planning and Regeneration for many years latterly as Deputy Director of Planning and Regeneration in Wigan and Director of Planning and Economy in Rochdale. He began his career as a Conservation Officer and sees this project as an opportunity to link Conservation and Community Regeneration for the benefit of local people.
As a management professional, David’s broad range of business knowledge spans several industry sectors. He has managed large teams and departments in finance, engineering, training and education settings. His experience in business development, and in managing projects and operations has given him an insight into recruitment techniques, Health and Safety legislation and application, IT implementation, effective change management and procurement. He recently qualified in the Management of Volunteers, and also holds NEBOSH (Management of Safety and Health) and Accounting qualifications.
David is active within the local community, and is also a co-opted Governor at Bedford High School and a member of a Patients Group at a local GP practice. Having lived most of his life within sight of the mill, David is keen to be a part of the future for this iconic building.
Paul attended Leigh St Mary’s RC High School and worked for 30 years for various Law Enforcement Agencies in the United Kingdom. He has an Honor’s degree in Mathematics and a PGDE in Numeracy and on retirement began lecturing Mathematics at Wigan and Leigh College and for the HM Prison Service.
He is Chair of the Charity Leigh Film Society and Wigan & Leigh Short Film Festival. Paul is a board member for Swim England North West and Honoree Member and retired Vice President of Tyldesley Swimming & Water Polo Club. Where he still remains as Team Manager for the Tyldesley Ladies Water Polo Team.
He is also Co-founder and Chair of The Pelican Centre, Tyldesley and Vice Chair of Governors at a local primary school. In 2012 Paul went to the London Olympics as a game’s maker and Head of Chaperones for Doping Control in the Water Polo Arena.
Keith is a senior Councillor for Wigan Council. He is Cabinet member for Adult Services and represents Leigh East Ward. Keith has a great interest in regeneration and has represented the UK on transnational European Initiatives supporting the regeneration of former Coalfields areas. Keith works in Mental Health.
Tom has lived in Leigh for over 30 years having grown up in Hindley Green. He has been involved in numerous community based organisations over the years. He was a welfare rights adviser at Leigh TUC Centre for the Unemployed during the 1980s, was involved in the early development of the Credit Union movement in the UK. Tom is a tenant representative on the Housing Advisory Panel and chairs the scrutiny committee of the panel. Tom is currently a director of Leigh Hackspace CIC, which is a tenant in the Mill.
Tom is particularly interested in computing and electronics and is a keen advocate for people to learn the skills needed to enjoy living in the digital age. He is a STEM ambassador and enjoys introducing children, and adults, to computer programming, electronics and making.
Peter sits on the board of Directors of Leigh Spinners Ltd, the original developer of the mill and still operating from the mill manufacturing textiles. Peter is the grandson of John Horrocks who was the founder of the company and the mill and is keen to secure the regeneration and re-use of the mill.
Chris Jones is a retired teacher who is keen to implement a purposeful and educational programme at the Mill.
David hails from Leigh and attended the grammar school, before gaining a degree in modern languages. He worked in neighbourhood and community development in Leigh and warrington before spending the rest of his working life at a college of further education in Staffordshire. His roles included partnership and external liason. David's interests include Leigh Centurions, drama and Morris dancing!
Stewart is a Project Manager with over 20 years' experience, managing large projects for major private and public sector organisations. He has spent many years working in Central Government; providing infrastructure services, as part of his Project Manager remit. He has a wealth of experience in many other roles.
Stewart is passionate about local heritage and community and also runs a Facebook Group with over 20,000 members, that celebrates at Leigh and its' history.
John is the Managing Director of Leigh Spinners Company. He is another born and bred in Leigh and attended Bedford High School. John joined Leigh Spinners at the age of 19 but left and worked in the construction industry before returning to the company to work his way up to his current position.
Farai is a MSc International Business degree graduate (with distinction) from the University of Birmingham with experience in Project Management and International Supply Chain Management.
He is co-founder and Project Coordinator of Everything Human Rights Community Group. The Leigh based community group set up with the aim of promoting the wellbeing and successful integration of migrant ethnic minorities living in the Wigan Borough, acting as a bridge between ethnic minority groups and the wider community. Farai is also a Local Exchange Ambassador for the Royal Exchange Theatre and Chairperson of the North West Administrative Committee of the ZCC Charity.
Helen is Head teacher of Bedford High School. This is a Business and Enterprise college which is located directly adjacent to the Leigh Spinners Mill. Helen previously worked in Manchester where she had a strong involvement in community projects including the SHARP Project in Manchester which is a major ICT and community enterprise initiative. Helen is a key link between the project and the educational opportunities it will provide.