Hunts Forum’s board of trustees meets bi-monthly and is responsible for the strategic direction and policies of the charity. Julie Farrow is appointed as the Chief Executive to manage the day-to-day operations of the charity and to facilitate its effective operations.
Huntingdonshire Community Group
Patrick is the Chair of Hunts Forum, and a district councillor for Huntingdon North at Huntingdonshire District Council. He holds an International Business Diploma and has studied Law.
He helped to form Huntingdonshire Community Group, which acts as a platform to bring together the diverse and different peoples living and working in Huntingdonshire and to enhance community cohesion for all.
Patrick is now the Chair of Unity in the Community, which operates alongside Huntingdonshire Community Group, holding an annual event celebrating the diversity of the community of Huntingdon and its neighbouring towns and villages. Music and entertainment, together with a wide range of specially prepared culinary delights from different countries of the world are offered to the thousands of people who attend.
Chris is the Treasurer and joined the board in 2019. He currently works at Northampton County Council, having previously worked at Huntingdonshire District Council as the Head of Community.
Rebecca became a Trustee in March 2016. She works for local sports charity Living Sport, based in Huntingdon who work strategically across the county to improve the health and wellbeing of people through supporting them to be active. As Relationship Manager, Rebecca’s role sees her work with a large range of partners and organisations including the voluntary sector mainly in the strategic area of disability and long term health conditions and older people.
Rebecca has worked in sport in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough since graduating from University in 2004 (Sport Science and Management). Rebecca competed in disability swimming for 10 years at national and international level until 2005. Rebecca spent a lot of time volunteering at club level and is a level 3 coach and is also past president of Beds ASA. She continues to volunteer in a number of club roles and has taken up wheelchair basketball in her spare time.
Healthwatch Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Caroline became a Trustee for Hunts Forum in 2019. She works for Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, a member organisation of Hunts Forum based at The Maple Centre.
Caroline has a background of working within local disability organisations and has experience of working with people affected by both physical and learning disabilities together with long term health conditions, including mental health.
Caroline’s role with Healthwatch, as their Communities Programme Manager, brings her into contact with providers of health and care services, commissioners and the voluntary and community sector. Caroline also meets members of the public, encouraging local people to have their say about local health and care services and helping to ensure they have opportunities to be involved at times of change.
At Healthwatch, Caroline oversees areas of work that include engagement, volunteering, Partnership Boards and local health and care forums.
Hayley Williams is MD and Founder of Keystone. Established in St Neots, near Cambridge, in 2013, Keystone is a trusted marketing consultancy – transforming marketing impact and engagement. The team focuses on developing marketing strategy for established B2B’s whose marketing hasn’t kept up with their growth, and well as community-centric organisations (such as membership bodies, local councils and not for profits) that want to build greater engagement and connections with their audiences. With messaging, content and campaigns being at the heart of what Keystone does, Hayley is committed to bringing this approach into Hunts Forum for the benefit of the organisation, its members and the wider sector.
Riva is deputy chair of HemingfordHub. She has been a Hemingford Grey parish councillor since 2015, and was inspired early on to establish a voluntary group to enhance community spirit for elderly and lonely residents. This community group, the Hub, sprang into action when Covid-19 hit, recruiting and organising 144 volunteers in a week. Hunts Forum was instrumental from the start in guiding the Hub in best practice.
Riva’s career covers running a journalism school in London for 26 years; being part of Cambridge-based start-up technology companies in the 1980s; travelling worldwide with international ad agencies, and underpinning all this being a planner and researcher. Her degree is in psychology and statistics from the University of Southampton. She is married to Keith, a journalist, with two feisty daughters pursuing interesting careers. Riva’s interests include futurology, politics, writing, art, her grandchildren and fishing.
Godmanchester Community Timebank
Noel became a Trustee for Hunts Forum in December 2020. A resident of Huntingdonshire for over 40 years, he is a qualified accountant with an extensive international background, culminating in acting as director and business advisor for a range of companies in Cambridgeshire and beyond.
Godmanchester Community Timebank activities have grown exponentially as a result of Covid-19; through the crisis, it has delivered a whole range of services to the community. Noel has benefited from the fantastic support provided by Timebank, and brings this valuable experience to the trustee board at Hunts Forum.
Noel’s past vocational and charitable activities include Chair of Trustees at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, Trustee for SportsAid Eastern (a grant-making body for young athletes) and President of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the British Chambers of Commerce National Policy Committee.
Noel is a keen follower of all mainstream sports. As a long-time member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), his summers are spent watching cricket at Lord’s, while on cold winter days he cheers on Peterborough Rugby Club and travels across Europe to support the England rugby team (Covid notwithstanding).
Huntingdonshire District Council
Alyce is currently a Community Development Officer at Huntingdonshire District Council. She joined the board in 2019 and has brought her extensive knowledge of the different communities across Huntingdonshire with her.
Cllr. Adela Costello
Cambridgeshire County Council
Cllr. Steve Criswell
Cambridgeshire County Council
Hunts Forum’s Executive Committee welcomes new trustees from our member organisations. If you are interested in joining us, please call Julie Farrow, our CEO, for an informal chat: 01480 420601