The trustees and staff at Hunts Forum are delighted to welcome two new trustees to our board.
Riva Elliot and Noel Kearns were voted onto the board of trustees at Hunts Forum’s AGM on 2 December 2020. Both of them come from a member organisation, and they each bring a wealth of skills and experience to the team.
Our board of trustees make the strategic decisions to ensure that Hunts Forum serves its members and the wider communities of Huntingdonshire and beyond. Click here to find out more about the team.
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 has lived in 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).