Hebden Bridge Community Association

The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge is managed by the Hebden Bridge Community Association (HBCA), a charitable organisation and development trust responsible for ongoing regeneration in Hebden Bridge.

A community organisation, the HBCA acquired The Town Hall in 2010 and is now responsible for its ongoing management and financial sustainability. Primarily, The Town Hall is focused on the ongoing regeneration and economic development of Hebden Bridge and offers a range of subsidised services to enable local community to thrive.

The governance of the HBCA is managed by a board of volunteer trustees and the organisation is supported by around 600 Friends of The Town Hall. Get in touch if you’d like to join our membership scheme.

Our Trustees

Richard Needham (Chair) 

Richard is relatively new to Hebden Bridge but not to the third sector. He knows something of the energy, commitment and imagination that the sector brings to our communities and knows that the sector has a strong voice that is not heard and respected enough - especially so in hard times. Richard is currently Operations Manager for a charity - Sure Start Hyndburn - in Accrington and has previously held roles as the Chair of Trustees for a homeless charity, been a Local Councillor and School Governor. Richard is a social worker by training. Richard was co-opted to the Board initially and was acting Chair of the Board from April 2017 before being formally appointed to the Board in June 2017 at the AGM and appointed as Chair by his fellow Trustees. 

Amanda Ward - Treasurer

Amanda grew up in Hebden Bridge and now lives in Todmorden. She is a qualified accountant and has worked with KPMG for over 20 years. She has spent time as an auditor and is currently the financial controller of KPMG's own audit practice in the UK. She has experience of governance, accountability, staff management as well as financial and management accounting.

Community life is a strong presence Amanda's family and her father was a Hebden Royd Councillor for over 20 years as well as mayor in 1985. He was a member of the Hebden Bridge Community Association in its very early days and they both watched with interest the development of The Town Hall and hoped for its sustainable success. Amanda still has links with Hebden Bridge being a school governor of the two infant schools and am interested in helping to create a long-term secure base for The Town Hall.

Dai Larner

Dai has lived in Mytholmroyd since 1994 and is keen to put something back into a community and a place that has given a lot to him and his family. Dai has a passion for working with communities to make places better and bringing heritage buildings back into modern use. In the Peak District he has led the development of major heritage schemes and secured significant grant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as working with communities on asset transfers, neighbourhood plans and affordable housing.

Antonio Benitez

Antonio works as Manchester Science Festival Director at the Museum of Science and Industry: he is responsible for driving the vision and strategic planning of the annual contemporary science events programme at the Museum. Antonio has vast experience in the cultural and academic sectors, having worked at the National Media Musuem in Bradford, on the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement and at the British Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery. Antonio was elected to the Board in June 2017 at the AGM. 

Pat Fraser

Pat has a Law Degree, a Post Graduate teaching qualification and a Counselling Diploma. Pat's career consisted of teaching mainly Law A Level to Further Education students as well as Politics and Sociology. 

Since retiring, Pat has worked with children with special needs in a local high school for six years. Pat has been involved in politics for many years and became a Town Councillor almost four years ago serving as both Deputy Mayor and Mayor and sitting on the Community Funding & Picture House committees. Pat is also well known as the face of Horton Housing group which works with other agencies to help the homeless . This includes hosting formerly homeless teenagers. 

Pat has three grown up children who live in the Manchester / Stockport area and five grandsons and a granddaughter expected in April.

Will Lake

Will is a freelance copywriter whose clients include a wide variety of local and nationwide businesses, charities and public sector organisations.  He’s also been involved with the town’s hebdenbridge.org website since it was launched in 2018.  Will took an office in the Town Hall when they first became available, back in 2012, and he’s passionate about the role of the building and the services it provides to the town’s business and residential communities.  As a long-standing tenant who uses the building most days, he can offer a helpful insight into its everyday workings for business users.  Originally from Mirfield, West Yorkshire, he’s lived here in Hebden Bridge since 2000, so he knows our town well.  Away from his desk, you’re likely to find him cycling or hiking in the surrounding hills, or out and about with his camera.

Jane Morris

Jane has lived in Hebden Bridge since 1989 . She values the enterprising, community-building culture here and wants to support HBCA in contributing to this. She has spent her working life in public services, first as a manager in third sector organisations working with homeless and vulnerable people in London, then as a social worker in mental health, then for the last 25 years in the NHS as a psychotherapist. She knows how much good communities contribute to our health and happiness. 

Her main passions are music, landscape, friends and her family, the younger members of which have grown up for much of their lives here, and attended local schools. She is a member of the local Quaker meeting in Hebden Bridge.

Julia Woodhouse

Julia was one of the first business tenants of the Town Hall in 2012 and she is passionate about the benefits that the Town Hall has brought to Hebden Bridge and the role it plays in the community now and into the future.

Her background is in the fashion industry in technical management roles and since 2012 has run a fashion recruitment consultancy with clients in the Far East, Asia and Europe as well as closer to home in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Basing her business in the Town Hall has been a wholly positive experience and she has benefitted from being based amongst such a supportive group of business tenants, all specialising in a wide variety of fields, as well as the networking opportunities with the other local businesses.

Having lived in and brought her two children up in Heptonstall for over twenty years she would like to contribute what she can to the continuing success of the Town Hall and Hebden Bridge as a whole.

The Company Secretary is Graham Mynott, Executive Director of Hebden Bridge Community Association. Graham is an employee but not a Company Director or Trustee of the Charity.