Directors

The Wilf Ward Family Trust, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, is governed by a Board of Trustees, the company’s board of directors.

The Board’s role is to set the Trust’s strategic direction, monitor how well the Trust is achieving its objectives, vision and purpose, uphold its values and, advise and support the Chief Executive. Ultimately the Board is responsible for the management and conduct of the Trust.

Stephanie Lacey

Stephanie Lacey was first a Trustee of WWFT from 2009 to 2013, and returned again to the Trust in 2017….

Stephanie Lacey was first a Trustee of WWFT from 2009 to 2013, and returned again to the Trust in 2017. She manages a research programme at the University of York called Making Research Count, which aims to get the findings from academic research out to practitioners in social work and social care to support reflective practice and service improvement. Alongside this role, and for the past 17 years, Stephanie has worked in housing, homelessness, and regeneration across the UK and also in New Zealand. Her roles have included being a housing officer, policy manager, head of strategy, and a self-employed research consultant. Stephanie and her husband, Doug, live in Wrelton with their three year old son, Albert, and two dogs.

Tony Denness

Tony joined the Trust in 1986. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1961 with Thomson McLintock & Co (now…

Tony joined the Trust in 1986. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1961 with Thomson McLintock & Co (now KPMG) in Glasgow and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Shortly afterwards Tony left the profession and joined a small printing company as Company Secretary.

In 1967 Tony joined Scottish Aviation Ltd. at Prestwick Airport as Company Secretary and was later appointed to the Board. After the nationalisation of the aircraft industry in 1975, Tony joined Hawker Siddeley in Yorkshire as Group Finance Director of Brook Crompton Parkinson Motors Ltd. which was a company manufacturing electric motors. In 1984 Tony was headhunted to join the Ward Group at Sherburn as Group Finance Director where his Chairman was Wilf Ward. When Wilf and Phyllis Ward set up The Wilf Ward Family Trust in 1986, Tony was invited to be a Trustee and in October 2004, Wilf invited him to take over as Chairman of the Trust.

Phil Fletcher

Phil Fletcher, MRICS, is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years experience of working and valuing in the local Pickering…

Phil Fletcher, MRICS, is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years experience of working and valuing in the local Pickering area. Phil manages the Boulton & Cooper Stephenson Estate Agent Pickering and Kirkbymoorside branches, with responsibility for Estate Agency, surveying and valuation and lettings. Phil brings a specialist knowledge to the Trust in terms of advice on a range of property matters including valuation and rental and lease arrangements.

Phil has lived in the Pickering area for most of his life. He is actively involved in the community being a member of several local organisations.

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith worked with Wilf Ward at the Ward Group for 25 years where he was the company secretary. He…

Malcolm Smith worked with Wilf Ward at the Ward Group for 25 years where he was the company secretary. He left Wards in 1992 and since then Malcolm has been involved in various companies, both as company secretary and as a director. Malcolm believes that his expertise and knowledge, and his previous friendship with the late Mr Wilf, will continue to be useful to the Trust

Nick Shaw

Nick Shaw

Nick Shaw joined the Trust in December 2008. Prior to retirement, Nick was a solicitor in private practice with a…

Nick Shaw joined the Trust in December 2008. Prior to retirement, Nick was a solicitor in private practice with a particular interest in helping people with mental health issues and learning difficulties. Nick lives in Scarborough with his wife, Debbie. He has two children; a daughter who is a primary school teacher in York, and a son who is studying at York University. Prior to joining the Trust, Nick was a Trustee of a residential home for young people with learning disabilities in South Yorkshire.

Laura Rawnsley

Laura has over 20 years experience in a variety of local public and not-for-profit sector roles, and since 1996 has…

Laura has over 20 years experience in a variety of local public and not-for-profit sector roles, and since 1996 has specialised in IT.

As a former public sector Head of IT she has experience of developing and leading IT strategies, business change and transformation programmes and customer-focussed service delivery. Laura spent 13 years in welfare rights and social housing before specialising in IT. She now works in a variety of roles including voluntary, part-time and freelance professional assignments. Amongst other roles she is a Director of Berneslai Homes, and is an Examiner in Business Analysis with BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT which promotes excellence in the IT profession.

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Martyn Callaghan

Martyn Callaghan FRSA, has over 30 years’ experience working in education, training & development, and the health & social care…

Martyn Callaghan FRSA, has over 30 years’ experience working in education, training & development, and the health & social care sectors.

Martyn’s career began in local authority residential education and care settings for children & young people with learning, emotional and behaviour challenges, where he held a number of education and care posts. He was seconded into an authority wide training & development role before moving into various senior leadership roles within a school.

In 1993, Martyn moved from education and social care to healthcare, joining Saint Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough as Bursar and latterly as Director of Support Services before moving to Barnsley Hospice in 2000, as its first Chief Executive. In 2003, Martyn was appointed to his current post as Chief Executive of St Leonard’s Hospice, York.

In a voluntary capacity, Martyn is a Director and the Vice Chairman of the Evolution Schools Learning Trust, a developing ‘family’ of Academies based at Norton College in North Yorkshire. He was pleased to join the Board of Directors of The Wilf Ward Family Trust in 2015.

Helen Burke

Helen has more than 15 years’ experience in organisation and leadership development and an in-depth knowledge of empowering businesses to…

Helen has more than 15 years’ experience in organisation and leadership development and an in-depth knowledge of empowering businesses to meet their strategic objectives. She has helped organisations of different sizes and sectors to improve their performance using the Investors in People (IIP) quality assurance Standard since the early 1990s. With a career that started in retail management, Helen has continued to evolve her own skills, knowledge and capabilities taking on roles involving management development, assessment against a range of quality standards, HR and quality management. She is currently a Director of Dream Team UK and continues to operate as a Registered (IIP) Practitioner.

Helen is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).