Amanda Caldwell, the chair of RBL has lived in Rastrick for the past 15 years and her daughters have attended local primary schools. She is qualified as an accountant and currently works as a UK Finance Director.
She is passionate about improving the local environment and open spaces for Rastrick residents and has been involved in a number of projects clearing up the river and canal basin. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, running, and travelling.
Peter Edwards, the Vice Chair has lived in Rastrick for the last 48 years apart from a 5-year business break that took him to North Yorkshire. He has had many long connections with the people of Rastrick and is a founder member of RBL. He has now retired from the Brighouse Charity Gala committee after 50 years. He was educated in Rastrick and is now retired after over 54 years in the carpet industry. He has been married to his wife, Judy for 50 years, has two daughters who both reside in Rastrick and a son, seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons. He is a keen supporter of Huddersfield Town.
Angela Peaker, the Secretary/Treasurer has lived in Rastrick for the last 20 years. She is now retired from full-time employment having worked as a secretary for over 30 years. She has been involved with local Community groups for the last 9 years and is confident that with the work being undertaken by Rastrick Big Local and participation by the Community, Rastrick will continue to prosper for the future generation. She is also a volunteer at the Brighouse Old Peoples Rest Centre. Her hobbies include gardening, knitting, walking and animals.
Elliot Collins, a resident, has been a member of the Rastrick Big Local Partnership since 2016. Elliot is keen to understand and appreciate the local concerns, issues and developments within Rastrick as an area. He works as a Neighbourhood Officer for Together Housing Association and has worked for the company for around 5 years. His skills and knowledge learnt from his current role are very helpful to understand community discussions.
Elliot’s interests include watching and playing sports. He is a keen Huddersfield Town supporter and season ticket holder and plays football most Sundays.
Rich Richardson, a resident, has lived in Rastrick since 2003 and became involved with RBL after he retired, as it offered an opportunity to put something back into the community. Previously, he has worked in the public sector for over 30 years, the last fifteen of which were with Calderdale MBC. He is keen on gardening, music, cooking and crosswords.
Craig Weston, a resident has lived in Rastrick for 20 years with his wife, Hilary, having previously lived in the Midlands. He was educated in Bradford and is now retired and has 25 years’ experience as Property and Estates Manager working for a number of PLCs. His interests include sport, and in particular motor, snooker, tennis and travel. He also enjoys walking, gardening and D.I.Y. He is involved with a number of local clubs and the third age group.
Sophie Whittaker – a resident and Rastrick Ward Councillor has have lived in Rastrick for 11 years and became a local Rastrick Councillor in June 2017 before joining Rastrick Big Local (RBL). Sophie works for Craig Whittaker MP and is passionate about improving the lives within our community.
Being involved with RBL is a fantastic way for her, as a local councillor, to keep in touch with our community, help enhance local projects, and enrich the lives of Rastrick residents.
Danny Leech is the community engagement worker for the Rastrick Big Local partnership. He has worked across many sectors including charities, specialist health organisations, public sector and social enterprises. He is available to support and advise any agency or group wanting to become involved with Rastrick Big Local. Danny’s contact details can be found on our “enquire about funding” page.
Mags Bryson has worked with Calderdale Council since 2000 in a community development role working with communities on things that matter to them to find solutions. She works with groups and organisations offering advice, guidance and support to achieve their goals.
She has been with with RBL since the start in 2012 providing support to establish and develop the programme in Rastrick and her role is in facilitating the Community small grants scheme. She is the contact for groups and organisations wishing to apply, receives and checks applications and works with the panel on making decisions and following up on monitoring. Contact details for Mags can be found on our “Community small grants” page.
Anne Sherriff has been a Big Local Rep since 2012 and currently works with four other areas as well as Rastrick. She is also a Big Local Plan Assessor which means she is in contact with many other partnerships and can bring that experience to support the work of Rastrick Big Local.
Anne has a background in community development and regeneration. She is a qualified trainer and an experienced facilitator. She lives in Denholme, near Keighley