Executive Committee

Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies

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Executive Committee - Officials

President - Peter Cooper BSc CEng MICE

Worked in the civil engineering industry for 30 years for contractors, local government and consulting engineers, mainly in highways and infrastructure. Chairman of Scarborough & District Civic Society for 5 years, chairman of YHACS for ten years. Born and brought up in Scarborough, moved away to work at age 18, returned in 1997. Particular interest in the built environment and the quality of public spaces. Currently a director of two not for profit companies which aim to restore two historic Scarborough buildings.

Portfolio: Website, Towns and Cities & Public Realm

Chairman - Kevin Trickett MBE, BA (Hons), MBA, MA (Phil).

A native of Wakefield, Kevin has been the President of Wakefield Civic Society since 2002, having been a member of the Society's Executive Committee since 1990. He is also Deputy Chair of arts charity Beam and a former trustee of the Community Foundation for Wakefield District. An experienced project and programme manager with a public sector background, Kevin also has interests in travel, literature, and social and political philosophy, including diversity and human rights issues. He regularly writes restaurant reviews and travel and history articles for the Wakefield edition of TopicUK magazine.

Portfolio: Priorities for Growth

Vice-Chair - David Moss

David has been a Committee Member of Selby CS for six years, and has spent the last four years as Secretary and "Planning Applications" monitor. Originally from Lancashire, David has been living in Yorkshire for 35 years. He has a doctorate from Oxford in chemistry. He retired after 33 years with various UK chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, in research and development managerial roles.

Portfolio: Newsletter

Secretary Helen Kidman BA (Hons) MCIPS MCMI

Born in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, Helen went to college and worked in London before moving to Ilkley twenty years ago. Now happily retired after 34 years in the civil service as a procurement specialist. Special interests include environment, transport, planning and local history. Chair of Ilkley Civic Society and active involvement in several other voluntary organisations and campaigns.

Portfolio: Planning

Treasurer - Richard Ward

Practised as a solicitor in Huddersfield for 40 years before retiring to Scarborough. Held various positions with Huddersfield Civic Society including Chairman for ten years and President for 15. Remains a member. Held positions as Acting Chairman, Vice Chairman and Planning officer of Scarborough & District Civic Society and is also a member of Scalby Village Trust. Has a particular interest in town centres.

Portfolio:Legal/Financial, Towns, Cities and Public Realm

Committee Members

Malcolm Sharman

Malcolm lives in Hull but was originally from the Peak District. In 1968 he was awarded a degree in 3-D Design by Leeds Metropolitan and undertook a post-graduate Certificate in Education at Manchester University in 1969. He was awarded the Leeds Art Travel Scholarship in 1967 and did 'The Grand Tour'. DfES granted him a sabbatical in 1968 to study Ceramic Design Education at St Martin's, Lancaster. He has since worked as a teacher in Hull, and has worked in the community as an Adult Education Tutor for over 25 years. He also was co-opted as a Local Councillor in the East Riding and served as a School Governor. Since retirement in 2004, he has become increasingly involved in the work of Hull Civic Society as Programme Secretary and Good Mark Award Officer, and is also a Trustee of the arc (Architectural Resource Centre) in Hull.

Portfolio: Heritage and Culture

Jim Robinson

A Geordie, Jim moved down to Yorkshire in 1976 with his work. He was in insurance all his working life, until retiring in August 2009. He held a number of posts from Customer Services Director to Major Account Director. Jim moved into Addingham in 1990 but only got involved in civic society 'life' when he retired. He has been Chairman of a very dynamic and vibrant society since 2011.

Portfolio: Infrastructure

Tony Leonard

Tony has been a committee member since almost the day he joined Market Weighton Civic Society in 1985. Has held the position of Chairman and is currently Secretary and has represented the Society at YHACS since its inception. Tony's working life began on arable /dairy farms in Hampshire. Realising getting up for milking cows at 5am at 50 was not for him, he qualified as an agricultural engineer and subsequently found himself specialising in education and training at Agricultural Colleges in East Sussex and in East Yorkshire. Currently employed, in a more recent post, as a School Technology Technician. Has a passion for environmental issues, the built environment, industrial heritage and social history. Other active interests include ploughing judging and hedgelaying.


Margaret Hicks-Clarke

Margaret is chair of the relatively new Goole Civic Society, established in 2011. Born and educated in Sheffield, she lived in Leeds for many years, where she was assistant editor of the Yorkshire Post. She moved to Goole in 2003 and was Head of Operations for the Press Association, the UK's national news agency, based in nearby Howden. Now retired, she is involved with various local organisations helping to promote Goole. She sits on the Skills boards of both the Humber and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnerships. She is a governor of Selby College and a trustee of Castaway Goole, a charity providing theatre and arts opportunities to adults and young people with learing and physical disabilities or mental health difficulties.

Portfolio: Civic Pride and Engagement


Paul Cartwright DMS MAPM

Paul has always lived around Pontefract, and has 37 years of private sector commercial experience in sales, marketing and operations, though with 10.5 years with Ufi -learndirect - a government funded learning and careers charity. Paul has a good understanding of programme and project management. He is chair and a charity trustee of the British Youth Band Association, a visual judge and was formerly an Air Training Corps cadet and a Squadron Commander. He is married with two boys and a grandson.

Paul and his wife Christine joined Pontefract Civic Society (and its Conservation, Environment and Planning Committee) in 2009, and he went on to join the executive as honorary secretary in March 2011. Paul was elected as executive chair in March 2015, with the aspiration of transforming the society through the executive, membership growth, greater stakeholder engagement, increased influence through PR and social media output and increased project delivery to make the society more visible and accessible.

Paul has led a number of improvements, namely a blue plaque guide, a PR stall, design awards, enhanced business membership, member car sticker, annual reports, newsletters, website and social media, shop window display competition (Yorkshire Day and Christmas), strategic plan and committee terms of reference. He supports Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens and is a director of the Crescent Project (a cinema restoration project).

Portfolio: Conservation


Martin Hamilton

Born in Leeds, Martin worked at the University of Leeds for over 20 years in various management roles before becoming Director of Leeds Civic Trust in December 2016, taking over from the long serving Dr Kevin Grady. Martin was also a Councillor on Leeds City Council for 12 years (representing Headingley Ward) during which time he developed a particular interest in planning and development issues (including a period chairing the City Centre Plans Panel) – an interest which has stood him in good stead in his new role!

Portfolio: Housing


Phyllis Barnes

Born and bred in Barnsley, Phyllis worked as a coil winder at Brooks Motors before she met and married Geoff, three daughters later she became involved with the Guide movement, PTAs at school followed by Sports Council in Barnsley, Treasurer for Youth committee, Guide Leader, then District Commissioner, Camp Advisor and Rainbow leader all in the Girl Guide Movement. Phyllis joined Town Centre Community Partnership where she was the Treasurer before it folded, and when Barnsley Civic Trust restarted she became Treasurer and organised their successful Shop Awards Competition for the past 10 years.

For 10 years Phyllis was a full time classroom assistant at her local school prior to retiring, having been a childminder for the previous 25 plus years.


Alison Drake MBE MA

Alison was born in Castleford and taught in several Castleford primary schools before becoming a headteacher in North Yorkshire. She later obtained an MA from York University in Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Management to inform her work in the community as Chair of Castleford Heritage Trust (CHT) since its formation in 2000. The Queen invited her as a ‘Pioneer to the Nation’ in 2003 and she received an MBE in the Diamond Jubilee birthday honours, for her work in community led regeneration. Alison was a Community Champion for the award-winning Castleford River Aire footbridge during the ‘Castleford Project’ and the making of Kevin McCloud’s Big Town Plan, produced by Channel 4 Television. Alison was a member of the Urban Renaissance regional programme, as a Town Team representative and chair of Wakefield District’s voluntary sector, VOX. Her work is now concentrated on redeveloping Queen’s Mill, providing a Community Anchor and riverside destination in Castleford town centre, where local arts, heritage and culture are promoted and used to help build a strong and successful community.



Alan lives near Halifax and is a member of Halifax Civic Trust. Originally from Selby he had a career in town planning and management in local government and development corporations, including Kirklees Council and Leeds Development Corporation. His final role was Chief Executive of Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, leading on the creation of a joint officer team, shared services and mitigating the impact of HS2. He was chair of of the District Councils' Chief Executives Network which he was involved in establishing. Since retirement he has a portfolio of activities including being a Director of a Housing Association, advice on senior appointments and 'corporate peer challenges' with the Local Government Association. His interests are regeneration, the creation and development of place and identity in communities, town centres and conservation.


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