Calderdale Community Spirit Awards

The Judges

The tough decision of picking just one winner in each category will fall to our esteemed panel of judges, here’s a little more information on who will be making those choices.

Simon Walton

Simon Walton is a director of Riley & Co Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors. He is the longest serving team member, having joined in 1991 and oversees the Tax, Payroll and Pensions, and Administration teams.

Within our local community, Simon is treasurer for Business for Calderdale. He is the finance committee member of the Community Foundation of Calderdale. As Director and Committee member of Halifax 900 Trust, he is part of the fundraising arm for the Halifax Minster. Simon is an Associate Governor at our local Salterhebble Junior and Infant School and in addition he also lecturers regularly on all things tax.

Simon spent the early part of his career working for the Inland Revenue and still sits on the regional panel of Working Together, the consultation forum for HMRC and fellow tax professionals.

Steve Duncan

Steve is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) and a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

Steve joined the Foundation in 2000 and became the CEO in 2004. Steve’s background prior to joining CFFC was in graphic design and illustration and in his spare time as a community events organiser and volunteer youth and community worker, with a particular passion for improving the life chances of young people.

Steve has steered CFFC through several significant flood events most notably in 2015 and 2020 raising over £3 million to support flooded households, charities and businesses. As a response to these significant flood events two schemes were introduced, Watermark and FloodSave, to provide financial support to people and organisations vulnerable to future flooding. In 2016 CFFC received two national awards for its immediate response to the Boxing Day 2015 flood and its visionary schemes.

More recently Steve and his team have been responding to coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) raising and distributing significant sums to front line charities to support the frail, elderly and vulnerable in Calderdale.

In 2020/21, as one of eight active Deputy Lieutenants in Calderdale, Steve led on a piece of work across West Yorkshire to promote the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the highest accolade a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK equivalent to an MBE). This resulted in 44 nominations and 19 Awards, eight of which were Calderdale organisations. This compares with three Awards typically across West Yorkshire in a year.

“I am a proud Yorkshireman born in Leeds, a passionate Leeds United fan and love living in Calderdale. Calderdale has been my home now for 33 years. I love its people, their warmth and generosity and the stunning countryside and I truly believe we have the best charitable organisations and charity leaders right here in little old Calderdale – resilient, innovative, resourceful and always fighting above its weight.”

Sian Rogers

Siân Rogers, Policy and Projects Manager, lead for Voluntary and Community Sector, Calderdale Council.

Since 2012 Sian has been the lead officer for Calderdale Council working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector.  Her team’s work includes running grants and contracts for the voluntary community sector including the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance, Healthwatch and advice services,  developing volunteering, working with other funders to bring more money into Calderdale and some big projects with the sector like community asset transfers where local people have taken on the management of important local buildings (for example the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge, the old Fire Station and Swimming Pool in Sowerby Bridge). Her team also leads the Inclusive Economy Strategy and projects for Calderdale and supports the anti-poverty partnership. In 2018 Sian was awarded the prestigious Public Sector Hero Award, sponsored by CCLA, from Locality, the national network for community organisations for championing innovative partnership approaches to working with the VCSE for her work in Calderdale. During Covid-19 Sian has been supporting the volunteer hub for Calderdale building on the Council’s experience working with volunteers in the floods that hit the Calder Valley in 2012, 2015 and in February 2020.  Follow @RogersSian

‘It has been a tough year for everyone but I’ve been inspired again by the passionate people who work and volunteer in the voluntary sector to make a difference across the Borough.  It is a real privilege,   particularly as a Calder Valley resident, to work alongside the huge range of amazing local voluntary and community groups in Calderdale’.  

Emma Worsley

Emma is the Membership Services & Communications Manager for Voluntary & Community (VAC)
and the Communications Lead for the VSI Alliance.
Working in the Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) for over a decade, Emma is
passionate about promoting and championing the hard work and resilience of the VCS and its
positive impact on local communities.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys gardening, sewing and swimming.

Angela Everson

Angela has lived and worked in Calderdale since 1987.

Angela is the CEO of Women Centre Ltd. The Centre employs 60+ staff and over 60 volunteers support our work across Calderdale, Kirklees, and Bradford.

Angela has a nursing, children’s social work and probation background (1981-1997), and has for the last 24 years focused on holistic working with women and their children in the voluntary and community sector. Her first role in the sector, as a seconded Probation Officer, was to set up a specialist Domestic Violence Support Service in Calderdale in 1997.It is still running as part of WC to this date.

In the past 20 years the WomenCentre services have developed, and the centre now has may services supporting 3000 plus women every year with its local regional and national funding.

Angela’s day to day work includes partnership working at both operational and strategic levels across Calderdale, Kirklees, and Bradford, and with regional and national partners.

In 2021 Angela was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in Calderdale  as part of the CFFC Community Spirt Awards.

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