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Our Trustees and Management

The Trustees of CISWO 2014 (Registered Charity Number 1160157 and Company Number 09113084) comprise 12 individuals of whom 4 are nominated by the Mining Unions and 8 are selected by virtue of the skills and/or experience which they can bring to the governance of a large diverse national charity.
The current Trustees are:

Canon Robert Cooper (Chair)

A former professional rugby league player whose ministry is based in Pontefract and who has an extensive involvement in the governance of not for profit organisations.

Colin Ambler (Vice-Chair)

An HR specialist within the mining industry who worked in a number of geographical locations and is a trustee of several charities and was a non-executive director of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Patrick Carragher

The recently retired General Secretary of the British Association of Colliery Management.

Ian Davies

A retired solicitor who specialised in charity matters having been a Senior Solicitor with the Charity Commission and who also worked in private practice.

Terry Fox

Currently President of the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers and who is also a Sheffield City Councillor.

Jon Hattersley

A retired Fund Manager with experience in the not for profit sector who chairs the Organisation’s Finance and General Purposes Committee and Audit & Risk Committee.

John Humble

A qualified accountant and the former Chief Executive of the Durham Aged Miners’ Homes Association who also served as an executive member of the National Almshouses Association and upon the board of Age Concern (Durham).

Christine Kaye

An HR specialist who spent her entire career within the mining industry having worked for the British Coal Corporation, RJB Mining and UK Mining.

Carole Langrick

The Deputy Chief Executive of the North Durham and Darlington NHS Trust who commenced her career within the NHS as a nurse and who has a special interest in both health and social care within mining communities.

Jim Shearer

Having spent a career in the industry in a variety of regions he rose to become Head of Supplies and Contracts for the British Coal Corporation and upon his retirement served as a Legal Aid Commissioner for 5 years and currently chairs the Legal Services Pension Scheme.

Wayne Thomas

Vice-President of the National Union of Mineworkers, General Secretary of the NUM (South Wales Area), a trustee of a number of South Wales mining related charities, a Town Councillor and Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Jeffrey Wood

General Secretary of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and a trustee of several Nottingham based mining charities, who served as a trustee of the Industry Wide Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme.

Senior Management Team

The day to day management of the Charity is conducted by the Chief Executive, Vernon Jones MSc MBE and Mr Steve Hudson FCA, the Director of Finance. They are assisted through monthly Senior Management Team meetings which involve the Deputy Director of Finance, a Regional Manager, a Senior Social Worker, the latter 2 of whom are nominated by their respective peer groups, and other specialist staff. The SMT’s role is primarily to facilitate internal communication on a whole range of policy issues. Professional services are provided on investments through Rathbones and legal advice in England and Wales on charity matters is provided by Brabners, employment and property matters are dealt with by Irwin Mitchell and advice on Scottish property and charity matters is provided by Burness Paull. Audit services are provided by Grant Thornton. Other specialist services are contracted for on a needs basis.

The CISWO Trustees are very pleased to announce that they have appointed Nicola Didcock as our new Chief Executive. Nicola brings to CISWO a wealth of experience and knowledge which will help the organisation move forward to meet the challenges ahead. Nicola is currently the Director of Business Development, Marketing and Fundraising at Spurgeons, a leading charity in children’s work and family support. Nicola will replace Vernon Jones MBE who will be leaving CISWO in August after 30 years as our Chief Executive having managed the organisation through its transition from part of the nationalised coal mining industry to the largest charity working with those who were employed in the mining Industry.

Nicola will be taking up her post on August 22nd 2016

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