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Born in Yorkshire, moved around with work, and have lived in the Eden Valley for the last 10 years. I am an Anglican Lay Minister and a Methodist Lay Preacher and a lay Canon of Carlisle Cathedral. I was chairman of Westmorland Motorway Services until a couple of years ago. I chair the Lowther Castle and Gardens charitable trust and enjoy supporting the Settle Carlisle railway.
I have lived in Carlisle for 27 years, moving here from London and am an active member of Scotby Church being involved in all aspects of church life. I am a qualified accountant and previously was an Audit and Accounting Partner for a local firm of Chartered Accountants specialising in charity clients. I now have a number of part time employed and voluntary roles where I utilise my charity finance experience. When not volunteering I can be found at the local gym, out walking or knitting. I am married with a grown up daughter and son.
John Edwards is a member of St James Church, Carlisle and a retired Chartered Surveyor (FRICS). During his career he worked with an Edinburgh financial institution for over 20 years and thereafter until retirement with a Property Company based in the south west of Scotland. He is a member of St James PCC and a Trustee of the Diocesan Board of Finance for the Carlisle Diocese. He is a past Chairman of RICS Scotland. He is enthusiastic about the work of RESTORE (Cumbria) and its involvement seeking to RESTORE lives within local communities. John is married to June and has two grown up children in Carlisle and two grandchildren.
Eleanor is a Carlisle lass, raised in Harraby until her teens, she has lived in or around the city for most of her life. A retired Anglican Priest, she was 'vicar' of Holy Trinity and St Barnabas, Carlisle until her retirement in 2017. Eleanor has a real heart for social justice and community development and a particular desire to see an end to domestic abuse in our communities and across the world. Prior to ordination Eleanor had a career in Human Resources and she is currently a member of the Chaplaincy Team at the Cumberland Infirmary.
I have a varied background in the arts, charities and the public sector including two year with the British Council in China. I re-trained as a solicitor in London, before becoming a Financial Ombudsman. I moved to Cumbria with my husband in 2016 to take up a post at Carlisle Cathedral before returning to my role as a Financial Ombudsman in 2020. I enjoy walking and worshipping in the beautiful rural parishes of High Westmorland.
John spent 16 years in international banking with significant experience in senior financial management in the UK and USA, taking a break to read Economics at Cambridge with a ‘development’ bias, feeding his interest in financial inclusion. Ordained in the Church of England, he spent 18 years as vicar of St. James, Carlisle where he helped work up the original Carlisle OpShop chain idea. John is an Hon. Canon of Carlisle Cathedral. As a Christian entrepreneur, John built and fund-raised for charitable enterprises including the Kepplewray Trust, with connections in Africa; he is on the Board of the development charity, Five Talents, and his 'day job' is National Director of the Langham Partnership UKI.
Chris moved to Cumbria in 2016 establishing a variety of cafes, shops and charity interests in the area. His interests are in helping the local communities and looking after our natural environment and Restore is a great fit with its mission to help others and to re-use and re-purpose goods. Chris also works with Another Way and the Settle and Carlisle Railway.