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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.
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 his mission to help others and to re-use and re-purpose goods. Chris also works with Another Way and the Settle and Carlisle Railway.
Alex was born in Huddersfield West Yorkshire, but now living in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She has worked in the hospitality and retail industry for 22 years in both operational and people (HR) roles. Currently the People Director for Westmorland Family. Alex is motivated by creating fun and engaging company cultures as well as ensuring people can discover their natural talents and grow their careers. Alex is married and has a dog called Ruby and two cats Reggie and Rosie, she loves the outdoors, walking, mountain biking or exercising at the gym.
Duncan was born in Knutsford (Cheshire), where he volunteered in a charity shop before moving to Durham University, he then started working for Procter & Gamble in Newcastle. In a variety of locations across the UK and Europe, Duncan held positions in IT, Purchasing, Finance and Internal Audit. As a Management Accountant and Independent Examiner, he also has experience in Sports Club Management and the 3rd Sector with a consortium of advice charities in Derbyshire. Since moving to Penrith in 2010, Duncan has been involved locally as Finance Officer in the formation of the Eden Credit Union and Chair of Churches Together in Penrith. He is married to Sally and has a daughter Emily. Two of his passions are Church Bellringing and Fell Walking.
Rob worked for Barclays Bank before becoming Director of Administration at All Souls, Langham Place. He moved to Cumbria as Diocesan Treasurer and then into publishing, becoming Operations Manager for Wesley Owen Books & Music. More recently he worked for Sainsbury’s Rob is a Reader at St Michael’s, Stanwix, Lay Chair of Carlisle Diocesan Synod, Member of Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council and Trustee, DBF Finance Committee. He is married to Liz with three adult daughters. Rob has recently been volunteering at our Petteril Bank store so has seen first hand how busy it is.
Andrew was born in Milburn Cumbria, he went to School in Appleby and then Teesside Polytechnic. Eventually he moved down to London and after a few roles and training to be a Catholic priest he ended up working for a US data warehouse corp. He was there for 20+ years, in his final role he was the European director of consulting for the commercial businesses. Now he is the Company Founder and Director – Enable Success – Technology Empowering Transformation – still all about data! Andrew is a self-supporting minister within the East of Eden Mission Community, and has just recently completed a diploma in Theology and has an MA in philosophy from Heythrope College, University of London. He is currently doing an MSc in Digital Transformation with Hull University. He loves cycling and walking in the Eden Valley