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Our Trustees

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Paul Rone

South Wye Development Trust Chief Officer

South Wye Development Trust & Company Secretary

Paul Rone is a county councillor and lives in his Redhill Ward which he has represented since 2011. He describes himself as a ‘hands on’ councillor and is involved in many aspects of community improvement throughout the South Wye area.

When not involved in council and community issues, he can be seen driving his black taxi as he plies his trade as a cabbie.

Kevin Tillett


Local Councillor for Hunderton and Hinton Ward

Kevin represents Hinton and Hunderton (the ward containing the Kindle centre) on both Herefordshire Council and Hereford City Council.

Kevin was a science teacher and has also worked as an actor, singer, presenter and trainer. He is a trustee of RSPCA Herefordshire, lives in Hunderton and can often seen walking his dogs.

Franca Lane


Franca has recently moved to Hereford from London where she worked as a mental health practioner both for the NHS and charities. She is very passionate and committed to promoting shared knowledge and awareness of well-being within the community to alleviate depression, social exclusion and the myriad of body – mind issues.

Franca is highly aware of the challenges we all face in this current social and economic climate and would like to continue to get more involved and participate with the South Wye community work in the area. In the past she has been part of creating rewarding partnerships between the public and private sectors working within the local communities.

She is particularly interested in how the individual can be empowered to become mentally, physically and spiritually more resilient. She also has an insight into the management of depression, anxiety and psychosomatic issues through meditation and mind/body practices. She is involved in mindfulness in education including having worked for Oxford University during 2017 and 2018.

Since arriving in Hereford Franca has been following the Women’s Equality Group, the Happier, Healthier Herefordshire meetings and the Green Networks activities.

She is a people’s person who enjoys conversation, walks, independent cinema and retreats.

She is very honoured at becoming a trustee at the Kindle Centre, South Wye Development Trust.

Ivan Powell


Former Policing Commander for West Mercia Police, Herefordshire Division

Ivan retired in 2014 as Policing Commander for West Mercia Police, Herefordshire Division, after 32 years’ service. During this time he has worked with many current members of the Trust over a number of years.

Ivan is currently the independent chair of Herefordshire’s Adult Safeguarding Board.

Ivan grew up in Herefordshire and still remains a resident; he is married with 3 children.  Ivan is a school governor at a local primary school and chairman of Hereford Rugby Club.

Nick Small


Director – Network Data Services Ltd

Nick was born in Hereford and has lived here most of his life. He now lives in Lower Bullingham (South Wye) with his young family, and runs a business from Rotherwas, so he is deeply passionate about contributing to the local community.

Nick has always been incredibly impressed with the vital work that the South Wye Development Trust do within the community and the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the on-going need to help those who could be struggling for a variety of reasons. Nick’s company was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help with the 2020 Christmas hampers for the South Wye Development Trust and seeing the impact these had on the community inspired him to want to contribute more of his time and energy into helping the community

Nick is thrilled to be a Trustee and grateful for the opportunity to give more back to the community.

Pat Gordon


Founding members of Growing local is Going Local CIC

Pat came to the county from North Shropshire to teach at Holme Lacy College in 1983. Pat left the College in 2008 after developing the Learning Support and Foundation Departments. She also started her garden building ‘career’ as a founder member of Herefordshire Growing Point in 1990.

Since leaving Holme Lacy she founded Growing Local is Going Local CIC, a small community interest company dedicated to bringing the local community closer to ‘real food’, ‘growing your own’ and ‘cooking from scratch’. Pat is particularly interested in improving health and well being through cooking and gardening, and is very pleased the ‘Big Eats’, which Growing Local organises have become so popular at the Kindle Centre.

Pat has lived in Whitecross for most of her 35 years in the County, raising a vibrant family of four, who regularly return and help with Pat’s various projects.

Pat loves Herefordshire to bits, the landscape and the people. She loves walking, camping, and of course gardening and cooking.

Penny Southwood


Penny Joined the Board of Trustees last year,  Supporting businesses to grow.

Penny has a track record in taking concept to completion bringing wider business leadership skills to support business growth and development at strategic level. Motivated and skilled at engaging with stakeholders across all sectors to identify opportunities and change required to increase existing business or access new markets and income streams.

Penny has experience in both commercial and charity sectors.

June Griffiths


June has lived in Hunderton, Hereford all of her life. She raised 3 children whilst working full time.

Now retired, June is the advocate for the Community and works tirelessly supporting the elderly and vulnerable members of the community.