The honorary officers are elected by the Board of Trustees at its first meeting after the AGM. In addition, the board have the power to co-opt up to three additional trustees to bring additional skills to the overall leadership of the organisation.
Joyce Howarth - Chair
I have been a magistrate in Tameside for 30 years. I became a volunteer for Age Concern in 1979 and at the time of my retirement was their Director. On retirement I was employed as a Non-Executive Director of Greater Manchester Ambulance Service. I am currently a trustee and Chair of the charity, Friends of Tameside Young Carers and Chair of Hyde Probin Mela Luncheon club for older Bangladeshi men in Hyde. I am also a Board member of Tameside Racial Equality Centre. I have experience in instigating and maintaining constructive and supportive staff relationships and have an ability to understand complex issues. I also understand the need for robust accountability. I have strong interests in, and a commitment to, the voluntary and community sector and their activity in Tameside. I believe my skills of negotiating, ability to communicate at all levels and being able to see the wider picture will add to the overall skills of the Board.
I have been involved in the voluntary sector since I came out of the forces in the early eighties. I was involved initially with Tenants Associations and became involved with the set up of St Peters Partnerships, of which I am a Trustee/Director and Vice Chair of the Trading company. I am Tameside Home Services Director and Company Secretary. Member of the Management Committee of Tameside Volunteer Centre, LINk Board member, Disability Forum management committee and Really Important Questions member.
I have lived in Tameside since 1980 but even before moving I was actively involved in the community via my BT Trade Union, Trades Council and Labour Party activities. Since moving to Tameside I have continued with these roles as well as participating as a member of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC) and representing Waterloo Ward as a Board member of the Citizen Advice Bureau. As well as being on the Board at T3SC I am on the Boards of Tameside Radio and New Charter Housing Trust Group. I believe that my knowledge of the community of Tameside, my personal development as a member of these organisations and interpersonal skills help me to serve the community and especially the T3SC Board.
I am involved with a number of committee’s and am Chair of Haughton Green Community Forum, Haughton Green Centre, Denton and Audenshaw District Assembly and Ring and Ride Steering Group Tameside. I have a great deal of experience working with the community. I like to think I can recognise people’s skills and encourage them to develop them. I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years as a paid worker and voluntary worker in all areas of the community in Tameside. I have assisted many organisations in securing funding and have also been a referee for many bids.
Revd Roger Farnworth
I am team rector of the Parish of the Good Shepherd, Ashton-under-Lyne and area dean of Ashton. I’ve lived in Ashton for close to seven years and in addition to being on the T3SC Board, I am trustee of St Peter’s Partnerships. I have been parish priest for over ten years and bring to the board good experience of managing and leading volunteers in that role and some knowledge of charity finance and procedures. Prior to training as a priest I was a civil engineer working in local government and had considerable experience of management, finance and committee work in that role. In addition to the engineering work I undertook and directed.
I have worked in the local authority for 27 years as a qualified community development worker and a as a housing manager. I feel that the relevant skills I have gained in my magistrate duties over the years are:
I have worked on regeneration issues on housing, health and economic development - particularly disadvantages suffered by Black and Minority Ethnic communities. I have always been active in my sporting interests, particularly bowling. I am a member of Stamford and Etherow Bowling Green team and a member of the veteran clubs.
I am Vice-President at Shree Bharatiya Mandal, Ashton and Chair at Voluntary Centre Tameside and of the Faiths United network. I am also in the Independent Advisory Group for the local Police and work with RIQ’s (Really Important Questions) and POPPS (Partnership for Older People) group. I have been involved with Shree Bharatiya Mandal since 1965 with the Indian Association in Ashton. I have been a representative on the Tameside Strategic Partnership member for the last two years for the Black and Minority Ethnic network. I have been working at T3SC with different groups such as the Crime and Disorder Reduction network, the Local Involvement Network (LINk) and the Health and Social Care network. I am also a member of the User Reference Group at Tameside Hospital and have volunteered at the hospital for the last three years.
In 1992 I received the call to the ministry because as well as teaching and training I was leading a church that was growing to around one hundred people. So in September 1992 I became the full time minister at New Life Church, Cockbrook, Ashton. During this time I’ve been involved in multi-church activity putting on some major events throughout Tameside. About five years ago I began my journey of getting more involved with the community. I am now a Hospice Chaplain at Willow Wood Hospice and also serve on the Cultural and Community Cohesion Partnership as the representative of Faiths United of which I am the Chair.