The tough decision of picking just one winner in each category will fall to our esteemed panel of judges, here’s a little more information on who will be making those choices.
Simon Walton is a director of Riley & Co Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors. He is the longest serving team member, having joined in 1991 and oversees the Tax, Payroll and Pensions, and Administration teams.
Within our local community, Simon is treasurer for Business for Calderdale. He is the finance committee member of the Community Foundation of Calderdale. As Director and Committee member of Halifax 900 Trust, he is part of the fundraising arm for the Halifax Minster. Simon is an Associate Governor at our local Salterhebble Junior and Infant School and in addition he also lecturers regularly on all things tax.
Simon spent the early part of his career working for the Inland Revenue and still sits on the regional panel of Working Together, the consultation forum for HMRC and fellow tax professionals.
Since joining the Foundation in 2000 Steve has helped to ‘plant’ Community Foundations in the other districts of West Yorkshire. Steve assisted the Bishop of Wakefield in helping to form the Wakefield Community Foundation and in 2009/10 helped form a steering committee/board trustees in Kirklees and established the One Community Foundation Chaired by Sir John Harman.
Steve has overseen 4 local flood appeals – the most recent flood on Boxing Day 2015 he and his team raised £3.4m to support flood affected householders, charities and businesses.
Steve is a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire (2008) fully immersed in community life in Calderdale and active on many committees and bodies including Chairing the Chief Execs Forum for the voluntary sector, acting as a trustee of the Halifax 900 Trust and a committee member of Business for Calderdale.
In his spare time Steve has completed a number of endurance walks, played in charity rugby and football matches, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and canoed the Caledonian Canal all to raise money for local charitable causes.
Jason Stamp is the Chief Officer of NBF, a voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisation working across Yorkshire and the Humber. NBF provides infrastructure services in Calderdale via the Sector Support Calderdale team.
Jason has a wide range of experience within the Sector including project management and service delivery, including working with the Local Strategic Partnership, wider partnership development and overseeing Hull’s successful Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund. His specific area of expertise is health and social care.
Jason is a Lay Member on the Board of the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group with a portfolio that includes engagement with the voluntary and community sector, particularly around future service provision. He also holds a Public Appointment as an independent Chair within NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning Directorate. His particular areas of interest are rare medical conditions, service prioritisation and patient and public participation in the work of the NHS.
I have worked in policy development, service improvement and innovation in local government since 1998. Since 2012 I have had a lead role for Calderdale Council in our work in partnership with the voluntary and community sector. It is a real privilege, particularly as a Calder Valley resident, to work alongside the huge range of amazing local voluntary and community groups in Calderdale and the passionate people who work and volunteer with them to make a difference across the Borough. My team’s work includes running grants and contracts for the voluntary community sector, developing volunteering, working with other funders to bring more money into Calderdale and some big projects with the sector like community asset transfers where local people have taken on the management of important local buildings (for example the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge, the old Fire Station and Swimming Pool in Sowerby Bridge and Centre at Threeways, former Ridings School, in Halifax).