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Meet our trustees

Action’s Board are responsible for the governance and strategy of the Charity. They have a number of key responsibilities, particularly safeguarding our long term future, and ensuring that our resources are put to the best possible use. They meet 6 times a year, and are supported by two specialist sub-committees, Audit & Risk and Human Resources.

Athol Stott  Atholl Stott, FCIPD – Chair

Atholl is a senior executive and non-executive director with a depth of experience in organisations ranging from financial services and the voluntary sector to traditional unionised heavy industry. He joined Action in 2012 and became Chair in 2013.

Atholl is Managing Director of a property investment and development company.  He is also Chair of North Nottinghamshire College and Housing for You Ltd (an Action joint venture company, in partnership with Groundwork Cresswell). He is a member of the board of the Association of Colleges, Vice Chair of the AoC Governors Council and a National Leader in Governance for the AoC.

He was Chief Executive of a regional third sector organisation, an LSC board member and an EMDA business champion for eight years. His career started with the National Coal Board in 1979, progressing from the coal face to Divisional Human Resources Director. He then held a number of Senior HR positions in national and international companies, including global insurance company AON.

Atholl lives in Yorkshire and is married with 3 daughters and two granddaughters

 Paula Warnock

Profile in progress.

Trustee - Carl 2  Andrew Hopton

Andrew has been a Board Member since 2013. He runs a building firm in Harrogate and acts as our Board adviser on construction matters. Andrew is also a member of our Audit & Risk Committee.

Trustee - Ian Knowles 1  Ian Knowles

Ian has been a Board Member since 2014. He is Director of Resources at West Lindsay District Council. Ian is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

  Danielle Wray

Danielle joined the board in 2017. She works in Harrogate as a Senior Auditor and is also MD of a property investment company based in the North East.


From time to time, Action will seek to add to its Board. If this might be of interest to you, please click here to see if we are currently recruiting.