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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

Trustee - Liz Smith 2  Liz Smith

Liz has been a Board Member since 2014 and Chair of the HR Sub-Committee since 2015. Liz has over 25 years’ experience in organisational development & transformation, and management consultancy in the public, private and third sectors. Liz has worked at senior levels in local authorities as Head of Service, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive.  Liz was the chair of a Community Safety Partnership and has extensive experience of working across organisations and partnerships in both strategic and operational roles and particularly in delivering transformation and efficiencies.  Liz is currently working in the Energy Efficiency sector providing services to domestic and commercial properties.

Liz moved from the public sector to the private sector in September 2013.  After a period doing voluntary work with a couple of charities Liz wanted an opportunity to use the knowledge she had gained in local government to work with a larger organisation providing services to vulnerable people, and so joined the Board of Action June 2014

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.


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.