Our Trustees

  • Paul Cooper
    Paul Cooper Treasurer

    Paul has lived in Hayfield all his life and enjoys cycling and walking in the Peak District. A chartered management accountant, Paul has worked in a number of diverse sectors including a number of Housing Associations, where he specialised in treasury and tax. He is also the Standard Bearer and committee member for his local Royal British Legion branch and treasurer for a couple of small associations in Hayfield.

  • David Holmes
    David Holmes

    David is based in Sheffield, where he spends much of his time in the magnificent countryside on his doorstep as a director and active member of Dark Peak Fell Runners. He was a lecturer in journalism at the University of Sheffield, a senior journalist with BBC Sheffield, a trade union official and a CPRE campaigner in the local green belt. He created the Bradfield Boundary Run in 1994 and has kept it going every year since; and he helped with social media communications during the recent Sheffield street trees campaign.

  • Chris Heard
    Chris Heard Chair

    Whilst living first in Bollington and then in Hayfield on the edge of the Peak District National Park, and now retired, Chris has had a 37 year career with Shell both in the UK and internationally. One of Chris’ main interests has always been the ‘great outdoors’ – initially fell running, climbing and mountain biking, but more lately confined to walking! He was appointed as Chair in September 2017.

  • Robert Hunter
    Robert Hunter

    A very keen walker and traveller who previously lived in London and Hampshire, Robert decided to retire to Sheffield to be near the Peak District. With experience of international and corporate banking, insurance and investments, together with a second career at HM Revenue & Customs, Robert brings a financial and commercial outlook to the Board’s decisions.

  • Faith Johnson
    Faith Johnson

    Faith is managing director of the Environmental Quality Mark Community Interest Company, which runs the Environmental Quality Mark award scheme on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority. She lives on a working upland farm in the Peak District, helps manage the beef herd and keeps a small flock of rare breed white-faced woodland sheep.

  • Corinna Lincoln
    Corinna Lincoln

    Originally from Sheffield, Corinna now lives in the Peak District. She is a solicitor with a local firm and also acts as a trustee for the charity, Challenge Cancer Through Adventure.

    Corinna loves outdoors pursuits and in her free time, can usually be found with climbing shoes, muddy running shoes or a mountain bike, somewhere on or below a Peak District crag.

  • Les Sturch
    Les Sturch

    Les came to Sheffield as a student, returning soon after to work for the City on sustainable development, more recently as Head of Planning and finally as Director of Regeneration and Development. Passionate about the Peak he is a local cycle leader and keen hiker.

  • Andy Topley
    Andy Topley Vice Chair

    Andy has a 40 year career in architecture, planning and regeneration, latterly as Chief Executive of Sheffield One and Director of Regeneration at Creative Sheffield. Born in Mosborough, he has lived in the Peak District and Matlock area for almost 40 years.