Our Board of Trustees
Peter McNestry MBE (Chair)
Peter was elected Chair of the CRT on 12th March 2008. Peter’s official positions have included: General Secretary of the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers, which he has represented on numerous UK and European committees dealing with coal industry issues. Peter previously worked as a coalminer in Durham and Yorkshire. He is now an advisor to the Department for Trade and Industry on coal health claims.
Nicholas Wilson (Vice Chair)
Nicky was elected Vice-Chair of the CRT on 16th March 2011. Nicky is the President/General Secretary of NUM Scotland Area and the Scotland Area representative on the National Executive Committee of the NUM. He is also Vice President of the NUM (Acting President). Nicky currently holds the following public positions: Chair of Scottish Coal Industry Special Welfare, which is a charity that aims to alleviate hardship of people who are or were connected to the mining industry; Chair Scottish Miners’ Convalescent based at Blair Castle, Culross, Fife; Trustee/Director for Scottish Mining Museum.
Vernon Jones MBE
Vernon is Chief Executive of the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation and Secretary of the Miners’ Welfare National Educational Fund. He has extensive involvement in personal and community welfare in the mining communities, having worked in the coal industry since 1975. He is also a member of the English Monitoring Group set up by the government to oversee the progress of compensation in relation to British Coal Health Claims.
Sylvia has a long career in the NHS including 23 years in Health visiting during which time she worked in a strategic capacity at North Notts Health Authority. This involved leading on inter agency health and regeneration partnership work in response to colliery closures. Sylvia is now retired from her position of Strategic Public Health Manager at Ashfield Primary Care. Sylvia has held Trustee positions on various voluntary sector organisations and chaired multi agency partnerships at District, County and National level.
Involved in the coal mining industry in Wales since 1976, Wayne is one of the original shareholders in Tower Colliery. His official positions include: General Secretary of the NUM South Wales Area; Trustee of the Court Royal convalescent home at Bournemouth, which provides convalescent care for mining-related illnesses; Trustee of the South Wales Welfare Fund, which provides grants to enhance the quality of Miners’ Welfare Halls; Trustee of the David Davies Memorial Fund, set up to distribute grants to assist families with higher education; Chair of the National NUM Social Insurance Sub Committee; Trustee Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation; Member of the National DTI Monitoring Group; Member of the South Wales DTI Monitoring Group. Wayne is also a local community councillor.
Dawn Davies graduated with Honours in Enterprise from the University of Glamorgan. Following a career in finance, administration, sales and management in the private and third sector, Dawn went on to set up Creation Development at Blaengarw Workman’s Hall with a skeleton staff of 5 in 2000 and an annual turnover of £40,000. Creation Development now employs 36 people and has an annual turnover of £900,000. In addition to initiating a broad spectrum of regeneration and community development programmes, Creation also provides a mentoring and support service to over 30 large and small community organisations. In 2007, Dawn was presented with the Mayor’s Special Award for Services to the Community. In 2009, Creation won the UK British Urban Regeneration Association Award for Community Inspired Regeneration.
Mick’s career started in coal mining started at the age of fifteen. He worked for more than two years on the colliery safety staff before going to work on the coalface. In 1969 he left the National Coal Board to read a London University Degree full time at Leeds Polytechnic and afterwards a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Leeds University. After lecturing for a couple of years he joined the NUM Yorkshire Area in 1976 as Deputy Head of the Compensation Department. In 1983 he became the NUM Head of Industrial Relations and in 1990 obtained an M.Phil. at Bradford University. In 1992 he was elected Labour MP for Barnsley West and Penistone and remained an MP until 2010 when he stepped down because of boundary changes which brought the constituency to a close. During his Parliamentary career he served thirteen years on the Trade and Industry Select Committee and in 1995 was elected chair of the All Party Occupational Safety and Health Group which he chaired for 15 years and during that time established the Asbestos-Sub Committee in 1999. In that year he was elected to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and chaired the Civil Dimensions of Security Committee for four years between 2002 and 2006. For a short time in 1997 he was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Health but resigned in protest against the governments proposed reduction in single parent benefit. In that year he set up the All Party Coalfields Community Group which he chaired for 13 years. From 1999 until 2010 he was chairman of the Ministers advisory group for the Miners COPD scheme. In February 2010 he was asked to chair a Review of Coalfield Regeneration by the Minister of State for Communities and Local Government. Initiated by a Labour Government the recommendations of the Review were formally accepted by the Coalition Government in March 2011. Mick has also been Chair of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme since 6th December 2011.
Cllr Terence O’Neill
Councillor O’Neill has been Leader Warrington Borough Council since May 2011. Terry began his political career as a Parish Councillor for the Burtonwood Parish Council in 1983 and was elected to the Borough Council in 1991. Terry has been the Leader of the Labour Group since May 2006. He is a member of the North West Industrial Communities Allliance and in 2014 was appointed Chair of the National Industrial Communities Alliance (formerly the Coalfield Communities Campaign). Terry is a member of the LGA National Culture, Tourism and Sport Board. He is a member of the Rail North Leaders Board and in 2014/15 he was a member of the Northern Electrification Task Force, which was a task and finish group established to guide technical work to identify and prioritise a rolling programme of electrification across the North of England. Terry is a member of the North West Regional Leaders Board and the Atlantic Gateway Partnership Board. He is a member of the Cheshire and Warrington Sub-Regional Leadership Board and the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership Board. Terry is a member of the Board of Warrington 2000+ (the town’s public/private sector regeneration partnership). He is chair of the Omega Partnership Board. Terry is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation. The foundation delivers the community programmes for the Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club and associated community regeneration projects, including educational, cultural and sporting links between the Club and the community. Terry also chairs the Rugby League Development Management Board, which oversees all aspects of the development of the Amateur game in the Town. Prior to 2006 Terry held the position of Chair of the Development Control Committee for many years. From May 2002 to May 2006 Terry was the portfolio holder for Environment and Regeneration and was a member of the Executive Board. His portfolio responsibilities included Economic Development, Inward Investment, Waste Management, Strategic Planning, Regeneration and Tourism.
Terry lives in Burtonwood, is married with two grown-up children and is a school governor as both the local primary schools and he is Chairman of a local Burtonwood Football Team. Terry is a retired service engineer.
Cllr Bob Young
Bob was born in Dunfermline and educated at Tulliff Academy, he left school aged 15 and started work at the local pit. Aged 17 ½ Bob joined the army for 3 years. Bob has worked in a variety of jobs from selling ice cream in Hyde Park London to working in Angola, Ivory Coast and the Gold Coast. Aged 38 Bob decided to settle down and started work back at Comrie Colliery and was elected Chairman of the NUM. Following the termination of his employment at the end of the strike Bob stood for Fife Regional Council as a Labour Candidate. Bob was elected in May 1986 and the pit closed in January 1987. Bob returned to education and took a degree in Management he then gained successful employment with Gang Forth, a training company. After 2 years with the company Bob was appointed Managing Director and remained there until retirement.
Bob has a son and daughter, 3 grandsons and 1 great grandson.
Tom was born and brought up in Cumnock in the East Ayrshire coalfield. After Glasgow University, he had a 30 year career in management with Cadbury Schweppes, holding a number of senior Human Resources roles in several areas of the business. He returned in 1999 to Scotland and become Operations Director of Scottish Business Community which involved contacts with many leading companies, public bodies and the Scottish Government. He joined the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in 2003 and until 2011 was Business Relationships Manager working to involve businesses in supporting CRT’s work in former coalfield areas across Scotland. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development in 1993.