Matt was born, raised, schooled and lived most of his life in Knaresborough. He’s a passionate and experienced Health Manager with twenty years’ experience working as a senior manager in the NHS, including a large GP practice and running Harrogate Hospital’s A&E department. Matt also project managed the investment, development and building of the multi-million pound Mowbray Square Medical Centre in Harrogate.
He can often be seen leading the way on a tandem with Open Country, a charity which seeks to enable anyone with any disability to access the countryside. He has been a volunteer with this charity, including as a Trustee, for more than a decade.
Matt loves being out in nature and green spaces and planting trees, which he has done as a friend of Jacob Smith Park.
Simon has over 25 years’ experience of developing, transforming and improving operations and technology across the Finance, Utilities and Health sectors and brings a programme and project management background to the team.
Hilary has enjoyed a diverse portfolio career, combining her core profession as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) with academic and charity administration roles.
Having gathered a fair amount of committee (trustee experience) e.g locally in wildlife conservation, she is now Chair of a Foundation Trust which will fund research into developmental language disorders. Other trustee roles have included member of the Board of both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Association of SLTs in Independent Practice (also serving as Chair), as well as working extensively as an expert witness within the civil courts and educational tribunal systems.
Recently retired after 15 years lecturing at the University of Sheffield, Hilary retains an honorary position. Hilary and her family have lived in Knaresborough for 20+ years and she has been an active member of the community always taking a keen interest in local issues and developments.
Peter has lived in Knaresborough for over 30 years and runs a national consultancy in healthcare, specialising in whole system change and population health modelling. He is married with four grown-up children, two of whom still live locally. Until early 2020, he was Chair of a national charity/think tank specialising in relational thinking, since when he has diverted more of his time to local initiatives.
Peter has produced the town’s nativity play for the last 3 or 4 years and was the coordinator behind the 2018 St Robert town celebrations. Most recently, he was part of the team which responded to the COVID pandemic and has since grown into Knaresborough Connectors.
With a history of working in the public and voluntary sectors, Emma brings a breadth of experience to the team.
Since moving to Knaresborough, Emma has become involved in the community, serving on the NDP working group, Live Local Initiative.