Ronnie Barker MBE - Chair & Director
Ronnie retired as Managing Director of the Suttons Group of Companies in 2005 and concentrated on his Voluntary Activities which first started as a Gymnastics Coach for over twenty years starting in the mid-seventies, and led to his involvement at International level in Sports Acrobatics and Tumbling.
In 2002 he was one of the Founder Members of PEER Support (People Encouraging Enterprise in Rossendale – based on the principle of the Sirolli Institute) and for 10 years he was chair of over 100 Volunteer Members throughout that period who collectively supported one ‘Paid Enterprise Facilitator’ to help over 750 Businesses to Start or Expand.
He became a Governor of Alder Grange School in 2003 being Vice-Chair of Governors for seven years prior to his election as Chair in November 2016.
Through his involvement in Health Related matters, as part of the Community Health Group, he was asked to help to set up and Chair the Waterfoot Group of Doctors PPG (Patients’ Participation Group). This led to an invitation to represent Patients on the Rossendale Locality CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and fuelled his vision to link all nine GP Practices in Rossendale by forming a Rossendale PPG Network feeding into an East Lancs wide Body.
When VIC (Veterans In Communities) was Incorporated in September 2012 Ronnie was invited to be a Trustee Director and elected to Chair the Board of Trustees which gave him the opportunity to use his contacts through Business, Education and Health to support the work of the VIC Operational Team.
Ronnie has two grown children and three grandchildren and allocates as much of his free time as possible transporting and watching their sporting activities.
Ronnie received an MBE Award in the 2015 Queen’s New Year Honours List for his services to the Communities of Rossendale.
Barry Payton MBE - Secretary & Director
Barry has lived in Rossendale all his life. He is married to Kath who is a nurse and they have 2 daughters, 2 sons and 9 grandchildren.
Barry worked for 30 years in BT before leaving in 1994 to try other things. In 1997 he met some like minded people whose aspiration was to make some improvements in the local community. He was instrumental in the concept, development and management of Haslingden Community Link and Children’s Centre. Now retired, Barry is active as a School Governor at St Mary’s RC Primary School, a member of the Patient Participation Group at his Doctor’s Surgery as well as being a Trustee/Director of Veterans in Communities.
Barry was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Children and Families.
Jon Beilby BSc.(Hons.), Dip. Ed., Cert. Ed. Man., ADHP(NC), FNSHP, ECP, ECCH
Jon is a retired psychotherapist who graduated from Swansea University with an Honours Degree in 1972. He has worked in industry and taught for over twenty years, as well as serving in the Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve.
Jon was trained by the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and by Relate, (the National Relationship Counselling Charity), for whom he worked as a counsellor. He was the Executive Director of the National Register of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy from 2003 to 2009.
He was the first person in the UK to be awarded the European Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis and has worked with individuals, couples and groups, as well as supervising therapists/counsellors.
Jon was the Principal of the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy from 2003 to 2008 and was an examiner and Tutor for the National College Post-Graduate Diploma Course.
In 2008 he became the Chair of the European Association of Hypno Psychotherapy, (EAHP), having been a Director and Secretary since 2003. He was an International Inspector for the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP).
Jon is a director of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Limited which facilitates training and acts a consultant for individual therapists and corporate bodies as well as working with groups and private clients.
He has worked on the NHS and Job Centre Plus Condition Management Programme with the Help for Health Programme in Lancashire.
His main professional interests were in working with stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationships, abuse issues, dementia care, IBS and work and unemployment issues.
He is registered with the European Association of Hypno Psychotherapy and the European Association of Psychotherapy. He is also a registered trainer for the Alzheimer’s Society “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, Dementia Care Award.
Jon has published articles in the UK and written several training modules. In his career he was well known in the UK and abroad as a speaker at conferences and other events.
Jon had done some previous work with VIC members and on his retirement was invited to be a trustee director.
I am Major Bob Smethurst and I believe that I am well qualified for my role as a trustee of ViC, both because I am a veteran myself and also since I am a member of the local community too. I have served for 20 years as a regular (RAOC/RLC), leaving on Voluntary Redundancy and have now served for a further 20 years as a reserve.
Indeed, not only am I a veteran but my wife is also a veteran (ex RAF nursing sister) and my son is too, having recently been medically discharged, following service in Afghanistan.
My speciality is HR and I currently work part time in RHQ The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, as a Civilian Engagement Officer. In this role I have dealings with numerous organisations across the NW and this means that I am especially well placed to bring the military and civilian communities together, to their mutual advantage. I am passionate about my job and will happily use my network of contacts to help anyone to make the transition from military life to becoming a civvy.
Since leaving the regular army I have worked as an HR manager with both the NHS and Boots the Chemists Logistics. Born in Lancashire I am proud of my heritage and I have lived in Rossendale since leaving the regulars in 1994.
I hope that you agree that this makes me a true “Veteran in the Community” and look forwards to using my experience to the benefit of the ViC team.
David Peat OBE, BA, CPFA, FCCA, MHSM
David was born in Rossendale Hospital and educated at Haslingden Grammar School. He attended Leeds University and graduated in History. Subsequently he qualified as an Accountant whilst working at Manchester Corporation, later working for Stockport and Knowsley Councils.
He joined the NHS in the early 1980s, working at Regional level and locally in East Lancashire for almost 30 years as Director of Finance and Chief Executive.
He was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS in Lancashire in 2008
Since retiring, he has provided Consultancy Services to Central Government, the NHS, the Private Sector and mentors Chief Officers in the Public Sector. He has an Honorary Fellowship at Manchester Business School, is a Parish Councillor, Vice Chair of Governors at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Blackburn and is a member of Blackburn Cathedral Council. His wife Theresa is also from Haslingden and they have two grown up sons.
Promotions and Bookings Coordinator
Prior to my retirement in 2011, I was a Textile Design Tutor, teaching within the School of Materials at The University of Manchester. For the last 5 years, I was the Technical Services Manager responsible for staff, facilities and capital projects within the School of Materials. On retiring, as I have a passion for Rossendale and Bacup in particular, I began to involve myself further with community groups.
I had started my journey in 2007, as Secretary to an event group, Relay For Life Rossendale, who have held their fundraising event each year for 9 years and regularly raise over £32K for Cancer Research UK. I remained with the group until 2013.
By invitation, I joined the Bacup Traders Association in 2012 again as Secretary, with a view to helping stimulate Bacup through engagement with the traders and other groups, and remained with the group until 2014.
I was invited to join the Bacup Events Group, which provided me with an opportunity to get involved with the organization of events in Bacup and I am still actively involved with this group.
I was invited to take up the position of Secretary to Rossendale Revival, an events organizing group in 2011, which is responsible for events such as Clogs Ont Cobbles and the Rawtenstall Annual Fair and remained with them until 2014.
In 2013, I founded the Rossendale 60’s Festival. The event has gone from strength to strength and I currently Chair the Festival Organising group
In 2014, I was invited to become Chair of the Rossendale Tourism and Heritage group (RTHG), which was responsible for promoting Rossendale, its attractions, activities, heritage and events. This group was superseded later that year by The Promoting Rossendale Partnership Board (PRPB),which I am a member. The Partnership’s aims are much broader than the RTHG, and aim to change perceptions of Rossendale as a place to visit, live, work or do business and develop an increasingly competitive offer, to develop a sustainable, co-ordinated communication approach so that Rossendale’s voice is clearly heard in the market, and to strengthen the visitor economy of Rossendale, presenting a unique and competitive package within the visitor market.
After the formation of the PRPB, I was invited to Chair the Tourism Communications Group in 2014, which is a sub group that falls under the PRPB, andis responsible for actively communicating information relating to activities, attractions and events through a range of media including the Visit Rossendale Web site and the social media network.
I am a member of the Bacup THI Partnership Board and took over the Chair of Bacup THI Engagement and Communications group in 2014, which develops and advises the main THI Partnership board on issues relating to Bacup community initiatives and engagement.
I have developed and maintain a number of blog sites and Facebook pages, all having specific roles in promoting the many aspects of Rossendale’s tourism offer, and write a regular column in the Rossendale Free Press under the title of ‘Rossendale Revealed’. I am also a member of the Bacup Neighborhood Forum and a former member of the Rawtenstall Town Team.
I am a member of the VIC Choir, and have recently agreed to take on the role of Promotions and Bookings Coordinator, and have recently been invited to join the Board of Trustees, which I have accepted.
In being involved with the above groups, my aim is to encourage communication and cooperation between groups to affect the best solutions in the development and promotion of Rossendale and its community.
Colin Crawforth - Rossendale Champion for the Armed Forces
Colin Crawforth joined the VIC board of Trustees after the local elections and the previous Armed Forces Champion Sam Smallridge should down. Colin is also the Deputy Mayor of Rossendale.
He has lived in Rossendale for over 28 years with his wife Denise. Colin is a retired teacher whose retirement time is completely filled with his other roles as a church warden (St Paul's Constable Lee) as a director of International Aid Trust (a Christian aid agency based in Preston).