Hebden Bridge Community Association

The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge is managed by the Hebden Bridge Community Association (HBCA), a charitable organisation and development trust responsible for ongoing regeneration in Hebden Bridge.

A community organisation, the HBCA acquired The Town Hall in 2010 and is now responsible for its ongoing management and financial sustainability. Primarily, The Town Hall is focused on the ongoing regeneration and economic development of Hebden Bridge and offers a range of subsidised services to enable local community to thrive.

The governance of the HBCA is managed by a board of volunteer trustees and the organisation is supported by around 600 Friends of The Town Hall. Get in touch if you’d like to join our membership scheme.

Our Trustees

Richard Needham (Chair) 

Richard is relatively new to Hebden Bridge but not to the third sector. He knows something of the energy, commitment and imagination that the sector brings to our communities and knows that the sector has a strong voice that is not heard and respected enough - especially so in hard times. Richard is currently Operations Manager for a charity - Sure Start Hyndburn - in Accrington and has previously held roles as the Chair of Trustees for a homeless charity, been a Local Councillor and School Governor. Richard is a social worker by training. Richard was co-opted to the Board initially and was acting Chair of the Board from April 2017 before being formally appointed to the Board in June 2017 at the AGM and appointed as Chair by his fellow Trustees. 

Paula Nickson - Vice Chair

Paula is a specialist in business innovation and improvement through partnership. Experience in the public and private sector have given her skills in connecting priorities, people and practices to achieve results that benefit all parties. Paula has a history of successful collaborations and experience of working with different sectors from social enterprise to national organisations.

Amanda Ward - Treasurer

Amanda grew up in Hebden Bridge and now lives in Todmorden. She is a qualified accountant and has worked with KPMG for over 20 years. She has spent time as an auditor and is currently the financial controller of KPMG's own audit practice in the UK. She has experience of governance, accountability, staff management as well as financial and management accounting.

Community life is a strong presence Amanda's family and her father was a Hebden Royd Councillor for over 20 years as well as mayor in 1985. He was a member of the Hebden Bridge Community Association in its very early days and they both watched with interest the development of The Town Hall and hoped for its sustainable success. Amanda still has links with Hebden Bridge being a school governor of the two infant schools and am interested in helping to create a long-term secure base for The Town Hall.

Rory Deighton - Company Secretary

Rory runs Kirklees Healthwatch, a health and social care charity, and previously managed Calderdale's network of Citizens Advice Bureaux. Rory brings experience of running medium sized charities and has a keen interest in social enterprise models.

Dai Larner

Dai has lived in Mytholmroyd since 1994 and is keen to put something back into a community and a place that has given a lot to him and his family. Dai has a passion for working with communities to make places better and bringing heritage buildings back into modern use. In the Peak District he has led the development of major heritage schemes and secured significant grant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as working with communities on asset transfers, neighbourhood plans and affordable housing.

Antonio Benitez

Antonio works as Manchester Science Festival Director at the Museum of Science and Industry: he is responsible for driving the vision and strategic planning of the annual contemporary science events programme at the Museum. Antonio has vast experience in the cultural and academic sectors, having worked at the National Media Musuem in Bradford, on the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement and at the British Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery. Antonio was elected to the Board in June 2017 at the AGM.