Dr David C Ingham – Chairman
David is a retired academic with qualifications in developmental and social psychology. He has trained teachers and social workers, and worked as a consultant to the Metropolitan police on projects to protect vulnerable children. A lifetime as a climber and mountaineer has taken him on expeditions to the Alps, America, Canada and the Himalayas. An avid reader of biography and history, he bemoans the fact that more time is spent reading emails rather than a book. Though a committed environmentalist he is highly sceptical that wind farms reduce the carbon footprint, and keen that alternative clean power sources such as tidal and hydro-electric receiving the same backing as wind farms; these, unlike turbines, do not desecrate the landscape. Other interests include theatre, art and music and, as a fanatical Dylan fan, David has high hopes “The Times they’re a Changing” !
Graham Booth – Deputy Chairman
Graham is a specialist key account manager and coach in the pharmaceutical industry, and has qualifications in both physiology and zoology. He is a ‘leading light’ in Menston Action Group and the fight against unsustainable and harmful development in the village which has rallied locals very successful to the cause and created a stronger community. A keen off road cyclist and digital photographer, he also knows a lot about weird rock bands. He is keen to see the kind of local planning vision that led to Saltaire, Bournville and Port Sunlight over a century ago – “We have come so far and yet travelled backwards”.
Alan D Elsegood – Secretary
Alan recently retired as a human resources specialist, lecturer, expert witness on employment matters, and an employment tribunal advocate. Alan ran his own consultancy, training and recruitment practice until retirement in 2010. He subsequently applied a restless nature and enquiring mind to community representation as Chairman (for four years) of Menston Community Association and remains a member of the Consultative Committee for Leeds/Bradford Airport. He is a keen gardener, particularly fruit and vegetables, and an active member of Menston in Bloom. Other interests include genealogy, his cars including a classic Mini, cycling, photography and rock ‘n roll music.
Martin Hughes – Treasurer
Martin is a certified remedial surveyor and holds qualifications in agriculture. He is co-owner and director of a small building renovation business with 10 employees who specialise in flood defence and invasive weed control. Martin holds a number of directorships, including being chairman of Guarantee Protection Trust Ltd. He is a Town Councillor for Horsforth’s Victoria Ward, Chairman of Horsforth Civic Trust, and Chairman of Newlay Conservation Society. Martin is interested in home generated power, as a significant contributor to government energy and emission targets. Home has a PV solar power array, and he was the first individual in Leeds to own and use a fully electric car.
Clive Woods – Research Officer
Clive lives in Yeadon and is a former teacher and headteacher at schools in Leeds and Bradford. He joined Aireborough Civic Society to work with others in the community to improve the local environment; also to learn more about its history. He has been Chairman for the past 4 years. He is particularly concerned at the continuing loss of local heritage buildings. Other interests are Planning and Transport – Aireborough has fared badly in both in recent years. He is also a member of Leeds Civic Trust, the Victorian Society and the Campaign for Better Transport. Clive enjoys gardening, has an allotment in Guiseley and manages to find the time to play squash, racketball and bowls.
Dr Stephen Ellams – Special Projects
Stephen likes to get his teeth into things, being an ex consultant oral surgeon, and more recently a lecturer at Leeds University teaching dentistry. As a former examiner and member of the Royal College of Surgeons he is used to looking at detail and accuracy in specialist reports. He also stood for Parliament in the 1997 General Election under Sir James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party. Currently he is pursuing a stand alone village green application as a member of Menston Action Group and the Menston Community Association. The inquiry will be in August 2012. He is a keen car enthusiast with interests in both MG and Minis particularly. He is also a keen amateur builder and has many differing examples of his handiwork around the country, the latest being in Scholes, Leeds.