Trustee profiles

Pete McSweeney (Chairman of Arnside Parish Plan Trust) Is a joint managing director of an IT consultancy company. He has worked in the IT industry since 1970 variously as a hardware design engineer, project manager and account manager. He is a member of South Lakeland District Council. He is a past vice chairman of Arnside Parish Council. He project managed the refurbishment of the Arnside cemetery chapel. He is also chairman of the Barnes Charitable Trust and a trustee of the Crossfield Housing (Arnside) Society .

Ged Pinder is a retired teacher and headteacher of two primary schools. He later worked in teacher education and ICT at the University of Cumbria. He also has a long history of involvement with practical craft based and building projects.

Rachel Dutfield is  a retired marketing manager with 30 years experience in marketing research, product management and strategic marketing.  Rachel is chair of the Education and Communication Action group of Arnside Parish Plan Trust and a member of Arnside Fairtrade Group.

Chris Bisco qualified as an accountant while working in commercial and market management for Cadbury Schweppes and Unilever, followed by management consultancy with KPMG in the UK and overseas. He spent most of the last 25 years in senior management in national newspapers and as managing director of several large independent regional newspaper groups.  In recent years that has included subsidiaries in new media, radio, tv and market research.  Since retirement, Chris has been involved in consultancy for the publishing industry and mentoring creative businesses. He is a past Chairman of the Cumbria Creative Industries Partnership.

Dr David Mervin is Emeritus Reader in Politics at the University of Warwick. and the author of three books. He has lived in Arnside for nine years and is Honorary Secretary of Arnside Probus.

David Barton is Professor in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University and was Director of the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre from its inception in 2001 until 2014. He joined the university in 1981 and is now partly retired. He was brought up close to the sea on the Isle of Wight in a small village which is not unlike Arnside.

Diane Pickles was formally employed in senior administration roles for a multinational Defence Company. She currently splits her time between working at Arnside Educational Institute as Office Manager and looking after her two daughters and granddaughter, all of whom live locally

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