Board of Trustees

Motive8 is a registered Charity and a Company limited by guarantee. This means that a Board of Trustees is required to ensure the organisation is administered in accordance with the Charity Commission’s guidelines

The chief responsibilities of Trustees comprise:

  • Compliance – with legal requirements
  • Prudence – only making commitments that can be honoured
  • Duty of Care – managing the charity’s resources wisely

The Trustees contribute a wide range of highly relevant skills and experience to our organisation, meeting a minimum of four times a year with additional sub-group meetings as required.

The Board agrees the direction and strategic processes involved in running the centre in close consultation with the two managing directors, and the Chair of the Board provides them with regular supervision, and additional support and guidance as requested. The Managing Directors and Trustees have all played an important part in the production of the details within all our key documentation and the web site.


With a background that includes nursing, health service development and higher education, Barbara went on to run a training and development consultancy, fulfilling significant contracts with PCTs, local authorities, and voluntary sector organisations. With a deep commitment to self-awareness as key to quality learning and professional practice she specialised in experiential training methods involving sociodrama role play, and published articles on skills development training. She led statutory service evaluations including prison rehabilitation, sexual exploitation, self-harm, and community health initiatives. In retirement, Barbara works for her local food bank, serves as chair of the Yorkshire and Humber's U3A regional committee, and belongs to her local Scrabble club!

Richard brings a background in teaching and educational research for Medical Research Council and Kings College, London before managing an alcohol treatment service in Cheltenham. He then co-set up and managed Research and Service Development Centre (RSDC) in Leeds, a registered charity that for 12 years carried out major research and development projects into substance use, and mental and sexual health issues. He has led successful funding application bids. Latterly, and until he retired in 2011, he set up an Older People and Alcohol initiative in South London. Richard has served as a long-term Board Member and also as Chair of the Harrogate Alcohol and Drugs Agency.

Dave is a highly qualified accountant (FCMA) and Company Secretary (FCIS) and is currently Group Company Secretary of Morses Club PLC, a £100m turnover financial services company based in Birstall, West Yorkshire. He has worked in industry for all his working life, having been Financial Controller and/or Company Secretary at a number of Yorkshire-based software and manufacturing companies. For many years, Dave was a school governor of Wycliffe Middle School in Shipley, prior to the introduction of the two-tier system. During this time, he was responsible for the financial management of the school. Dave was named the UK's Company Secretary of the Year in 2006/07. He is a Bradford City season ticket holder and each year raises hundreds of pounds for the Manorlands hospice near Keighley by taking part in the Keighley BigK 10K event.

Vicky is passionate about business excellence – bringing about efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace; maximising available skills and expertise and building supporting operational infrastructure. Her extensive experience in commercial and charity business development and project management has involved evaluating the feasibility of social enterprise, developing business plans for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), analysing the operational effectiveness of organisation and facilitating the creation of long term development strategy. Vicky has chaired an association of 24 environmental consultancies and has mentored and coached students at Lancaster University for five years.

The Staff

A dedicated site manager, and highly qualified and dedicated teaching team are employed by Motive8 to ensure a high standard of engagement supporting students to work towards their qualifications. It is anticipated that the team will change and expand as the curriculum develops and offers specific vocational training programmes.

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