Paddock Community Trust

Lifelong Learning and Support in Kirklees

About Paddock Community Trust


Paddock Trust manages Paddock Village Hall, a very active community venue in Huddersfield offering a range of local services, following acquisition of the building after freehold asset transfer from Kirklees Council in 2015.

The Trust delivers an extensive range of services, specialising in adult learning and employment support, throughout Kirklees working with partners in the public and voluntary sectors.

Trust services include accredited and informal adult learning, employment support programmes, specialist mentoring, advice and guidance services and particular experience in delivering projects that successfully promote digital inclusion.

Current Trust services and facilities include:

  • A range of training programmes including IT, literacy and numeracy, mentoring/volunteering, customer service, ESOL, personal development and bespoke courses
  • One to one mentoring support for 18 – 24 year olds available through Talent Match programme in Kirklees
  • Learn English activities through the Talk English programme
  • Weekly Employment Support throughout in 22 community  venues in Kirklees through Step by Step
  • Get Ahead – Get Online Digital Inclusion project throughout Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing estates
  • Volunteer led weekly Gardening Club at Branch Street Community Allotments (Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • The Monday Mix – a weekly social club at Paddock Village Hall provided free break activities for carers in Kirklees
  • Open Access to IT facilities and Internet every Friday at Paddock Village Hall Learning Centre.
  • A range of meeting/training rooms available for hire.

Trustee Profiles: Backgrounds and Experience

The management committee of Paddock Community Trust consists of:

Richard Guthrie (Chair)

Richard works as a manager within the NHS and formerly worked at a senior level in the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service.

His key skills and experience include:

  • ISO 2001 qualified Quality System Lead Assessor/Auditor
  • Manager of risk management systems
  • Manager of business continuity systems
  • Manager of information management systems
  • Expert in consumer law (qualified Trading Standards Officer)
  • Experienced reviewer of processes/systems
  • Project Management experience
  • Experience of bid applications
  • Experience of  managing education project delivery

Richard is also chair of the Broomfield Road Allotment Association and chair of Friends of TP Woods.

Barbara Jones (Company Secretary)

Barbara is a former teacher and Kirklees Labour Councillor (from 2005 – 2010). Barbara is a Director of the Kirklees Music School.

Music has a positive effect on many aspects of learning and the development of young people. The importance of good music making and music education in school is underestimated and not understood. Barbara is the Chair of the Pay and Employment Rights Service, (PERS), West Yorkshire, Management Committee. PERS is service for workers who need advice and representation at their workplace. PERS also provides HR services for voluntary sector organisations and small businesses. Barbara is an active supporter of the Branch Street Community Allotments volunteer gardening group who meet weekly.

Dr Peter Woodcock

Pete Woodcock is Head of the Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology and is strategic lead for technology enhanced learning in the school of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield.

He studied for his degree in Government at the London School of Economics before obtaining a master’s degree and a PhD in political theory from the University of Southampton; Pete also holds an MBA from the Institute of Education and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He has published on issues around politics, identity and pedagogy, and has been involved in numerous projects aimed at the use of IT and popular culture within teaching to better effect.  He is a University council member, representing the academic members of staff, and a governor at Greenhead Sixth Form College.  Outside of work, he enjoys basketball, rugby and listening to opera.

Simon Ashbee, Managing Director (Non- Executive)

Simon leads on the operational delivery of Paddock Community Trust projects and manages the Paddock Village Hall as the base of Trust activity which extends across all of Kirklees.

Responsible for managing budgets, fund-raising and income generation and strategic development, Simon leads a professional team of staff in delivering a diverse range of community services.  He is a former journalist and teacher, with skills in bid-writing and developing innovative approaches.  A chief professional specialism is digital technology and its use in community settings – having worked on implementing local strategic initiatives, product development, research and presenting findings and experiences at national conferences.