The tough decision of picking just one winner in each category will fall to our esteemed panel of judges, here’s a little more information on who will be making those choices.

Simon Walton

Simon Walton is a director of Riley & Co Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors.  He is the longest serving team member, having joined in 1991 and oversees the Tax, Payroll and Pensions, and Administration teams.

Within our local community, Simon is treasurer for Business for Calderdale. He is the finance committee member of the Community Foundation of Calderdale. As Director and Committee member of Halifax 900 Trust, he is part of the fundraising arm for the Halifax Minster. Simon is an Associate Governor at our local Salterhebble Junior and Infant School and in addition he also lecturers regularly on all things tax.

Simon spent the early part of his career working for the Inland Revenue and still sits on the regional panel of Working Together, the consultation forum for HMRC and fellow tax professionals.

Steve Duncan

Since joining the Foundation in 2000 Steve has helped to ‘plant’ Community Foundations in the other districts of West Yorkshire. Steve assisted the Bishop of Wakefield in helping to form the Wakefield Community Foundation and in 2009/10 helped form a steering committee/board trustees in Kirklees and established the One Community Foundation Chaired by Sir John Harman.

Steve has overseen 5 local flood appeals – the most recent flood on in January 2020 he and his team have raised millions of pounds to support flood affected householders, charities and businesses.

Steve is a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire (2008) fully immersed in community life in Calderdale and active on many committees and bodies including Chairing the Chief Execs Forum for the voluntary sector, acting as a trustee of the Halifax 900 Trust and a committee member of Business for Calderdale.

In his spare time Steve has completed a number of endurance walks, played in charity rugby and football matches, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and canoed the Caledonian Canal all to raise money for local charitable causes.

Lee Griffiths

Lee has worked in the charity sector since late 2010, before this he was a Senior Mechanical Engineer in the British Army and served in many countries supporting local communities in need on various projects.

Lee has always been connected with charities since an early age and has worked mainly and volunteered in the disability charity sector. Having started his career with Huddersfield Methodist Mission and then moving on to developing a new employment service with Disabled Ex-Service Personnel with The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory and then onto a number of roles and then as Business Development Manager covering Northern England, Wales and Ireland with Charity Aid Foundation/CAF Bank, until moving onto Business Development Manager for Henshaws and now Operations Lead for Voluntary Action Calderdale.

Lee understands charities and has worked his way up from a volunteer to a senior post supporting charities to thrive across Calderdale and wider. Lee also is heavily involved with an number of personal charities and lives and breathes the amazing work undertaken by all in the sector.

Sian Rogers

Since 2012 Sian has been the lead officer for Calderdale Council working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector.  Her team’s work includes running grants and contracts for the voluntary community sector including the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance, Healthwatch and advice services,  developing volunteering, working with other funders to bring more money into Calderdale and some big projects with the sector like community asset transfers where local people have taken on the management of important local buildings (for example the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge, the old Fire Station and Swimming Pool in Sowerby Bridge). Her team also leads the Inclusive Economy Strategy and projects for Calderdale and supports the anti-poverty partnership. In 2018 Sian was awarded the prestigious Public Sector Hero Award, sponsored by CCLA, from Locality, the national network for community organisations for championing innovative partnership approaches to working with the VCSE for her work in Calderdale. During Covid-19 Sian has been supporting the volunteer hub for Calderdale building on the Council’s experience working with volunteers in the floods that hit the Calder Valley in 2012, 2015 and in February 2020.  Follow @RogersSian

“It has been a tough year for everyone but I’ve been inspired again by the passionate people who work and volunteer in the voluntary sector to make a difference across the Borough.  It is a real privilege,   particularly as a Calder Valley resident, to work alongside the huge range of amazing local voluntary and community groups in Calderdale”.