The Board

Cleator Moor Town Deal

Meet our Board Members

Bob Metcalfe

Town Deal Board Chair

About Bob

Bob is chair of the Cleator Moor Town Deal Board and is a Chartered Town Planner with 27 years’ service in Local Government, 14 of which were as a Chief Officer. 


Since the late 1990’s Bob has run a planning and regeneration consultancy across the UK and abroad. He is currently a director and chair of Phoenix Enterprise Centre in Cleator Moor and a director and chair of Regen North East Copeland, a public/private partnership supporting regeneration in the north eastern parishes of Copeland including Cleator Moor.

Trudy Harrison


About Trudy

Trudy has been the Member of Parliament for Copeland since 2017.  She was born and raised in West Cumbria, studying at Wyndham Comprehensive School. She started her career at Sellafield working across the site in a variety of roles.


The birth of her first daughter prompted a career move to Nursery owner and this led to a variety of voluntary roles at her children’s school. In recent years Trudy has worked on a variety of sustainable community projects in her home village of Bootle, where she lives with her husband and four daughters.

Her key priority for the Towns Fund is to maximise the benefit of the scheme for every single resident of Cleator Moor with the community having a direct influence on how the monies ought to be spent.

Trudy is currently a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.

Jo Lappin

Cumbria LEP

About Jo

Jo is the Chief Executive of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) responsible for delivering economic growth, prosperity and improved productivity for businesses, people and communities in Cumbria. Currently, she is leading Cumbria’s business and economic response and recovery to COVID-19. She was previously the Chief Executive of Northamptonshire LEP. 


Prior to this Jo was a Senior Civil Servant responsible for housing, planning, transport and the £850 million+ European Programmes for the North West of England. Her career majored on economic growth, regeneration and the ‘place’ agenda.  On leaving the civil service she spent two years in local government working on a national public service transformation and developing arrangements to take forward sub-regional economic growth.  

Bernard McDowell

Sports Representitive

About Bernard

Bernard is the representative for sport on the Cleator Moor Town Deal Board. He retired in 2020 after more than 40 years working in the nuclear industry for Sellafield and LLW Repository.


He is Cleator born and bred, and still lives in the town. Bernard’s passion is cricket and he has been associated with Cleator Cricket Club for most of his life. He is currently club Chairman. Bernard is also a cricket umpire and has stood in the Cumbria Cricket League for over 20 years. He is chairman of the Cumbria Cricket League Umpires’ Federation and enjoys supporting Wath Brow Hornets when time and circumstances allow.

Joanne Crowe

Community Representitive

About Joanne

Joanne has been the Operations Manager at Phoenix Enterprise Centre (a Community Interest Company) for the past 17 years.  Previous roles include three years with a national charity and 16 years within the Nuclear sector.


Qualified in operational management, Joanne has extensive experience in the delivery and management of both capital and revenue funded projects. Born and raised in Cleator Moor, Joanne is committed to supporting the needs of the local community, encouraging equality of access to opportunity for all. Joanne has two daughters and lives in Cleator Moor.

Paul Rowe

Youth Representitve

About Paul

Paul has been project manager of The Phoenix Youth Project since May 2005. He has almost 20 years’ experience working with children and young people in West Cumbria. He has fundraised more than £2m to The Phoenix Youth Project over this period. 


Paul previously worked for Young Cumbria and volunteered for The Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project. He is JNC qualified in youth and community work (post-graduate diploma) and also holds a BA (hons) History degree. 

Paul is the chair of Copeland Practitioner Forum, vice-chair of the Copeland Youth Network and a member of Cumbria Community Foundation’s West Cumbria Grants Panel. 


He has also been a resident of Cleator Moor for more than 15 years. Paul plans to champion children and young people with his role on the board.

John Bamforth

Business Representitive

About John

John is a chartered accountant and is finance director of S Brannan & Sons Limited in Cleator Moor, one of the town’s oldest businesses. 

In his spare time, he is chair and a fell-going member of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team and has attended several hundred callouts in his 25 years to date. 


John is also trustee and treasurer for the Lake District’s association of 12 mountain rescue teams. 


He lives in Copeland with his family and is a keen runner, cyclist and swimmer often found on the fells at any time!

Mark Telford

Business Representitive

About Mark

Engineering entrepreneur Mark Telford is passionate about making a positive difference in a Cleator Moor community which is home to his family and his business.

Born and brought up in nearby Frizington where he went to primary school before attending Ehenside secondary school at Wath Brow. Mark’s first job was as an apprentice at Sellafield.

With his technical know-how, strong work ethic, astute business brain and eye for an opportunity, he had bought his first company by the age of 21.

Fast forward to today and Mark has just celebrated 21 years at Forth where as managing director he employs 56 people, many in Cleator Moor, a community which is also very much home to Mark, Nicola, children Elise; Matthew, and two Great Danes Arthur and Albert.

Chairman of forward-thinking Cleator Moor charity Works4You and vice president of Wath Brow Hornets, Mark said: “The local community is massively important to me. I have always believed we should do our best to provide for our local people. I genuinely believe people in this area are very special.”

David Farrell

Business Representitive

About David

David is a self-employed businessman born in Cleator Moor where his family have owned a number of businesses in the town’s High Street. 


He was educated at St Patrick’s Junior School,  Whitehaven Grammar School and Manchester Polytechnic where he graduated with a degree in business studies.

David joined the nuclear industry and spent 30 years working in the HR, training and IT functions.


In 2009 he took voluntary severance and set up in Farrell Sports in Cleator Moor town centre which is still trading. 


David has worked with the Chamber of Trade and the Cleator Moor Town Council on initiatives aimed at improving and regenerating the town centre.

He represents small businesses on the board.

Rev Nicki Pennington

Community Representative

About Nicki

Nicki has been the team vicar for the Anglican parish of Crosslacon since January 2019. Crosslacon Parish encompasses the communities of Cleator Moor, Cleator, Frizington and Arlecdon.

Prior to being employed by the Carlisle Diocese full time, Nicki was employed as a Children Centre and Extended Services Team Leader at Cumbria Children’s Services, covering the West of the County and has also managed the county-wide Homestays project offering supported lodgings to young people leaving care. 

Cllr Peter Burns

Cleator Moor Town Council

About Peter

Peter was born in Cleator Moor and has been a town councillor for three years.

He is employed by Cumbria County Council as a casual driver and is a retired Civil Engineer from Sellafield.


Peter served with The Royal Engineers Army Reserve (TA) for 26 years and toured Iraq/Afghanistan. He also served with Cumbria Army Cadet Force for 18 years as an adult instructor and held the position of Detachment Commander at Whitehaven and Cockermouth. He is a member of the Royal Engineers Association West Cumberland Branch and a member of the Wath Brow and District Branch, the Royal British Legion and holds the position of Branch Secretary.


Peter is also a member of the Cleator Moor World War One Project and a Commonwealth War Graves volunteer on the ‘Eyes On’ project for local War Graves. In his spare time he enjoys walking, fell running and cycling.

Oliver Dorgan

Community Representative

About Oliver
Oliver was born and raised in Cleator Moor and represents Regen North East Copeland (RNEC) on the Town Deal Board. RNEC works to bring together local government and enterprise across Cleator Moor and the surrounding parishes in the pursuit of economic regeneration.

Oliver has also represented the people of Cleator Moor South on the Town Council for the last four years.
He considers the Town Del to be the most significant opportunity the town has had in decades.

Stephen Holland

Business Representative

About Stephen

Stephen is a Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in delivering both public and private sector developments.

As Head of Development for BEC, he leads on all new development activity from concept to delivery on site.

He has a passion for place-based regeneration and a desire to champion property redevelopment that makes a lasting difference for people and communities.