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Our Trustees

Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. Trustees must make sure that the charity’s assets and resources are used only for the purposes of the charity. They must make sure that the charity is administered effectively and run in accordance with its governing document, charity law and all other laws and regulations that affect its activities.

Dr Lis Boulton

Lis Boulton

I joined the Board in early 2010 and after almost 7 years, I was elected Chair in 2017. 

Previously I worked for Calderdale Council as Commissioning and Strategy Manager for Older People and Physical Disability Services, and have held various management roles in the voluntary sector. I have a PhD from the University of Manchester where I looked at promoting physical activity amongst older adults, conducting my research in Calderdale. I’ve been working in research at Manchester since 2010 and my specialisms are Health Psychology and Policy Research. I am Chair of my local GP Practice’s Patient Voice Group and a member of Age UK’s national Policy Panel.  

I enjoy being out in the hills around Marsden, running and walking with my dog. I live in Marsden with my husband and daughter. My son is in his final year at University. In normal times, I love to travel and am looking forward to being able to do so again.  

Sue Ellis

Sue Ellis

I am from Portsmouth and went to teacher training college in Cheshire.  Once I qualified, I moved to Halifax and taught in Calderdale schools for the whole of my career, ending as headteacher of a primary school in Todmorden.  Following early retirement I worked with heads and Governors in several schools with an emphasis on school improvement. Iwas approached to consider becoming a Trustee at Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees and have been pleased to take the position of Chair of Trustees for the last six years.

I have a daughter who is a social worker and grandaughter who is in her final year at university.  I also have a step daughter, who is a primary headteacher and has two young children, and a step son who works in IT.

I am a Magistrate, serving on the West Yorkshire Adult and Family benches, and I sing with the Huddersfield and Todmorden Choral Societies.  I enjoy travelling with my husband both in this country and wider afield.

Michael Felton

Michael Felton


 I became a trustee in 2007 after involvement with the local Primary Care Group and then the Primary Care Trust as a non executive director where I also chaired the Older People’s Partnership Group and was involved with Communications and public and patient consultation.

I have worked with the Council on issues related to older people and am on the management committee for the Calderdale  50+ Forum.

I worked in education, finishing my career as a head teacher and now am a school governor and deliver lessons in schools for Christian Aid. I am also involved with The Halifax Long March, the Children’s Society and the Chaplaincy Team at Calderdale Royal.

I am married with two children and four grandchildren and enjoy cooking, gardening , reading and the keeping up with the grandkids!

Pat Andrewartha



I am delighted to join the Board after a career working for local health and social care organisations.

I became a volunteer with Age UK C&K when I retired. Originally a social worker and hospital social work manager, in 2000 I joined the health service with a focus upon delivering the new, innovative National Service Framework for Older People. I worked for a time in Leeds before returning to Kirklees, where I continued to develop my skills as a strategic manager. I also became interested in Winter and Emergency planning. I have always worked with and for older people, using my skills, networks, enthusiasm and passion to improve their quality of life.

I live in Mirfield with my border collie cross and enjoy long walks with him, I also do Pilates regularly. When we are allowed to, I like to spend time with friends eating out and visiting the cinema and theatre.

Pete Spark

Pete Spark

I joined the Board in March 2016 after working with Age UK C&K as part of my company’s Community Involvement as I was interested in the welfare of older people.  I currently work for Cummins Turbo Technologies in Huddersfield, as a Financial Controller. My primary are of responsibility is Finance support for the Turbocharger Supply Chain organisation globally.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, reading fiction and listening to music. I am married with two daughters, one of whom is a midwife in Manchester and the other is a lawyer in London.

Charles Young

My reasons for wanting to become a trustee of Age UK is to give something back to our local community by working alongside a Board that share the same core values and ambitions in helping to make a real difference to the lives of older people.

Having spent four years as a Samaritan, 10 years as a Magistrate I now, as a volunteer driver help lonely elderly people to get out and about more independently.

Prior to retiring I worked for an international company with responsible for their UK service operation.

My wife and I moved to Halifax in 1984 and have always been ‘keep fit’ enthusiasts enjoying playing squash, skiing, and walking.  Socially we enjoy eating out with friends and visits to the theatre.

Munaf Patel

I became a Trustee in 2021

I have extensive experience of working within the care profession supporting vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities in Bradford, Leeds, Kirklees and Calderdale.  Over the years, I’ve worked in a number of roles ranging from a frontline Social Worker in Bradford to undertaking a more strategic function as a Head of Service for Leeds City Council.  I also have extensive experience of working in the voluntary sector, having spent 6 years as a Project Manager with Action for Children.  In my current role, I am Director of Home Instead in Calderdale and the Spen Valley, supporting older people to remain living at home by providing them with care packages suited to their needs. 

I am a family man with 3 grown up daughters, who has recently been introduced to the joys of being a grandparent. 

In my spare time, I enjoy playing 5 a side football and go to the gym, although not as often as I should!

Keith Birch

Originally, from Oulton LS26 I left Royds Comprehensive School early to join the Army at 17, spending 16 years with the 1st Royal Tank Regiment. I have recently finished 20 years in the Middle East maintaining iconic buildings within the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Now back in the UK and living in Heckmondwike.  I applied to join Age UK, Calderdale and Kirklees to help those in need and give something back to the community. I am a keen Animal and Bird Photographer. I also enjoy travelling around the world to get the perfect shots.

I am a supporter of many charities including Help for Hero’s and No Duff a charity for services personnel with PTSD.

Our Senior Team

Lisa Butland

Lisa Butland



Lisa Butland Chief Executive of Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees

I live in Leeds and have worked in the NHS in different leadership roles for the past 30 years. Most recently I worked for an AHSN (Academic Health Science Network) funded by NHS England, creating the culture to adopt innovations in health and care settings.

I have also worked with the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Hacking Medicine Team and was proud to sign a collaboration agreement with them which was the first one ever with the NHS!

I am passionate about the quality of life for older people and how Age UK can work to improve it.

In my spare time I love to be outside so my favourite way to send Sunday is in the garden with my dogs (Bruce and Alfie) and then relaxing with a nice family tea.

Rachel Horner

 Rachel Horner

Rachel Horner is Finance Executive at Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees

I have lived in Calderdale all my life. I qualified as an accountant in 2000 and have worked for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees for over 6 years.  

My portfolio also includes the handy person service, retail, communications, marketing and fundraising.

In my spare time I taxi my three teenage boys around to various sporting activities.  


Carol Rodmell is Quality Executive for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

I come from a background of telecommunications where I was Head of  Services including, Health & safety, Quality and HR.  Then I went on to own my own telecommunications company. I became a befriending volunteer in 2013 and then in 2014, took a part-time role within the Admin team.

I live in Halifax with my husband Jonathan and my 15 year old son Ethan. Ethan often volunteers for Age UK and is a regular in our bee costume at the summer fayres!

In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends, especially Mum. Hobbies include running and walking Ruby, my dog.