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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. I have a PhD at the University of Manchester where I looked at promoting physical activity amongst older adults and I conducted my research in Calderdale. I’ve been working in research at Manchester since 2013 and my specialism is Health Psychology.

I am Co-Chair of my local GP Practice’s Patient Voice Group and am a Researcher Representative at the University of Manchester. I sing in Colne Valley Voices. I live in Marsden, am married, have two teenagers and a dog and a cat.

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!

Anthony Flowers

Anthony Flowers

Having joined Eastwood Financial in 2008, I am a Chartered Financial Planner and a member of the Society of Later Life Advisers.

My role in the company involves chairing the Investment Committee and heading up the Private Client team. I also look after a number of clients, many of whom have been with the company for many years.

In my spare time my interests include keeping fit, spending time with family and friends and charity work, including my work with Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

Tony Hillyard

Tony Hillyard

I joined the Board in February 2014 after volunteering for the charity as an Online at Home IT volunteer and because my mother had been very well supported by Age UK Warwickshire after a complicated hip operation.

I retired in 2013 after a career in IT, Project Management, Business Change and Consultancy. I worked for a number of large organisation including ESSO (including 2 years in Rome!), Woolworths, Logica and Bradford and Bingley.

 In addition I am a school governor at my local primary school and was appointed a National Leader of Governance and continue to provide support to Chairs of Governors at a number of schools in Calderdale & Kirklees, including carrying out External Reviews of Governance.

I am also Treasurer of the Calderdale Governors Association and the Luddenden Conservation Society.

I enjoy walking, helping my wife create in the garden, travelling (including  a couple of trips volunteering in Tanzania) and skiing.

Stacey Porter

Stacey Porter

I joined the Board in Jan 2017 to use my skills to make a difference to the elderly community.

I work in financial services, currently for Yorkshire Building Society, where I’ve worked in operational and technical teams and been in various leadership roles over the last 17 years.  My current role is heading up an area called IT & Transformation services –delivering services such as financial management, resource planning, recruitment, communications and relationship management. I’ve continually developed throughout my career with a variety of qualifications from project management to a degree in Financial Services Management and volunteering for Age UK is part of this development.

I also volunteer as an Aspire mentor and am a full time parent so in my limited spare time, I enjoy running, cycling, reading, rugby (watching not playing!) and travelling to experience/explore new things.

Angela Riley

Angela Riley

I am a chartered accountant and was approached to join the Board in 1993 so I have seen many changes in the organisation but over the years I have been privileged to participate in the development of the charity and to work with the Board and staff who are a wonderful group of people.

 I am a past president of Yorkshire Hockey Association, Halifax Hockey Club and the West Yorkshire Chartered Accountants (WYSCA).  I am treasurer of the Ladies Section of Halifax West End Golf Club and Ivolunteer for Tax Help for Older People, a charity which helps low income people with tax problems.

I love France and travel generally.  I navigate (map-reading) for classic car rallies, I like reading , I play Bridge and have recently taken up tennis.  I am married and have an adult foster son.

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 responsibility is for Group planning, forecasting & reporting for the Turbocharger Business globally.

Outside of work I am an active member of both my local cricket club, both playing and a committee member, and am also secretary of the sports club and enjoy I travelling, reading & listening to music. I am married with two daughters, one of whom is a midwife in Manchester and the other is in London at Law School.

Kate Smyth

 Kate Smyth and assistanace dog Hal

I have lived in West Yorkshire for over 30 years and have a degree in Town Planning. I have worked in various local authorities across the north west as a town planner and later as a disability advisor.

I joined the Age UK C&K board in 2017 and I am particularly interested in working to ensure that we are a disability friendly organisation and to ensure good quality services for all our clients.
I also serve on the Board of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing which is an Arms Length Management Organisation managing 23,000 homes. I chair the Neighbourhoods Committee and co-chair the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. I am the Equality Lead.

I am the Lay Member (Patient and Public Involvement) at Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and also the Equality Lead.

I am a member of the West Yorkshire Combined Transport Authority Calderdale District Subcommittee.

I am a Lay Leader at the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.

I am a full time wheelchair user and am always accompanied by my trusted (and very handsome) assistance dog.
In my spare time, I am a keen (head) gardener and poultry keeper.

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.

Colin Cromack

 Colin Cromack

Colin Cromack is Customer Service Executive at Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees

I have been with Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees for 12 years, starting in Huddersfield in the Insurance Team.

Prior to Age UK, I worked in the financial sector, selling and auditing Insurance Products, Investments, Pensions and Mortgages.

Outside of work I am involved in amateur and junior football, both as a coach and as Club Secretary, making sure that the club meets all the requirements of the FA.

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.