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Meet Our Trustees

Bill Shannon, Chair of Board

I am currently Chair of the Board of INTACT, having originally been invited to become a Trustee of Intag after I became the local councillor. 

I was first elected onto Preston City Council in 2003, and I am now Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the City Council. I'm Chair of the Governors of Ingol Community Primary School, and I’m on the Board of the local Citizens Advice Bureau. 

My wife Mavis and I live in Fulwood.  We have a daughter, Debbie, who lives close by with her husband Simon and my granddaughter Cara.

The whole of my working life was spent in the Co-operative sector, and I moved to Preston in 1981 to work for the Greater Lancastria Co-op.  Most of my work was in marketing, but my final role was as Corporate Affairs Director for the Co-operative Group in Manchester. 

After retiring in October 2002, I went back to University, graduating MA in History from Lancaster University in 2004, and PhD in July 2009.  

I continue to do historical research in my spare time, and often lecture to local historical societies. I am also Vice-President of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, Treasurer of the Lancashire Archaeological Society, and a Trustee of the Cumbria County History Trust.

Malcolm Clarke

My role at Intact is as a Trustee/Director and Chair of the Business Development Committee.

I took early retirement from Preston College in 2007 after 34 years of highly enjoyable service, were I was the Director of Business Services, responsible for employer engagement and skills and training development.

In 2008, I formed my own company ‘Malcolm Clarke Associates’ with a view to using my many years of knowledge and experience of the Further Education sector in supporting both public and private sector organisations.

I am currently the president of the Chamber of the West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Preston Vocational Centre. My other main interest is in social housing and I am a non-executive director and vice chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Progress Care Housing Association.

I am a member of Preston Rotary Club and I am involved in local and international fund raising projects. I play golf as a very later starter and the best advice I have been given is that ‘I stand to close to the ball’, especially after I have hit it’. 

I like to watch sport mainly football and hockey. My daughter Francesca plays for Garstang Ladies hockey club, where I am the Hon. President. I am keen on gardening and DIY whenever I get the time and I eat out a lot, which may have something to do with my athletic figure. 

Sharon Thornton

I am married with two children in their twenties and also have two grandchildren aged 8 and 1.

I live in Penwortham and have worked for Preston City Council for 25 years this year.

Over the years I have held several positions in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service in the Council including business analyst/developer, ICT Trainer and Project Manager. I am now the ICT Development Manager responsible for the day to day running of the ICT Service, program management and strategy development.

I have been involved with INTACT for several years now in a professional capacity.  To enable Intact to focus all its efforts on providing frontline public services Preston City Council has provided a stable business focussed ICT infrastructure and subsequent annual on-going ICT support and guidance. This service has helped Intact to free up existing resources, enabling it to concentrate more on core functions, such as supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Preston. 
I developed a bespoke database to help INTACT capture and report on their customer and activity.  It has enabled staff members to:

  1. 1. Quantify the numerous people that have accessed the many, varied activities at the centre.
    2. Produce quality statistics and impact information for funders and the board of trustees.
    3.  Identify popular and well attended activities.
    4. Target specific service users / groups to ensure they use the most appropriate service.
    5.  Produce quality statistics and reports to enable them to effectively manage and run their own projects.
    6. Keep track of the numerous activities and services which has helped Intact improve its efficiency.

My interest in the Trust however runs deeper than what goes on with the computers.  I have family in the area who use some of the services and over the last few years I’ve got to know and love the staff. They work tirelessly to ensure the centre has continued funding and are so dedicated to the people they serve.  I’m looking forward to getting more involved with INTACT and all the new challenges that becoming a Trustee will present.

Ray Sudlow

I was born in Manchester and trained for teaching at Christ’s College, Liverpool, now known as Hope University. I later studied for a BA Degree with the Open University. I spent my first 12 years teaching in inner-city Liverpool schools.

I moved to Preston in 1986. My first post in the Lancashire Authority was as deputy head teacher at St Anthony’s CPS, Fulwood.

I am now the retired head teacher of Holy Family, after 22 years’ service! My week is split between working in the community, having time with my family and working on my allotment.

Apart from being a Trustee of INTACT I help with the local Share IT programme – IT stands for Ingol and Tanterton. As a body of volunteers drawn from the local church communities we offer support for vulnerable individuals and families. Outwardly we are able to support the day to day needs through a Food Bank at Holy Family Church and the Thrift Shop at Ingol Methodists Church

Over the years, I have also been a regular contributor to the termly UNITE meeting which is a forum for all the cohesion that exists in our neighbourhood.

Pauline Brown

Information to follow.

Christine McCallum

Hello, my name is Christine McCallum and I have been a Trustee of Intact for almost two years.

This year I am sitting on both the Personnel and Policy and the Business Development Committees. I attend the meetings as often as I can.  They are very informative but there is much more for me to learn. 

Before becoming a Trustee I was unaware of just how many events and courses were available through Intact to all the residents in Ingol and Tanterton and the benefit they have been to many people.   

I have lived in Ingol for 28 years, since we moved as a family (Alistair, me, Neil and David) from Edinburgh as Alistair was transferred to the North West with his job.  Our sons attended Pool House School and then went on to Broughton High School as it was called then.

Shortly after arriving in Preston I started Childminding and then went on to work as a Nursery Assistant in a friend’s pre-school nursery, which I continued to do until I retired 7 years ago.  I am a member of Tanterton Christian Fellowship where I am involved in helping with Chatterbox our Parent and Toddler Group. The church and Intact have had close relations for many years - long may it continue. I also serve on the Advisory Board for Sure Start which meets quarterly.

I enjoy walking, keeping fit (when I can!), knitting and sewing. I also find craft work therapeutic.