Meet The Committee
Meet The Committee
The Todconnect committee members are all volunteers – and busy local business owners like yourselves. You may well know at least half of them from their many years of connection with the town.
However we can’t and don’t do everything by ourselves. It would not exist without the involvement and actions of many, many people unified under the passion of making Tod an even better place to live, work & play.
If you’re a business owner with either ideas, enthusiasm, connections, skills, or just simply a hankering to ‘give back’ or ‘pay forward’ and help in any way – then that would be BRILLIANT.
You can contact any of the committee members, or just come along to our next meeting and say “Hello”.
(As of March 2020 Clare has stepped back from the Todconnect Committe for personal reasons. Hopefully she will rejoin us in some capacity at some time in the future).
With a total of three different ventures under one roof, Clare and her husband Glen have been at the heart of the Todmorden business community for many years.
Always an active and passionate participant within town life as a whole, Clare was one of the founder members of Todconnect when it launched in January 2018.
Along with Angela Richards she played a huge, defining role in both formulating the Great British High Street 2018 campaign and in Todmorden ultimately winning the Rising Star Award.
Outside of working hours Clare unwinds through playing her horn ‘Humphrey’ in the Tod Community Brass Band and singing in Tod Choral Society.
Clare says… “I am delighted to be the Chair of the dedicated, talented and inspirational group who form the committee of TodConnect – all putting in many voluntary hours to support and enhance local businesses and help business people connect.”
Along with Clare, Angela is another founder member of Todconnect – and also played a big part in the successful Great British High Street Rising Star Award campaign.
She’s an experienced graphic designer who, before moving to Hebden Bridge and starting her own business, worked in London for many years at a number of leading international design agencies. Previous clients cover a broad range of sectors and include; National Savings, NEXT, The Foreign and Common Wealth Office and The Barbican Arts Centre.
When she’s not working you’re most likely to find Angela outdoors – walking, running, cycling, and even open water swimming at Gaddings Dam!
If you’ve lived in Todmorden for some time and brought your children up here, then you will quite likely already know Dawn as principal of DC Dance & Performing Arts in Victoria Road.
Dawn has been teaching dance for over 17 years now and holds teaching qualifications in many subjects within Theatre, Ballroom and Freestyle areas. As well as her role as principal at DC Dance, Dawn teaches many classes, supports other teachers and classroom assistants.
Alan is the most recent of residents to Tod (of Todconnect committee members that is) having moved here in late 2018. But only from Sowerby Bridge where he’d lived since 2001.
As someone whose business is in creating websites and online marketing he was a handy person to get on board as he has created not only this Todconnect website for us, but also the There’s More in Todmorden site too!
His background is in high volume retail mangement and he’s also completed a Business Mentorship Programme through Calderdale Council to better help new & growing businesses.
Alan says… “Having come close to setting up a similar group in Sowerby Bridge last year, I am delighted to have the opportunity to become more involved with Todconnect. I believe that Tod has so much potential and it’s fantastic to see how many new businesses have opened up in 2019 alone. Exciting times & possibilities ahead for sure.“
Frankie is a freelance project manager/activator with a wealth of experience in town centre regeneration and digital/arts/cultural projects. She is Cofounder/Director of Todmorden based social enterprise, Dovetail: The Change-Making Agency. Frankie is a relatively recent incomer to the town, moving up to the hills of Higher Eastwood in 2017, and her skills have been a welcome addition to the Todconnect committee.
Frankie says. “It is people who are the experts on where they live, work and do business and when they collaborate and support each other, anything is possible!
“My enthusiasm for being involved with Todconnect is to help shape a Todmorden business network that is truly beneficial to all of us businesses in the town, one that brings us all together to make the most of what we have, to share resources, work with other partners in the town and promote the local economy.”