Alston Moor Partnership


The Alston Moor Partnership is a voluntary body, a Company Limited by Guarantee, defined in its Memorandum of Association and Articles.

The Board of Directors is the decision-making body of AMP, made up of individuals who wish to further its aims, including representatives from Alston Moor Parish Council and Eden District Council. As appropriate, it may delegate certain decision-making powers to the management/steering groups engaged in a particular project.

The Board aims to represent the three wards of Alston Moor (Alston, Nenthead and Garrigill) and a wide range of interests. An Annual General Meeting is responsible for electing the majority of Directors, with one third retiring in order of seniority at each AGM (but may stand again). Co-opted Directors may be appointed by the existing Directors to ensure the relevant skills needed at particular times, and serve until the first Board meeting after the Annual General Meeting, when they are eligible to stand for election or may be re-appointed if required or desired. Parish and District Council representatives are appointed by their councils. Other groups like Alston Moor Business Association (AMBA) are nominated by their membership.


The new Chair will be elected at the next directors meeting.

We would like to thank Brian Grew for chairing the last year.

Sonia KempseyActing Chair

Sonia Kempsey has a long history of community involvement, starting with the first Alston Moor Appraisal and Action Plan following the closure of Alston Foundry in 1980. The Action plan led to a Town Scheme programme for Alston Conservation Area, the East Cumbria Countryside Project and the development of Skelgillside Workshops. She ran the Gossipgate Gallery from 1983-2007, and in 2002 undertook a comprehensive ‘Health Check’ & Action Plan for Alston Moor. More recently in 2013–14, whilst Chair of the Partnership she led a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery for the Alston Townscape Heritage scheme.

Company SecretaryVacancy

We currently have a vacancy for the role of Company Secretary.

If you are interested in apply to be our Company Secretary or to become an Alston Moor Partnership Director please get in touch

Tim HaldonDirector

Tim was brought up on Tyneside and moved south to find work. A varied career including retailing, government computing and heritage project management has provided experience which he has put to use in working with a number of community and voluntary groups. A growing wish to move back to the North was fulfilled when he settled in Garrigill in 2003. He is now a Parish Councillor, and a director of Alston Moor Community Energy. His ambition is to see Alston Moor become a financially and environmentally sustainable community

Alice BondiDirector

Alice has lived on Alston Moor since 1982, doing various things both work-wise (such as in a countryside management project, involved in researching and writing local walk leaflets, and organising guided walks and events) and voluntarily (school governor, parish councillor, etc) that have contributed to life in this community. Her earlier experience of teaching, temp typing and shepherding comes in useful as the Director responsible for membership and for co-ordinating the Community Plan! She shares an old mine manager’s house with three cats, with a garden where she attempts to grow vegetables and plants trees.

Alix MartinDirector

Alix has lived here for much of the time since 1979.  Her time away included running a personnel development company, with contracts to run Job Club and a National Vocational Qualifications centre.  Right from when she first came. she has always felt Alston Moor to be home, and has held various community rôles, including as a parish councillor, currently being Chair.  In 2016, she was Parish Councillor of the Year, awarded by the National Association of Local Councils.  An early adopter of the internet, she has an ongoing interest in how digital technology can be used to support communities like ours. She currently runs a web design business.

Chris HarrisonDirector

Chris has lived on Alston Moor all his life. A fourth generation farmer. he has taken an active role on local committees including Alston Agriculture Society, Alston Moor sheepdog trials, NFU (locally and Cumbria committees). He currently sits on the executive of Solway Borders and Eden LEADER programme, He has represented Alston Moor on Eden District Council 2010-14 and is currently a parish councillor.

Pat GodwinParish Council Rep/Director

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Ian JohnsonAMBA Rep/Director

Headteacher at Samuel King's School since April 2012 and of all three Alston Moor schools since January 2016, Ian has played a key role in the developing shape of education in our area in recent years. One of the first group to sign up and train for the Alston Ambulance, he makes a contribution to our community in his free time as well. Ian has been a member of the Alston Moor Partnership before and has recently rejoined as the representative for the Alston Moor Business Association.

Rob OrchardEden DC Rep/Director

Rob Orchard is the Councillor for Hartside Ward on Eden District Council, and the designated representative for EDC on the Partnership. Having lived for over 35 years in Melmerby, he is familiar with the area. He is a transport journalist specialising in the bus and coach industry. He is interested in environmental protection, and maintaining the character and viability of rural towns and villages with facilities fit for the 21st century. Having spent much of his life working in marketing (in industry), responsible for many staff and large budgets, he aims to bring his skills to the work of the AMP.

Jennifer CampbellTownscape Heritage Project Manager

A pro-active professional manager with over 25 years’ experience working in the social housing property & development sectors. Jennifer has extensive experience in project management, funding, partnership working and new business development. Jennifer wrote and coordinated the successful £1.4m Townscape Heritage Scheme bid submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund during the development stage of the project. Jennifer currently project manages all aspects of the scheme on behalf of Alston Moor Partnership and is delivering a successful and unique HLF scheme as Alston is the first to be done solely by a voluntary organisation.


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