About Us - Board Members

Helen Lidgett (Chair)

Helen worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years until her retirement in 2008 from Derbyshire Rural Community Council (now Rural Action Derbyshire) after 8 years as Assistant Chief Officer and Village Halls Advisor. Her roles included training, fundraising, strategic planning, human resources, project managment and staff supervision. She coordinated the management of the Bolsover Community Empowerment Network, latterly INVOLVE, for several years from its creation in 2001 and managed the transition from DRCC to CVP in 2007. For two years she was part-time co-ordinator of the Berbyshire Voluntary and Community Secotr Infrastructure Consortium (now 3D). Helen has a BA degree in History and a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Westminster. In retirement she is involved in United Reformed Church committees at local, regional and national levels.  She is a National Trust Room Guide at Hardwick Hall. She is an independent member of the board of CVP. She lives in Newton, in the south of the district of Bolsover.

James Jackson (Vice Chair)

James has a wealth of design and regerneration experince which is drawn from over 15 years of practical experience and strong adademic and vocational experience.  He holds an honours degree in Natural Environmental Science and Masters in both Urban Design and Landscape Architecture.  In addion he also is a Fellow of the Geological Society and an Associate of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.  Since 2011 he has worked in all three sectors of regeneration all over the UK (private, public and charitable).  He is also a successful sculptor and artist with ecxhibitions of his work in galleries across the country.  With a strong passionate interest in community regenerationhe has designed and project managed schemes from major new town / city centre development to school grounds and park renewal across the country.

Dot Willens 

Dot is a retired teacher. Before gaining her teaching qualification she worked in East Africa under the auspices of Voluntary Service Overseas. Dot has taught in primary schools in London, Reading, Cheshire and Derbyshire. She ran an independent nursery for 3 years and was a parent governor of a comprehensive school. In 2001 she gained a BSc Hons through the Open University. At present Dot is the secretary of Newton Community Association.


Is in private practice as a counsellor, life coach and trainer.  At one time he was head teacher of a school for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  He has qualifications in family therapy, counselling (accredited by the British Associaton for Counseling and Psychotherpy), NLP and Gender and Sexual Diversity.  For several years he worked a a counsellor with adults described as having learning disabilities and continues to have a particular interest in the needs of people with a range of disabilities.  He broadcasts twice weeklyon community radion sttion Elastic FM and covers a wide range of issues fro local events to politics and business.

Corinne Jesson

Corinne has worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau for 16 years starting as a volunteer and then becoming a welfare rights and debt case worker.  She has been the deputy manager since 1997. Corinne also has experience of supervising and training volunteers and managing specialist workers.

Sharon Challands (Treasurer)

Sharon has worked as a Coordinator for Chesterfield Law Centre for 15 years.  She has experiience in finance, IT, personnel and management procedures. Sharon previously worked in Local Government both at  parish and district level so she has a good understanding of them.

Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan who has just recently retired  worked for Sainsbury's for over 30 years. The last 17 years as a store manager in 8 different locations including Chesterfield, Mansfield and Worksop. However since September 2011 he has been seconded to Business in the Community (a business led charity) as a Business Connector for Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. Through this role he has developed a close working relationship with CVP.

Although his secondment ended in March 2013 as a local individual he will continue to share his business experience and strategic planning skills with the CVP Board.

Cllr Mary Dooley

Ex -officio member representing Bolsover District Council.