John Gilchrist (Chairman)

Former Chairman and Chief Executive of Leyland Trucks, with a career history of thirty years with Leyland Motors.  Lead the management buy-out of the Company following the failure of the Dutch DAF parent company in 1993. Established Leyland Trucks Ltd and maintained production at the company’s sites, returning the independent company to profitability.  Retired following the sale of the company to the Paccar Group in 1998.   Chairman of the Board of Trustees.


David Bennett

A qualified Architect and Associate of RIBA, David is a Consultant Director with Cassidy and Ashton of Preston, a practice responsible for many infrastructure and development projects in and around the area.  He brings a wealth of experience, both creatively and in the expert overview of the design, and build processes of numerous projects.


Bill Robinson

Retired Director of Finance for South Ribble Borough Council.  Bill brings a high level of expertise in dealing with local Authorities and Government agencies, central and regionally funded programmes.  Bill is Honorary Treasurer of Lancashire Cricket Board.


David Mitchell

Owner of Direct Asset Management Ltd, involved in specialist vehicle fit-out and management. Former Engineering /Fleet Director with Lynx Express Ltd. Previously Fleet Engineer within NFC at BRS, Roadline UK and National Carriers.


Rick Roberton

Director and co-founder of Western Truck Ltd which is the UK sole fully franchised international distributor for a leading North American truck manufacturer, the company is a major supplier and exporter to customers worldwide engaged in transport, construction, mining and oilfield industries. Rick has spent his working life directly involved in road transport industries: in international haulage, heavy duty truck engineering, and sales and marketing.


Joseph McKevitt

Over 30 years involvement with the Commercial Vehicle industry at Leyland Trucks, starting as an apprentice and progressing to his current role as Purchasing Director within PACCAR Inc. in 2008. Joseph is a member of the Chartered Institute of Supply and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Joseph also sits on the committee of the Chamber of Commerce in London focusing on UK automotive business.


Chris Melia

Chris is a Partner Director at AMION Consulting, an economic and financial consultancy company, where she heads up the Visitor and Leisure team. Chris has been a consultant for over 10 years and produces business plans, development strategies and feasibility studies for a wide range of heritage, culture, leisure and tourism clients.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Chris worked in a number of senior positions in the heritage and tourism sectors. She was the Managing Director of Magna, a science centre and conference venue in Rotherham, a Director of Tourism South East and the Marketing Director of Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth and Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. She has held a number of Board positions and currently also sits on the Board of a multi-academy trust