Airedale Enterprise Services is led by Voluntary Board Members who act in an unpaid capacity and are responsible for the governance of the organisation.
The Board currently meets on a quarterly cycle, which addresses specific areas of the business.
If you are interested in applying to become a board member, please contact Wendy Spencer on 01535 607775 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Since moving to Keighley Sue has been a great supporter of the advice and services offered by AES. Initially Sue brought her own small business to the area and met the staff of KLEA (the previous name of AES) at an enterprise event. Sue benefited from the individual advice and some of the free courses on offer. Since then she has helped run the Small Business Club, led courses on publicity and marketing and then became as member of the Board. Sue believes that AES offers an amazing range of services and support for anyone considering starting up or wanting to expand their own business.
Sue’s other interests include motorsport and gardening and she is a member of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and of Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group.
Although not a true Yorkshireman Robert has lived in Airedale since 1975 and has been associated with AES for a number of years both as a director and partner representative. He worked for many years on training programmes for young people and adults to help them improve their skills and knowledge for employment. Since 2003 his focus has been on regeneration and economic development in Airedale. Now that his family has grown up he has more time to enjoy cycling not only to work but on longer routes with friends, walking (preferably when its sunny, he says) and has a lifelong interest in horticulture. He is also a volunteer at Bingley Contact Centre.
I was born and bred in Keighley and have always worked in the local area on an employed and self employed basis. My employment has remained in the Accountancy and Finance sector. Initially working for a firm of Chartered Accountants in Keighley whilst obtaining my professional qualifications, then moving on to work for various local charities and voluntary organisations. After the birth of my daughter I decided to become self employed. The birth of my son 3 years later confirmed this was the right path for me, due to the flexibility that it offered. (Although anyone who ‘is’ self employed will understand that you actually work a lot harder!!) My self employment was helped by AES or (KLEA as was) initially with my business plan way back in 1992 – I received further help through business advice and relevant training courses. I have been involved with the organisation on and off ever since. First as a worker (Finance Officer) and now as a board member. I am proud to be associated with AES and the much needed services they offer.