Meet the Trustee Board

Andrew Beadnall – Chairman

Andrew was born and raised in Hunslet, coming from a well-known local rugby league family.  He’s the founder and owner of Beadnall Copley Estate & Letting Agents in West & North Yorkshire.  In addition to being on the Trustee board of The Hunslet Club he is a proud committee member of Hunslet Club Parkside ARLFC. He Chairs the Hunslet CF & A Club Trust which for over 40 years has offered financial support to the youth, schools and sporting organisations of south Leeds.  A keen sports enthusiast, Andrew is a Vice-President of Hunslet RLFC and a Taverner at Leeds Rhinos.  He has long been a supporter of Cancer Research UK Leeds Centre as the principle sponsor for 10 years of the Bramham Park Fun Run and is a former fund-raising committee member for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at Cookridge Hospital, Leeds.

Richard Shaw – Vice Chairman

Richard Shaw is an Operations Director for Mace Group who are a leading international construction and consultancy company. He leads the consultancy business within Yorkshire and the North East supporting clients in the planning and delivery of property and construction projects across a range of sectors. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and qualified Project Manager (PRINCE2 and APM) with a passion for developing others through mentoring, coaching and engagement across the wider skills agenda. Richard is a relatively new Trustee board member of the Hunslet Club, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in strategic planning and governance.

Bob Lewis – Trustee

Bob Lewis is a Chartered Accountant and was in practice as a partner in Haines Watts until his retirement in 2007. During his career with the firm he was based in Leeds as the Northern Regional partner and then National Managing Partner as well as being a director of the firm’s financial services company. Since his retirement he has served as a non-executive director of an AIM listed company, a magistrate, a school governor and as a member of the advisory board of the Safer Communities Fund of the West Yorkshire Crime Commissioner. He is currently a trustee of the Tetley Art Gallery in Leeds, a trustee of number of other local charities, and past President of the of the Rotary Club of Leeds.

Nicola Elliott – Trustee

After spending seven hectic years working 60 hour weeks as an editor for glossy magazines, NEOM Organics’ Founder, Nicola Elliott noticed her own wellbeing was being affected by the stress and demands of a modern , busy life. This kick started her own wellbeing journey, as she trained as an aromatherapist and nutritionist and from there, together with business partner Oliver Mennell, NEOM was launched in 2005.  The brand boasts 4 stores in Wimbledon, Leeds, Guildford and Kildare (Ireland) and is stocked in major retailers, independent spas and salons, and distributed overseas.

Jane Bolton – Trustee

Jane is thrilled to be appointed as a member of the trustee board for The Hunslet Club. Her professional career began in the voluntary sector at Barnardo’s. She worked with young people in Leeds who were homeless, not in education, employment or training (NEET). She helped these young people achieve their full potential, in-spite of their challenging personal circumstances. With fond memories of working intensively with this client base, she believes those experiences inform the work she does today. Having obtained this experience, Jane then qualified as a solicitor and she now specialises in Child Protection and all matters relating to children at Jones Myers Solicitors in a highly regarded team of Child Care lawyers.

Jane is a member of the law society’s children’s panel, which demonstrates a level of expertise within Child Care Law. This reflects upon her commitment to working with young people. She is pleased to once again have an opportunity to work with people offering front line services to young people in Leeds and is both inspired and enthusiastic about the work of The Hunslet Club.

Edward Binks – Trustee

Ed qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in Leeds before moving into the Investment Management industry in 2008. Managing investment portfolios for charities across the North of England. His time in the industry has included a number of periods of extreme uncertainty that have exemplified the need to ensure Trustees’ investment objectives are closely linked to wider objectives of the organisation to ensure safe and efficient stewardship of assets. Having spent his childhood and working life in Leeds, Ed is passionate about helping in the running of The Hunslet Club and is incredibly enthused by the work that the club does for the wider community.

Jamie Bentley – Trustee

Having studied Business and Financial Management at University, quickly followed by a brief stretch as a ski guide and water sports instructor, Jamie joined Stephenson Group, the family firm in 1997, being the fifth generation of the Bentley family to do so.  His first task, which was quickly achieved, was to build a business within the company supplying the personal care industry with raw materials based on natural/organic ingredient. 

During his 25 years spent growing the Stephenson business, he has worked with STEM, the Onside charity, and was appointed to the board of Governors at Horsforth School.  His most recent venture is pursuing his lifelong passion of farming.  This adventure began with a mix of determination, enthusiasm, optimism, and a little bit of trial-and-error all of which have enabled him to take on the challenge of tending to animals and mastering the art of wrangling cows!  On a typical day, Jamie can be found either crunching numbers in the boardroom or herding cows in the great outdoors, both of which require a unique blend of business prowess and farmyard charm!

Trustee board annual report (2017)

 Year ended 31 August 2017

The trustee board have the pleasure in presenting their report for the year ended 31 August 2017.

Structure, governance and management

The Hunslet Club for Boys and Girls (the “Club”) was founded in 1940 as Hunslet Boys Club and became a Registered Charity in 1964.  The Club is governed by a Trust Deed dated 29 March 1974 which incorporates the Constitution adopted on 28th October 1946, as amended by an Extraordinary General Meeting of Subscribers on 10 April 1995.  On that date the Club adopted its present title, and declared its short title as The Hunslet Club.  Its objects were also amended to include girls as beneficiaries as well as boys, and to extend the age-range of all potential beneficiaries to include children from 9 years old and young adults up to the age of 25 years.  The Club has since extended its activities to include children from 18 months old and young adults up to the age of 25 years.

Subsequent to 31 August 2008 all assets and liabilities of the Club were transferred to a company limited by guarantee and operating as a charity with the same objects.

The Club is run by an Executive Council of up to 15 Trustees, which meets five or six times a year and which may delegate any of its powers to specific sub-committees.  Additional or replacement Trustees are appointed by the Executive Council, which takes into account their qualifications, experience and suitability.  Their appointment is then subject to confirmation by the following Annual General Meeting of the Company.  New Trustees will be briefed by the existing members of the Trustee board and the Chief Executive Officer.  New trustees will also have a tour of the facility where they will be introduced to key employees and achieve a greater understanding of the day-to-day activity.  The Club has been steadily increasing its number of Trustees to ensure the widest range of expertise possible.

The Club employs a full-time Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Club.  The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Trustee board at their meetings.

The Hunslet Club has formed partnerships with many other similar groups and encouraged these groups to use the facilities at Hunslet.  Our partners are Leeds Children’s Services, Leeds Youth Service, Probation Service, Police and Community Clubs of Great Britain, Primary Care Trust, Social Services, Leeds Leisure Services, Leeds Youth Offending Team and Leeds United Football Club.  The Club is also in partnership with smaller voluntary sector groups, including Hamara Centre for Healthy Living, Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club, church groups, dance groups and football teams who use the Club to deliver part of their work.

Before the end of the year covered the Club lost its President and inspiration, Martin Arnold M.B.E. who passed away on 28th April 2017.

Risk Management

The Executive Council of the Club has examined the major strategic business and operational risks to which the Club is exposed and confirm that systems have been established to enable regular reports to be produced to enable the necessary steps to be taken to manage those risks

Objectives and Activities

The object of the Club is to promote the physical, social and educational development of boys and girls. We support young people aged between 18 months and 25 years in the district of Hunslet, and the adjacent districts of Leeds, through the provision of social, recreational, educational and sporting activities.

The Club is open 7 days a week and offers vocational training to young people between the hours of 09:15 and 14:35 Monday to Friday. 230 young people participate in a variety of activities that include, hairdressing, beauty, dance, music, catering, plumbing, joinery, bricklaying, plastering, car mechanics, bike mechanics and sport.  The Club is registered Approved to deliver Pearson BTEC Courses and NOCN Functional Skills.

The evening and weekend programme had a recorded membership in 2016-17 of 3000.  The activities on offer include ballet, football, cheer-pom, youth club, singing, boxing, break-dance, hip-hop, rugby, gymnastics, performing arts and music.

Volunteer helpers

The Club has continued to enjoy the benefit of many volunteer helpers in providing its services.  The Trustees are unable to place a monetary value on these services but wishes to record its appreciation of and thanks for, the work of all volunteers from which the Club and its members have benefitted during the year.

Achievements and performance

Vocational Education:  We continue to deliver alternative education to students who struggle in a formal education setting.  Our retention and achievement rates are good and our student satisfaction is excellent.

School Sports Programme:  We currently support 8 primary schools delivering PE, multi sports, after school clubs and playground assistance

Monday Evening Project:  The Monday Evening Project is now in its fourth year. Each year we have recruited 50+ young people aged 15/16 and delivered catering, vehicle maintenance & hair and beauty courses.  This is in partnership with the Inner South Area Committee (Leeds City Council)

Youth & Activities:  Our evening membership continues to grow and has exceeded 2700 members this year.  We offer over 98 activities each week at The Hunslet Club and 24 activities at other sites in the city.  We have kept the cost at £1.50 for the majority (85%) of activities, while our youth clubs are free.  The price of evening activity sessions has not risen in the last 18 years.

Social Housing: We have purchased our fourth property for our social housing scheme.  In all four properties are families connected to the club.  We support the families by offering the property at a social rent


Youth work: We deliver youth work sessions to young people aged 8 years upwards.  These sessions are well attended.  Members have formed a Youth Ambassador committee.  These young people represent the club at internal and external events and influence the direction of the club

Rugby: Our rugby section continues to grow.  We now have 9 junior teams and 3 senior teams.  Our senior first team compete in the highest league at amateur level.  Two of our players represented their country in international competition.

Dance & Performing Arts: Our dancers have competed both locally and nationally winning many team and individual awards.  Our dances competed for the first time at Jamfest Europe and Cheer-city Summer Slam and gain several 1st and 2nd places.  Our performing arts group performed their first pantomime at the club over 3 nights, all were well attended.

Boxing: The boxing section promoted two shows at the Club, both were very successful.  We took a girls only team to compete in the Esker box cup in Dublin winning two gold and one silver medal.  Three of our members won National titles and two boxers represented England in the European Championships in Bulgaria and the Youth Commonwealth games in the Bahamas

Football: We currently have 16 junior teams and 3 senior teams all competing at a good standard. We also have development squads which enables the club to allow all members to play whatever their standard.  We are a feeder club for Leeds United and other professional clubs.  Two ex-members have signed professional contracts with Chesterfield and Everton

Gymnastics: Our gymnastics provision continues to grow.  We currently deliver eight sessions each week from tots to advanced level.  The section has taken part in a local competition and seen some members progress to more competitive clubs

Public benefit

The Trustee board have had regard to the public benefit guidance published by the Charity Commission throughout the year and have considered the guidance when reviewing the objectives and activities of the charity

Future Plans

  • To continue to deliver 96 activities to 2500+ members at the same price as last year
  • To increase our educational offer and develop post 16 progression routes for students
  • To work closer with our primary and school partners. Help them deliver out of school sports provision for young people who otherwise wouldn’t access it
  • To increase our social housing scheme by buying one property each year
  • To maintain the standard of all of our provision to give all our members the opportunity to reach their full potential