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The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the charity’s vision, mission, values and purpose as well as for the overall performance. They ensure PAC Positive Action in The Community complies with all legal requirements and has the highest possible standards of governance.


Neal Stone – chair of trustees.

Neal has worked as a consultant since 2016 advising the Branscombe Group on health and safety policy, as an adjudicator for the British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards and as chair of the advisory council for What Else Ltd’s Safety Health and Wellbeing events.
Between 2008 and 2016, Neal held various executive roles with one of the UK’s leading health and safety charitable bodies, the British Safety Council, including Deputy Chief Executive, Policy Director and Interim Chief Executive.
From 1979 to 2008 Neal worked in the civil service. Between 1992 and 2008 he was a policy adviser for the Health and Safety Executive. There his roles included supporting the HSE Chair, Sir Bill Callaghan, as his Policy Adviser, leading HSE’s director leadership and worker involvement programmes and as a member of HSE’s financial management team. Prior to HSE Neal worked for Acas from 1984-1992 and the Jobcentre Service from 1979-1984.

Andrew Dewhurst – Treasurer

Andrew is an internationally experienced business leader with thirty years involvement in digital and creative sector business growth. He has completed over 300 client projects, in particular digital transformation projects in sectors including education, nuclear, advanced manufacturing and service – for some of the world’s leading brands and businesses.

Andrew is a specialist in intellectual property growth and software innovation, along with digital transformation strategies.

A graduate of The University of Central Lancashire, Andrew has lived and worked in the USA and Switzerland, as well as the UK.

Andrew initially worked with Nelson & Colne College Group as Interim CIO in 2019, and subsequently joined as Vice Principal and Chief Information Officer mid-lockdown, in August 2020.

Andrew has been a Trustee of PAC since 2013, and holds several other Director roles with Community Interest Companies.

Nicola Barrow – vice chair of trustees.

Nicola is a Solicitor who has specialised in Family Law matters since qualifying in 2001. Nicola is based at a local firm and through her work has been involved with the charity for a number of years, including prior to her appointment as a trustee. Through her role as a solicitor Nicola has become a member of the Children’s Panel which enables her to represent children within proceedings, and is a specialist member of Resolution which is a professional body with an aim of resolving matters in a constructive and non confrontational manner.

Nicola is married and mum to three adult children. Family is incredibly important to Nicola and she likes to make time to spend with her husband, children, parents and extended family members. Nicola is also mum to two dogs and spends time with her husband walking the countryside and travelling further afield in their motorhome.