Jennyruth Workshops Ltd is a registered charity constituted as a Company Limited By Guarantee under The Companies Acts 1985 & 1989.
Jennyruth Workshops has a group of eight Trustees who are responsible to the Community and the Charity Commission for ensuring that the Charity is properly run and that our finances are managed correctly. We meet formally every two months with Nicky (our Chief Officer) and one of the workers to keep ourselves up to date with the life of the workshops. We rely on our professional staff for the day to day running of the workshops and each Trustee has oversight of an aspect of the work such as finance, buildings, health and safety, safeguarding and forward planning for future years. The Trustees come from a wide variety of backgrounds including education, business, the voluntary sector and the church. Everyone is highly committed to Jennyruth Workshops and tries to visit regularly and attend special events.
We are very aware of the responsibility we carry for the amazing charity that serves so many adults with a learning disability their families and carers. We ensure that we maintain the vision that led Barrie and Sue Evason to set up the charity and preserve the wonderful ethos that is a very special part of Jennyruth Workshops.
Don Grundy, Chair of Trustees
I spent most of my working life teaching in Primary and Secondary schools in Derbyshire.
I was Head of a village Primary School for fourteen years and eventually became a School Advisor and Deputy Director of Education with the Diocese of Derby.
11 years ago Pat and I moved to Ripon and discovered Jennyruth Workshops through Margaret Crosfield .
I was the Chairman of the Trustees for five years and now I am involved with staff appraisals and the appoint of new staff.
I cannot imagine life without Jennyruth Workshops.
I recently retired, re-located, and was looking for a new challenge. I was introduced to Jennyruth Workshops and started to volunteer early in 2022, becoming a trustee in 2023. My background is a commercial one, working in the insights industry, helping manufacturers to understand what their customers need and want from their products. My business management and marketing skills have been leveraged in the writing of grant applications whilst I’ve also learned new skills in woodwork, alongside the lovely Jennyruth workers.
I have been involved with Jennyruth Workshops since it opened, firstly as a volunteer and subsequently also as a (parent) trustee. I have many years experience of working with people with learning difficulties as both a parent and special needs teacher. Over the years I have been a member of several boards offering help and advice on health and education matters associated with learning disabilities and am a carer representative on the NYC learning disability partnership board. I very much enjoy working alongside the happy team at Jennyruth Workshops and showing that with the right support, anything can be achieved.
I spent most of my professional life working in IT, initially for international companies, travelling the world. I then returned to Ripon where I grew up and founded my own company in 1989. Having been involved with a number of charitable organisations over the years such as Round Table, Rotary and Freemasons, I was elected Mayor of Ripon in 2010 and one of the first tasks of a new Mayor is to select a charity to support, for me this was an easy choice, I chose Jennyruth Workshops. On completion of my term of office I was then approached by the then Chair Andrew Burns who asked if I would become a Trustee and Director of Jennyruth Workshops, which I was delighted to accept. I have been able to assist the organisation with my skills of running projects, managing companies along with my technical knowledge in several engineering and building spheres. I hope to continue for many years to come.
I am a retired family doctor who has worked in Middlesbrough, Harrogate and Ripon. For some years I was a trustee of St Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate. Prior to the pandemic I was a guide at Ripon Cathedral. Currently I am the chairman of Great Ouseburn Parish Council. I sing in the church choir at Great Ouseburn, but not very well!
I am honoured to be part of this exciting future for Jennyruth Workshops. I want to help secure the future by promoting the amazing work that is done by the whole team. If we can broaden the story and engage more people with what has already been achieved who knows what or where we can get to!