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Bulk Oil customer: I just wanted to thank you again for your speed and efficiency in enabling me to join the scheme so quickly and take advantage of the 'reduced' rate. I have been very anxious about refilling the oil tank but this scheme has eased some of that concern. Many thanks
Fiona - Electric Tricycle User, Age 51. 'I purchased an electric tricycle as I have Multiple Sclerosis and can no longer ride a bicycle due to poor balance and mobility issues. I have found that being out on my tricycle that my fitness has improved and it has had an impact on weight loss. With the pedal assist I am still able to pedal and use my legs which is important to keep my muscles active, reduce numbness and I am also able to cycle further including hills and this also helps with fatigue as I tire easily. I have enjoyed being able to access local rural areas which has had a positive impact on my mental health and wellbeing, especially during this difficult time due to Covid-19 and being isolated as a clinically vulnerable person. This has meant that I have been able to get out of the house and feel safe whilst exercising. There are a lot of support groups on social media where I have met other like minded cyclists who have offered invaluable support and advice and I have met up with another lady tricycle rider as a riding companion.'
Mrs Surfleet a registered customer of the car scheme thanked HWRA for an excellent service and also to personally thank the driver, Terry for his help and assitance in providing transport to her medical appointment.
Wheels to Work North Lincolnshire Scheme - John from Grimsby ‘I joined the scheme in 2021 after hearing about it from a family member. I was in need of transport to get to and from work as I had my motorbike stolen and was not able to replace it. As a short-term arrangement I was relying on a family member to take and pick me up from work. For me the key benefit of the wheels to work scheme was that it provided me with a scooter that enabled me to get to and from work, it also gave me back independence and freedom. I would definitely recommend the scheme and I have done so to friends who are need of transport to get to work. Don’t’ underestimate the scooters as they are extremely reliable . My experience of the scheme was great, and I was glad that I was successful in receiving a scooter via the scheme’.
Our Men in Sheds Humber Alliance supports sheds all over the East Riding , North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire- Comment from a local shedder who attends regularly, "The shed is brilliant, we have a laugh. Some people are busy all the time and others don't do a thing but sit and chat over a cuppa".
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Simon Nicholson - Chairman

Simon Nicholson - Chairman

Simon retired to Burton upon Stather at 59 due to a minor health issue after spending his working life involved in many and varied fields. He lived the majority of his life in Lincolnshire and has a passion for local issues.

Simon started his working life on a farm based on 1940s principles and practices which gave him insight into how things could be changed for the better. From there he worked briefly in catering and then as an agricultural contractor. This introduced Simon to all aspects of agriculture including engineering, road building, operating and plant maintenance and working as part of a tight team.

He then moved on to packaging in a manufacturing setting, and to plant and HGV mechanic - taking his class 1 licence. His transport experience led him to owning his own truck and establishing his own business. 

For the next 25 years he was involved in transport - driving trucks and transporting just about everything possible in the UK.

In 2012 he started his own van transport business - doing specialised transport  until 2020. 

Simon is now a Parish Councillor with a good understanding of how local politics works.

Peter Shipp - Vice Chairman

Peter Shipp - Vice Chairman

Peter was born in Devon where he started his 56-year career in the bus and coach industry with the local bus company. This career took him through a series of promotions to Stockport, East Sussex and Newcastle before ending up in East Yorkshire where he joined East Yorkshire Motor Services as Traffic Manager in 1980. 

Peter was a second-tier member of the management buyout team which formed EYMS Group and bought the company when the National Bus Companywas privatised. From 1997 Peter was Chairman and Chief Executive and he and his family were sole owners of EYMS. As the financial situation was becoming more difficult and at the age of 74 Peter thought it was time to retire. The company with around 700 employees and over 300 buses and  coaches was sold to the Go-Ahead Group in June 2017.

Peter's special interest has always been in public relations. He established excellent relationships with local media, local MPs and with all the local authorities in Hull, East Yorkshire and Scarborough - areas served by EYMS. Peter was instrumental in starting the East Riding Transport Partnership many years ago and remains an independent member of that Partnership since retirement.

On retirement he was also asked to join the East Riding of Yorkshire Community Transport Partnership.

Peter is also now President of the Hull Civic Society and Hull Choral Union.

Peter has lived in Elloughton since moving to the area and joined HWRA as a Trustee early in 2020.

David Hannam - Treasurer

David Hannam - Treasurer

David became a Trustee for HWRA to have the opportunity to give something back to rural communities. He has lived in rural areas most of his life and believes that, as a consequence he is aware of some of the challenges that rural and remote living presents.

He is a Chartered Management Accountant and has run his own practice with circa 500 clients for several years, having previously been in private industry. David brings invaluable knowledge, experience and skills to the Trustee Board.

David Hughes- Trustee

David Hughes- Trustee

David has been a resident of Beverley for 40 years, having moved to the area with the RAF after travelling the world. On retirement he was appointed as a Lecturer at Hull College.

David has been involved with uniformed youth organisations at local and regional level, as well as volunteering and holding the position of Chairman with Beverley Community Lift, a community transport operator.

David has been a trustee of HWRA for a number of years and Treasurer from 2010. He has experience regarding the issues of delivering services across a rural area through his knowledge of the East Riding of Yorkshire. David has seen the organisation through years of change and wants to ensure that “in these difficult times the charity not only survives but continues its valuable work”.

Ann Hindley -Trustee

Ann Hindley -Trustee

Ann lives in Crowle on the Isle of Axholme and has been a community development worker for over forty years. She has a particular specialism for working rurally, having carried out contracts for the Countryside Agency,  the Peak District Rural Deprivation Forum, Yorkshire Rural Community Council as it then was and Community First Yorkshire as it now is, for North Yorkshire County Council and in fact for predecessors of Humber and Wolds. 

She also has a particular interest in community buildings and was at one time Regional Co-ordinator for Community Matters and then an assoicate for them until they closed in 2016.  

In total contrast, she is also a trustee of a charity working with asylum seekers and refugees in Doncaster.

Alan Hall -Trustee

Alan Hall -Trustee

Alan was looking to engage with voluntary organisations following retirement. His skill set, knowledge and experience matches what is required as a trustee of HWRA. He would like to put something back into the local community that may also be of benefit nationally.

Alan brings over 30 years experience with international voluntary charities working locally to meet the community needs. As a HWRA Trustee he supports and drives the Vision, Mission and Values of HWRA through the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

Alan understands the value of local community volunteering and how it responds to real time needs and the valuable financial, social and cultural benefits in brings to millions of people, projects and causes. As a Trustee of HWRA and through good governance, he hopes to ensure HWRA continues providing a service to meet the community needs.


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