Meet the Board

The Millom Town Deal Board is made up of people who represent a cross section of society. 

David Savage

Town Deal Board Chair

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David lived in Millom for more than 50 years before moving a stone’s throw to nearby village, The Green. Having retired from Sellafield Ltd after 37 years’ service in key leadership roles within Human Resources and Commercial Management, David has since invested his time into local community issues and more broadly Cumbrian organisations which support vulnerable people within our communities. He is currently the Chair of Millom Without Parish Council and South Copeland GDF Partnership, and holds Board positions as a Lay Advisor on the Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board (CSAB) and the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

Cllr Bob Kelly

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Bob is a retired university lecturer, having been Head of Politics and International Studies at the Open University, with previous teaching experience at secondary, further and adult education levels. 
He studied for his degree and teaching diploma at Swansea University and also holds a doctorate in West African Studies. 
Bob is a Millom Town Councillor and deputy mayor of Millom, having formerly been a Copeland Borough Councillor.  Bob was born in Birkenhead but has been living in Millom since 2011 and was a regular visitor to the town for some eight years prior to that.

Jo Lappin

Cumbria LEP

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Jo is the Chief Executive of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) responsible for delivering economic growth, prosperity and improved productivity for businesses, people and communities in Cumbria. Currently, she is leading Cumbria’s business and economic response and recovery to COVID-19. She was previously the Chief Executive of Northamptonshire LEP.
Prior to this Jo was a Senior Civil Servant responsible for housing, planning, transport and the £850 million+ European Programmes for the North West of England. Her career majored on economic growth, regeneration and the ‘place’ agenda. On leaving the civil service she spent two years in local government working on a national public service transformation and developing arrangements to take forward sub-regional economic growth.

Trudy Harrison


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Trudy has been the Member of Parliament for Copeland since 2017. She was born and raised in West Cumbria, studying at Wyndham Comprehensive School. She started her career at Sellafield working across the site in a variety of roles.
The birth of her first daughter prompted a career move to Nursery owner and this led to a variety of voluntary roles at her children’s school.
In recent years Trudy has worked on a variety of sustainable community projects in her home village of Bootle, where she lives with her husband and four daughters.
Her key priority for the Towns Fund is to maximise the benefit of the scheme for every single resident of Millom and Cleator Moor with those communities having a direct influence on how the monies ought to be spent.
Trudy is currently a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.

Marion Giles

Community Representative

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Marion is retired, having worked for the nuclear industry for more than 25 years. She is a fully qualified gym instructor, a member of National Amateur Body-Builders’ Association and a Chairperson of Millom Recreation Centre.

Marion was awarded Cumbria’s High Sheriff’s award in 2014 for her voluntary work in the Community and surrounding areas. She was also awarded Copeland’s Sporting Long Service Award and is part of Copeland’s Sporting Hall of Fame.

In 2015 Marion was named in the Queen’s Birthday’s Honours List and was presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) by the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria for her voluntary work within the Community, especially Millom Recreation Centre.

Marion was a founder member of Millom’s Summer Play Scheme and has also been involved in 1st Millom’s Scouts and Cubs and Millom Rugby League’s Mini Rugby Committee.

Nick Lancaster

Business Representative

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Since 2001 Nick has lived in the Duddon Valley. He was Managing Director of Langdale Leisure, situated at the heart of the Langdale Valley one of the largest single-site hospitality businesses in the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During this time he developed a strong business that was conscious of its impact on, and responsibilities, to the local community, environment and landscape.
After leaving Langdale in 2021, Nick and his partner Jackie established a tourism and hospitality consultancy and have worked with a portfolio of local companies and organisations with a diverse range of projects across Cumbria.
Nick is a Professor of Practice at the University of Cumbria and sits as a director or trustee on a number of boards, including Cumbria Tourism, Norman Nicholson House CIC and Lake District Mobility.

Matthew Savidge

Millom School

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Matthew Savidge has been Headteacher of Millom School since 2015. Millom School is an 11-18 community school serving the town and the wider catchment area, extending as far north as Gosforth and Seascale.
Matthew has been Chair of the Furness Education Consortium for three years and Vice Chair of the Cumbria Association of Secondary Headteachers for two years. He also sits on the WELL Board.
Matthew has been a teacher for more than 27 years, starting his career in education as a Geography teacher.
He has spent his career encouraging students to take a greater interest in their community and the world around them. He represents education on the Town Fund Board.

Tim Povall

Health Representative

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Tim grew up in rural Shropshire on his parents farm. He embarked upon a career in Local Government Finance firstly in the Midlands, then for a short period in Mid Wales before spending 20 years at Liverpool City Council as Head of Finance for Regeneration, Communities and Capital Programme. 
The latter included the lead financial role for the Council on major regeneration projects on Liverpool’s Waterfront including the Arena & Convention Centre and Cruise liner Terminal amongst other investments in both city services and private sector growth projects.
Following interim roles in Lancashire and Eden Tim has spent the last four years at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust as Operational Director of Finance. This role includes the financial elements of the strategic Capital Investment programme, the New Hospitals programme and collaboration with other public sector bodies to deliver wider health benefits.

Sarah Taylor-Howe

Community Representative

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Sarah is a Senior Manager working for Cumbria Health on Call, with over 16 years’ NHS experience and was the lead project manager for the Waterloo House GP Practice joining CHoC.

Sarah is responsible for delivering and leading on complex projects, as well as providing business expertise in terms of procurement, changes to business functions, identifying growth opportunities and creating innovation. 

Sarah has experience at Board level and was a Trustee for over four years with Hospice at Home West Cumbria. She has a Masters in Leadership and Management and is Prince 2 certified.

Sarah is the Social Value lead for CHoC and is keen to work in partnership with others in order to make sure healthcare provision is more accessible, and that we are supporting people to live healthier lives.

Simone Faulkner

Millom Town Council

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Simone has worked in education for 41 years including as Head of Art at Millom School for 16 years and as a French teacher at primary schools in the local area. She has been a Millom Town Councillor since 2019, becoming Deputy Mayor in 2022 and Mayor in 2023.

Simone was born in Shropshire and raised in the Somme, France. She has lived in Haverigg for 20 years and is a passionate supporter of the local community, working with residents on local issues including protection of the environment alongside Dynamic Dunescapes, checking Haverigg Playground equipment, monitoring flower beds along the sea walls and carrying out litter picks.

Simone holds a range of roles including as a trustee of the Beggars Theatre and as a governor of Millom School. She is also a member of Millom History and Civic Society, Haverigg Residents’ Association and the Patient Participation Group at Waterloo House Surgery.