The Board

Cumbria Trust

Eddie Martin (Crosby)

Eddie Martin newEddie has been involved in local government for the past 26 years but retired in 2013.  He was elected the Leader of Cumbria County Council and Chairman of the Cumbria Leaders’ Board.  Before coming to Cumbria he was the Leader of the smallest English Authority – Rutland, which gained unitary status under his leadership. He strongly advocates unitary authorities in Cumbria to avoid confusion but particularly to reduce the costs of local government.   “The government has consistently failed to demonstrate that Cumbria is the best and SAFEST place to build a GDF… and that successive governments have short-changed Cumbria, particularly West Cumbria, in looking after much of the country’s nuclear waste.”
 
 

Colin Wales (Sedbergh)

Colin WalesColin was instrumental in organising the geology presentations given by Emeritus Professor David Smythe and Professor Stuart Haszeldine in West Cumbria in 2012. He has followed the politics of Radioactive Waste management from the 80’s, contributed to the NIREX debate in the 90’s and contributes regularly to the current debate though letters to Cumbrian Newspapers.   “Nuclear Power has its place within a low carbon generation mix but much more investment is needed for Sellafield to reduce risk. Government must recognise through community funding, that West Cumbria shoulders that risk and provides a valuable service to the nation.”
 
 

Geoff Betsworth (Silloth-on-Solway)

Geoff B 2Geoff  was one of the founder members of SPAND (Solway Plain Against Nuclear Dump) and acted as spokesperson as well as handling the campaign press and PR. If someone puts a microphone in front of him, they then have the unenviable task of trying to stop him talking!   “This was not about party politics; it was about Jamie Reed, the Labour MP for Sellafield, working with Conservative Baroness Verma and Liberal Democrat Ed Davey seemingly to prevent the Cumbrian people from exercising their democratic right to prevent a GDF from being imposed on their county.”
 

Rod Donington-Smith (Keswick)

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Fiona Goldie (Carlisle)

Goldie 1Fiona is founder of the ‘3 Weeks to Save The Lakes’ campaign group, developed in 2012 to raise awareness and opposition to the MRWS process. Carlisle born and bred, she has a strong commitment to the county and great love of all things Cumbrian. With a background in the voluntary sector, Fiona works towards implementing social justice. “I strongly strong believe that we need to fully enable the voice of the Cumbrian people.”

 
 
 
 

 

 

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