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Meet the Trustees

Here at Peak District Mosaic, we currently have 11 trustees who contribute to the development and sustainability of the organisation.

Peak District Mosaic Chair Yvonne Witter

Yvonne Witter, chair

Pioneering Peak District Community Champion, Yvonne Witter, has been well recognised for her efforts to uplift diverse communities through the
Peak District. Her passion and duty to protect the countryside and provide accessibility for everyone are endless as she works tirelessly to introduce new training programmes, group activities and trips for marginalised communities to access and explore the countryside. Outside of volunteering, Yvonne works as a Health and Wellbeing Manager, which is why when it comes to being in the outdoors you will catch her walking, running, or cycling in the Peak District. Yvonne has committed her time as Chair for Peak District Mosaic and is keen to see the organisation grow and continue to meet the needs of communities in enhancing the health and wellbeing in the outdoors.

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Keith Gaines, Vice-chair

Under his belt, Keith has 11 years of experience working with multi-ethnic young people and was a solicitor in the City of London. As a trustee for Peak District Mosaic, his goal is to inspire as many people as possible to enjoy something which has given him some of the greatest pleasure in life -the great outdoors! From hillwalking, road cycling, sea kayaking, trekking, and wild camping to climbing, Keith has done it all and therefore has no favourites when it comes to being in the peaks, he loves it all.

Carol Whiteley, secretary

Training to become a Mosaic Champion helped boost Carol’s confidence to explore and embrace the Peak District National Park. Attending walks and conversing with different people are amongst her favourite activities. She is a firm believer in the benefits of being outdoors and wants to ensure others can also enjoy the same benefits. As a Peak District Mosaic Trustee, she wants visits to the Peak District National Park to be memorable for everyone, whether it is their first visit or not. Carol loves nature and outside of her volunteering work, she enjoys indulging in a good book or reading and writing poetry to help her unwind.

Cynthia Brooks

As a regular participant of Peak District Mosaic walks, Cynthia saw first-hand the impact the organisation creates for everyday people and was inspired to become a trustee. With a background in Communications and Health and Well-being, Cynthia wants to raise awareness about the Peak District to diverse communities. Having served as a governor and trustee for several community organisations, she is determined to utilise these skills to widen participation, access, and job creation for marginalised groups in the UK. Cynthia regularly participates in a number of outdoor activities. She believes that it allows her to connect more closely with nature.

Tony Crook

Formerly Senior Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Tony is a chartered planner and academic. Based in the national park, he wants to enable everyone to have the opportunity to visit and enjoy what surrounds him every day. His experience in trusteeship and serving as chair for several charities is vast. When it comes to breaking down barriers for marginalised groups and creating more volunteering opportunities Tony is front and centre. With nature just a door away from him, Tony shares the same sentiment for gardening – What better way to add the beauty of the outdoors?
Godfrey Franics

Godfrey Francis

A real adventurer at heart, Godfrey has volunteered as a walk leader and ranger for numerous walking groups. He finds guiding people to new places within the Peak District is where all the fun and learning begins.  After becoming a Community Champion with Peak District Mosaic, he was inspired to become a trustee. Through his role, he is committed to spreading the word about the great outdoors to underrepresented groups and hopes to be able to build their confidence to step out on their own adventures outside. Hiking and exploring new areas are his two favourite ways to pass time.

Chisato Fujihara

Digital Marketing Specialist, Chisato, has 10 years of experience working with renowned international companies. She joined as a trustee after deciding she wanted to contribute to a nature and inclusivity-based charity, that helps to achieve nature conservation. Having experienced the barriers ethnic minority face in the UK, Chisato is eager to connect the Peak District to new audiences who can participate and connect with it. Although she is an all-rounder adventurer, rock climbing is her favourite. The physical and mental accomplishment brings her joy and the view at the end is the best way to refresh her mind and soul.

Asif Khan

Community Activist and former tv host Asif Khan has an extensive history working with community organisations such as Pakistan Kashmir United Forum and Overseas Pakistanis Welfare Council. In his line of work, he has increased efforts to enhance and promote the cultural heritage and arts of BME communities in the Yorkshire region. As well as fundraising money for various causes aiding marginalised communities.  Outside of civil service, community work and being a media coordinator Asif is a hiker without limits. He has completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge, and UK 3 peaks challenge and climbed up the mountain: Nanga Parbat in Northern Pakistan for charity. Hiking is the perfect marriage of his love for community and nature.

David T MIller

From being a Peak Park Ranger since 2015, David started working with Peak District Mosaic last year as a volunteer for organised walks between the two organisations. He then joined as a trustee to help build positive relationships between communities exploring the Peak District. While he loves his role as a ranger for walks and his trustee duties, David enjoys cycling as a great release and healthy activity to do outside. Especially since his retirement from the Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety auditing and Management industry.

Mustafa Othman

From volunteering with the Kurdistan community Tees Valley for 12 years + to being a trustee with Regional Refugee Northeast, Mustafa has found his calling among organisations helping refugees engage with the environment. As a trustee for Peak District Mosaic, he intends to unite different communities from the Teesside area with the National Park. His vision for the future is to see families and children from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK enjoying the beautiful nature that surrounds them every day. The best way to enjoy the outdoors for Mustafa is to share it with new people, have meaningful conversations and learn its history.

Manhar Taylor

Previously a speaker for UK National Parks, Manhar has helped spread the word about the great outdoors to many. He has led walks with families and individuals as a Mosaic Champion and taught them how to lead their own walks with others. Pushing to see more diverse communities in the Peak District and increasing fundraising activities are part of his mission as a trustee. His perseverance to do so and tackle challenges can be seen through some of his greatest adventures such as climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Atlas and completing a 26 miles marathon.