Our Trustees

Janet Johnson, Chair

I moved to Denby Dale 30 years ago, and our 3 children were born and brought up here – all keen users of the old library. I worked as a landscape architect, mostly for urban regeneration charities, and latterly as a Regional Fundraising Manager for a national charity before taking early retirement in Oct 2018. I am a keen gardener & veg grower, enjoy reading, researching our family history and walking – with or without dog! I volunteer in the Community Library on alternate Tuesday mornings.

Peter Belsey

Although I’m a comer-inner I’ve loved living in Denby Dale since 1998. After working as a business consultant for 25 years, I retired in 2013. When I retired I wanted to put something back into my community. Since then I’ve enjoyed being both a part of this team, as a Trustee and Vice Chair since 2014, and as a Governor at Denby Dale’s First and Nursery School where I’m also Vice Chair.  

Richard Brook


Now retired, Richard worked for 30 years in education before running a small business with his wife. An active Parish Councillor, he is also involved with several community groups (Walkers are Welcome, Friends of Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre) and is vice-chair of EPIP.


Susan Daniels
Susan is a Denby Dale resident. She worked in education for over forty years: as a school teacher in England and Nigeria, including time as a school librarian, then as a teacher trainer at Bretton Hall College and finally at Leeds University.

Neil Denby


I have lived and worked locally for the last 40 years, my children having attended our excellent local schools. Growing up, they benefited enormously from our local libraries and I see no reason why future generations should not also do so.

Although social media has replaced many things, I still believe that there is nothing better than a good book (physical or electronic) for improving knowledge, understanding and skills of communication. As a trustee, I hope I can in some small way ensure that this essential service continues.

Tansy Hepton

One of our long-standing volunteers, Tansy Hepton, is now also a Trustee.

She received the Mentor Award for 2017 from Kirklees library Service, having taken on a support and mentoring role with a young volunteer working towards a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. 

Kath Kerr

I have lived in Denby Dale only for a short amount of time (4 years), but have lived in the surrounding area for many years. I am still working and have been involved in Library work in my early career and love libraries in all aspects. So I wanted to be engaged with the library as a trustee and volunteer to give something back from my working experience and become more involved in village life.

Linda Kitson


I have lived in Denby Dale for over 40 years. I have 2 sons who attended local schools. I retired from a career in education in 2004 and worked as a volunteer in a couple of charities. I joined the trustee team in September 2013 because I felt strongly that the village would benefit from a community building offering a library and other facilities. I work with a colleague Kate Tunstall supporting and organising volunteers.

Derek Lawrence

A native “Geordie” but have lived in and around Denby Dale for the past 25 years.

I started to volunteer at the library after retirement from 50 years in various manufacturing industries. Now as a trustee, I hope to help in ensuring the library and facilities will serve our community for many years to come.

Jonathan Milner

After working in and around the area for nearly 20 years as a Chartered Surveyor, I relocated to Denby Dale 10 years ago and opened a local estate agency in 2012. It’s now time to give back to my community.

After becoming a member of the Denby Dale District Lions in 2014 I became a trustee of Denby Dale Community Library in early 2017. As a trustee, I hope to help the library achieve its potential as a valuable resource for our community, a resource that past generations have been fortunate to always have available.

Outside of charity, work and business life, time is spent bringing up our wonderful child, walking dogs around our glorious scenery and supporting the sometimes amazing Sheffield United.

Kate Tunstall

I have also lived in Denby Dale for over 40 years and retired in 2010. When I heard about the proposed library closures, I joined the campaign group Friends Of Denby Dale Library in 2012. As I became aware of the extent of the swingeing cuts having to be made by Kirklees Council, I realised that using  volunteers was a viable way to maintain a member of library staff at Denby Dale. I joined the Denby Dale Community Project and became a Trustee in 2015. I am joint Library Volunteer Coordinator with Linda Kitson.

Graham Turner


Graham is a valued trustee of Denby Dale Community Library and has been since the project started in 2013.

As well as being a local councillor  Graham is a member of Kirklees Cabinet and also a trustee of Skelmanthorpe Library.