Darren was born in Oldham to humble beginnings and after leaving school began a career in accountancy. After some years in that role he joined a funeral directing company. Now after 23 years in this occupation, he
now owns and manages three funeral director companies in and around the Oldham area.
Darren’s main interest in voluntary work is with St John Ambulance. He joined St John at the age of 8 years old and is still actively involved having held a number of appointments, from being and Area Commissioner and finally the County Commissioner for Greater Manchester, a post he held from 2001 - 2007.
Darren’s managed and led numerous projects and arguably the most prestigious of which was the First Aid coverage of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. His current role within St John Ambulance is that of the Chairman of the County Priory Group for Greater Manchester. Over the years Darren has received three special awards from Her Majesty The Queen in recognition for his voluntary service to St John Ambulance service.
He was awarded the Serving Brother of the Order, Officer Brother of the Order… and in 2014, Commander of the Order.
Peter is a qualified Accounting Technician and was admitted as a Fellow Member of the AAT in 1996. He originally trained as a graduate teacher and has worked in the firm for 30 years.
Peter has wide experience in meeting requirements of small businesses, charities and individuals. Peter has three adult children who are all now self-sufficient. His main interests are centered around the church fellowship, producing and performing in Christian Arts and local Charities. He has wide interest in sport, taking active part in the Widnes Vikings, sailing and triathlon.
Mark was born in Liverpool. He has a BA Homs in Fine Art and later studied Acting at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Since graduating he has made many appearances on stage and screen. His film work includes The Palme D'or nominated Route Irish directed by Ken Loach, Babylon directed by Danny Boyle and many more.
Mark is a huge supporter of Inside Connections Support CIC and its founder John Burton. The work is invaluable to young adults helping them improve their lives and futures.
Our trustees don’t usually do the day-to-day running of the CIC. They work alongside the staff, led by the Chief Executive by giving support and by challenging – in a supportive way – to help reach the right outcomes and outputs.
Our board of trustees meet 4 times a year to ensure that they have a good understanding of the work being achieved by Inside Connections Support CIC. Each trustee will spend a different amount of time on the role, as we’re realistic about how much time our trustees can commit and when.
The Inside Connections Support CIC company is made up of a range of activities and supported services that occur at different times and vary across the year.
1. Meet four times each year
2. Observe Inside Connections Support (CIC) opportunities on an ongoing basis
3. Obtain regular updates between trustee meetings
4. Agree to attend the Inside Connections Support CIC annual fundraising event