Our Trustees

The Early Break Board of Trustees/Directors meets for full Business Meetings every 8-10 weeks and in between will hold Special Focus Meetings to concentrate on specific aspects of Company development or training. At each Business Meeting an operational manager will present updates and issues relating to their particular area of service.

The Board is always keen to understand the work of the Company in practice and members will shadow workers to further their understanding of different aspects of service delivery. Board members are always invited to join the full-day training events for Company workers.

Board members will be involved in specific tasks according to their areas of expertise and interest and will lead on items, as appropriate.

The profile of the current Board is as follows:-

Diana Ashworth

Diana Ashworth, aged 65 years, has four sons and five grandchildren and lives within the Borough of Bury.
Diana began her working life in the Civil Service but soon moved to start a career in local authority social care. Achieving a Diploma in Domiciliary Care Management in 1986, Diana then took a sideways career change into nursing and then into Health and Social Care Development and Training coinciding with the introduction of NVQs in Care.

Diana worked in Bury MBC as NVQ Co-ordinator and then to Wigan MBC as a Development and Training Manager.
This was followed by a year working with Skills for Care before retiring in 2006. As a result of a lifetime interest in politics, Diana then stood for election as a Conservative Councillor in Bury MBC and was elected in May 2006.

For three of the four years as a Councillor she was a member of the Cabinet with a responsibility for Children’s Services. It was at this time that Diana became aware of the work of Early Break and was pleased to support the organisation in their work within the borough. Diana continues to support Early Break in their work as a Trustee. Diana is also involved with other local community groups including School Governor and Friends of the Ramsbottom Civic Hall.



Jenny Thorpe

Jenny left school at 15 and worked in various occupations including: Colour Consultant for Crown Wallpapers, Hotel Receptionist at the Grand Hotel in Manchester, eventually managing an employment agency for NCR in Manchester, Preston & Liverpool. During this period she also worked on a voluntary basis at youth clubs and eventually managed a Church Youth Club with her first husband.

From 1975 to 1984 Jenny owned and managed her own employment agency for accounting machine operators in North West England and later for promotional staff working in various venues in England, Wales & Scotland. After the death of her first husband in1982, she refurbished and opened a health club which ran successfully for 2 years.Jenny re-trained on the Basic Youth Work course and was employed by the youth service in Bury as a deputy centre manager and then as part-time manager of a Youth Centre where she worked for 7 years.

During this time she began work as a sessional worker for Early Break in 1996. Since then Jenny has been part-time Drugs Education Consultant for Bury and Rochdale MBCs, mentoring programme manager for Bolton Lads & Girls Club and a manager at Early Break for 2 years. She will be fully retired from April 2011.

Jenny has been a Trustee at Early Break since 2008.



Mark Kenyon

Mark was born in 1955,is married and has three children and two grandchildren. He currently lives in Farnworth, Bolton. He is a Chartered Surveyor.

He began his working career in 1974 as a trainee surveyor, in private practice with T.Wilkinson & Son, in Radcliffe and for 9 years worked in a drawing office, doing mainly planning, development and building design work.

He moved to Byrom Hill and Partners in Bury in 1983 to specialise in valuation, but also to work with a team of valuation surveyors, building surveyors, architects and structural engineers.

In 1986 Mark joined the Halifax Building Society (subsequently the Halifax Bank and Lloyds Banking Group). He took on management responsibilities and since 1994 has managed teams of surveyors and their support staff in the bank’s valuation centres in Bury, Hyde and Warrington, finally managing the full Greater Manchester valuation area until his retirement at the end of 2012.

Outside of work Mark’s interests include his involvement with his local United Reformed church, being a governor of a local primary school, watching football, specifically Bolton Wanderers, and membership of Lancashire County Cricket Club.


Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley, 46, lives in Edenfield in the Rossendale Valley. Married and dad to 2 teenage children, he enjoys walking in the local countryside with his dog and cat. He has been involved in the Scouting movement for most of his life, starting out being a young Cub, and he is currently an active volunteer in the role of Beaver Leader.

When he left education as a qualified Electrician, Stephen went to work for the family business in Wigan . He soon diversified into a technical sales role and now enjoys travel around the country working for Eaton Cooper Controls.

Stephen has also utilised his passion for water sports, he worked with a team of committed volunteers to transform the once derelict Burrs Mill in Bury, into a now-thriving outdoor activity centre. As Director of the Board, he was responsible for securing significant lottery funding and European Redevelopment funds working in partnership with Bury Metropolitan Borough Council to transform the site into a useful educational resource and a public country park. Stephen is very interested in the issues which can affect youth groups, and felt very privileged to be asked to join the Board of Trustees for Early Break in 2013. He hopes to bring to the role various skills he has developed over the years, and get involved with the charity as it develops even further.


Lydia Edgar

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