Foundation Board

Alison Herbert – (interim chair)

Alison Herbert - smallAlison is an experienced solicitor, businesswoman and unrelenting issues champion with exceptional communication skills gained from 25 years as a litigator. Alison founded and ran her own financially successful client focussed legal practice for 12 years during which time she developed the ability to be objective, to review complex financial and business data, spot trends and adapt business models accordingly. In addition to this, Alison is a trustee of Relate Harrogate & York and Relate Mid Yorkshire; founding member of the ‘Roofie Foundation’ in 1998, which was responsible for raising public awareness of the misuse of Rohypnol drug resulting in police adopting Roofie Foundation’s recommendations for combating drug misuse and conceived, implemented and led an art based fund raising initiative at Ripon Grammar school raising the largest income (£10,000) achieved in a single fund raising event in the whole of the school’s history.

David Kennedy – independent member


Since retiring in 2006 from the post of Interim Chief Executive at Bradford Council David has been engaged in a range of activities. He is Chair of the Dot Mainwaring Sports Foundation, a Director of The Peace Museum and a volunteer with Tools for Self Reliance which is a group which collects and cleans up old tools before sending them to Africa. Prior to this David held a number of senior positions in Bradford Council which he joined as a social worker in 1972.

Martin Smith – independent member


Martin has been Chair of Incommunities Group Board since the company was formed in 2003. Having been in that role for 10 years, Martin has stepped down and is now sharing his skills and experience on the Foundation Board. A Councillor for 23 years, Martin has a great deal of involvement in his local environment, supporting  Rotary Ilkley/Wharfedale club and is Chairman of the Ilkley Youth and Community Association. He is also a governor of Ilkley Grammar School Academy and is interested in the 6th Form and community development with particular involvement in careers advice, which links into his involvement with Bradford Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Martin has run his own Architectural Design practice for over 45 years which has given him excellent insight into planning and construction environment, as well as expertise in partnership working.

Neera Tyagi – independent member


Neera has been part of the Incommunities governance structure since September 2008. Having now moved from the Housing Association Board to the Foundation Board, she brings with experience in project management including performance management systems. She has a wide experience of strategic planning, managing  change, projects, operations, people, finance, research, setting standards and performance measures, implementing policy at national level, delivering training and speaking at conferences.

Liz Weatherill – independent member


Liz is MD of Enable2 Community Interest Company, a social enterprise, providing an interpretation and translation service to a variety of public and private sector clients. She also acts as an Apprenticeship Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service, which involves her in actively promoting the concept of apprenticeships and the associated benefits to both employer and employee, and is a director of Leep Forward (Legacy Ethical Entrepreneurial Projects) This is a newly formed social enterprise developed by a group of business people who attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme in 2011/12. The cohort was so impressed with the concept of social enterprise they wanted to develop an organisation that could use their collective skills and give back to society. Leep provides funding, guidance and mentoring to companies and individuals who need support to make a difference in their local communities.