We are proud to announce the following individuals with Yorkshire and Calderdale connections as Ambassadors, who will join our expanding line-up of esteemed Patrons. Our Ambassadors will utilise their recognised voices, helping to develop the historic building’s profile, introduce the venue to new support, expand the diversity and views and increase awareness of the Trust’s important work.
Halifax-born Andy Barron has a long-standing connection with The Piece Hall, dating back to 1970 when his family had a stall at The Piece Hall’s wholesale market. Andy currently works for J Sainsburys in the Online Shopping team. Outside of work, he can be regularly found riding his bike around the area or walking around the many different shops here at The Piece Hall, where he will utilise his knowledge of The Piece Hall’s past to help shape and strengthen its future.
Freddie is the General Manager of VCEP LTD – a Halifax-based property management business. The arts have always played a part in Freddie’s life – in 2016 and 2018 he co-organised charity events for the RNLI with one event having bafta screen writer and Piece Hall patron Sally Wainwright attend – and has helped raise £10,000 for the charity so far. Freddie has also helped other art and private organisations in Yorkshire with advising on property, fundraising and PR opportunities, and is keen to raise awareness for The Piece Hall as one of the North’s leading tourist destinations.
A very proud Yorkshire lass, Mandy has dedicated her skill and goodwill to numerous good causes across the region for over 16 years. Recognised and respected in the charity sector, particularly for being instrumental in the establishment of a dedicated children’s Hospice in Huddersfield, Mandy is an award-winning fundraiser who has experience in working across all sectors. A recognised face in Yorkshire, Mandy is passionate about all things that make this great county shine, and cares deeply about The Piece Hall and the diverse, safe and unrivalled opportunities it offers to all.
Founder and director of Calderdale-based communications, strategy and public affairs consultancy Waverley, Stephen has lived in Yorkshire since the age of 3 and remains a resident here today. Starting his career as a journalist on the radio broadcasting to West Yorkshire, he has since worked across politics and policy before starting his own business in 2013. A regular visitor to The Piece Hall, Stephen is particularly passionate about raising awareness for The Piece Hall’s heritage and culture.
Tony Kenny is local business man who founded the Code Blue Group in Huddersfield in 2002, which publishes national trade magazines and supplies businesses with landlines and mobiles. From 2012-2020 he was one of the founding trustees and board members of the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour charity. Tony has had a long affiliation with the sport of rugby league, holding senior roles for Rugby League Ireland (2000-2008) and Jamaican Rugby Leagues National Squad. When he was just eleven, Tony worked on the market at The Piece Hall, and is keen to share and support the community of independent traders that exists today.