Meet the Friends of the Loxley Valley committee team

Day-to-day Friends of the Loxley Valley business is carried out by a Management Committee elected by the Annual General Meeting, as specified by the FoLV constitution. The committee team is made up of eight members who meet as necessary but not less than three times a year. Additional members, and/or external advisors, may be co-opted onto the committee to help with specific issues, e.g. planning, social media development. The current members of the Management Committee are as follows…

Stewart Kemp – Secretary

Stewart retired from Local Government service in 2014 since when he has volunteered with a number of different organisations including SCC’s reading mentoring scheme for young children and Sheffield’s Youth Justice Service. In recent years Stewart spends more time caring for his grandchildren – which is hard work but rewarding! In his spare time Stewart pursues his interests in cycling, swimming, running and hill walking. His love of the outdoors drew him to Loxley five years ago after living on the south side of the city since 1978. When the threat of mass housing emerged in the valley, Stewart helped to get FoLV started.

Andrew Holmes – Treasurer

Andrew is a qualified management accountant. He recently retired from Royal Mail where he had over 30 years experience in corporate financial management. He has lived in the Loxley Valley for over 20 years after escaping from his London based career in a quest for a life nearer hills and decent beer. Andrew has always been interested in wildlife and nature and enjoys travelling and walking (usually combining the two).  He previously worked as Treasurer for the Pitsmoor Citizens Advice Bureau up to the point at which that organization was merged with the other independent Sheffield advice bureaus to form a single city wide organization. 

Pete Hammond – Membership Secretary

Pete was born in London and spent all his school and university life there.  He moved to Sheffield in 1973 working for Fujitsu, settling in Loxley where he has lived for the past 50 years.  Working for the IT company involved much travelling and staying away from home.  However, he did become a governor at both Loxley and Bradfield schools where his children went to school.  He was made redundant, aged fifty-five, and, fortunately, quickly found the post of  IT Lecturer at Hillsborough College.  Pete could now walk to work through Loxley Valley instead of sitting in a car for hours.  Teaching at Sheffield College he now felt he was more involved with the community, working at this post for nine years.  Now in retirement he would like to be more proactive in the community and so has joined the committee of the FoLV to ‘lend a hand’ wherever needed.  

Other members of the committee are:

David Holmes

David grew up in Grenoside, spent a few years studying down south at the London School of Economics and the City University, and then headed home to Sheffield for the hills, and to start his reporting career with the old Morning Telegraph newspaper. He later became a broadcast journalist with BBC Radio Sheffield, where he spent many years running the newsroom. He then became a lecturer in one of the UK’s leading journalism departments at the University of Sheffield. He took early retirement in 2017. He is now a trustee of the CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire charity, a trustee and volunteer with the Steel Valley Project, and a trustee of the Upper Don Trail Trust. David has lived in Loxley for over 30 years and helped to produce the Loxley Valley Design Statement. He now does much of the communications and social media work for Friends of the Loxley Valley.

Diana Conheeney

Joanne Lee

Richard Clark