Meet our Trustees


Gareth Henderson


Gareth Henderson is a business leader who has launched and grown multiple companies. He is founder and chairman of Core Facility Services in Elland.

As Chair of Trustees for Happy Days he has brought the professionalism and experience needed to transform a small charity into a robust, well managed and growing organisation with strong governance and accountability.

Kevin Teague


Kevin is a former Financial Director of Jacuzzi UK, where he had financial responsibility for 11 companies and had hands on involvement in HR, health and safety, payroll and IT.
He brings over 44 years of career experience to his role on the Happy Days board of trustees, where he helps the charity achieve a high level of accountability in all areas through process and procedure enhancement.

Mark Rose


Mark runs the UK sales operation for Ye Olde Oak Foods Ltd, a canned food business selling to all the UK major retailers, and which regularly donates significant quantities of canned food to organisations like Happy Days.

His main role as trustee is to oversee, and be heavily involved in, the fundraising operation and to use his commercial experience to generate income for the charity.

Sarah Jayne Wilson


Sarah Jayne has worked within the NHS for 25 years. Her role on the board of trustees is to support the charity with safeguarding and risk management and to make sure everybody has equal access to health care and health promotion.

Sarah has been instrumental in helping us deliver our health clinics at The Gathering Place.

Nicky Chance Thompson


Nicky Chance-Thompson MBE DL, is CEO of Halifax’s historic Piece Hall, describing herself as its proud “Chief Caretaker”, overseeing the Trust’s vision to make this iconic building a world class visitor destination.

She is passionate about empowering people to makes positive changes, supporting them in ways which can make a real difference to their life chances.

Peter Cawdron


Peter joined the trustee board following the merger of Happy Days and Calderdale SmartMove. He had been a trustee of SmartMove since 2018 and treasurer since 2019.

Peter retired from his career in banking, insurance and the Civil Service in 2018. As well as being involved with Happy Days/Smartmove, he is also a Trustee of Focus4Hope in Brighouse and a volunteer with St Augustine’s.

Rosi Gemmell


Rosi is a former accountant with PwC and has worked extensively in careers, college, youth and adult services. She has experience in administration, talent management and budget control.
Her knowledge of finance, quality assurance, systems and processes support the board in its governance and strategic growth goals.

Andy Nelson

Special Advisor to the Board

Andy is an experienced Technology and Business Transformation executive with a successful 30-year track record in Central Government, Management Consulting, Retail and Finance sectors.

Andy acts as a Special Advisor to the trustees and management team of Happydays focussing particularly on strategy and stakeholder management.