David Southward MBE is a retired civil engineer and Cumbria County Council cabinet member for economic development and property.
Born in Maryport, David was educated at Carlisle Grammar School and Imperial College, London. As a chartered civil engineer he worked in Australia, Romania and in London where he contributed to the design of UK nuclear power stations. In 1980 David joined BNFL at Sellafield as a Construction Manager and over 26 years supervised many significant projects predominantly in the Active Area.
David has represented Egremont on the county council for over twenty years and in 2013 was appointed to the cabinet with responsibility for economic development and property. His portfolio embraces the visitor economy and nuclear matters. His council responsibilities and appointments include chair of the Connecting Cumbria Partnership Board, chair of the Nuclear Issues Working Group, member of the West Cumbria Site Stakeholder Group, member of the Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum, the Port of Workington, director of Britain’s Energy Coast, director of Carlisle Enterprise Zone, member of Copeland Community Fund, director of Cumbria Tourism, member of Hadrian’s Wall Partnership, member of the Industrial Communities Alliance, member of the Investment Panel of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and governor of West Lakes Academy. In a private capacity David is a director of the Whitehaven Foyer and treasurer of St John’s Church, Beckermet.
David lives in Beckermet and is married with three adult children. His interests include hill walking, photography, foreign languages and international travel.
David has been a member of the Copeland Community Fund Board since it was established. He is passionate about improving the lives of Copeland residents, which is evident from all the support he has given to the borough over the years.
David has acted as the Conservative Councillor representing the Seascale ward on Copeland Borough Council for over 30 years and is involved in a variety of local issues and projects to improve facilities and services in the area. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee holding the Portfolio for Nuclear and Corporate Services. He is also leader of the Conservative party having been re-elected at the local elections in May 2015.
David is the owner of Croft Head Dairy, Seascale and until recently was involved in all aspects of the business. The dairy retail business was established by his family over 50 years ago and ownership has been passed down from his grandfather to his father and then to him.
Prior to his retirement at the end of 2013, he served as a retained fire fighter at Seascale Fire Station for over 40 years, the last 17 as Officer in Charge. He was responsible for 11 fire fighters and involved in all aspects of the running of the station including training, administration and maintenance.
He was elected as Chairman of the Sellafield Local Liaison Committee in December 2000 which has since been restructured into the West Cumbria Sites Stakeholder Group. He is Chairman of the Emergency Planning Committee. He has been a member of Seascale Parish Council for 26 years and was a governor of Seascale Primary School for many years.
Dr Richard Cummings is Head of Science and Engineering at the Low Level Waste Repository, responsible for safety cases, waste inventory and acceptance, site monitoring and characterisation, and engineering. He is also closely involved in the Repository’s capping and development programmes.
Richard has 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry, specialising in radioactive waste management and disposal. Richard moved to Cumbria with his family in 2007 to take up a position with LLW Repository Ltd. Outside work, Richard enjoys orienteering and fell walking.
Richard is delighted to be joining the Copeland Community Fund Board and looking forward to working with colleagues in the support of local community organisations and initiatives.
Dave has lived in West Cumbria for over 32 years, and currently lives in Hensingham. He is originally from Annan, and moved into this area in the early 1980’s, loving it so much he decided to stay. He married in 1991, and has two grown up children. After completing an apprenticeship his career developed and he has covered a diverse range of roles, such as Design Engineer, Project Manager, and Relationship Manager, some of which allowed him to visit and work in the USA, Europe and Japan. He also helped to establish the Supply Chain Ombudsman’s office at Sellafield in 2004 and took on the role of the Ombudsman in 2006. During 2007/8 he also managed the Sellafield Visitors Centre. The Ombudsman role also won a national award for best contribution to corporate responsibility (CSR) in 2008. It was through this role that Dave became interested in CSR and how businesses can and should be involved in, and support their local communities.
Dave is the Vice Chairman of the local Business Cluster (Britains Energy Coast Business Cluster) with over 300 member businesses, currently works for Shepley Engineers and has also worked at Sellafield giving him a broad range of experience and understanding of businesses, CSR, and some of the challenges facing our third sector and local communities. He hopes that he can utilise this experience and involvement with business to help the Copeland Community Fund to deliver strategically targeted and long lasting benefit to the people of Copeland.
Keith was appointed to the Copeland community Fund Board as a Cumbria County Council representative in July 2017. He has been the Chair since June 2018 and will hold this position until June 2020.
Keith is currently County Councillor for Millom Without Division and Chair of the County Council Local Committee for Copeland. He is also elected to Copeland Borough Council in 1999 and is still a representative to date.
Keith has been a Parish Councillor for Drigg and Carleton Parish Council for over ten years and has previously been the Chair of the Cumbria Association of Local Councils.
Keith brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of local community issues, specifically in the Mid and South Copeland areas, to the Board.
Dianne Richardson is the Social Impact and Communications Manager on the Box Encapsulation Plant Delivery Team for Balfour Beatty.
She has a strong community base in West Cumbria and believes in private, public and third sector working together to make a difference.
Having studied her degree in her 40’s and now studying for a Masters in Corporate Social Responsibility via distance learning Dianne takes lifelong learning very seriously and believes excellent education is key to building resilient communities.
Dianne is also a Board Director of the Centre for Leadership Performance.