District Conference

4th April 2020 Barton Grange Hotel

Together we Can

District Conference - 4th April 2020

"Together we Can"

Venue: Barton Grange Hotel

The hotel is situated just a few minutes drive from the M6 motorway and surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns, and is owned by the Topping Family that so generously advertise in the District magazine.

Accommodation is available on both Friday and Saturday, and there will be great entertainment on both evenings.

Guest Speakers

  • District Governor David Hood of District 1220 is a Trustee of Aquabox and joined Rotary in 1996. Aquabox saves lives by providing people in disaster areas with the means to produce drinkable water. As a volunteer-led Rotary charity founded in 1992, it has operated right across the globe, responding to many humanitarian crises. In recognition of its work, Aquabox was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.
  • David Ellis joined Rotary in 1994 and is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Salford with Swinton, a MPHF and served as District Governor for District 1280 in 2011/12 and was elected to serve as the first Chairman of Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland in the Rotary year 2021-2022.
  • Pam Holgate is a retired police officer. In 2016 when Pam’s mum was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia Pam became a Dementia Champion through the Alzheimer’s Society and has made a commitment to share her knowledge with as many people as possible in order to dispel many myths that surround the disease and show how we can all help people with dementia to live well.
  • Jon Meech, CEO HandsOn London joined HandsOn London in 2015 after almost 20 years in the charitable sector. Jon is passionate about volunteering and the impact it can make to people’s lives. Since joining HandsOn London, Jon has lead the charity from a small local organisation to one that is delivering some of the largest projects in the city. Jon has spoken widely about flexible volunteering on TV, Radio, and at International Conferences on Volunteer Engagement.
  • Paul Whittaker OBE: Born in Huddersfield in 1964, Paul has been deaf from birth. A pianist and organist, he read music at Wadham College, Oxford, and gained a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music before founding a charity “Music and the Deaf” in 1988. He ran this for 27 years, leaving in 2015 to pursue a freelance career.