The Team

Management and trustees


We are led by a highly-experienced team, committed to providing support for the communities we work in. Our senior management team is responsible for our day to day operations, working from our head office in South Yorkshire

Nicola has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, working with both national and local social care charities. With a background in community development, drug and alcohol services, criminal justice and children and family services, Nicola has held senior roles in operational delivery, business development, marketing and fundraising. She joined CISWO as Chief Executive in August 2016 and has overall responsibility for the development of the organisation’s strategic direction and delivery of the strategic plan. Brought up in South Yorkshire, Nicola has spent a considerable amount of her career working in former mining communities both locally and nationally.

Nicola Didlock

Chief Executive

Janine was appointed as Finance Director in 2017 and is responsible for finance, IT, Health & Safety and leads the team that provides accounting services to miners welfare's through CISWO (Trading) Limited. Working alongside the Chief Executive, she also has a primary role in delivering the organisation’s strategic plan. Janine joined CISWO in 2009 bringing with her over 20 years of experience in accounting practice. Janine is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales having originally trained, qualified and worked in the accounting profession with Deloitte LLP.

Janine Wallage

Director of Finance


Twelve trustees oversee the running of the charity, each selected for their skills and/or experiences to support the governance of a large and diverse national charity.

The Venerable Bob Cooper joined CISWO’s Board of Trustees as Chair in 2014. As a Church of England priest for over 25 years, Bob has worked in urban and mainly mining communities and has been involved with mining charities from when he was a vicar in Pontefract. Currently Archdeacon of Sunderland, a senior position in the Diocese of Durham, Bob is passionate about enabling people to have every chance to succeed in life, and bringing people together to benefit the community. As a Trustee of many charities, Bob has twenty years’ experience in the voluntary governance sector.

Archdeacon Bob Cooper


Colin became a Trustee in 2003, is Vice Chair and also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Following 26 years employment in the coal industry in human resources and head of the Chairman’s office, he became self-employed working in HR consultancy. Colin was deputy chair of a large NHS trust for 10 years, running 3 'acute' hospitals and had roles in the National Trust and other not for profit organisations. He is currently a Trustee of the Yorkshire Miners' Welfare Trust Fund and of one of the Groundwork Federation charities.

Colin Ambler

Vice Chair

Patrick was appointed as a Trustee in 2014 and is the nominee of the trade union, the British Association of Colliery Management (BACM). A member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Patrick worked for BACM for 35 years across the British coalfield and was the General Secretary for 19 years. He was awarded an MBE in 2017 and enjoys working as a chef for a Jewish/Muslim/Christian inter-faith initiative providing meals weekly in a deprived part of Nottingham. He is also a Trustee of the Yorkshire Miners Welfare Trust Fund and a Trustee of the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

Patrick Carragher

Jon became a Trustee in 2003. He is Chair of the Audit and Risk, and Finance and General Purpose Committees, through which he is key to overseeing CISWO’s investment managers and policy. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Jon worked as stockbroker, becoming a Member of the London Stock Exchange and then went on to investment management. Jon has trustee experience with a wide range of local and national charities and is particularly passionate in ensuring charities secure good governance.

Jon Hattersley

Appointed as Trustee in 2006, John is also a member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee. From a mining family, John has considerable experience of working in the social housing and charity sectors. John is a qualified accountant and former Chief Executive of Durham Aged Mineworkers Homes. He also served as a Trustee of The National Association of Alms-houses and Age Concern Durham.

John Humble

Christine joined CISWO’s Board in 2001 having been employed in the coal industry for 40 years as a Human Resources Specialist. Christine worked across the majority of the English and Welsh coalfields, working with the mining trade unions in her HR capacity. Born into a mining community and with family members previously employed in the industry, Christine has maintained a keen interest in former mining areas and is passionate about health and welfare for those who live there.

Christine Kaye

Carole was born and brought up in a Yorkshire coal-mining community with family connections to the industry. A Registered General Nurse and Health Visitor, she has worked in a variety of roles and places over the last 40 years, beginning in Rotherham and currently working in Durham with other areas in-between. Since 1995 she has held a variety of Director-level posts in health care organisations covering direct delivery of care services, commissioning of services and planning/policy roles. Carole became a Trustee in 2015 and has a particular interest in supporting the development and delivery of CISWO’s personal welfare service.

Carol Langrick

A Trustee since 2016, and from a former coal mining area, Gary spent his early career in the coal industry, and was employed by British Coal as Group ER Manager. Gary is now a HR Consultant and interim HR Director in the private, public and third sectors both in the UK and abroad including in the health and social care sectors.

Gary Smith

Michael Macdonald has been a Trustee since 2020 and is the nominee of the trade union, Union of Democratic Mineworkers. Having lived in the Yorkshire Coalfield for 32 years, Michael is passionate about re-skilling displaced energy workers and bringing opportunities to former coalfields. He is active in several community groups and is also a Trustee of the Diocese of Sheffield Board of Finance. Michael is an officer for the trade union Prospect, with responsibility for members employed in mining, and is responsible for negotiations with energy companies.

Michael MacDonald

David joined the Board of Trustees in September 2021 and since then, has taken on the role of Chair of the Quality and Impact Committee. Having previously worked in financial, retail, telecoms, and recruitment sectors, David brings a range of skills to the Board including strategy development, change leadership, people development and leading of customer excellence. With a particular interest in the ‘Not for Profit’ sector, David has lived in Yorkshire for 25 years and has seen the impact of the coal industry over this time. He now wishes to contribute to CISWO’s service offer to benefit people who have been and continue to be, impacted by the mining legacy.

David Steer