They set our overall strategy and direction, and they make sure we have the right resources in place to achieve our mission.
All of our Directors, including our Chair and Vice Chair, are non-executive (meaning they aren't involved in the day-to-day work of Ecology) apart from Paul Ellis and Pam Waring, who are both executive Directors.
Malcolm is a solicitor and partner at Wrigleys, where he leads the Charity and Social Economy team.
A lot of Malcolm's work as a solicitor involves working with innovative organisations in the fields of renewable energy and environmental products and services.
Malcolm was appointed Chair in May 2010, after serving as a Director for 12 years.
Tony is a chartered accountant and took early retirement from a large building society in 2003, where he gained senior experience in financial planning and control, risk management, internal audit and regulatory compliance.
As Vice Chair, he endeavours to use his skills and experience to ensure the Ecology's continued success. He is keen to learn about green issues from colleagues and members of Ecology.
Tony's interests include nature and conservation, gardening, walking, running, and watching Huddersfield Town.
Paul joined Ecology in 1981 as an investor, before becoming a consultant, then a Director. He has been Ecology's Chief Executive since 1995.
Paul has a long-held commitment to environmental issues, is involved in a local woodland conservation group in Leeds, and has established a five-acre woodland.
Paul is a Director of Mutual Vision Technologies, Passivhaus Trust and INAISE (International Association of Investors in the Social Economy).
Finance Director & Secretary
Pam has been with Ecology since 1986. She worked initially in the savings department and gradually took responsibility for the Society's finances, being promoted to Finance Manager in 1993 and to her current role in 1996.
Pam was co-opted by the Board in June 2000, which gave her the opportunity to be more involved with planning the future direction of Ecology. She is committed to progressing Ecology's work and is proud of the service we offer our members.
Helen Ashley Taylor
Helen is a qualified accountant who has spent the majority of her career working in the charity and mutual sectors. Helen works at the Co-operative College Trust overseeing the charity's governance arrangements and prior to this worked in regulation as a senior accountant in the legal and compliance unit at the Charity Commission.
Helen regularly gives her time as a charity trustee and sits on technical accountancy committees for the charity and voluntary sector at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Helen has a young family and in her remaining spare time sings with the Huddersfield Choral Society and follows the activities of a flourishing local green group. Helen is delighted to use her experience and skills to further the interests of Ecology members and keen to ensure the continuing success of the Society.
David is a qualified accountant and has worked in local government, industry and the housing sector. His experience with housing associations extends over the last 20 years, starting with a community-based association in Glasgow. David has been Finance Director of four housing associations, but now works mainly on a freelance basis in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
His interest in green issues is more practical than theoretical and David makes every attempt to travel by train. David occasionally does voluntary work in the developing world, including setting up computerised finance systems in Bangladesh and Zambia.
Mark has been a member of Ecology since 1999 and has undertaken the renovation of a property and smallholding using recycled and sustainable materials wherever practical. The smallholding has a collection of rare breed animals and is approximately 12 miles from Ecology's headquarters at Silsden.
Mark is a chartered water and environmental manager and a chartered engineer. He has interests in community volunteering and a budding renewable energy cooperative.
Steven brings a wealth of marketing and financial services experience to Ecology.
He is currently the managing partner of a financial services consultancy, chairs a marketing consultancy and is also Chair of the Big Issue Foundation.
Steven has also chaired the London Rebuilding Society and held the post of Marketing Director for Unity Trust Bank.
Adam is a Chartered Architect and Founding Director of Halliday Clark Architects in Bradford, which was established in 1993.
Adam has a wealth of experience in designing and producing buildings and products across a variety of work sectors, including residential, commercial, education, health and the arts.
Adam joined the Board in 2011 and looks forward to identifying trends in sustainable construction techniques for the benefit of Ecology members.