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About us

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Knutsford GROW is a charity and is run by a board of unpaid volunteer Trustees elected each year at our Annual General Meeting. We have a Chairman / Secretary, Treasurer, Volunteer Manager and two general Trustees.

The board meets approximately every two months.

Chairman / Secretary:

Neil Forbes

Neil was appointed Chairman at GROW's 2021 AGM having previously served from February 2008 until April 2014.  A locally elected Town Councillor  (2007 -2023 including two years as Town Mayor) and Knutsford resident, Neil is disabled himself.  After a lengthly career with a major bank where he ended up a Senior Project Manager, he worked in the charity sector locally from 2005 to 2019 which included (at times) helping train social workers and managing a county-wide team of care package brokers.

Vice Chairman:

Nicky Owen

Nicky joined the board in December 2021 and served as Treasurer until April 2024 when elected as Vice Chairman. She has worked in local government and corporate communications for companies such as Tootal Group and Greenalls. She then established her own communications business, Epigram Communications & Design Ltd, in the early nineties. With fellow runners, she set up the Tatton Yule Yomp 10K in 2009, organising the event for 11 years and raising over £175K for local charities during that time.


Andy Martin

Andy Joined GROW as a Trustee in May 2020 and is one of the grant bids team. He has worked as a Countryside Warden, specialising in environmental education in mainstream and special schools across the City. With Groundwork Cheshire he delivered their Wild At Heart Project, which engaged young people with special needs with the countryside. He also became Manager of Groundwork’s Grozone Project, offering volunteering and learning opportunities to people of all ages and disabilities in Northwich.

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Clare Brabbins

Clare joined the Board in May 2021 and is also our Volunteers' Manager and our Contractors' Relationships Manager. She has lived in Knutsford for over 30 years, and since retiring from the NHS in 2019, she has taken the opportunity to widen her interests.  Being a keen gardener she enjoys working with people  and is keen to volunteer for Knutsford GROW. Clare is also working towards starting an accessible allotment in the town for others to enjoy without having responsibility for a full allotment themselves 


David Taylor

David joined the Board in June 2023 and is an experienced financial professional and was elected Treasurer in April 2024. He has worked for a number of companies, including Churchill China plc a manufacturer of ceramic tableware, across a career spanning forty years.


He enjoys gardening alongside interests in trail running, cycling and other outdoor activities.

Become a trustee

Becoming a trustee for a charity can be extremely rewarding. You might have skills or knowledge that greatly benefit a small charity such as Knutsford GROW. If you become a trustee for a local charity, you may also help your local community.

If you are interested in learning more, please email our secretary at or call 07762-342792. We look forward to hearing from you.

Being a Trustee gives me a ‘buzz’ in (early!) retirement using the skills & knowledge I’ve gained from the workplace to help GROW grow

Neil Forbes

Secretary / Chairman

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