About Us

To ensure that the Lower Wensleydale Business Network is capable of delivering the expectations of it members, we believe that a well-managed organisation is required.

To achieve this, we have put together a team of people who have the capability and experience of managing both large and small businesses.  The team has an understanding of the workings of local and national government and a detailed knowledge of a whole range of business sectors.  Above all, the team have a deep interest in the business environment of the Lower Wensleydale area.

Richard Sanderson, Lower Wensleydale Business Network Chairman

The Chairman

Richard Sanderson is a local businessman running a business that has traded since 1879 with Richard being the 6th generation of business owners. Richard is a Leyburn Town Councillor and was part of the group that brought the LEADER investment into the area.

Denise Read

Our Administrator

Denise Read has more than 25 years of experience across a range of business sectors developing people and HR services.  She now runs her own HR, people and business development company to support small businesses across North Yorkshire and County Durham.

Simon Eastwood - Vice Chair of The Lower Wensleydale Business Network

The Vice Chairman

Simon Eastwood is a local businessman and Director of The Jonas Centre. Simon had 20 years in banking, finance and property management and since 2002 has successfully run The Jonas Centre. Simon will also lead our involvement in the business environment project.

David Poole

Business Activities

David Poole A long career in business which since 1981 included being Managing Director of a number of large international companies and latterly the Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of a group of prominent national companies. Since retirement from main line business David has pursued his interested in business economics and business organisation in both the commercial and charitable sectors.

Dawn Clarkson


Dawn Clarkson manages an Accountancy practice and is also professional standards lecturer, delivering seminars to accountants around the UK. Dawn is a regular columnist in the Accounting Technician magazine and also responds, on behalf of the Association of Accounting Technicians, to HM Treasury consultation documents.

Alan Betts

Business Research

Allen Betts served more than 30 years in the retail banking and financial services industry holding management positions with FTSE 100 banks and overseas finance companies. Responsibilities have included management of large customer service operations, business transformation, strategy development, managing risk assets, business planning and working closely with strategic business partners. Since his retirement, Allen has supported SME businesses in the Northamptonshire area.

Next Event

Lower Wensleydale Business Network Meeting 3

  • 04/11/2019
  • 6.30pm
  • Leyburn Bolton Arms

It’s a free event and everyone is welcome to come along. Come and share your business successes and challenges and find out what we have been up to.

Latest Posts

Wensleydale School establishes Wellbeing Vision

A Yorkshire Dales school is launching a new vision for supporting students with their health and wellbeing. Wensleydale School & Sixth Form, in Leyburn, has had a difficult year. The school has had to make some tough decisions based on funding. In February the school building was closed off after a bomb scare and, most … Read more

A Dales company has expanded from the family farm to a business park - Richmondshire Today

Expanding Dales company moves from family farm to business park