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.

Sharon Watkins - administrator for the Lower Wensleydale Business Network

Our Administrator

Sharon Watkins has had 20 years experience of working with blue chip companies, implementing and supporting business systems on a global basis and now runs her own business providing financial and business services to small businesses across North Yorkshire.

Simon Eastwood - Vice Chair of The Lower Wensleydale Business Network

The Vice Chairman

Simon Eastwood 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


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

Management Team

Dawn Clarkson As well as managing an Accountancy practice, Dawn is a 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.

Latest Posts

Members Only Discount in Richmondshire Today Magazine

All members of the Lower Wensleydale Business Network can now receive a 10% discount on advertising in Richmondshire Today Magazine. They publish 10,000 copies and distribute them to homes and businesses across Richmondshire. The offer can be added to any discounts already given for block booking, up to a maximum of 25 per cent off. If you’re … Read more

The Lower Wensleydale Business Network to host open meeting to discuss Business Rates

The Lower Wensleydale Business Network has responded to the demand from local businesses for more clarity on business rates by arranging and hosting an open meeting. Business owners believe that the imposition of the new business rates is placing an unacceptable burden on their businesses and the future of trade in the area and particularly … Read more