David Felix

Chairman and Trustee

I am a retired Anglican Vicar and I’ve been an active board member of CCA for many years. My new role as Chairman (appointed in January 2022) gives me the opportunity to lead and support CCA’s governing body in pursuit of its charitable objectives.

I bring a wide and diverse range of views from my previous roles in the Church of England, legal profession, housing association boards and roles in rural economic development.

Chris Fortune

Vice Chairman and Trustee

I joined the CCA Board in 2020 bringing over 20 years’ experience of being a trustee/board member for a variety of voluntary, community and housing organisations.

My professional background is in construction and I was a member of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building before embarking on an academic career that saw me hold professorial posts at Heriot Watt, Salford and Wrexham Glyndwr Universities before retiring in 2019. Latterly my research focused on European funded projects related to social enterprises and their resilience.

I share the values and ethos of CCA in terms of its promotion of personal inclusion and community development and I look to contribute in particular to the organisation’s work in relation to housing and social enterprise.

Jackie Weaver


I’m the Chief Officer of ChALC and was appointed to the CCA Board in 2008. I have over 20 years’ experience of working with the Town and Parish Councils across Cheshire, Warrington, Halton and Trafford and work to ensure that these local councils are actively involved in the work of CCA. 

I’m also a Fellow of the Society of Local Council Managers and involved in a number of key strategic partnerships across Cheshire.

I joined the board to help develop the relationship between the town and parish councils and the community and voluntary sector. I feel that we form a natural partnership and we should explore the opportunities that offers. Working closely with CCA enables me to better achieve that.

Edward Brady


I joined the CCA board in 2014 bringing more than 35 years’ experience in the communications industry with me to support CCA. As former public affairs manager at blue-chip companies ICI and Shell UK, I specialise in internal communications, sponsorship management, community and press relations, and crisis management.

I worked closely with and contributed funding to the charitable sector during most of my working career. Now, in retirement, I’ve taken the opportunity to make a further contribution, this time from within the sector.

Lesley Smetham


I’ve long been a supporter of CCA’s vital work with communities in Cheshire on issues of health and social care, planning, housing and community buildings.

My previous role as Cheshire East Mayor, continued role as Cheshire East Councillor and involvement with several Cheshire based charities have helped me bring a broad perspective on the issues that are important to the people of Cheshire.

Alison Painter


Having been brought up on a farm and living in rural Cheshire for most of my life, I’m well-versed in some of the issues of living in rural communities. So, I’m keen to bring my experience to CCA’s board.

With more than X years’ experience in commissioning and delivering social care services across children and adults mental health services, I hope to help this already thriving organisation deliver its vital services, tackling social isolation and mental health issues. 

Alison Amesbury


I have extensive experience at senior management level working for the local housing authority in Cheshire West bringing knowledge and skills to benefit the CCA Board, customers, colleagues and communities. Understanding and meeting the needs of vulnerable individuals, households and communities is at the heart of everything I do. I have long recognised the critical role played by CCA in the rural area; the longevity and track record of the organisation are a huge credit to the hard work and dedication of the Board and staff.

I am particularly excited about the emerging role of community-led housing as this builds upon the work of assessing local housing needs and neighbourhood planning.

Francis Tunney


Now retired but very active in the third sector and have been Chair of Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish in recent years and hold a number of other posts with ChALC and Utkinton Village Hall.  My career was based in Marketing and Business Development, mainly in the third party logistics sector where I worked for a number of the leading players.  I have an interest in rock music and spent eleven years as a part-time tour manager for an American based group touring Europe between 2002 and 2013.

I live in rural Cheshire and play an active part in the community where I put my skills in terms of web-based communication to play.  Married with two grown up boys and four grandchildren I try to put as much into life as I can.

I hope to use my broad range of skills and experiences from my career, and as a CCA member and service user, to play an active role on the Board.

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