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Who are we

John Harvey, Chairman

Moved to Hayfield in 1990 to be near the hills. Hill walker, occasional fell runner and mountain biker, scrambling and via ferrata enthusiast. Experience of successfully applying for grants from Lottery and European sources as a Hayfield Parish councillor, 2006 to 2011. Works for Derbyshire County Council as a service manager.

Mike Crompton, Committee Member (currently inactive)

Mike came to Hayfield in 1975.  Brought Benny Rothman to the village to give a talk on the Mass Trespass in 1979, after working on an oral history project of the British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.
A former chairman and clerk of the Parish Council, former chair of Rural Action  but still an active trustee. Derbyshire and vice-chair of High Peak CVS. Now retired, he was a senior lecturer in Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University, teaches Spanish for U3A and also a founder member and vice-chair of Sustainable Hayfield.

Jo Kent, Treasurer

Also works in Visitor Services for Peak District National Park. Lived in Hayfield for 10 years. Has a keen interest in the symbolic events of the Kinder Mass Trespass and countryside access and promoting the High Peak area.

Kate Hurley, Advisor and website contributor.

Originally from Devon, moved to Sheffield in 2005. Keen history enthusiast, currently studying a PhD in History specialising in the history of the Mass Trespass and the access movement. Two of my close relatives were participants in the Mass Trespass from Sheffield.
Former civil servant with Defra, now teaches Basic Skills in Sheffield to students with learning difficulties.


Dave Toft, Committee Member

Born and brought up in Salford. He first walked on Kinder Scout in 1966, at the age of 12, on a youth club outing, and despite moving south to university and then working in London, he has been on Kinder at least once every year since. In 1996 he moved to Hayfield with his wife and two daughters and has lived in the village ever since. He has written two articles about the significance of the Mass Trespass, published in ‘Red Pepper’, and a poem on the same theme for the 80th Anniversary.


Jo Kent, Project Administrator

Also works in Visitor Services for Peak District National Park. Lived in Hayfield for 10 years. Has a keen interest in the symbolic events of the Kinder Mass Trespass and countryside access and promoting the High Peak area.


Ian Brooke, Committee Member


Born and lives in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Keen walker and outdoor enthusiast. I have spent many years involved in local village cricket clubs and served on general and fund raising committees as well as cricket ground inspection committee for Cheshire cricket league. Self employed printer, i have assisted KVCG in several marketing and printing projects.


Derek Clarke, Committee Member

Originally from Prestatyn in North Wales I served an apprenticeship as a commercial vehicle builder before going to university where I obtained a BA Degree in History and MSc in Technology and Society. In 2011 i retired after being assistant headteacher at a secondary school and a Divisional Secretary of the National Union of Teachers in Tameside. I am a Trustee for a couple of charities and have worked as a voluntarily as an advisor for a number of social enterprises. I am currently the President of Tameside NUT, Secretary of High Peak and District Co-operative Party and a Parish Councillor. I have a long time interest in local history, hence my involvement in the Mass Trespass Group. 


Alison Tupman, Committee Member

Has shared her time between Hayfield and Sheffield for the last 15 years. A keen hill walker, and Peak District and outdoor enthusiast. previously lived, walked and climbed in North Wales and was in Scotland.

Was an English teacher for 12 years and recently retired as HR Manager of a large IT company near Sheffield. Has organised many social and fund raising events for various organisations in the past. Oral History Volunteer with St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield and so far undertaken two oral histories for KVCG.

Andy Cobley, Committee Member

Retired Software Developer. Hayfield resident since 1988. Served with Kinder Mountain Rescue Team for 10 years, 8 of them as Hon. Treasurer, before ill-health intervened. Climbed and walked extensively throughout the UK.

Colin Divall, History consultant

Colin has variously lived in and visited Hayfield for over 25 years, and is a professor in the History department of the University of York. He was Head of the Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, a joint initiative with the National Railway Museum, for 19 years. As well as the history of transport and mobility, his main interests are the history of technology (particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries), museums and heritage, and bringing history into debates about transport policy.

Last Modified: 9 Feb 2016