Who We are

Connector and Place Development Manager

Matt Read is our Connector and Place Development Manager. Matt leads Connected our community-based social prescribing programme, community development activities and our Covid-19 neighbourhood network. Matt and his young family live in Knaresborough.

Matt has over 20 years’ experience of pioneering and developing projects in the charity sector. He is a qualified Youth Worker and has worked all over the world. He and his young family are residents of Knaresborough.

Managing Director

Nick Garrett co-founded Knaresborough Connectors and led the development and running of our Covid-19 neighbourhood network. He introduced Asset-Based Community Development to Knaresborough learned during 12 years of experience in a variety of roles at Leeds City Council. He is a management consultant in Health and Social Care and used to work for North Yorkshire County Council. He is a trustee of Chain Lane Community Hub, on the leadership team of Gracious Street Methodist Church and is on the advisory board of the Leeds Social Science Institute at Leeds University. Nick lives in Knaresborough and conducts the Knaresborough Silver Band.


The Directors listen to the membership and set the direction of Knaresborough Connectors ensuring we are compliant with health and safety, safeguarding, financial regulations, legal liabilities and our ethos and values. They come from a variety of backgrounds and all live in Knaresborough.

Peter Lacey
Hazel Haas
Nick Garrett
Liz Rochester
Sue Vasey
Sue Lightfoot
Gary Hinchcliffe