Passionate about making the River Holme a better place for people, businesses and wildlife


What we would like to achieve

The long-term aim of River Holme Connections is to make improvements to the River Holme for people, wildlife and businesses from high up in the moors to busy Huddersfield where the Holme joins the River Colne.

We have adopted a Catchment Based Approach community-led model that engages people and groups from across society to help improve our precious water environment.

We are steadily working our way through the river catchment, which includes Meltham, New Mill and the Holme Valley, with a long term dream that people will be able to access local clean & wildlife rich rivers for work and play.


In 2012 a group of individuals got together to improve the River Holme in Holmfirth. After some hugely successful litter clearance days with 50 plus volunteers from the Scouts, businesses and community groups, the group grew more ambitious and decided to look at all the elements of the river system from its source in the moors to the confluence of the River Holme and Colne. Key volunteers became trustees and the charity River 2015 was formed in October of that year.

With a new working title of 'River Holme Connections' and a small team of staff, a growing band of partners and volunteers, the organisation has stayed true to its aim: to improve the whole of the River Holme Catchment. By connecting people, business and wildlife we can make it an even better place to live, work and experience.


These guys will make it happen for you

Kim Warren

Project Officer

Kim has a background of 25 years working in environmental, education and community projects. Kim oversees many elements of River Holme Connections work.

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Jane Skilling

Project Support

Jane has worked in environmental education roles and has senior management administration experience. Jane provides support for projects and the Charity.


Lyze Dudley

Volunteer Engagement Officer

I am passionate about Water, People, Community & the Environment.



Adrian Barraclough


Dynamic, can do professional with 22 years of experience helping create a better and more sustainable environment for communities. Ex Environment Agency worked from operational level to leading team of 5000 in flood risk and mitigation. Currently employed by FERA.

Specialties: Environmental regulation; Incident management; Change leadership; programme setup and delivery.

Lynva Russell

Lynva Russell

Senior executive with 35 years in private, public and third sector leadership roles. Extensive knowledge of finance, governance and partnering. Numerous board and advisory positions in UK and abroad. Main focus on sustainability, energy, manufacture, education, health and design. Former Trustee for HLF - funded John Clare Museum from conception to completion 2008 – 2016.

Richard Ashley

Richard Ashley

A Professional Civil Engineer with 50 years urban drainage experience in practice and as an academic. Emeritus Professor of Urban Water, University of Sheffield, Adjunct Professor, Lulea Technical University and Professor of Flood Resilience at UNESCO IHE, Delft. Recipient of the (IWA/IAHR) Joint Committee on Urban Drainage triennial Career achievement award in 2014 and for research into sustainable water systems in 2008.

Mike Williams

Mike Williams

Secretary & Treasurer

He was a founder member of Holmfirth Transition Town (HoTT) for which he is Hon. Treasurer. He is Company Secretary of HoTTWind@Longley Ltd., which supplies Longley Farm with green electricity. Prior to retirement he owned a consultancy company working in the not for profit sector with his partner Janet Williams. Specialisms are HR, strategic and business planning, financial and management control system.

Mike Bowman

Mike Bowman

Senior Functional Vice President of BP and Global Head of Geoscience until 2011. Previous Professorial Chair at Manchester University and currently Professorial Chair at Texas A&M University, Qatar campus. Advisor to companies, teaching groups and investors. Non-executive director on a small oil and gas company. Teaches external courses and lectures on Geosciences and Oil Industry.

William O’Brien

William O'Brien

Owner of a progressive, specialist electronics company. 45 years innovative, entrepreneurial ground - breaking business leadership. Key member of local business groups. Extensive engagement in charitable activities. Coordinator and lead Holme Valley Community First Responder scheme providing life saving support for the Community and NHS. Leading light in local pantomime circuit!

Clare Ash

Clare Ash

Clare lives in Meltham and works as a GP. She has a keen interest in helping to engage with communities and improve access to our rivers to benefit the health and wellbeing of residents in the River Holme Catchment.