Following Mrs Lockley’s retirement, the Association elected and welcomed its new Trustee to the Board: Mr John Collins.

Based in Preston, John continues to work the coal trade with a career spanning 55 years. Starting as a retail clerk in December 1965 for the National Coal Board in Chesterfield, John has worked across the midlands and north of England & north Wales. He joined the CTBA in the mid 1980s, visiting beneficiaries and helping to organise fundraising events in his North West & North Wales Branch. He was appointed the Joint Branch Secretary within the Branch in 2002 and has continued his involvement to the current day, as active as ever.

John brings a wealth of experience to the Board, who look forward to welcoming him as he joins them.