Who we are

Thursday, 21 October 2021 16:09

The Penrith Partnership has seven volunteer directors.

Ron Kenyon - treasurer

Ron Kenyon Ron's a retired accountant, who has lived and worked in Penrith for most of his life.

He joined the family accountancy practice and qualifying as a chartered accountant, undertaking work experience with Price Waterhouse in Leeds before returning to Penrith with the firm which subsequently became Saint and Co. Ron became a partner in 1980 and worked to support many local businesses until his retirement from the practice in 2011.

Ron has been actively involved in many local organisations, including Penrith Chamber of Trade, Penrith Agricultural Show, Penrith Lions, Friends of the Cinema, Eden Housing Association and North County Leisure (NCL) Eden.

A lifelong climber, Ron has written a number of rock climbing guides and is also a keen fell runner and skier. He's a driving force within Eden Valley Mountaineering Club, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, Eden Climbing Wall, Fell and Rock Climbing Club, Eden Sports Council, Eden Runners (junior coach) and Mountain Heritage Trust. He's also Treasurer for Juniper Trust, which raises money for projects abroad.

He is married with a son and daughter.


Jane Taylor

Prof Jane Taylor Jane has spent her working life with young people, at schools in Easington, Durham and Penrith and with university students in Manchester, Oxford and Durham. She is a great believer in the energy, drive and inventiveness of young people and she leads the way in harnessing some of that energy for Penrith.

Jane is a governor at Ullswater Community College, and a previous trustee for Eden Community Outdoors.

She is interested in cinema, theatre and the arts, and is delighted to be a Friend of Penrith Cinema. She now lives in Penruddock.

David Whipp

David Whipp

David runs a business in Penrith town centre and is a councillor for Penrith Town Council, representing the Penrith North area.

David's from Lancashire originally and moved to Cumbria in 1977, with his career taking him around the country before settling in Penrith in 2003, when he bought the Starfruits business in the twon, along with his wife, Jayne, and two daughters, Kirstie and Samantha. David and Jayne continue to run the family business today.

David is particularly interested in Penrith as a market town and improvements that can be made to Eden to make it a better place to live, work and visit. He's involved with Penrith Chamber of Trade and Penrith Business Improvement District.

His hobbies include watching sport, in particular Rugby League and football, and is a keen follower of Wigan and Manchester City.



Richard Utting

Richard Utting

Born and bred in Norwich, Richard moved to Penrith in 1975 when he joined the National Farmers Union as their assistant group secretary.

He left the NFU in 1990 and started his own insurance brokerage, Richard Utting Insurance Services (RUIS), providing insurance to personal and business clients throughout Eden, specialising in farm insurance.

Richard sold his interest in RUIS in 2005 and started Profile Financial Management Ltd, offering fee-based advice to personal and business clients, based on Skirsgill Business Park in Penrith. A decade later, Richard sold his share of the business in 2015.

Richard held a two-year term as president of Penrith Chamber of Trade & Commerce until 2015. He sits on the board of Pride in Penrith Lottery, which gives grants to support local community groups and projects. He's chairman of Penrith Squash Club, of which he has been a lifelong member.


Rev David Sargent

Rev David Sargent

David has been rector of the Church of England ministry in Penrith since 2006 and plays a major role in the work of Churches Together in the town.

He trained as a secondary school teacher in Sheffield and worked in education in Uganda. He was an outdoor activity instructor in a residential centre in the Scottish Highlands before training for the church ministry in Durham. He has worked in Stockport and Ellesmere Port within the ministry of the Church of England.

He continues to be involved with education in local primary and secondary schools, serving on the Governing Body at Beaconside Church of England Primary School.

David is actively connected to the local community through his parish ministry, with a particular interest in how the church can add to the sense of community in an area.

David’s passion for outdoor adventure sports continues with his involvement in Eden Runners, along with regular fell running and walking adventures. He has three children and is married to Anne, who is a nurse at Penrith Hospital.


Grattan Bowen

Grattan joined the Penrith Partnership team this year, 2016, and we'll introduce him in a bit more detail shortly.