The Committee is made up of unpaid volunteers from the local community, plus representatives from Holmes Chapel Parish Council and Cheshire East Council.


We also have a professional Project Officer who manages the administrative side of the Partnership on a part-time basis.

Honorary Members

Hazel Sutcliffe



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Hazel was born in the village and has family connections with Holmes Chapel going back over 100 years. She has lived in various other towns and countries but returned "home" about 30 years ago.

She retired as a teacher of French and German some years ago but keeps up her languages by running a French conversation group with the U3A and is still involved with the production and marking of German exams. She has been on the committee of the Partnership since its inception. She is keen to be green and keeps trying to promote cycling and walking as an alternative to the car. Both with the Partnership and the South East Cheshire Cycling Action Group she has been involved in the production of maps to facilitate this. She represented Partnership on the Dane Meadow Project Board and has maintained the connection with Dane Meadow by running the Friends group.

She loves gardening and producing her own fruit and veg. She helps husband, Pete, with his beekeeping and, when time and energy allow, they go cycling and swimming. They have two daughters one of whom lives with her partner and two children near Oxford, and one who is a biodiversity expert based in Germany.

Ordinary Members

Richard Garton


Richard moved to Holmes Chapel from London in 1981. 

He has two adult children, currently in Bristol and India.


He retired in 2002, having spent his working life in IT, as programmer, analyst, salesman and consultant.


Over 25 years, at different times he was Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of the Twinning Association. He, was Secretary of the Rotary Club of Holmes Chapel and is currently Secretary of the Holmes Chapel 41 Club, and Secretary of Church Hulme Men’s Probus, where he also organises the Crown Green Bowls section.

Karoline Peach

Communications Co-ordinator


Originally from Solihull in the West Midlands, Karoline moved to Holmes Chapel with her family in 2014.  Travelling into the village regularly with two young children, sparked Karoline’s interest in campaigning to improve walking routes in Holmes Chapel and led her to become part of the HCP team.


Most recently, Karoline was a director at a Midnight Communications in Brighton, where she led campaigns for Arundel Castle (home of the Duke of Norfolk), the Youth Sport Trust and legal firm Thomas Eggar for which she regularly secured commentary in the Financial Times and other national newspapers. Her skills set includes copywriting for magazines, websites, brochures and press releases, as well as delivering successful digital campaigns across a variety of social media platforms.


Currently working from home, Karoline is enjoying representing more local clients including florist The Bloom Room, Don Alberto restaurant and special education needs expert, the SEN Blog.  She is always keen to hear from local businesses looking for proven communication strategies to achieve their corporate objectives.


Karoline has a degree in American Studies from the University of Reading and also studied at George Mason University in Virginia.  She maintains a keen interest in literary fiction and is a member of Holmes Chapel Book Club.  

Peter Whiers

Project Officer

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Peter has lived in Holmes Chapel since 1988, when he moved to the area to work on the Sizewell B project. He is married to Philippa and has two grown-up children and three grandchildren. Although originally working in Nuclear Engineering, Peter changed his career path to work in Economic Development and then moved to be the Chief Executive of South East Cheshire Enterprise and the Borough of Congleton Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 he returned to Nuclear Engineering but retired from full-time employment at the end of 2018.

Peter has been actively involved in the Holmes Chapel community, as a member and past Chairman of both the Holmes Chapel Round Table and Holmes Chapel 41 Club over a period of 30 years. Now working for the Partnership (one day a week), he hopes to use his experience to assist the Partnership to fully engage with the expanding village and to help make Holmes Chapel an even better place to live, for the young, the old and that big group in the middle which he is a member of.

Peter enjoys football and has been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford for 25 years.

Diane Tams

Holmes Chapel Parish Council

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I moved to Holmes Chapel with my children in 2007 having previously worked in the village for a number of years. My children both attended nursery, primary and secondary schools within Holmes Chapel before moving on to university. 


I had a long career in the pharmaceutical industry working at Fisons and then AstraZeneca. Finding myself with time to spare I thought it was time to give something back to the community within which I live and was elected as a Parish Councillor in 2019.


I love to travel and in recent years have visited South America, Africa, Asia and travelled the Silk Route. I am looking forward to travel options opening up again.


During the lockdowns of 2020 I was active in helping those who were unable to get out answering calls and collecting and delivering prescriptions and shopping.


I am currently chair of the Village Infrastructure committee and Vice-Chair of the Parish Council. I joined the Partnership in the summer of 2021.

Partner Representatives

Rab Parry

Holmes Chapel Parish Council

Contrary to popular belief, I was born in Wales, but moved to Scotland at age 10; and it was Scotland which seemed to have more of an impression on me.


I am married to Jenny and we have two grown-up children and 2 grandchildren. For most of my working life, I was employed by ICI as a Technical Support Manager & DBA, retiring from their offices in Northwich in 1992.


I have lived in Holmes Chapel since 1968 and for a long part of that time I have been involved in local government in the area serving on the following councils:


  • Holmes Chapel Parish Council from 1980 to present, having been Chairman twice

  • Congleton Borough Council from 1981 to 2003 where, at various times, I

    • chaired the Finance and also Planning Committees

    • was Exec member for resources

    • was Borough Mayor in the year 1999/00

    I am now an Honorary Alderman of the Borough

  • Cheshire County Council from 1993 to 2001 where I was Deputy Chairman in the years 2000/01 and majored in Education, Police, Fire & Social Services.

  • I have been a Director of Cheshire Community Council for many years.

I have taken an active interest in various local organisations including a local art club.


With this experience behind me, the best interests of Holmes Chapel are in my heart and I am keen to see our village well looked after.

Liz Alcock

Born and raised in Liverpool, Liz has lived in Holmes Chapel since 2018.


Before having children she was a secondary school teacher and she now has her own small business selling greeting cards and other stationary items, which fits in well around her two young children! 


She lives on Saltersford Gardens and became involved with Holmes Chapel Partnership due to the lack of safe walking routes to Hermitage Primary School. She is also actively involved in the Speedwatch team.

Marie Bennett

Marie has lived in Holmes Chapel for 26 years.  During that time, she has been involved in volunteering and fundraising for a variety of local projects.  


She was Chair of the Hermitage Primary School PTFA for several years, and also fundraised throughout her Son’s journey in Scouting, from Beaver to Viking Explorer.  She has volunteered for Sandbach Animal Rescue, is a Village Fair organiser, and is currently volunteer Presenter and Station Manager at Dane Sound Community Radio. She can also be found regularly making up Toy Sacks with the team from The Toy Appeal, and she puts together the monthly Partnership newsletter.


Her career has taken her through PR, Advertising and Marketing roles.  Since 1995 she has run her own business, diversifying into Event Management & Project Support and working with organisations such as UNDP, Vodafone, Carlsberg-Tetley, The Best Practice User Group and Clonter Opera Theatre.  Marie also supports her husband’s print business as Marketing Manager and Buyer.


Marie is passionate about shopping locally as much as she can, and reducing, recycling and re-using to help the environment.  She is a keen crafter, enjoys Pilates and is a cat lover.