Paul Jackson (Founder) - Manager

Hi! My name is Paul. I am the manager at The Hive. We opened on 26th July 2010. I am so proud and happy to be part of this very exciting new venture and hope to take it far. I have had five years' experience in this area and I was in customer services for many years. I feel the things I learned there will help me in this role and contribute towards building a solid and productive future for The Hive.

When not working I like to do DIY in my new house, this has taken much of my spare time lately. 

I also like to ride my trike when the weather allows.

Derrick Jackson - Trustee/Volunteer (Woodwork)

Hi, my name is Derrick. I am a retired engineer. Now, along with my partner Coreen, I run the Halifax Rock 'n' Roll Club to make money for local charities.

My two pets are an Autosleeper campervan and a Yamaha trike. I am really pleased to be one of The Hive team and I hope I can help them go from strength to strength.

Angela Greenwood - Client Representative

Hi. My name is Angie and I am the client rep. If there are any problems I let the board know. I was voted on by the other clients. I think I will do a good job. I am looking forward to it.

I like going out socially and I like karaoke and dancing.


Meet the team


Jane Hardy - Senior Care and Support Worker

I have worked in the care sector for around 18 years now, the past 9 being at The Hive.

The whole team are amazing and a joy to work with. Over the years I have learned so much from everyone here. No two days are the same which makes my job so interesting.

In my spare time I enjoy music, movies and especially travelling.

I look forward to the future with The Hive and the excitement of what we can all achieve. 

Kate Cullen (Founder) Volunteer (Art groups)

I have a background in teaching and after retirement from that I worked as a supervisor in a centre for adults with learning disabilities, where they had some small assembly work to do.

I enjoyed this work so much I decided to volunteer in this area, doing one day per week at The Hive.

The clients are a joy to be with. The days pass so quickly and they achieve some amazing results.

I like the feeling of giving something back to society via these amazing people.


Gill Shannon - Trustee (Treasurer)

Elaine Ward - Trustee - Volunteer 

Hi,I'm Elaine, I used to be an hairdresser and I also owned a catering business. I was once the mayoress of Loftus. 

I have three children and five grand-children.

My hobbies are reading, cooking and doing jigsaw puzzles