Meet the Trustees

Claire Reading

Hi I’m Claire - I’ve lived in Pocklington for 12 years. I live with my two teenagers, my partner, and lots of pets! I work full time from home supporting small businesses. Prior to this I worked for the NSPCC raising funds for young people and at HomeStart developing services for young people and their families.

Young People Count are an amazing local charity and I wanted to get involved and help where I could. I’ve been with YPC since November 2019 and we have already achieved so much - reaching out to young people during lockdown through our new website and online events. 


The trustees have been incredibly busy developing ideas and we’re all excited about our plans for a drop in centre, and to be there for every young person who needs us.  I am really proud to be a part of such an enthusiastic team and I would encourage anyone to get involved in some way. We are in need of volunteers, people who can share their skills and expertise with young people as well as precious time.

Revd Les Slow

BSc, MSc 

I am married to Hilary and we have three children and six grandchildren.


I studied Mathematics at Liverpool University and started teaching at Bradford Grammar School in 1971 becoming Director of Studies in 1980 and Second Master in 1999, retiring to Pocklington in 2007. 


I trained for ministry with the Northern Ordination Course and for the next 27 years was a non-stipendiary minister at St John’s Great Horton. I have permission to officiate in the Diocese of York operating mainly within the Pocklington Group of nine churches. 


My interests include DIY, working on the allotment, creating spreadsheets and websites and walking. In 2012, I cycled from London to Paris with my two sons for charity and in May 2015 rode the 940 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in just 11 days. On the last day exhaustion nearly got me as I began to fall asleep cycling along! Tim, my youngest, shouted at me enough to keep me awake.


I was until September 2020, a Governor at Pocklington Infant School and Chair of Governors for six years.


Since 2013 I have been a Governor at Pocklington School and a Trustee of the Wolds Learning Partnership which includes Woldgate School and Sixth Form College and Pocklington Community Junior School. 

I am a founding Trustee of Young People Count currently fulfilling the roles of Vice Chair and Treasurer. Despite the passing of many years my enthusiasm for working with young people is undimmed. Trying to find and setup a place for them in Pocklington has been a long and frustrating journey but the end is in sight!

Dawn Stone

I’ve lived in Pocklington for 26 years and am married to firefighter/window cleaner with 2 grown up kids who I’m very proud of.


I’m from Northumberland and haven’t quite lost my Geordie accent.  I’ve helped fundraise for both Pocklington infant and junior schools over the years as well as holding a role as finance officer in junior school so have watched many of our town’s children grow up.


I’ve been involved with YPC for over a year, only expected to attend a couple of meetings a month but then Covid hit and we’ve all been involved in developing websites, social media, zoom calls with young people every week, rewriting policies and HR. So it never quite went to plan.

I’m a stickler for spelling and good grammar and I like lists, however anything that involves design skills or artistic flair I’m quite happy to leave for someone else!

YPC is a charity which has young people at its heart and I’m delighted to be part of it.