Charter Night

Fri 26th February 2016 at 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm

Rossendale Rotary Charter Celebrations

Speakers include:-

Felicity Goodey CBE  DL

Roger Hirst

Councilor Marilyn Procter


Felicity Goodey CBE  DL(Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester)

For 28 years broadcast for the BBC in Look North, North West Tonight and Political Programmes.

1994 led Salford City Council’s Millennium Lottery Fund bid and successfully secured £127 million towards the creation of the Lowry at Salford Quays. The Lowry was opened by the Queen in 2000 and Felicity was subsequently appointed Chairman of the Trustees . She is now a life long President of the Trustees of the Lowry.

Felicity was honoured in 2001 receiving a CBE for services towards regeneration of Salford Quays.

In 1998 she had given up her role in the BBC and had accepted a Government appointment as a Director of the North West Development Agency (held until 2002).

She became a member of the Tourism Committee for the region and in 1999 received a prestigious award for her personal contribution to North West Tourism. (Chair of the Tourism Committee 2003-11). In 1999 she was appointed Chair of the Cultural Consortium of the North West. She held the position until 2004.

In 2006/7 she led a consortium in a highly competitive bid to relocate a major part of the BBC in the North. She created the concept of Mediacity UK and secured another

£650mil of private sector investment for Salford Quays. Interim chief  Exec Mediacity 2005-2007

In 2004 she was invited by Salford City Council to chair the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company to transform the rest of the old city. This was highly successful attracting £2 billion of private investment.

In 2011 Felicity was appointed to the new Regional Growth Fund’s Advisory Panel .

advising the Government on the spending of a £1.4 billion fund . A position held until 2015.

Other positions held:-

  • Director of Manchester Commonwealth Games Ltd 1997-2002
  • Chair of the Board of UHSM (Wythenshawe Hospital) 2008-15
  • President of the Wildlife Trust in Cheshire. 2011- present
  • Chair of the Buxton Festival 2015-present
  • Council Member of Salford University.  

Business positions:-

  • Owner and Manager Felicity Goodey & Associates 1990-98
  • Precise Communications Director 1998-2001 – a successful media production and training company
  • Founder and non executive Director of Excellence Northwest 1993-2004
  • Non executive director of Nord Anglia plc 1999-2007
  • Unique Communications Group Director 2001-05 (Non-Executive Director 05-07) 


There are higher degrees from the Universities of Manchester and Salford .

She has been awarded a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2013 (probably by Greater Manchester  District and probably for her personal contribution to the creation of Salford Quays and the success in bringing a large section of the BBC to Media City in Salford Quays.)


Roger Hirst: Secretary of the Rotary Young Leaders Award Course in District 1190.

Held at the Castle Head Centre , Grange over Sands, every year in June. In the last five years we have sent 13 students aged 16/17 on the course. We have a great deal of respect for the course and for all the hard work done by Roger.


The Mayor Councilor Marilyn Procter - Worsley Ward , Haslingden

Supporting three charities this year –possibly more if money is available.

RAFT Resourceful Action For Transformation supports families and individuals who, due to circumstances often beyond their control find themselves really struggling to provide food for themselves and their families. Charity formed in 2012 to serve the Rossendale Community. The work is done by volunteers in conjunction with local organizations including faith and community groups across Rossendale as well as the business community.

Their urgent needs list include tins of fruit , rice pudding , soup and spaghetti, packets of cuppa soup, jars of pasta sauce, nappies size 5 ,6 and 6+. Also needed is cat food, sanitary towels , shampoo and conditioner, washing liquid or powder, cracker biscuits

and also carrier bags to help with deliveries. Make donations if possible to drop off points in the Valley.

YOUNG CARERS are young people who have taken on the responsibility of looking after an older person. Some carers are as young as seven looking after parents who through illness or disability are unable to manage on their own.

Young carers groups help them deal with problems, allow them to meet others in the same position, have fun, relax and generally deal with the pressures of their everyday life. If we can make life easier for young carers we need to support organisations who care for them.

THE STAR CENTRE established in 1996 is the main support agency in Rossendale for domestic abuse. The group provides specialist support and helps families who have suffered domestic abuse.

The center is committed to supporting the safety and well being of women and children in the community. However, it recognises men can also experience domestic abuse. Self-funding and relying on help from public , government, local authorities and private companies.