The Royds Team

Tony Dylak

Tony Dylak, CEO

Tony has been the CEO of Royds since its inception in 1994.  With a strong background in community regeneration, managing major projects and partnership working, Tony is recognised nationally as an expert in the field. Tony lives in Oakworth, West Yorkshire in a 150 year old house. Married to Carmel since 1988 with four children, Tony is a musician outside of work. He enjoys good food, good company and good friends.

Gary Wood

Gary Wood, Centre Manager, Royds Enterprise Park

Gary is the Centre Manager at Royds Enterprise Park. With a background in marketing and business, Gary brings a wealth of experience to the Royds team. A keen football fan and U18s coach, Gary is also a keen musician, songwriter and online guitar teacher.

Chlole Shaw

Chloe Shaw

Admin/Reception Assistant

Chloe first came to Royds in November 2016 for a week’s work experience from Bradford College.We were very impressed with her can do attitude and work ethic and have now been able to offer her a part time job with us.She is taking Business Studies and will finish her course with the equivalent of 3 A Levels and hopes to continue working with Royds.

Chloe said “I enjoy working here and I am gaining some excellent experience for the future.”


Royds Community Association is governed by a board of trustees who are responsible for implementing the policies of the organisation. Trustees are on the board for an unlimited period.

John Marriott



"I have lived in Bradford for over 55 years and have been involved in business in the area for over 35 years. I have now retired and this has given me the opportunity to pursue my interests and this involves committee work for Royds charity.

Before joining the board I was Chair of the Tenants Committee.

This led me to joining the board to bring my business expertise to the table and help build up the charity. I enjoy engaging with the tenants and management to discuss their experiences. This certainly helps the community and the charity to prosper.

Mohammed Arif Awan

Vice Chair

Mohammed Arif Awan

"I came to UK during 1969, learnt English language, completed higher education and since 1977 worked directly/ indirectly for private, public and third sector organisations. I have held many operational and strategic positions. In my voluntary capacity I have supported a range of voluntary/ charity organisations and served many committees/ boards. I took an early retirement during March 2015. I have two daughters, four sons and six grandchildren.

I have joined the Royds to make my contribution towards enhancing the quality of engagement, governance and make the difference through high quality service deliver to the life of our service users. In my capacity as Vice chair & Trustee Director, I would welcome your views and/or suggestions. Please leave your comments or a message with the reception and contact detail if you would like a response. Your feedback is important and would help us to improve our service delivery.  Please remember we can only make the difference by working together!"

Adrian Curtis
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Adrian Curtis

Chair of the Policy and Finance Committee

“Despite - perhaps because of - professionally training as an accountant I have always been interested in how communities and individuals interact within their localities. I believe that all communities - and the individuals who constitute them - should be given the opportunity to participate in the creation of a better future for themselves.   This is what attracted me to joining the board of Royds Community Association.”

Les Webb
Architect & Town Planner (retired)

Chair of the Asset Management Committee

Les Webb

"I am an Architect and Town Planner. Over 20 years ago I was asked by Royds to become involved in the £31M regeneration of the Buttershaw, Woodside and Delph Hill areas. Over the next 10 years, the Royds area was transformed, socially, economically and physically thanks to a community led regeneration process. The success is there for all to see. Since retiring from my architectural practice, I have become a director of Royds and still have pride in what the community has achieved."

Teresa McDonald
Local Resident

Mark Wilkie - Director of Gamma Creative and 1 to Consult

Mark Wilkie

Andy Taylor

Workplace Health Coordinator, Blackburn and Darwen Council

andy taylor

I currently run a programme of health & wellbeing activities to provide employers in Blackburn with Darwen with evidence-based strategies aimed at improving morale, productivity, employee satisfaction and most importantly – health & happiness.
For over twenty years I have worked in the public sector, mainly supporting residents to develop their skills and networks in order to improve neighbourhoods through civic and civil regeneration. By looking at the skills we have as a group – whether these are as volunteers, charities, private businesses or statutory bodies like the NHS or your local Council – I strongly believe we can achieve any aim together. I have enjoyed the opportunity to help people run their own facilities, organisations and projects to support their own communities, and look forward to finding the next challenge around every corner.
Royds is well-regarded across the country, and I jumped at the chance to get involved at board level, hopefully to share some of my own experience while also growing and learning from a respected organisation. Our meetings provide a variety of themes and guest speakers, and are always lively and enjoyable so I would recommend getting involved if you ever get the opportunity!

Sinead Lynch

SCPHN specialist community public health nurse - school nurse Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Royds Community Association

Royds Enterprise Park
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