The Royds Team


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, 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.


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


"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
Director, Groundwork Leeds

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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


"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."

Helen Alred

Senior Information Risk Officer


I have lived in Bradford all my life and have a daughter, two sons and two grandchildren.
I studied at Bradford for a Degree in Law, and after this I commuted to London for two years to complete a Barrister Vocational Qualification. I transferred to a career in Civil Engineering as a Quantity Surveyor eight years ago. I have a special interest in risk management and conflict resolution.
In my role as a commercial proffessional I am a member of INSPIRE and a registered STEM Ambassador. Visiting local schools over the last two years led me to take a role with Royds with a view to making a difference in the community.

Bernard Lewis

I was born and bred in Bradford, where I attended All Saints School. I am a Christian and a Churchwarden at St Mary’s in Wyke, where I am also a trustee on the church council. I run a youth club with help from the youth service at Bradford council. I am running a sensory community garden
project in Wyke and we have raised over £50,000.00 in funding, to make this community garden possible! I am a retired builder and ran my own business. I am married, with a Son and Daughter and I now have five Granddaughters! I have always been committed to volunteering. I have a strong feel for the community and have always tried to get people to work together to improve better health and
well-being. I came to join Royds with New Horizons, where I was the chairman. I would say I am very much a people person. I have a strong passion for helping people of all ages and I am part of the new horizons program. I find this new challenge extremely exciting and I am very much looking forward to the future with the community arm of Royds.

Mark Wilkie

Having more than 30 years marketing and business experience mainly in West Yorkshire (Mark is currently Managing Director of a leading local marketing and creative digital agency).
Wanting to add his expertise to the Royds Board Team and help grow the charity Mark is people orientated, friendly, professional and has been a Trustee now for nearly 3 years. Although originally born and bred from the North East, he has lived near Bradford for nearly 25 of those years and wife and her family are from this area.

Rebeca Malin

I work in the NHS as an Associate Director of System Transformation. Working with health and care partners across Bradford District and Craven I focus on shaping and delivering plans that will result in sustainable services for the whole population. Before the NHS I held a number of business and IT positions at Virgin Atlantic Airways and IBM UK Ltd. 
I am passionate about empowering communities to design personalised and preventative health and care needs. Focusing on communities and their needs means care can be provided as locally as possible whilst being sensitive to local needs. This is what brought me to Royds.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen runner and also playing the piano and saxophone.

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