Janet Thornton is a former Chair of Rural Action Yorkshire and served on its Board for 11 years. She is currently Vice Chair of Community First Yorkshire and also Vice Chair of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).
Vice Chair of the Yorkshire Food Farming & Rural Network, she represents the YFFRN on the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Committees for the Leeds City Region and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. She also represents the Rural & Farming Network on the ESIF Growth Programme Board. She also provides a rural perspective on the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s Business Communications Group and on the Leeds City Council Major Development and Planning Forum.
She was a Board member and latterly Chair, of Involve Yorkshire & Humber for 6 years and also served for 5 years as an Independent member on a Committee for Guinness Northern Counties Housing Association. She served as a parish councillor for 13 years and has been involved in a wide variety of community activities in the West Yorkshire village of East Keswick where she lives for more than 25 years.