About Penrith Lottery

The Lottery Committee

Penrith Lottery is run by a voluntary committee who meet once a month to assess grant applications, discuss development and strategy and review finances.

Richard Utting


Richard Utting helped start the lottery through Penrith Chamber of Trade in 2010 and has acted as its Promoter ever since. From small beginnings he has seen the lottery develop and is extremely proud in the way it has supported many local community groups and organisations, some of which would not have received help without it.

Peter Ward

Committee Member

Following a career in the Public Sector (Civil Service and Health Service) Peter moved with his wife, Maureen, to Penrith where he has been able to support - as a volunteer - a number of organisations in Penrith and the Scottish Borders, including the lottery, CAfS and Eden Credit Union.

Elspeth James

Committee Member

Elspeth lives and works in Penrith as Finance Director to Penrith Building Society. She became a committee member in September 2018. She has good knowledge of both businesses and charities in the community and is keen where possible to support good local initiatives.

Charlie Thornton

Committee Member

Charlie has lived in the Penrith area for nearly 20 years and has developed a good understanding of the needs and ambitions for the local community. He has worked with a range organisations, providing him with a useful insight into how the community works together to deliver projects.

Kevin Dowding

Committee Member

Kevin grew up in Keswick and worked across the UK before returning to Penrith. Previously Chairman of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and a supporter of other local causes, Kevin joined the committee in 2021 and says he 'looks forward to contributing to the success of this great local organisation'.

Get Involved

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in becoming a committee member.

We meet on the third Thursday of every month to assess grant applications and discuss the management of the lottery, accounts, membership and marketing.

For information on our constitution, please click here. As a small, community lottery, we are registered and licenced by Westmorland & Furness Council. As part of this registration, each year we submit our annual figures to them. You can click here to see our licence details.

The committee employs a part-time member of staff to manage the day to day running of the lottery.

Admin & Marketing
Jerri Ryder

Jerri is a Virtual Assistant with over 20 years experience in administration, project and office management. She works with several local organisations, and her remote business model allows her to support national and international organisations as well. Jerri joined the team in time to help facilitate the exciting changes to the Penrith Lottery administration.

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