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Our Board of Trustees oversee our operations and  ensure that our beneficiaries continue to receive the maximum benefit from our work.

The Board meets four times a year and is comprised of individuals from the fields of academia, health, policy, community and arts organisations from across the country, demonstrating our nationwide reach.

Susan Rutherford (Chair)

As Director of HR at University of Liverpool until 2009. Susan was one of our founding Trustees. Serving on many Boards during a distinguished career in the Corporate Sector, she is currently a non-executive director at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Simon Barber, Chief Executive of 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

After graduating from Durham University, Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Manchester. The majority of his career has been spent in the commercial sector working at Board level as Finance Director, Commercial Director or Turnaround Director in various different industries (Health, Utility supply, Advertising, Telecommunications and Manufacturing). He came to the NHS in 2006 to use his skills within the public sector and was appointed as Chief Executive at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust in 2007. He is a qualified Executive and Business Coach. He became a Trustee of TRO in December 2013 and leads a weekly reading group within his own Trust.

Professor Phil Davis

Editor of The Reader magazine, Phil is also the Head of the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (CRILS), at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society. CRILS is The Reader Organisation's research partner, seeking to set the world agenda in reading, health and wellbeing and the role of literature in modelling creative thinking about human existence. His interests lie in the relationship between literature, emotion and personal thinking.

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The role of literature in modelling creative thinking about human existence - See more at: /what-we-do-and-why/research.aspx#sthash.Olh30yzr.dpuf

Kathy Doran, (Vice Chair) former Chief Executive, NHS Cheshire Warrington and Wirral

Kathy, a Liverpool English graduate, has worked for over 30 years in the public sector, as a civil servant and as an NHS manager. Prior to taking up post as Chief Executive of the cluster she was Chief Executive of Wirral PCT, Chief Executive of Birkenhead and Wallasey PCT and Head of Primary Care at the Department of Health. She also worked at the former Wirral Health Authority and Wirral Community Trust.

Lindsey Dyer

Lindsey Dyer has been a Trustee of The Reader Organisation since 2010. She leads the national Human Rights in Healthcare Programme on behalf of the Department of Health and is Director, Service Users and Carers at Mersey Care NHS Trust which provides specialist mental health, learning disability and addiction services for around one million people in Merseyside.

Lindsey has worked in a range of previous roles including responsibility for commissioning mental health and learning disability services in Liverpool and a commissioning budget of £1million; as Director, Patients Advice Bureau, North West Regional Health Authority; on a High Secure Services Task Force established by the Secretary of State for Health and as Regional Director of MIND in the North West.

She returned to TRO's board of Trustees in February 2014 after holding the post of TRO's Project Manager for Wirral and North Wales for a 12 month period.

John Flamson, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, University of Liverpool

John is one of the senior directors of the University of Liverpool, spearheading the University’s engagement with international, public and business markets. With a professional background in town planning, economic and public policy, he still works closely with the Merseyside community through the University’s civic engagement, promoting the Knowledge Economy and the area’s international profile.

Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive, Local Solutions

Steve Hawkins was born in Liverpool and is a graduate of Politics and International Relations from the University of Lancaster.  Steve has spent all of his working life serving the voluntary sector and the National Health Service.  He began his working career as a volunteer supporting homeless people in the night shelter in Liverpool and is currently the Chief Executive of Local Solutions.  In a parallel career, Steve has served as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, including eight years as Chairman of Mersey Care NHS Trust. 

Rosemary Hawley MBE

Rosemary Hawley MBE JP DL is Chair of NHS Knowsley. She has previously served as Chair of North Mersey Community Trust and the Liverpool Family Health Services Authority, and as Non-Executive Director of the Regional Health Authority. During her prolific career working in various health and community organisations, Rosemary has also been a board member of Guy’s Hospital, the Merseyside Regional Health Authority and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In 1997, Rosemary was one of the first recipients of the Duncan Society’s Duncan Medal, which is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the public health and wellbeing of the community. Rosemary served as High Sheriff of Merseyside between 2005 and 2006, was awarded an MBE for services to healthcare in Merseyside in 2007, and has also worked as a magistrate.

Lawrence Holden

Born in Liverpool, Lawrence has spent his career on Merseyside with a strong focus on advising and involvement in organisations with civic and educational focus. As a lawyer his clients included housing associations, charities and wide range of organisations working for public benefit.

Helen Jackson, Director of Strategy & Redevelopment at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Helen has lead responsibility at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust for the biocampus, strategy development, sustainability and the new hospital.  She has degrees from Aberdeen University and Imperial College and has previously worked for the World Health Organisation, Department of Health, in the private sector and at Central Manchester Foundation Trust. Helen became a trustee for TRO in December 2013.

Dr Shyamal Mukherjee MBE, Medical Director, NHS Wirral

Dr Mukherjee has been a practicing General Practitioner for 31 years in Wallasey. He has also been Medical Director for nine years. He has led on a number of key areas of service design including Alcohol, Urgent Care, Mental Health and Cancer. He has been deeply committed to improving The End of Life Pathway on the Wirral and has worked very closely with key services to make this a success. Currently he is the Joint Medical Director of Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral Cluster. In this role he is working to support his CEO to implement smooth transition and is involved with overseeing Governance, Performance and Quality of contracts.

Roger Phillips, Broadcaster, BBC Radio Merseyside

Roger Phillips fell by chance into local radio (BBC Radio Merseyside) in 1978 whilst working as a Hackney cab driver. He’s been working as a broadcaster ever since and is one of the most recognisable and popular voices on local radio. He's also, amongst other roles, an official Ambassador for the Guides Association, a patron of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Vice President of Una Voce and the Liverpool Academy of Arts. In 2009, Roger was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Merseyside.

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