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.
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.
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 The Reader in December 2013 and leads a weekly shared reading group within his own Trust.
Hugh Biddell is Head of Charities and not for profit at The Royal Bank of Scotland, leading the strategy for the sector across all RBS brands, working to support all charity and not for profit customers and maintaining relationships between large charities, Local authorities, NHS and foundation trusts and government bodies. His previous roles at RBS have included establishing and growing the Bank’s UK market leading businesses in private healthcare, professional practices and education. Having previously been a trustee for the homelessness charity Crisis, Hugh joined The Reader Board of Trustees in November 2015.
Giles Brand is a Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Partner at EPIC Private Equity LLP, and Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at EPIC Investment Partners. He focuses on general turnaround investments, retail, consumer, financial services, support services, advisory, and healthcare. He founded EPIC Private Equity LLP in 2002 as part of EPIC Investment Partners, leading the MBO of EPE from EPIC Investment Partners in 2005. He is a Non-Executive Director of a number of portfolio companies like Pinnacle-psg, Ryness Electrical, Nexus Industries, Pharmacy2U, Whittard of Chelsea, and Palatinate Schools. He read History at Bristol University. He joined the Board of Trustees at The Reader in October 2013.
Editor of The Reader magazine, Phil is also the Head of the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS), at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society. CRILS is The Reader'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.
John is retired having been one of the directors of the University of Liverpool, a Senior Civil Servant with Government Office for the North West and leader of a number of regeneration initiatives in the Liverpool City Region and NW. His professional background in town planning, economic and public policy developed his understanding of and extensive networks in the public, private and third sectors.
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.
David Levin is General Counsel at Nekton Group, a private merchant company working across the energy continuum. He specialises in international corporate and business law with sector specialisms in Energy & Natural Resources and Financial Services, previously occupying the position of Partner in Mayer Brown, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Eversheds and Hogan Lovells. He has been recognised as a 'Notable Practitioner' in Chambers Global 2013 and a Leading Corporate Energy Partner by Legal Business.
Previously the Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee at Dyslexia Action. David joined The Reader's Board of Trustees in October 2015.
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.
Jacqueline Tammenoms Bakker is Non-executive Director of CNH Industrial and a member of the Supervisory Board of TomTom and Unibail-Rodamco. After receiving a BA in History and French at Oxford University in 1975, Jacqueline completed an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies in 1977. From 1977 to 1998 she worked for Shell, McKinsey and Unilever. She then moved to the public sector as director of GigaPort, an initiative to accelerate the introduction of broadband Internet in the Netherlands. She served as director general at the Dutch Ministry of Transport from 2001 to 2007 and was responsible for Civil Aviation and Freight Transport. From 2006 to 2007, she was chairman of the High Level Group for the future of aviation regulation in Europe, reporting to the EU Commissioner for Transport.
Jacqueline joined The Reader's Board of Trustees in May 2015.
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