Heather Akehurst – Chair
LCVS Chair Heather Akehurst is the Chief Executive of Open Awards, an awarding body that designs and accredits qualifications across an internationally broad spectrum aiming to change lives through learning.
Heather is a member of a number of national bodies working with offender learning and sits on the Manufacturing Futures Board. She is a member of the North West Business Leadership group and a member of various NCVO Reference Groups.
Dorcas Akeju, OBE
Dorcas retired after practising as a midwife for over 30 years. She was a Team Leader for about 4 years and became the Lead for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Haemoglobinopathies (Sickle Cell Diseases and Thalasseamia), and Equality and Diversity for Liverpool Women’s Hospital until her retirement.
She has been active in the campaign against FGM since 1996 and was instrumental in Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust having guidelines for caring for circumcised women. She has been involved in several initiatives such as setting up the West African Elders, now the African Elders Association, in 1999. She is very active in the community and trustee of different organisations. She set up the Breathe Easy Foundation, supporting people with asthma and allergies, in memory of her daughter in 2014.
Dorcas has won several awards, such as Royal College of Midwives Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, Female Achiever of the year (Merseyside Black Achiever Award) in 2009, but the highlight of her life was the OBE Award from the Queen in 2003. She believes in team work and partnership and that all her achievements were possible by working with others, her family and God’s power.
Duncan Brookes moved to Liverpool in 1990 to start work as an Investment Manager with Tilney, where he still works. He specialises in the management of Charitable Trust and Trust portfolios, and is also a member of the group’s Asset Allocation and (UK) Stock Selection investment teams.
Whilst at Tilney, Duncan has undertaken the role as Head of the Liverpool office. This included the period when the company became part of the global Deutsche Bank group, and its eventual reformation, as Tilney, in 2014. This period offered varied experiences of both global enterprises and a Liverpool centric business.
Of the three headline areas that LCVS supports, to date I have had more opportunity in getting hands on in the education of young people. Duncan is looking forward to an opportunity to be involved with all, and to contribute to the strategic direction and governance of LCVS in the coming years.
Mike James is currently the Marketing and Communications Manager for Nugent.
He is an experienced marketing professional with expertise in identifying, developing and implementing multi-tiered marketing and communications strategies through over 25 years of experience, gained working across the arts and charity sectors in Liverpool. He has worked for almost all of the main arts venues in the city at some point.
Originally from Kent, Mike has lived in Liverpool on and off since the young age of 1, and considers himself a Scouser. He is a devout, lifelong Red and photography is his main hobby. Mike has two grown up children, and he has recently moved to Maghull.
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Driven by a passion for ending avoidable inequalities, Ken has over 35 years’ experience in housing, health, commercial enterprise, neighbourhood investment, charities, local government and social enterprise. Until 2014 he was Chief Executive of a large North West England-based housing association group, a post he held for 14 years. In 2014 Ken set up Do-Well (UK) Ltd, a personal, leadership and organisational success business which works across all sectors to enable enhanced resilience, build social movements, develop leadership and partnership capacity to help people, places and organisations define and then mobilise to achieve.
Ken is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director in a range of organisations. Currently, in addition to his Board Trustee role at LCVS, he is Vice Chair of a Social Enterprise and a Lay Board Member of Liverpool CCG. He has an MBA from the Open University Business School, is a Fellow of the RSA, a Member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing by examination.
In his spare time Ken enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching football (don’t ask who), listening to live music, collecting vinyl records, drinking real ale, going to the gym, travel, and he is fussy about his coffee.
John Price is a chartered wealth manager who advises high and ultra-high net worth private clients and business owners all aspects of wealth management and financial planning.
In January 2017, John founded Modus Wealth Management. Prior to this he was an Executive Director at Coutts where he’d been for over 11 years, most recently leading the wealth management business in the North West.
John is the Chair of LCVS Investment Committee and an executive committee member of the Voluntary Aid Club.
Michael Salla has made a significant contribution to promoting public health and tackling health inequalities across Liverpool for the previous 15 years.
Michael’s academic background includes attaining BSc (Hons) Sports Science and MSc Public Health degrees researching areas of physical activity, homelessness, diabetes, cancer, alcohol and smoking. Michael’s employment pathway includes working within the third sector on programmes promoting community regeneration and sports development alongside programmes within the public sector in the areas of health promotion, physical activity and the impact of housing on health.
Michael’s current role with Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club, as the Director of Health and Sport involves reaching over 20,000 people each year leading on an evidence-based Public Health Strategy, an award-winning Disability Programme and an International Soccer Camps Programme. This work has been underpinned by Edge Hill University’s Department of Sport and Physical Activity resulting in innovative projects being co-designed, co-delivered and robustly evaluated.
Michael’s work has culminated in success at two prestigious national award ceremonies recently- The Times Higher Education Awards in 2016 and the Charity Times Awards in 2017.
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James Sloan is Chief Executive of Liverpool-based charity Imagine If Trust. James has a degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Health Psychology. After working in public health research and adult mental health services, James moved to the third sector in 2010. After gaining experience in fundraising and project management, he set up Imagine If Trust in 2012, taking on the role as CEO in 2015.
James is passionate about community transformation both at home and overseas. He has travelled extensively across East and Central Africa working with Non-Governmental Organisations and community organisations to improve the lives of some of the poorest people, including displaced people and refugees.
James is married to Hannah and they have two young children together.
Mike Thomas – Treasurer
Mike Thomas is the Treasurer for LCVS and chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. He works as a Director in the public sector assurance and advisory team of Grant Thornton UK LLP based in the Royal Liver Building and is also currently a Director of the Deeside Business Forum and President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in the North West.
He is the engagement lead for a number of health and local government bodies in the North West including Liverpool CCG, Mersey Care Foundation Trust and Liverpool Heart and Chest Foundation Trust, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire. Mike also audits a range of public sector bodies in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, including two large pension funds.
Mike is Grant Thornton’s lead for local government work in the North and currently engaged in the firm’s Vibrant Economy campaign and recent thought leadership work on industrial strategy, Brexit, devolution, financial resilience and governance, and alternative delivery models.
Before joining Grant Thornton, Mike worked for the Audit Commission for 12 years as a district auditor across Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria and was previously an independent member on the Audit Committee of the Information Commissioners Office and the Board of Chantry Housing Association in West Yorkshire.