As a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, The Brain Charity is governed by a Board of Trustees.
Our Trustees are all dedicated individuals who freely volunteer their time, expertise and skills to ensure that The Brain Charity is the best it can be.
Current Board members are:
Professor Bill Chambers, Chair
Bill has lived in Liverpool since 1973 and has worked at Liverpool Hope University for his entire working life initially as a geography lecturer and finally as Pro Vice Chancellor External Relations and Widening Participation.
He is married to Fiona, a community educator, with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. They both love the Liverpool Philharmonic and Bill is also a season ticket holder at Everton. Bill became interested in the work of The Brain Charity after his mother was diagnosed with and subsequently died of dementia.
Bill has said that he hopes to bring commitment, life experiences and his contacts to the service of The Brain Charity.
Kevin Wreglesworth, Secretary
Kevin has considerable experience in industry, from an apprenticeship in Engineering, through a degree course at Loughborough University, culminating in a Senior Manufacturing position in £75 million plus turnover automotive components factory, responsible for all aspects of manufacturing and site maintenance.
Subsequently, he started his own boatbuilding business to give himself more free time. With this time he volunteered for The British Red Cross for a number of years, and more recently enrolled with the North West Air Ambulance, and also became an Ambassador Volunteer with The Brain Tumour Charity.
Kevin’s wife has a neurological condition which has given him first-hand experience of the challenges of living with a long term condition.
Mike Howarth, Treasurer
Mike has 25 years of finance experience at all levels both within financial and management accounts. He spent 5 years as a Divisional Accountant at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery and looked after the Neurology Division as well as the Clinical Trials function.
Mike enjoyed his time at The Walton Centre but could not resist the opportunity for promotion to a large Acute Trust at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital NHS Trust and he is still in post today.
Mike has built up extensive knowledge of the Healthcare system at a huge and complex Trust where he holds the position of Head of Finance for the Medicine Division with an annual Budget of 125 million.
He became aware of The Brain Charity around 8 years ago after being diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and he says he is extremely proud to be able to commit some of his time and experience to the organisation.
Emeritus Professor Gus Baker, Trustee
Professor Baker is a retired Clinical Neuropsychologist and a Chartered Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist who previously worked equally between clinical practice (The Walton Centre) and research at the University of Liverpool. Professor Baker is a specialist in the impact of neurological conditions on people’s physical, social, psychological and neuropsychological functioning with an emphasis on epilepsy.
Professor Baker has published more than 240 papers, chapters and books on the impact of epilepsy which have lead to changes in clinical practices internationally.
He has previously been awarded the British Psychological Society Lifetime Award for distinguished contribution to professional psychology, in recognition of his services to epilepsy, and the International League Against Epilepsy Ambassador Award.
Karen Swan, Trustee
Karen has 25 years’ experience of marketing and communication. She has spent most of her career at the UK's largest newspaper publishing group where she held a number of senior positions including Insights Director and Director of Strategic Marketing.
Karen now part owns Influential, a prominent communication agency with offices in Manchester and Liverpool, where she runs marketing strategies and campaigns for a wide range of clients including the NHS, professional service businesses and charities.
In this role she first came across The Brain Charity when she worked on the new branding and positioning of the charity in 2015. This gave her the chance to see firsthand what difference the charity makes and she is now committed to utilising her skills to help raise awareness and interest in the charity.
Dr Ian Pomeroy, Trustee
Consultant Neurologist, The Walton Centre Honorary clinical tutor, University of Liverpool.
Ian has undertaken medical and neurology training in Sheffield, Birmingham, Oxford and Liverpool. He has conducted research into progressive forms of MS at the University of Oxford. He was appointed as a consultant neurologist at The Walton Centre in 2011. He currently undertakes MS clinics in Liverpool and provides general neurology clinics and a visiting neurologist service in Warrington.
Ian’s research Interests include: Disease progression in multiple sclerosis and factors affecting quality of life in long-term neurological disease.
Jane Blackmore, Trustee
Jane was born and raised in Liverpool and is extremely proud of her lovely city. She is married to Phil and they have one teenager son, Jack. She has over 30 years' support and administrative experience, with the last 13 years spent at Liverpool Hope University. Her current role is Executive Officer, supporting the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Operations and assisting with the development and business administration for the University’s Business School.
Jane became involved with the Brain Charity after receiving help and support from them for her family and her younger brother, who has early onset Parkinsons.
Mark Rea, Trustee
Head of Portfolio, GreenRock Group. Mark wanted to become a trustee as his wife suffers from epilepsy and he wanted to bring his skills and contacts gained from running his family’s investment firm GreenRock Group to a charity so it could better prepare for the opportunities and threats the current austere financial environment has to offer.
He is the Head of Portfolio at GreenRock, and the Chair of Governors at a North Liverpool school, an advisory member on Liverpool City Councils Enterprise, Skills and Employment select committee, Partner at Hackett Equity Solutions and Director of Liverpool Futures.
Steve Sharman, Trustee
Steve started his working life in 1966, as an Apprentice Gardener, after attending Resheath College of Agriculture/Horticulture in Nantwich. Eventually he became Northwich Town Council’s Chief Executive, where he achieved Quality Status for the Council. Steve held this post until taking early retirement in 2010, having worked a total of 44 years in local government.
Steve has been a carer for his wife Eileen, who has had a Brain Tumour for 16 years and therefore has a great deal of first-hand experience of neurological conditions. Since his retirement he has been the facilitator of the Liverpool Brain Tumour Support Group and in 2013 he and his wife started a Brain Tumour Support Group in their home town of Northwich.
Steve and his wife have been members of the Liverpool Brain Tumour Support Group for over 12 years and The Brain Charity’s Centre in Liverpool is therefore very close to their hearts as this is where the group meets.