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 6 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.
Tim Walsh FCA, Treasurer and Trustee
Tim is a Chartered Accountant who retired in May 2017 as a Director with PwC, the global financial services advisors, following a 34 year career, latterly as one of the firm's Licensed Insolvency Practitioners.
As part of a planned transition from full time work, Tim has been working as a part-time volunteer with The Brain Charity since late 2015, advising the Board on various financial matters.
Having been part of a family network who supported both parents through their struggles with dementia Tim was drawn to The Brain Charity and now hopes to make a big contribution to the success of the Charity going forward, drawing on all of his financial and business experience.
Tim is married to Aruna, and they have two grown-up sons.
Dr John Picton, Secretary
John is a Charity Law researcher and teacher at the University of Liverpool, where he has been working and studying for the last ten years.
He has a deep interest in the sector and the nature of charitable donation and is keen to put his knowledge and experience to practical use by taking on the role of trustee.
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.
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 Parkinson's.
Dr Nick Silver, Trustee
Dr Silver is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre and an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He specialises in headache disorders and has a clinical interest in Multiple Sclerosis and sleep disorders. He’s published many research papers around diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions, ranging from magnetic resonance techniques for Multiple Sclerosis to non-invasive nerve stimulation for treatment of acute chronic cluster headaches.
Dr Silver is delighted to become a trustee and is looking forward to forging a closer working relationship between The Brain Charity and The Walton Centre.
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.
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.
Theresa Lewin, Trustee
Theresa is an experienced Human Resource professional who has over 25 years of experience working within all aspects of HR including the provision of equality and diversity within the workplace and delivering training around disability support and inclusion. She is currently the HR manager of Liverpool Hope University.
Theresa is a keen runner and a qualified England Athletics coach who encourages people to take up running at an early age. She has run several half marathons and one full marathon and also enjoys fell walking. Experience of a family member having a neurological condition makes Theresa ideally placed to understand the difficulties faced by those who use the services and facilities of The Brain Charity and she is looking forward to becoming part of the organisation in her role as trustee.
Gary Clements, Trustee
Gary has over 25 years’ experience in sales and operations in the supply of plant and equipment rental services to construction and related sectors. Having worked at some of the UK’s major PLCs for most of his career, over the last ten years Gary has worked for a large family business and since 2015 was promoted to a position where he is now responsible for the company’s development and expansion throughout the North of England.
Gary was born in Blackpool and for the last three years has lived in Liverpool. He has four children and this year is getting married to his fiancée Amy.
Gary sustained a brain injury himself back in 2012, from which he’s made a fantastic recovery; he now wants to give something back to society and could not think of anything more rewarding than joining The Brain Charity.
Jackie Sale, Trustee
Jackie Sale moved to Liverpool in 1976 and has lived here ever since. She is an experienced professional who, before retirement, worked in various education fields in the North West. Her roles included Headteacher of a Secondary School, Headteacher of a specialist provision for young people with Emotional, Behavioural or Social Difficulties and Behaviour and Attendance coordinator across all Manchester High Schools.
She joined The Brain Charity as a volunteer in 2017 to explore ways in which the Charity might work with children and young people. She became a trustee in 2019.
Ian Craig, Trustee
Although Ian is a proud Aberdonian, he has lived in Merseyside since 2000 and is a season ticket holder at Everton. He is married to Dawn, has 2 boys and is currently a Director at Nationwide Building Society.
Ian has previously held executive roles at both Barclays and Bank of America leading large operational and technology functions, both in the UK and internationally.
Having seen his father die of a brain injury when he was young, and how little support was available for families at that time, Ian is keen to support The Brain Charity and is passionate about the work that they do.