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Board Members

LiveWire (Warrington) CIC Board Members

alan yatesAlan retired after 21 years as a Headteacher, the last 14 years at the ‘outstanding’ Great Sankey High School in Warrington. Under his tenure, the school became a national leader in developing partnerships and working collaboratively with other schools, businesses and the local community. Educated in Wigan and Liverpool with a B.A. (Hons) in Economics and a M.Sc. in Education Management, Alan also holds post-graduate qualifications in Physical Education and Business Administration.

With 36 years working in education, he has always been involved with sport and the wider community during this time. Alan is a past member of Cheshire and Warrington Connexions Board, chair of Warrington Secondary School and College Leaders Association and several national education development boards. He is currently a member of the Warrington and Cheshire Rugby League Development Board and Board member of the Wolves Foundation.

As a very active user of Warrington leisure services, Alan enjoys going to the gym, swimming, playing badminton or tennis and watching Manchester United and both Wigan and Warrington RFL. He is just learning to sail as a retirement hobby and enjoys cooking and travelling. Alan is married to Sheila (also a former Warrington secondary Headteacher) with one son, who is just embarking on a career as a PE teacher at a local school.

emma hutchinsonEmma joined the Senior Management Team as Business Development Director in May 2012, when the services provided by LiveWire and Culture Warrington were transferred from Warrington Borough Council, and played an integral part in the development of LiveWire and Culture Warrington. From February 2015 Emma provided cover for the role of Cultural Director at Culture Warrington for 12 months.

Emma has contributed fully to the high level of success experienced across both Companies during their first three years of trading by leading, planning and managing all business development activities and by providing strategic direction on the implementation of a business infrastructure that has achieved company growth and increased participation in sport, health and cultural activities.

Having attained an Honours Degree in Business Studies in 2001 at the University of Salford, Emma worked as Project Coordinator enhancing education opportunities for the children and young people of Salford.

In 2003 Emma moved to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council working on the delivery of the East Bolton Regeneration Strategy opening up pathways for sport, play and recreation for children and young people, progressing to the position of Principal Sports Development Officer managing delivery of workforce development plans delivering education programmes, volunteering and mentoring schemes for both the young and older generations.

In 2011 Emma was appointed the role of Development and Capacity Lead for 5 to 19 year-olds, managing the third sector quality assurance and workforce development planning programme across the Bolton borough, also introducing a local quality standard, and policies and procedures for third sector organisations aimed at those working in both a voluntary and paid capacity with young people.

This path of experience in planning, coordinating and leading in an environment focussed on enhancing opportunities for others and making a difference to their sense of wellbeing prepared Emma for her appointment to LiveWire and Culture Warrington in 2012.

As the Managing Director for LiveWire and Culture Warrington Emma will lead the teams through the new business plans which have a real focus in providing more opportunities that improve the wellbeing of residents in Warrington. Emma will work alongside both boards to develop new facilities and provide activities across the town’s neighbourhoods.

sunjeeb bhallaSunjeeb has lived in Warrington all of his life since his father settled here in the mid 60’s. He is married with two adult children. He attended local schools and colleges; growing up with the local community and seeing Warrington develop into the multicultural town it is today.

Sunjeeb currently works in the public sector and has previous experience of developing customer service strategies, sales and managing people.

He has supported various local groups in the Warrington area to start, develop and progress, holding different positions within these organisations which have helped him to gain valuable experience and develop his skills. He has previously been a Board member for Warrington Council for Voluntary Services and the Peace Centre. Currently he is vice Chair for Warrington Ethnic Communities Association (WECA).

Along with his friends and volunteers he has run community badminton sessions for the past 10 years which are open to all members of the community. These have flourished year on year and with the assistance of volunteers from the local community, badminton coaching workshops and tournaments have been successfully organised.

chris bentChris has lived in the Warrington area for over 40 years. He is now retired and his last position was as Head of National Finance with the Environment Agency, one of the key delivery partners for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Alongside the delivery of corporate finance responsibilities he was a senior executive on the Organisational Change Management Team. During this period of significant change he introduced a Government led Customer Service Excellence programme for all staff within the Finance Directorate.

Prior to this he had been Chief Accountant for the Environment Agency's North West Region, based in Warrington. He was with the Agency from its creation and chaired the Finance and Corporate Planning Implementation Group when Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution, the National Rivers Authority and the Waste Regulation Authorities in England and Wales integrated. He started his career with North West Water in Great Sankey and upon privatisation transferred to the National Rivers Authority.

Amongst many interests and hobbies, Chris is particularly keen on golf, genealogy and reading. He is a passionate supporter of both Everton Football Club & Lancashire County Cricket Club and is on the Members Representative Group at Lancashire. As an admirer of the WW1 poets, he is a member of both the Wilfred Owen Association and the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship.

alan guthrieAlan’s career has been in social care, as a qualified social worker since 1973 and he was employed for over 32 years by St Helens Council until his retirement in April 2011. He held a variety of managerial roles in both children’s and adult services, including day and supported living services for adults with learning and physical disabilities and elderly people with dementia. Latterly, he was seconded to lead staff training and public awareness for the emerging personalisation agenda in social care.

Alan is a parish councillor for the Burtonwood and Westbrook ward and is their representative on the Warrington Public Rights of Way forum. This reflects his leisure interests in fell walking, as well as a keen interest in cycling, music, reading, current affairs and gardening. He is a Governor at St Philip (Westbrook) C of E Aided Primary School and also a Public Governor with the Bridgewater NHS Trust.

He is married with two adult children and close family ties and an active role as granddad. He is Chair of ‘Westbrook & Callands Communities’, a group of residents working closely with LiveWire Warrington CIC® to develop a Neighbourhood Hub at Westbrook Library.

paul taylorPaul is managing director of the Warrington based company, Taylor Business Park, and is vice chair of Cheshire Business Leaders. He is currently serving on the independent remuneration panel for Warrington Borough Council; he is the local business representative on the Warrington East neighbourhood board.

Paul is also the managing director of Cheshire Telecom, chair of the Warrington Charities Trust, a governor at Birchwood High School, and a member of the Warrington Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the employer skills board and the growth and strategy group for the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.

Born and raised in Glazebury, Paul is passionate about the town and aims to work with like-minded companies, charities, organisations and individuals to make Warrington and Cheshire a better place to live and work. His areas of expertise and interest include sales and marketing, health and safety, employment law, information technology, human resource management, business development, property management and development and dealing with private, public and third sector organisations.

Paul is engaged to be married to his fiancée, Laura, has two sons, Saul and Jack, and loves classic cars, especially American ones. He owns a 1972 Buick Riviera.

mike truranMike is currently employed as a Senior Director/Internal CIO within the NHS. Previously he held Director level roles within the Department for Work and Pensions, Airbus (where he lived in France for 5 years), BAE Systems, British Aerospace and Cap Gemini. Educated at the University of Liverpool, Mike attained an MSC in IT (with Distinction). Born into a military family, Mike has continued to follow the “wandering star” in his work life, carrying out assignments literally all round the world. He finally settled in Warrington in 1987.He is married with 2 boys (21 and 17).

Mike has always been very sportingly active, representing Warrington in both Handball and Canoe polo. That said, his true sporting love has always been Rugby, in which along with playing for Lymm, Eagle and fleetingly Warrington, he has represented Northumberland, Hampshire and the East of France and coached North West England Ladies and Lancashire Ladies, taking the latter to the final of the county sevens. It was once said of him “that he has more clubs than Jack Nicklaus”.

david smithson

David has worked in the vehicle leasing industry for more than 20 years, developing business growth strategies built on listening to customers and employees whilst adopting new technologies and innovative ways of workings.   As a qualified accountant he is used to analysing information to make decisions and is used to operating at a senior management level.

David is married with 3 daughters and has lived in Warrington for more than 20 years.  He has a keen interest in sport having played rugby, football and canoeing at a competitive level and is keen to ensure that opportunities are created for everyone.  In 2017 David is looking to complete his 3rd English Half Marathon in Warrington.

craig lunnonCraig is a seasoned change professional who has worked with both public and private sector organisations in a variety of Senior Advisory and Line HR roles up to HR Director level. He has a keen eye for unlocking potential by addressing issues with capacity, capability, organisation design, leadership, engagement and individual performance. Over 25 years in HR has also given him a deep, practical understanding of how to embed great people management practices. Away from work, his passions include Scouting where he supervises Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions, hillwalking, rugby and theatre, all interests he shares with his wife, daughter and two sons.

margaret nolanMargaret has more than 18 years’ experience working with and for National Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sports Partnerships plus 14 years in private industry in the financial services, engineering and retail sectors. She brings a broad range of skills to the role of Board Director and a wealth of experience in the sports, exercise and leisure industries.

Margaret joined British Cycling in 1998 and worked her way up to become Head of Development taking a leadership role to establish, recruit and manage a national development programme. From 2007-2011 she managed Sport England's club and volunteer programme (runningsports) working across all 46 NGBs and the CSP Network, supporting paid and voluntary workforces with governance; administration; volunteering; and financial management products and services. More recently Margaret was the Development Director at British Fencing and British Taekwondo, working with the respective CEOs, Senior Leadership Teams and Boards to create company strategy, then turning the company vision into action through national, regional and local delivery programmes. Margaret has achieved success through effective collaboration and her passion to empower others to innovate, inspire and activate participation.

Away from work, Margaret is an active volunteer, enjoys walking, yoga and has recently taken up climbing.

mervyn wardMarried with 2 children and 2 grandchildren Mervyn was born in Warrington and lived in the borough for almost 60 years.

Mervyn retired from the Ministry of Justice Audit and Assurance Unit in August 2016 following 44 years working in various public sector organisations in accounting, finance and internal audit roles. He also completed 15 years as a part time lecturer in further education. Mervyn enjoyed a prolonged education culminating in a number of degrees extending his primary qualification as an accountant. Having spent 27 years as a primary school governor Mervyn is now Chair of Corporation at Warrington Collegiate. Always interested in sport, particularly running, Mervyn is currently a member of the Warrington and Northern Masters Athletic Clubs. He still competes and coaches and is currently learning about race organisation and officiating. Mervyn is also a regular Warrington Town FC supporter.