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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vicky Bramwell  Vicky is married with two children and has lived in Warrington since 2007.

 She completed her Masters in Information and Library Management in 2001 and held her first qualified librarian post in the   Health   and Safety Executive. In 2005 she went on to pursue an opportunity to work as an Outreach Librarian for the NHS.   During those   years she became Library Service Manager responsible for the strategic direction of the services to clinical and   non clinical staff,   supporting decision making with patients, carers and those designing and delivering health services. She is   active in national and   regional work coordinated by the Library and Knowledge Services Leads on behalf of Health Education England.

 Before becoming a librarian, she grew up around the family business in the manufacturing and export of commercial brake   linings and spent some time working in retail and hospitality.

 Having chosen Warrington as the home for her family, she is keen to be involved in opportunities which enhance the libraries   and leisure offer for all its residents, as well as the wider development of Warrington, making it a great place to live.