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 spent his entire working career in a variety of roles with PwC, the global financial services firm.
As part of a planned transition from full time working, Tim joined The Brain Charity in 2015, first as a volunteer and later as a Trustee. He now acts as Treasurer, advising the management team and the Board on financial matters, and serves as a member of the Finance & Governance Committee.
Having been part of a family network who supported both parents through their struggles with dementia, Tim was drawn to The Brain Charity. He is now committed to drawing on all of his financial and business experience to ensure our continued success.
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 Nick 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 clinical interests in the relationship between headache disorders and non-headache symptoms and disordered sleep.
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 remains actively involved in multicentre clinical trials to investigate new treatments for headache disorders.
Dr Silver is delighted to be a trustee and wants to forge 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 first-hand 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
By training and qualification, Mark is a Corporate Finance Advisor; meaning he advises businesses on how to raise money and helps them get the right structures in place to be able to buy businesses or raise capital for their own growth. He does this through owning and operating his own consultancy business, in which he advises on both debt and equity finance. He is also an investor in and director of a national merchant services processing company and looks after his family’s property investment company.
Mark belongs to a number of professional organisations such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.
Mark is also the Chair of Governors at a local primary school. He wanted to become a trustee as his wife has epilepsy and he wanted to offer the skills and contacts gained from his business to The Brain Charity.
Theresa Lewin FCIPD, 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 used to be 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.
Jackie Sale, Trustee
Jackie was born in Southampton but has been an adopted Liverpudlian since moving here for university in 1976.
Beginning a career in teaching in 1982, she worked in education settings across the North West, including as head of a high school in Manchester for nine years. Achievements included coordinating behaviour and attendance across all high schools and secondary academies in Manchester and, as headteacher, bringing a school for young people with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties out of special measures.
Everton season ticket holder Jackie began volunteering at The Brain Charity in 2017 after seeing the effects of dementia on close relatives.
She joined our board of trustees in 2019 to help us extend our services to young people, with her experience and contacts within education supporting the bid for our flagship children’s service – The Brain Changer Arts Project.
Jackie looks forward to continuing to help The Brain Charity expand its children’s provision to help many more young people in need in future.
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 has most recently been 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 we do.