Our Trustees

About the Trustees

Life NoW trustees are volunteers who meet regularly in order to ensure that that the charity is run in accordance with its legal, moral and ethical obligations.

The term of office for appointed trustees varies between 1, 2 or 3 years, thereby ensuring not all trustees are due for re-appointment at the same time and therefore providing continuing support.

George & Joan Thomas

George and Joan are the founders of Life NoW . They have been married for 43 years and have a married daughter who has 3 wonderful children! George was an Anglican church leader for thirty years in the Dioceses of Liverpool and Blackburn, taking early retirement in 2008 to progress the Life NoW vision. He takes an active part in the healing ministry and is attempting some writing! Joan is a Mum, Grandma, painter, homebuilder and wonderful wife! Before the family went to theological college, George taught in comprehensive schools in Liverpool while Joan worked as a shop assistant in a local chemist’s shop. They enjoy holidays, reading, and especially times with their family.

Herbie and Susan Witts

Herbie and Susan have been married for over thirty years and have two grown up daughters. Herbie is a director of a retail furnishing business and acts as Treasurer of Life Now. Susan is the Children’s Work Adviser for Blackburn Diocese having previously been a primary school teacher and acts as Life NoW Company Secretary.

Steve & Gill Booth

Steve and Gill have been married for over twenty years and have three daughters and a son. Steve is a Chartered Engineer in the Aerospace sector and provides IT and fundraising support to Life NoW. Gill is a Teaching Assistant at a local Junior School and provides administrative support to Life NoW. They enjoy holidays, dining out and caravan outings with friends.

Denise Parker

Denise has been married to Derek for over 30 years, is a mother of two grown up children, Robert and Jennifer, and grandmother of two young grandsons. Her connection with Life NoW, and campaigning for more age appropriate health and social care for young people, stems from her own personal experience.
Robert had testicular cancer at age 22 and fortunately made a full recovery; he has gone on to marry and have two sons. Sadly, the outcome for Jennifer was not a successful one. Following diagnosis of myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow cancer, at age 21, Jennifer passed away a year later in 2008 with most of her last year spent in a general hospital ward with mainly older adults.
Denise is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health in a North West university, and qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1986. She enjoys spending time with her family, holidays, and creative writing.

David Sage

David studied History and Deaf Study at University of Central Lancashire and has had range of different jobs working with young adults and other successful charities in the South. He suffers from a very rare muscular condition called Polyglucosan Storage Myopathy and as a result has an extensive experience of the NHS from the first three-lead pacemaker fitted in the UK, to a heart transplant and also transition.
David hopes to bring his knowledge, enjoyment of movies, book reading and socialising to Life Now.

Stephen Sloss

Stephen joined the Board of Trustees in January 2017 to focus on the business requirements and brings a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur in social enterprise, social care and health.

Biography

@stephensloss 54 faith family fitness photography.

@salverecic co founder and chief executive of a community interest company and social enterprise that helps people to organise support solutions with personal health budgets, direct payments or personal wealth. Our vision is to make personal support easily available to anyone anywhere.

@ccg_uk co founder of the Creative Communities Group at the University of Central Lancashire which aims to empower people, locally, nationally and internationally for positive change through volunteering and community engagement.

@LifeNowCharity board member of a new charity seeking to build a hospice for young adults with life-limiting, life-threatening and end-of-life conditions in the North West.

@skillsforcare trustee of the employer led charity for training standards and workforce development needs of social care staff in England. Stephen chairs the trading arm: Skills for Care Solutions Board.

@1adass we aim to further the interests of those who need social care services. Stephen remains an active member of the national Association of Directors of Adult Social Services in England and is the Associates’ Secretary. He has a continuing focus on electronic information innovation and its contribution to improving health and social care.

@CforWR fellow at The Centre for Welfare Reform to help build a society where making things better is everyone's business.

@stcuthbertsch warden and worship musician at St. Cuthberts Church of England Fulwood

uk.linkedin.com/in/stephenslossuk/

Stephen’s initial social work was with adult mental health conditions in 1985. He managed operational child protection services across Lancashire before joining Blackburn with Darwen Council in 1998 to lead Children’s Services. In 2003 Stephen became Director of Social Services. He subsequently took on the role of Strategic Director of Adult Social Care in 2005 which included the development of one of the few NHS and Local Authority Care Trusts in England. He left the Council in 2010 to lead Salvere.

stephen.sloss@salvere.co.uk