Before her recent retirement, Susan was the Children’s Work Adviser for Blackburn Diocese having previously been a primary school teacher and acts as Life NoW Company Secretary. Herbie and Susan have been married for over thirty years and have two grown-up daughters.
Before her retirement this year Gill was a Teaching Assistant at a local Junior School. Gill has been married to Steve for over twenty years. She provides administrative support to Life NoW. They enjoy holidays, dining out and caravan outings with friends.
Alison qualified as a Nurse from University College Hospital, London, in 1983, after which she trained as a Midwife and Health Visitor. She worked for Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust as a Health Visitor for 14 years, prior to moving into Palliative Care and working as a hospice Matron in 2012. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University where she teaches Nursing, and Palliative Care.
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.
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, a community interest company and social enterprise that helps people organise care and support using direct payments and personal health budgets.
Denise has been married to Derek for over 30 years, is a mother of two grown-up children, Robert and Jennifer, and a 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 the 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 at a North-West University and qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1986. She enjoys spending time with her family, holidays, and creative writing.
Steve was a Chartered Engineer in the Aerospace sector before his retirement in July of this year. He provides IT and fundraising support to Life NoW. Steve has been married to Gill for over twenty years and they have three daughters and a son.
Herbie is a director of a retail furnishing business and acts as Treasurer of Life NoW. Herbie and Susan have been married for over thirty years and have two grown-up daughters.
George is the co-founder of Life NoW. He has been married for 43 years and with his wife Joan (co-founder) 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! George previously taught in comprehensive schools in Liverpool and now enjoys holidays, reading and spending time with his family.
Canon Ruth Gould MBEDeputy Lieutenant of Merseyside & Patron
Russell HogarthHonorary Fellow University of Central Lancs & Patron
David Briggs MBELord-Lieutenant of Cheshire & Patron
Rt. Rev Paul BayesBishop of Liverpool & Patron
Canon Ruth Gould MBE
Ruth is the Artistic Director of DaDaFest, a cutting-edge Disability and Deaf Arts Agency, working not only from its base in Liverpool but across the North West, as well as nationally and internationally. DaDaFest delivers an annual Festival and other arts events to promote high-quality disability & deaf arts from unique cultural perspectives. DaDaFest also produces opportunities for disabled and deaf people to access the arts.
Ruth is passionate about disability and deaf arts celebrated as cultural diversities. Ruth speaks regularly at conferences globally about disability and deaf arts.
Russell Hogarth is Honorary Fellow of the Schools of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire. He is also Community Engagement Ambassador and Co-Founder & Chair of the Creative Communities Group.
Russell co-founded the Pan-University Creative Communities Group in 2012 along with a number of his colleagues including, Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Derby University, and Stephen Sloss, Chief Executive of Salvere and formerly Director of Social Services, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
Russell is a Fellow of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing.
With his knowledge of mental health, social care and policy-making Russell is now recognised and well respected both nationally and internationally. His voluntary and community work in this area has resulted in him being invited to consultations at the House of Commons, the House of Lords and at the European Parliament.
David Briggs MBE
David Briggs is a barrister by profession. His duties as Lord-Lieutenant include arranging Royal visits to the county and presenting awards on behalf of Her Majesty. David is also Cheshire Chairman of the Order of St. John and a Member of the NW Leadership Team for the Prince’s Trust.
He is Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace and Honorary Colonel of the Cheshire Army Cadets. He also encourages good nominations for honour, both personal and for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and for The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. He is involved with a large number of local charities and is keen to act as a bridge between the commercial, professional, and voluntary sector.
He was appointed MBE for his services to St John and the community in Cheshire in 2009. In March 2010 he was appointed HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire.
Rt. Rev Paul Bayes
The Rt. Rev Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool is our first Appeal Patron of Life NoW
“It is with great pleasure that I join the work of Life NoW as their first Appeal Patron. I give my wholehearted support and encouragement to this excellent and necessary project. I am hugely impressed by the faithfulness, professionalism and perseverance of the Charity’s Trustees in carrying this work forward. One of my aims as Bishop of Liverpool is to be with people and for them when they are in trouble or things are hard: this is precisely what Life NoW seeks to do for young people with life-limiting conditions, not forgetting their families who are faced with the unpredictable nature of their son’s or daughter’s condition 24/7.
I am convinced there is an urgent need for an age-related provision for young adults with life-limiting conditions in the North West and North Wales area, which will bridge-the-gap between children’s and adult services. Young people with terminal and life-limiting conditions in the area need our help. I strongly commend this work for your earnest consideration and support.”