Board of Trustees

Sefton CVS is governed by a Board, which comprises Charity Trustees who are also Directors of the Company. The Memorandum and Articles of Association allow for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 to serve as Directors.

Trustees are elected at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in October on a rotational basis to serve a three-year term. This is the principal route of appointments to the board.  Co-options to appoint Directors who can bring specific areas of knowledge and expertise to the Board are also undertaken. The Board regularly evaluates its composition to ensure it is representative of the geography and local communities, is diverse and has the required professional expertise to provide strong and effective governance.

Elected Members from the three main political parties from Sefton MBC are invited to attend Board meetings in a non-voting capacity. Meetings of the Board are held bi-monthly.



Dave was born and educated in Waterloo and Crosby and is a former pupil of Merchant Taylors School.

His career took him away from Merseyside where his work in telecommunications saw him undertake managerial roles with international responsibilities until his retirement. He now lives in central Liverpool.

Dave is active in the voluntary sector-he is Chairman of the West Lancashire Disability Helpline, (who received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2011). He is a Director of the Openeye Gallery in Liverpool and was a Trustee of Merseyside’s Fire Support Network, where he led on the volunteer engagement in the Merseyside Firefighter Games in 2008. He has been a Board member of CVS since 2004. Dave chairs the CVS Editorial Board.  

Simon Sharman – Treasurer 

Simon was born in Bolton, Lancashire and has lived in Crosby for over 25 years.

He has held various managerial positions in HSBC bank from 1972 until his retirement in 2009. He has been Honorary Treasurer of Sefton CVS since 1993. Simon chairs the CVS Finance Sub Committee.

Liz Barnett

dsc_9195Liz was born in Birmingham, but has lived in Sefton for 25 years.  Liz has a background in finance, working in the Housing and Treasurers Department for Birmingham Council.  On moving to Sefton, Liz worked for Nugent Care, firstly in finance, and then in service development.  with the development team, Liz has been involved in opening new services in the child sector, mental health and acquired brain injury sectors.

Liz joined the CVS team in 2009, and is now vice chair and is the lead for Safeguarding.

She was a JP in Sefton for nearly 20 years. During that time she served on many committees, was Chair of the Merseyside Magistrates Association, was on the National Council for Magistrates, and was the sole Magistrate member  of the Crown Court Rule Committee.

For 3 years Liz was a member of the Merseyside Police Authority Standards Committee until its abolition.

In 2011 Liz was appointed Chair of the Board of the Merseyside Probation Service.  She continued in that post until its abolition in 2014.

Paul Cummins   

Paul Cummins has been a Trustee of Sefton CVS since 1987 and was Board Chair for 5 years. He hasworked extensively in the voluntary sector in Sefton prior to a career in local government with KnowsleyMBC in a variety of roles in Social Services, Voluntary Sector Liaison and Community Safety.

Paul is a Trustee of Merseyside 3tc, Sefton for Africa, Waterloo Community Association and M Path European Mental Health Trust. For the past twenty four years he has been Chair of Governors at (William Gladstone School), replaced by the new  Rimrose Hope C of E School, Seaforth. Paul is employed as Manager Director of STEPs, part of Sefton Carers Centre and lives in Waterloo. He is a Non Executive Director of NHS Sefton.

Paul is an elected member of Sefton Council and was the Worshipful Mayor of Sefton for the Municipal Year 2011-12.


David McGregor spent 12 years in the Royal Air Force and then studied electronics leading him to running the Advanced Electronics and Computer Aided Design Laboratories at Kingston University. He also spent 10 years as the I.T. manager for the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People in Leatherhead.

David is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a member of the British Computer Society and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems. David is a Southport resident and joined the Board in 2009.  

Dr. Mike Homfray


Dr Mike Homfray lives in Waterloo and works in higher education. He has a PhD from the University of Liverpool, and has an active interest in social policy which he uses in some of the roles he carries out for the CVS.

As co-chair of EMBRACE, the Sefton LGB Network, he represents the VCF sector on the Equalities partnership, of which he is vice-chair, and also sits on the Council’s Consultation panel and the Sefton Stronger Communities group.

Mark Sonne

SEFTON CVS - TRUSTEES MEETING 057Mark is born and bred in Sefton and spent 34 years working with a leading high street bank gaining a broad spectrum of expertise in the Corporate and SME Commercial market. Now self employed he is still involved with the business community helping clients raise funds for a variety of projects.

Mark has been involved with a Crosby based primary school for 12 year as Governor and latterly as Treasurer. He has also spent 8 years as a Trustee of Crossroads, a charity based in Crosby and is Treasurer of All Saints Childrens Ventures, also based in Crosby.


Paulette has been involved with the community and voluntary sectors since 1983: working for Community and the Public Transport sectors, as well as a Volunteer Director for: Merseyside Network for Change, Ariel Trust and Waterloo Community Association. Paulette has extensive experience working  with diverse communities, developing access to broadcasting for a wide range of people on Merseyside, Youth Offending Panels and managing a community building.

Paulette has worked in transport and the environment for over 25 years, in both community and public sectors covering a wide range of issues including: Community regeneration, outreach and engagement, community and public transport, access and equality issues and European/ National projects.

Recently elected as a councillor for Sefton Council Ford Ward Paulette is deeply committed to engaging with residents groups to ensure they understand how democracy  local government system function. 

Community action is a key corner stone of Paulette’s commitment to the voluntary and community sectors so local people can challenge, effectively engage, influence change and manage local services.

Nicola Ronan 

Nikki was born and educated in Sefton and over the last 10 years has been working in research, evaluation and performance management across the public, private and charity sectors.  She is experienced at working alongside a range of organisations to achieve the best possible outcomes for service users and has a wide range of experience at local and national stakeholder engagement.  Since 2011, Nikki has also been volunteering with young offenders.

Val Elson


Val was born in Liverpool and started working life at Broadgreen hospital. Val worked in community development in Skemersdale for five years, before working in London in social development during the 1970s.

When Val moved back to Merseyside, settled in Crosby and began working for the Community Organisations Committee for eight years.

From there, Val worked for Common Purpose, establishing the first programme in Liverpool before joining the Cooperative Development Services (CDS) as a project officer which involved working with local authority tenants to enable them to get involved in the management of their estate. Later, Val went on to manage the project development team.

Val retired from CDS after 12 years and took a two year break. She then went on help found housing initiatives where she worked for 12 years; 9 years as the Chief Executive.

Val has been a Board member of The Plaza Community Cinema for 13 years, and a member of Sefton Headway and is also a Sefton CVS representative on the Healthwatch Sefton Board of Directors. Val’s interests include boating around the West Islands of Scotland, her three children and her dogs!

 Brenda Porter

dsc_9220Brenda was born in Liverpool and educated for many years in Hong-Kong. Her working life has mainly been within religious organisations in management positions.

She has always been an enthusiastic volunteer working with all age groups and received a Commendation from Merseyside police for her work with young people and was involved with marriage guidance within the community and a founder member of Ainsdale Civic Society.

Becoming a Sefton Councillor in 2000 saw her holding many positions including Chairman of Licensing Committee, Cabinet Member for both Communities and Health and Social Care for the Elderly. Since her retirement in 2012 she has continued as a Trustee for Brighter Living and long term Chairman of Governors for Merefield Special School. She is also Chairman of Ainsdale in Bloom, Secretary Southport in Bloom, Chairman Ainsdale Community Wildlife Trust and has in 2016 set up a Friends of Revitalise Sandpipers Group who give support to the Revitalise local charity Sandpipers who provide holiday respite for those with disabilities and their Carers.

Brian Thomas

img_1889.jpgBrian was born in Liverpool and has lived in Crosby for 29 years.

He is a qualified management accountant having gained a wide range of financial expertise during his 30 years working in the public sector most notably in the NHS, Prison Service and the Home Office.

Now retired he is keen to offer advice and guidance as a trustee of Sefton CVS an organisation that successfully supports local communities.

The Venerable Pete Spiers

petePete Spiers lives in Bootle and is the Archdeacon of Knowsley and Sefton part of the Church of England Diocese of Liverpool. He is responsible for the appointment of clergy in these 2 boroughs and oversees the administration of parishes and church buildings.

The Diocese’s aspiration is to become a bigger church making a bigger difference in their communities. He was a founder member of the Browside Credit Union in Everton in 1990 and has been involved in the VCF sector ever since.

Before becoming Archdeacon, he was vicar at St Luke’s Crosby for 10 years and became chair of A Better Crosby and heavily involved in the Crosby Investment strategy seeking to regenerate the village. He is also chair of Sefton faith forum which draws people from different denominations and is open to those of other faiths as well. He is governor of St Michael’s CE school in Crosby and a member of the New Realities steering group.

Advisory Capacity (Non-voting)

Cllr Ian Moncur

Cllr Ian Moncur

 Cllr Janet Grace


Cllr David Pullin