As a registered charity, The Whitechapel Centre is governed by a Board of Trustees who are committed to the work of the organisation and prepared to offer time to ensure that it is run efficiently and effectively.
For the Board to function properly, some members have specific allocated roles. The Chair, has a high profile role, and not only presides over trustee meetings but usually takes on a PR role and works closely with The Whitechapel Centre's Senior Management Team to ensure good communication between staff and trustees. The Vice Chair deputises for the Chair when necessary.
The Company Secretary, supported by paid staff, provides administrative support to the Board, arranging and administering meetings and keeping trustees up to date with information and news.
The Treasurer provides financial information to the trustees and maintains accounting standards. He may also act as an "interpreter" for trustees who have little understanding of financial affairs so they can make informed decisions.
Terry Crolley (Chair)Terry has been associated with Whitechapel for over 25 years. Prior to his retirement Terry was National Vice Chair of the Research Officers Association, a Member of the Home Office Working Party on race and Ethnic Monitoring, Secretary to the Board of the Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire Council on Alcoholism, Chair of Netherley CAB, a school Governor and a member of the Liverpool Detached Youth Work Committee. He was also a part-time lecturer on the Social Science Post Graduate Course at Liverpool University.
Since retirement, as well as being a former Treasurer of the Trustees, Terry has been a contributor to the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; he holds a Readers pass at the British Library; and is the author of various publications. His professional specialism is Social Policy, with particular reference to organisational research.
Brian Kearsley OBE (Vice-Chair) A former civil servant, DPWP Deputy Regional Director, North West Region responsible for the delivery of Jobcentre Plus services through local offices, contact centres and benefit payment offices. Latterly Brian was involved in a joint project with HMRC to pilot joint working initiatives for people out of work. Now retired, Brian is still working in a voluntary capacity to help people and make a difference to their lives.
Tony Walsh (Treasurer) Tony was appointed as a Trustee in July 2011. Born in Waterloo, Tony qualified as a Solicitor in 1962 and spent some 35 years in private practice. He was, for many years, the Clerk to a very old Ormskirk-based charity called Peter Lathom’s Charity and for some years in recent times was a Trustee of and Hon Treasurer of Asylum Link Merseyside where he continues to be involved as a volunteer.
Val Metcalf MBE(Trustee) Val was for many years the North West Divisional Manager for Nacro, with specialities in developing and managing education and housing projects. Val has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her work in the area of Equal Opportunities.
Brother Ken Vance (Trustee) Ken is a qualified social worker with substantial experience of developing, establishing and managing a variety of youth projects. He has experience of working with client groups with diverse range of needs and is a prominent member of the community, participating and representing a number of organisations and agencies at board level. Ken’s particular specialism is around governance.
Margaret Brown (Trustee)Margaret is the Equality & Human Rights and Service User/Carer Lead for Mersey Care's Liverpool Clinical Business Unit. She also leads on Substance Misuse and Mental Health (Dual Diagnosis) and has successfully championed the establishment of the Liverpool Dual Diagnosis Network. Margaret has considerable experience in Equality & Human Rights and is committed to developing a human rights based approach throughout the Unit and with her work with Service Users and Carers.
Collette McGuire (Trustee) A freelance housing consultant specialising in supported housing, Collette has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of roles relating to housing, support and care. Collette has been involved with the work of The Whitechapel Centre and a range of other local and national voluntary organizations for 20 years.
Rowley Moore (Trustee) Rowley is a serving police officer. As well as being a member of the Merseyside Police Black Police Association he has previously chaired the force Equality Champion Meetings and sat on the ‘True’ programme group, Gay & Lesbian Support Network Group, Diversity Steering Group, Citizen Focus Steering Group and Regenerate for 08 Steering Group. Rowley has a passion for supporting and enhancing the life chances of young people, particularly those from vulnerable / minority communities. As a former chair of the Liverpool Offender Joint Agency Group, Rowley instigated and supported numerous diversion initiatives in conjunction with the YOT, Probation Service, Liverpool Anti Social Behaviour Unit, Connexions, CPS and Merseyside Fire Service.