our board of trustees
Sue Thomas (Chair)
A qualified Town Planner, Sue has held various public sector positions in urban regeneration, housing and social policy. As Head of Community Affairs at the east end London Borough of Newham, she led the local authority’s special community development programmes and relationship with its extensive voluntary sector. She has lived and worked in Liverpool since 1993, when she took up the post of Director of Community Services at the Liverpool Housing Action Trust, working with tenants, built environment experts and housing/health professionals on a long-term programme to create resilient communities in over twenty high rise estates. Sue also has over 15 years of non-executive Board experience. She was Deputy Chair of the Mersey South Divisional Board of Riverside Housing, Deputy Chair and Chair of the Lee Valley Housing Association and Chair of the Lee Valley Neighbourhood Board. She is currently a member of the University of Liverpool’s Research Governance Committee and of its Committee for Research Ethics.
Val Metcalf MBE(Vice-Chair)
Val has worked at a senior management level in the community & voluntary sector since 1984. Managing a range of services including childcare, family support, homelessness & employment & education for ex-offenders. Mostly latterly before retirement Val spent 7 years managing services for people affected by dementia in Sefton. Val was awarded an MBE in recognition of services to Equal Opportunities.
Alice Brown (Treasurer)
Alice has worked in finance since 1975, first working as an Assistant Accountant in the Littlewoods organisation, then moving to the voluntary sector in 1985 to take up the post of Finance Manager for MCVS. In 1989 she moved back into the public sector as Finance manager for Walter Craven Funeral Directors where she remained until retirement in 2013. For the past 30 years she has been responsible for all aspects of the financial integrity of the companies she has worked for. Since retirement Alice has balanced her passion for foreign travel and photography with her volunteering commitments.
Steve Collett (Trustee)
Steve's longstanding commitment to the voluntary sector and to tackling homelessness and its associated problems encompasses 36 years working within the Probation Service and 30 years involvement with the Liverpool Simon (Petrus) Community, including 15 years as the Chair of Trustees. He is currently Chair of the Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Trust which supports North West probation staff to undertake short research scholarships in rehabilitation. Steve is an adjunct Professor in the School of Justice Studies, LJMU, and holds honorary academic positions at Liverpool and Manchester Universities.