Leadership Team

Steve Hawkins – Chief Executive

Steve Hawkins has worked within the charity sector since 1982 and has been the Chief Executive of the Local Solutions since 2006. Steve has spent all of his working life serving the voluntary sector and the National Health Service. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations from the University of Lancaster.

He began his working career as a volunteer supporting homeless people in the night shelter in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt. Steve has served as a non-executive director in the NHS, including eight years as Chairman of Merseycare NHS Trust. He has also served as a Trustee for a number of charities, most recently as a Trustee of The Reader Organisation. In 2016, Steve was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of the considerable contribution he has made to the Merseyside area. In October 2018 Steve took on a non-executive function as Chairman of UC24, which provides health care services to Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley residents.

To read an interview with Steve, click here

Debbie Cooke – Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive 

Debbie Cooke is the Director responsible for Local Solutions’ Accommodation and Support services in England and Wales, Domestic Abuse services, Bullybusters & Homecare.

Debbie has a DipSW & BA Hons in Social Care & Community Studies and a background of working with offenders for the Probation service. She has worked supporting homeless people since starting with Local Solutions in 1992. Debbie has been a Senior Manager since 2006. Debbie is also Trustee of Merseyside Youth Association (MYA).

Duncan Rennie – Director of Finance and I.T. and Deputy Chief Executive

Duncan joined the organisation in 2015 and is responsible for the overall leadership of the Finance and I.T. departments at Local Solutions.

Duncan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 and is now a Fellowship Member of the ICAEW, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Having started his career working in accountancy practices, including a ‘Big 4’ firm, Duncan spent the majority of his career to date working within the Financial Services industry before moving to Local Solutions. Duncan has held a number senior executive roles and led a variety of teams both in terms of size and specialism. He brings a commercial edge to business decisions, adding valuable expertise and insight into the organisation’s strategic direction.

David Ellis – Director of Strategy, Performance and Communications

David Ellis is responsible for Business development, Fundraising and communications and the Liverpool Watersports Centre.

David has worked in the Charitable sector for many years, with a background in supporting homeless young people and those at risk. David is a school governor and a Trustee at the Palm House. 



Tom Harrison – Director of Programmes and Innovation

Tom Harrison is responsible for programme development, delivery and innovation across Local Solutions with a particular focus on support and accommodation.

He is a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University and holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School.

Tom has worked at Local Solutions since 2007 in a variety of roles combining operations and development. He has designed and developed new programmes to support vulnerable people and secured and delivered grants, contracts and social investments with a track record of innovation and successful implementation.

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