Leadership Team


Tom Harrison – Interim Chief Executive

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.

Prior to taking up his new role as interim CEO, he was Director of Programmes and Innovation, with responsibility for programme development, delivery and innovation across Local Solutions, with a particular focus on support and accommodation. Tom is a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University and holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School. 


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. 




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