The leadership team at Local Solutions are supported by an experienced team of trustees, who meet every two months and play a vital role in the governance of the charity. They ensure that we are on track to achieve our goals and provide an efficient service to the community. 

Nigel Lanceley FCA DL (Chairman)

Nigel qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Liverpool in the early seventies and remained in the profession for three years. He then moved to Rensburg (now known as Investec) and has been associated with that firm until his retirement in January 2016. He was a Senior Regional Director, based in the Liverpool office and is a Fellow of the Securities Institute as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. His work involved communicating with all staff and he has a particular interest in team working. Nigel has been involved in various charities in the Merseyside area. He became Chairman of Local Solutions in 2014 and is also Chairman of North West Cancer Research. Nigel was recently appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside.

Jonnie Mounsey FCA – (Hon Treasurer)

Jonnie is a self-employed Chartered Accountant and Business Advisor. He has considerable experience of a wide variety of business and organisations. In the early 60s he worked as a Missionary in New Guinea building houses etc. In 1973 he qualified as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England in Wales and up until 1980 he worked as a Tax Manager at Harmood Banner (which later merged with Deloitte Haskins and Sells). From 1982 up until 2010, Jonnie worked at PKF (UK) LLP (a top ten UK firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors) - initially a Senior Tax Manager and then a partner. In 1993 Jonnie became a Senior Partner (formerly Local Chairman) and Tax Partner. He was elected to the governing Council of PKF for three terms of office. He was appointed Chairman of a subsidiary of the partnership, as representative of the partners. He was then appointed local Managing Partner to manage the Liverpool practice through the recession in the early 90s and was Local Chairman of the practice for the final ten years. Jonnie was also a member of the Partner Admissions Final Interview Panel for many years.

Andy Cooke QPM

Andy joined Merseyside Police in 1985 having obtained an Honours Degree in Politics and has served as a detective in every rank. In 2006 he became Area Commander for South Liverpool, where he was instrumental in significantly reducing crime, antisocial behaviour and disorder. During this time, South Liverpool became one of the highest performing Basic Command Units in the country. In 2008, he left Merseyside Police after being appointed as Assistant Chief Constable in Lancashire Constabulary, with a responsibility for specialist operations. In 2012, Andy returned to Merseyside Police after being appointed as Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for the Operations portfolio. In September 2013, he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable and in July 2016, Andy was appointed Chief Constable of Merseyside Police with national responsibility for serious and organised crime. He has been commended on ten occasions and in 2014 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

Robert Owen JP, DL

Robert was educated at Booker Avenue School, Quarry Bank High School and Liverpool Polytechnic where he obtained a Diploma in Architecture in 1973. He was a founding partner, in 1980, of Owen Ellis Architects and, prior to retirement in April 2012, was one of four directors of the practice which has specialisms in Social Housing, Further and Higher Education, Commercial and Retail Development, the Health and Care Home Sectors and Rail Infrastructure. The practice gained extensive experience of working with charitable bodies and a range of religious denominations. In April 2012 Robert took up a post as a lay chair of Fitness to Practise panels in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He has served as a magistrate on the Liverpool bench since his appointment as a Justice of the Peace in 1980 and from 2004 was Chair of the bench’s Youth Panel for five years. In 2003 he became a Trustee of Local Solutions and was Chairman of its Board of Trustees from 2007 until 2016. Robert was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in early 2013 and was High Sheriff of Merseyside in 2015/16.

Rev. Dr. Crispin Pailing

Fr Crispin has been Rector of Liverpool since 2014. His first degree was in Classics before going on to study theology, followed by post-graduate research on the 20th century theologian Karl Rahner. Fr Crispin was ordained in 2003 and came to Liverpool Parish Church (known as St Nick’s) from a parish in North Birmingham, where he developed an interest in church mission and growth. As Rector of Liverpool, Fr Crispin has a particular place in the civic life of the city, but he is also committed to maintaining the Parish Church as a place of welcome and sanctuary for all, developing the social outreach of the Church. Fr Crispin is a trustee of a number of charities and social enterprise organisations, working to develop the social benefit of the voluntary sector.

Nina Patel

Nina is a Director and Head of Social Welfare (Housing, Welfare Benefits and Community Care/(Welfare) Court of Protection) at Broudie Jackson Canter (trading style of Jackson Lees Group Limited). She joined the practice in 2001, as a non-practising barrister, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2004. Prior to this, she obtained a Diploma in Criminal Law and Justice from Leicester University and worked for the Public Defence Advocacy, (Kentucky, USA), on a pro-bono basis, on Appeals for Defendants facing the Death Penalty. She is an acknowledged housing specialist with a reputation spreading wide around the North West. She has over 16 years of experience in dealing with all types of housing issues, including Judicial Review Claims against the Local Authorities and complex cases involving the overlap between housing, community care and mental health, where the Human Rights Act and or the Equality Act 2010 has been raised. She and her team are regularly instructed by the Official Solicitors and receive referrals from other organisations in representing those who are vulnerable and in need. She conducts all of her own advocacy and currently manages the 3 teams within her department.

Hazel Snell MBA, BSc

Hazel is the Operations Manager for the Centre for Maternal & Newborn Health (CMNH) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). At LSTM she manages the operations of CMNH (with a vision of improving the lives of mothers and their babies globally) both here in Liverpool and in their operations across Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. Hazel’s role includes the set up and management of international offices and teams for CMNH - overseeing a portfolio of funding for multi-million pound research projects and developing and maintaining relationships with funders, Ministries of Health and professional associations. Originally from Northern Ireland, Hazel has 20 years’ experience working in the private, public and voluntary sectors, developing partnerships and delivering strategic plans. Her academic background is in socio-economic regeneration and European policy, with a BSc (Hons) in European Regional Development. More recently she achieved an MBA (Distinction) from The University of Liverpool, winning MBA Student of the Year Award in 2015.

Richie White

Richie served as an elected member on Liverpool City Council for many years. Richie was appointed as a Trustee of Local Solutions in 2000; he resides near to the organisation’s main headquarters in Kensington and has a keen involvement in matters affecting the local community. He has many years’ experience in the social care field. In 2014 Richie was appointed an Honorary Alderman of the City of Liverpool.


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