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.

Louise Towers

Louise is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years working as a Finance Director. She has worked in both commercial and not-for-profit and charity sectors.  Having graduated with a first-class Mathematics and Management Science degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, she joined Arthur Andersen in Cambridge, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 before going on to head the finance team on a number of high-tech growth companies in Cambridge. She and her family moved back North to the Wirral in 2012. Since then, she has also added both not-for-profits and charities to her sector experience with a particular focus around strategies for achieving long-term sustainability, against a backdrop of funding cuts in the sector.  Louise's current post is Global Finance Director at Bikmo.  She has two young children and enjoys getting away to North Wales camping, cycling, and running whenever time allows.

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.

Helen Heap

Helen is a social investor and the founder and CEO of Seebohm Hill Ltd, a Liverpool-based social investment consultancy. She spent more than 2 decades working in the financial services industry as an analyst, equity salesperson and investor, mostly specialising in Japanese equities.
Since 2011 Helen has worked with a number of social organisations, social investors and the Cabinet Office in roles involving the measurement and reporting of social value, investment due diligence and research of the social finance market.
She has co-authored a number of papers and a book on social finance and has undertaken detailed research on the social economy of the Liverpool City Region and north west England. Helen is an experienced presenter on social investment and social enterprise.
She is a Visiting Fellow at The Heseltine Institute for Public Policy & Practice, Chair of Governors for Studio@Deyes, member of the Executive Board of AMP SCITT, and a non-executive director of Lydiate Learning Trust.

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.

Dr. Bruce Taylor

A native of Cheshire and educated in Macclesfield and then Nottingham Medical School, Bruce worked as a GP in a busy inner city practice in Birkenhead for 35 years where he was the senior partner with overall responsibility for clinical standards within the team and a particular interest in the care of the elderly. He also developed an expertise in cardiovascular disease.

Bruce served on several committees during his career including chairing the local medical committee of GPs and being vice chairman of the local drugs and therapeutics committee. He helped set up the Wirral out of hours service and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2002

Bruce helped run the local community cardiac clinic and served as a GP lead on cardiology both at Wirral Clinical Commissioning group [CCG] and also as the primary care cardiology lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside clinical network where he helped developed local and regional initiatives on high blood pressure [Hypertension] and stroke prevention.

Outside of work, Bruce is married with two sons, one of whom works in Sheffield as an architect with an interest in social housing and his other son works as a primary school teacher in inner city Liverpool. Bruce's main pastime is golf and he is a past captain of Royal Liverpool Golf club. He also enjoys walking, gardening and photography.

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.



Katie Clubb

Katie holds the position of Head of Neighbourhoods at Cartrefi Conwy, a housing association in North Wales. She has responsibility for the delivery of a range of housing services and contributing to local strategic partnerships. Prior to this, Katie was a Senior Manager at Flintshire County Council with responsibility for homelessness, housing support and corporate customer services and gained experience leading services through periods of significant change. Katie is passionate about housing and, in particular, the contribution it makes to those who are vulnerable or in housing need. She has over fifteen years’ experience in various housing, support and commissioning roles within the Local Authority and Voluntary Sector across England and Wales. Katie has a degree in Politics and International Relations; a Management Diploma; and a postgraduate certificate in Public Sector Commissioning. Away from work, Katie is mum to five little boys and enjoys outdoor adventures with the family and their dog.


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