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Age UK Cheshire currently has over 100 part time and full employees, over 350 volunteers and 12 trustees

Senior Leadership Team

Dale Maskell, Chief Executive Officer

Dale joined Age UK Cheshire in April 2017. Prior to this he was Director of Operations at LGBT foundation, where he was responsible for management and solutions across Insight, Services, HR, performance and organisational change. Dale brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. While he was completing his law degree he volunteered in a number of roles at the Students Union and discovered his passion for the voluntary sector, where he has spent the majority of his career. After leaving University Dale took a role as an Outreach Caseworker in Salford, before moving into the Civil Service and then spending over five years as CEO at Citizens Advice Trafford, before moving to LGBT Foundation. Dale has a keen interest in equalities and inclusion and the role that technology can play in enhancing later life.

Helen Flaherty, Head of Finance and Resources

Helen joined Age UK Cheshire in October 2008.  After completing her degree in Maths and French many years ago, Helen started her working life as a graduate trainee in Finance.  She completed her accountancy exams in 1991 and subsequently qualified as an accountant, continuing to work in the commercial sector. Whilst the transition from the commercial to the third sector was not easy, Helen enjoys the challenges of financial management within a voluntary organisation – and seeing the difference Age UK Cheshire makes to the lives of older people through its delivery of quality services.

Jan Cameron, Head of Business and Marketing

Jan has worked with Age UK Cheshire for 10 years, initially joining the charity to set-up the Direct Payments support service for people over 65 years and living in Cheshire.  Having worked in both the public and private sectors previously, Jan enjoys her time working in the voluntary sector and has introduced a number of services that promote and support older people to live independently in their own homes and which have been recognised nationally for best practice.   In her current role Jan is able to explore opportunities aimed at generating unrestricted income for Age UK Cheshire that will enable us to continue to benefit those in later live living locally.

Lucy Welsh, Head of Services

Before joining Age UK Cheshire in 2011 Lucy enjoyed a number of wide and varied roles within the third sector having worked in both national and local charities. As Head of Services at Age UK Cheshire Lucy enjoys overseeing our Dementia Advice Service, Get Active, Get Going Together, Falls Prevention, Men in Sheds, Money Matters and our new and rapidly expanding Wellbeing Coordinator service. There is a real emphasis on preventative support in these vital projects, ensuring that older people can access services and activities to reduce social isolation, enhance quality of life and increase wellbeing amongst older people living throughout Cheshire.

Chris McClelland, Head of Brightlife

Chris joined Age UK Cheshire as Head of Brightlife in February 2016. The Brightlife project is a partnership based £5.1 million Big Lottery funded Ageing Well programme which is testing out innovative ways of tackling social isolation for residents in Cheshire West and Chester over the age of 50. Central to the programme is the engagement of older people in the design, delivery and evaluation of Brightlife.  Chris began his working life in Cheshire  delivering and managing careers guidance and youth employment services  before moving on to work on social inclusion projects for young people in Greater Manchester. Chris is delighted to be back in Cheshire working with colleagues, partners, volunteers and stakeholders in making a real difference to the lives of older people.

Katie Beresford, Head of Human Resources

Katie joined Age UK Cheshire as Head of Human Resources in June 2017. A chartered member of the CIPD, Katie brings with her vast experience of human resources having previously worked in a number of human resources and learning and development roles in both the private and voluntary sector. In her current role, Katie is responsible for the design and implementation of strategies for staff and volunteers and leads a team responsible for delivering the full range of human resource functions. Katie enjoys being part of a team making a real difference to older people.



John Webb, Chair

John spent 37 years working in Local Authority social care; his first job was as a care assistant in Chester. After qualifying as a social worker in 1977, John worked in a variety of posts in Cheshire, Halton and Wirral. John retired in 2010, from Wirral where he was Director of Adult service. John joined Age UK Cheshire in 2011 as a trustee and became Chair in 2015. John is married to Margo; they live in Malpas with Ruby their German wirehaired pointer. John and Margo have 3 adult sons and 4 grandchildren. John is also a trustee of Rural Community Services and a member of Malpas Parish Council.

T K Al-Jorani, Vice Chair

TK was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq where his family still live. He came to England to study for his higher degree in 1976 and has lived here ever since. He now lives in Chester and is married with 3 children.  He has been a Board member since 2009. He qualified as an Analytical Chemist and worked as an educationalist instigating a number of important youth initiatives in Iraq and teaching analytical chemistry at the University of Baghdad. After furthering this part of his career at the University of Kent he changed career direction in 1992 to begin his own business in order to accommodate the needs of his young family; Over the past 19 years TK has been an active community member within Cheshire working in race equality, regeneration, advocacy, education, research and later life issues. As well as his work for Age UK Cheshire, he also gives talks about Islam in Cheshire schools as part of an inter-faith initiative.  He is also a Parish Councillor.

Alan Smith, Treasurer

Alan is married with 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. He lives in Chester but originally hails from Devon. In his younger days he played a lot of racquet sports but his hobbies now are gardening, reading and family history and he recently became a member of Chester U3A. Alan has been a trustee with Age UK Cheshire since 2005 when he retired as a management accountant working for Cheshire County Council. Alan was asked to become a trustee because of his financial background and he has enjoyed being able to help it achieve a sustainable financial position although there is still work to do.

John Townsend

John was born in 1945 in London and went to Leicester University. His degree led him to a lecturing post in Coventry on the social work course. When Social Services Departments were set up in 1971, John got a job with Cheshire County to find out more about social work so that he could return to lecturing with relevant experience. He stayed for 35 years ending up as the County Manager responsible for all support services. He had a lot of contact with Age Concern as it then was,  so when he retired in 2005 he became a Trustee and was able to share his knowledge of the County Council. John served as Chairman from 2011  until 2016. John is married with a daughter and son and three grandchildren and family life is his greatest joy and priority.

Craig Cawthorn

Born in Yorkshire in 1943, Craig worked in a bank before becoming a youth worker which led on to social work training. After he qualified, he held posts in Health and Welfare Departments in Kent and Westminster. In 1971 he moved to Chester on the creation of the Social Services Department and then to Cheshire County Council on local government reorganisation.  His professional education took place at Lanchester Polytechnic, the National Institute of Social Work Training and Birmingham University, Department of Local Government Studies.
The majority of his working life has been spent in Cheshire in a number of jobs involving the management, delivery and development of social work and social care services. On retirement in 1998 Craig became directly involved with a number of voluntary organisations, notably Age Concern Chester which subsequently formed part of Age UK Cheshire. Craig and his wife have two children and four grandchildren whose company they enjoy as often as possible.

Rita Hollens

Rita is a long serving member of the Board of Trustees, joining the Organisation in 2000 before it became Age UK Cheshire.  Prior to her retirement.that year, she had worked closely with all the Age Concerns across the Borough, providing accommodation in the Council's ten sheltered scheme for Day Services managed by Age Concern.  Born and educated in London, Rita moved to Cheshire in 1962 and after bringing three children into the world, re-trained in early years education specialising in children with special needs. Rita then took another change in direction in the late seventies, working for Vale Royal Borough Council gaining experience in social and welfare care of all ages and sections of the community. Gaining a special interest in the care of the elderly, Rita was offered the position of Community Care Manager for the whole of the Borough. She managed the warden service providing twenty four hour protection to clients in their own homes and also to the more vulnerable clients in Sheltered Units. Aside from her role within Age UK Cheshire, Rita is a Parish Councillor, a committee member of Hartford Civic Society and a school governor with special responsibilities for children with special needs.

Mike Stewart

Mike currently works for a global IT Services organisation, leading their IT Strategy and Delivery across Europe and America. Prior to his career in IT, he went to Sheffield University and gained a Masters degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. Mike is married to Jeanette and they live in Wirral with their 2 children. Most of his spare time is spent with his family, who he is immensely proud of. He became an Age UK Trustee in 2016, bringing his knowledge of Digital IT, together with commercial and business skills.

Professor Margaret Andrews

Margaret’s career spans both the NHS and the University sectors. Originally she trained as a nurse and moved into higher education in 1990 and the University sector in 2001. Margaret retired from her full time role as Professor/Pro-Vice Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2012 and returned to Cheshire. Margaret has researched and published on a variety of topics including mentorship, clinical learning, academic management and leadership. More latterly she has been a Non-Executive Director/Deputy Chair of a Mental Health Trust in the South East of England and over several years has held a number of voluntary roles. Margaret became an Age UK Cheshire Trustee in 2016.

Nicola Brooks

Nicola took early retirement from a senior HR role in Cheshire County Council in 2009, after which she worked as a self employed HR Consultant for a number of years, working on a range of HR projects in the third sector and local government.  She is a Non Executive Director with a not for profit company providing residential and other services to older people, through which she has developed a keen interest in services for older people, completing an Open University course in Dementia Care during 2014.  Her spare time is devoted mainly to her two horses and to choral singing (not usually at the same time!) Nicola became an Age UK Cheshire Trustee in 2016.

Sarah Twibell

Sarah is originally from Altrincham but now lives in Sale with her two cats. Sarah originally spent a few years living in Tyneside where she was secretary of the local CSSC.  Starting work at 16, she has worked in Payroll for almost 20 years, and is now an Assistant Payroll Manager for a large national company.  Sarah was Director of local housing association, Trafford Housing Trust for almost 6 years until 2014, a role which she found to be very challenging and rewarding. Her spare time is mostly spent with her family and friends and  of course, her two cats! Sarah joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Sheila Wentworth

Sheila was born in North Wales.  She spent most of her adult life living and working for Social Services in Worcestershire. In 2002, she took up the post of Assistant Chief Social Services Officer in Wrexham and moved to live in Chester in 2004. Sheila retired from full time work in 2009, but then took up independent consultancy work, with a focus on health and social services in Wales until December 2016.  Sheila has a son and a daughter, both working for the NHS--one in Manchester and the other in Bristol.  In her spare time she enjoys the theatre and cinema, reading, swimming and "running" - completing the Chester Metric Marathon in 2016.  Prior to joining as a Trustee in 2016, Sheila was a volunteer for Age UK Cheshire's Money Matters service. 

Susan Harrison

Susan is originally from Gloucestershire, but has lived in Chester for over 30 years and has two children. Susan is a Chartered Account and has worked in various roles within the local authority ICT, third sector and Social Services. She also has NHS experience working in Commissioning, Data analysis and Support and as a Provider. Susan was recently a Trustee for PTA-UK serving for 7 years on the Finance and Risk committee and the Governance, Employment and Nominations committee. She is a Governor for her local primary school, serving on the Finance committee, Pay and Performance. In her spare time she likes to go to the Gym, run and is a member of the local community dance group the Cambrian Queens. Susan joined the Age-UK Trustees in 2016.