Mr Watkins is senior partner and head of Sport at Brabners LLP Solicitors in Manchester. He is also currently Chairman of British Swimming, the Rugby League European Federation and Barnsley Football Club as well as serving as President of the British Association for Sport and Law and as a director of Lancashire County Cricket Club. A former director of Manchester United, where he gave 28 years’ service, Maurice is also Chairman of Governors at The Manchester Grammar School and Chairman of New Islington Free School project. Maurice has extensive personal involvement and experience with charitable causes on a national and regional level and in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List was awarded a CBE for his services to charity. He also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by University College London and in 2014 he was voted Who’s Who International Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the year.
Mr David Cain
Deputy Chairman of Charity Fundraising Board
David is Deputy Chairman of the Charitable Fundraising Board and is a former NHS Chief Executive of three NHS Trusts in the North West.
David is currently a Board member of the Corridor Manchester Partnership Company, Deputy Chairman of the Manchester College Group, Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy and on the National Executive of both the NHS Managers in Partnership ( MiP) and the First Division Association of the Senior Civil Service ( FDA) representing the North West Region. He works extensively with Charities including acting as a Trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Pain Relief Foundation, a Governor of Ronald McDonald House (Manchester) Charity and a Trustee and Treasurer of the Alex Group Care home for disabled adults.
Mrs Kamal Basran OBE
Kamal is the owner and non-executive director of Sharston-based Authentic Food Company, which she founded in 1985. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2011 Asian Women of Achievement Awards and before receiving an OBE in 2013 for services to charity and to the food industry.
Mr Ian Currie
Ian is a qualified chartered accountant with experience in corporate finance and co-founded Zeus Group. Ian also sits on the Board of Hedley & Co Stockbrokers, is a founder of Liberty SIPP and a partner of Palatine Private Equity LLP. He also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Lowry Arts Centre in Manchester The Lowry, Salford.
Mr Paul Horrocks DL
Paul is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Manchester Evening News. He is currently a Partner at Bury based media strategy company Essential Comms and a partner at communications strategy and media training company, Gordon Burns Partnership. Paul is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, a member of the Greater Manchester Police Crime Commissioner Ethics Committee and is a Trustee of the Fusilier Museum in Bury.
Mr Harry Keogh
Harry has worked in the banking industry for 26 years and is currently the Managing Director of Coutts UK. Harry attended Harvard Business School on the General Management Programme and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Mr Stephen Lewis
Stephen has a broad range of corporate banking experience and currently holds the position of North West Corporate Regional Director at Royal Bank of Scotland. Stephen is an occasional member of the North West Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Council.
Sir Dave Richards
Sir Dave has a long standing association with English professional football, holding position of Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club from 1989 -2001, Chairman of the FA Premier from 1996 – 2014 and is currently a member of the FA Council. In 2006 he received a knighthood for his services to sport.
Ms Carol Smith
Carol has a wealth of experience in the communications and marketing sector working with clients across a variety of industries. Her experience has led her to become Strategic Business Development Director and Head of Brand Engagement at WRG.
Professor Danny Keenan
Professor Keenan studied Medicine & Surgery at Queens University, Belfast (1975). He acquired his basic surgical skills dealing with the aftermath of the IRA terror campaign. He subsequently trained in both the UK and USA and was appointed in 1985, consultant to the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
His work is specialised in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery but with a special interest in complex revision surgery. He helped found the Manchester Heart centre, is honorary Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery to the University of Manchester and advises NHS England.