Trustees

Anthony Richards MBE
Tony is currently the Executive Chairman of the Millennium Centre and Managing Director of local window/door frame supplier Arcoframe. In the late 1990s it was Tony’s vision and leadership that helped to shape the Millennium Centre as it is today.

He was a long serving member of the Knowsley Magistrates Bench and Founder of the St Helens and Knowsley Hospice Steering Committee, which culminated in the opening of the new Willowbrook Hospice. Other past voluntary positions include Chairman of the St Helens Physically Disabled Society, St Helens District Blind Society and the local Sue Ryder Home. For many years he was Chief Officer of the St Helens & Knowsley Community Health Council, and also served on the National Association of Community Health Councils.

His services for the local community have been recognised by becoming an Honorary Freeman of the Metropolitan borough of St Helens (2000), winning the Entrepreneur of the Year award (2004) and receiving an MBE (2006).

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Richard Barton
Richard qualified from the Liverpool School of Pharmacy in 1973 and started his career at Whiston Hospital working as a Quality Control Pharmacist. He worked at Whiston until 1980, when he moved to Prescot-based Community Pharmacy; he managed the business for eleven years before eventually buying out the previous owner in 1991. During the latter stages of his career Richard served on the St Helens & Knowsley Pharmacy Committee (also fulfilling the role of Treasurer) before he retired in 2004. He is currently a member (and past Chairman) of Windle Parish Council.

Phil Girling
Phil is a chartered Civil Engineer, spending most of his career in a contracting environment in the UK and also working abroad in South Africa. Projects managed include the Prescot Reservoir, A1/M1 Dishforth extension, the Easington gas handling facility and the Malmaison Hotel in Liverpool. Phil is also a former Chairman of the Rainford Round Table.

Pat Jackson
When Pat’s children were at school she was an active member of the PTA, later becoming a School Governor for many years. She was also a very active member in her Community which
culminated in her becoming a local and Parish Councillor – this lead her on to become the Mayor of St Helens for the year 1999/2000.

Pat also helped out at St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Sutton Manor, and more recently in May 2011 became a Parish Councillor of Bold.

Nicholas Wilding
Nicholas is a Director and Trustee of the St Helens Theatre Royal and of the Elmet Trust in Yorkshire. He has been the President of the St Helens Amateur Operatic Society for seven years, and is also a Trustee of the Harry & Mavis Charitable Trust and the Hebden Royd & District Swimming Pool Association. He is the Film Archivist of the Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society and also sits on the board of the Mytholmroyd Community Centre and on the Hebden Bridge Old Peoples Welfare Committee. Nicholas runs his own TV production company (Excalibur
Productions) and in 2011 screened one of his films at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Gary Richard Taylor
Gary is the Managing Director of GR Taylor & Co Accountants, a Company that he founded over 20 years ago and is now well established in St Helens. In recent years Gary has served on various local sports, social and testimonial committees and as a new Trustee looks forward to assisting in the development of the Charity and the St Helens Gateway Project.

Paul Richards
Paul Richards was formerly Head of the School of Law at the University of Huddersfield. He holds a PhD in legal aspects of aerospace technology and has many years of experience as a university academic in law of contract, law of trusts and property law. He has published several books in these areas of law.  He has also acted as an external examiner at numerous universities and examining bodies in these subjects. Paul lives in “Last of the Summer Wine” country in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire and has two sons. As pastimes Paul enjoys fly fishing and mountaineering. He has walked widely in the UK, has climbed Kilimanjaro and trekked  in the Annapurna and Everest regions of Nepal.

Richard Watson
Richard Watson has undergone many roles during his career. He worked for St Helens & Knowsley Health Authority from 1983-1999 as Deputy District Administrator. Following a period as Acting Chief Executive, Richard retired in 1999.

Following retirement, Richard undertook work for a number of hospital and community Trusts in both the Acute and Mental Health Sector. In addition, he has provided support to the Voluntary Sector. This has included work for Age Concern in St Helens & Knowsley, Project Management for the Millennium Centre at its inception, and disabled services in Knowsley and other voluntary health related organisations.

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