Our Trustees

Knowsley Disability Concern is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising people with a variety of knowledge, skills and experience, many of whom have first hand experience of life with a disability.

Tony Foster

Tony Foster (Chair)
With a background in education and the Police service, Tony retired as a Consultant Forensic Collision Investigator in 2004. In addition to his commitment to KDC, Tony has served on numerous committees within the community and is actively involved as a Volunteer with a local hospice.
  Bryan Carr

Brian Carr (Treasurer)
Bryan is a retired Local Government officer and qualified management accountant. He has spent more than 30 years in various financial management positions, the last 16 of which were as Finance Manager in the Education Department of Knowsley MBC. Bryan was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2003 and serves as the Charity’s Treasurer. He also chairs the Charity’s Finance Committee.
Margaret Thorne

Margaret Thorne
Margaret has worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector in Knowsley for 40 years and has vast experience of Charitable Committees; she has recently retired from a Senior Management post with the Citizens Advice Bureau Service. Margaret was appointed as a Magistrate in 1983, currently with Liverpool and Knowsley Bench. During her employment she has taken a lead in HR matters and is Chair of KDC’s Personnel Committee.

Amanda Thomson
Amanda is one of KDC’s longest serving Trustees and was appointed to the new Board formed when the Charity was reconstituted as a limited company in 2003. Amanda, who has a mild learning disability, is also KDC’s Volunteer Administration assistant and Housekeeping Coordinator.
Matthew Clarke

Matthew Clarke
With a background in teaching and social work Matthew has held several senior management posts in both Health and Social Service Departments. In 1992 he founded Alternative Futures, a large Knowsley based charity which provides services for people with learning disabilities and enduring mental health needs. Matthew served as the Chief Executive of Alternative Futures for sixteen years before retiring in 2007. Latterly he has assisted several charities and remains convinced of the importance of the contribution made by the ‘not for profit’ sector in the delivery of services.
Steve Harding (Vice Chair)
Steve has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and has been employed in a variety of roles including, advising on funding, workforce development,  and delivering training around procurement and tendering requirements for third sector management teams and trustees. Since 2005, Steve has been employed as a senior manager, heading up and developing regional operations for a national charity working with lone parent families across England and Wales. Appointed to the Board in 2008, Steve is also a member of the Charity’s Personnel Committee.

Lorraine Hosty
Lorraine works as an Information Management Consultant for an international information technology services company. She has worked successfully in highly regulated industries that have complex information requirements, completing projects both in the UK, Europe and America, to improve business processes and ensure legal compliance.
Lorraine was part of the steering group for the Big Lottery funded Rethink ‘Siblings’ project. The purpose of this was to provide information, advice and support to siblings of people with severe mental health problems

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Richard Murphy
Richard became a Trustee in 2003. Richard has a learning disability and represents the views and opinions of his community in his work as a Trustee, as well as in his membership of his local housing forum. He works as a volunteer in his local supermarket and any spare time is taken up with a variety of sporting activities including swimming and golf

Dr Olukeum Adeyemi
Kemi, as she is better known is a doctor of medicine and specialises in public health medicine. She was born in Nigeria and came to the UK in 2002 and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2007. Kemi has a neurogical condition, neumyelitis optica, and as a result of which, she has physical and sight impairments. As a wheelchair user she is able to identify with the challenges faced by people with physical disabilities and ensures that KDC’s services are developed with their needs in mind. In her spare time, Kemi  is actively involved in her local  gospel  church and has enjoyed some fame as a singer in her native land.


Yvonne Owens
Yvonne has served as a Trustee since 2003 and sits on a number of committees in Knowsley, including Knowsley Older Peoples Voice (KOPV), the Knowsley User Led Organisation (KULO) and the Knowsley Local Involvement Network (LINk) which looks at health and social care issues across the Borough. Yvonne has a visual impairment and a key focus of her role as a Trustee is to ensure that KDC’s communication materials, including its Website, are fully accessible for people with all abilities. Yvonne also works as a Friend Communicator for residents of a local care home.


Michelle Ablewhite
Michelle, who has a mild learning disability, has been a Trustee since 2006. Michelle has always played an active part in representing people with learning disabilities on committees and partnerships across Knowsley. She currently co-chairs the local Learning Disability Partnership Board alongside the Knowsley Council’s chief commissioner for services for people with learning disabilities. Michelle also attends the Health Sub-group which ensures that people with learning disabilities are engaged and involved in strategic decisions about health matters in Knowsley.

Peter Gallimore
Peter has worked in Education for over 40 years as a teacher and as an Educational Psychologist. He has worked on Merseyside as a teacher in various mainstream schools. Peter has worked as an Educational Psychologist for well over 20 years. He was a Senior Educational Psychologist in St Helens for some years on occasion managing a Language Support Service in addition to working his patch of schools. He is now ‘semi-retired’ and works for St Helens LA. Peter is also a Justice of the Peace and serves as a magistrate on the St Helens Bench

Rob Beech
Rob works as a Mental Health Advocate for Hogans Solicitors, a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Review Tribunal Accreditation Scheme and currently studying for CILEX qualifications. 


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