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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.


Margaret Thorne

Margaret has worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector in Knowsley for 40 years and has vast experience of Charitable Committees; she 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.

Dr Stephen 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.  Appointed to the Board in 2008, Steve is also a member of the Charity’s Personnel Committee

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

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.

Andy Dunbar

Andy Dunbar currently works for SoftwareONE, a global platform & solutions business, running the IT Solutions & Services business across UK, Ireland, South Africa and Iceland. In his role, he helps customers govern and manage their software estate – be it licensing optimisation, procuring effectively, or deploying cloud-based solutions but also has experience working with and for not for profit organisations – Andy is based in Liverpool, has a young family and is keen to lend his knowledge to support smaller, local organisations like KDC to make best use of the available technology to facilitate positive change within the community

Alma Lunt

Alma has been involved in many user-led organisations and sat on a number of Liverpool City Council groups such as the Independent Living Centre which supplies equipment and wheelchairs for disabled people, and the ‘Making it Happen’ group for physical and sensory impairments and older people, also the Corporate Access Forum.  She has been a part of the disabled access group for Merseyside Museums, St Georges Hall and the Echo Arena to name but a few. Alma says “I look forward to putting my work and lived experience to good use in support of KDC as a member of the Board of Trustees”

Siobhan Doran

Siobhan Doran recently joined the University of Liverpool, having work for 9 years in the private sector as a Management Consultant.  Siobhan was a member of the Merseyside Princes Trust committee for 6 years doing fundraising events each year and supporting events through networking.

Jan Tattersall

Jan started her career as a physical education teacher in the London Borough of Brent in the 70s having reached an accomplished level in swimming at performance standard. Jan continues to lecture at national level for the Institute of Swimming at Sports Park Loughborough and has played an active role in the development of the aquatic fitness programme for Great Britain. Jan completed a degree which led to her delivering the Working Well role for Knowsley Council. Currently employed as a training officer for Volair, Jan delivers national and international training to the statutory and commercial sector.  Jan’s motto is ‘Give me a problem and I will give you a solution’

Amanda Felstead

Amanda has over fifteen years’ experience in Marketing across the private and public sectors.  Involved in marketing strategy development as well as operational delivery, Amanda has championed the added value for marketing representation at senior levels within organisations. She is ambitious and committed and has managed marketing teams to deliver insight led and customer focussed campaigns that have led to the successful achievement of growth targets.  Outside of work, Amanda plays an active interest in the Bridal department of her local Oxfam and applies her marketing skills to maximise sales of their wedding dresses. Amanda brings a high degree of commercial expertise to enable KDC to develop reach and scope of services and  increase its positive impact for disabled people