Our Team

LINDA MINNIS CHIEF EXECUTIVE Linda has a wealth of experience working at an executive level in the retail and financial services sectors. Linda’s specialist skills include Human Resource Management, Business Ethics, Social Investment and Corporate Responsibility. Having spent several years on the Board of Charities Trust Linda was appointed Chief Executive in May 2010.

LINDA MINNIS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Linda has a wealth of experience working at an executive level in the retail and financial services sectors. Linda’s specialist skills include Human Resource Management, Business Ethics, Social Investment and Corporate Responsibility. Having spent several years on the Board of Charities Trust Linda was appointed Chief Executive in May 2010.

EUAN IMRIE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Euan is a qualified accountant whose business career has taken in the electronics industry with Unisys, management consulting with Price Waterhouse and retail with Littlewoods, including a spell there as Group Finance Director. After eight years in education, as Bursar at Sandbach School, Euan joined Charities Trust as COO in 2012. He sits on the Trustee Board of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, where he chairs the Finance and Audit Committee and also sits on their Retail Board. He has been a school Governor at Christleton High School in Chester for the last 16 years and is now a trustee of the Christleton Learning Trust.

EUAN IMRIE
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Euan is a qualified accountant whose business career has taken in the electronics industry with Unisys, management consulting with Price Waterhouse and retail with Littlewoods, including a spell there as Group Finance Director. After eight years in education, as Bursar at Sandbach School, Euan joined Charities Trust as COO in 2012. He sits on the Trustee Board of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, where he chairs the Finance and Audit Committee and also sits on their Retail Board. He has been a school Governor at Christleton High School in Chester for the last 16 years and is now a trustee of the Christleton Learning Trust.

NEIL WILLIAMS HEAD OF FINANCE Neil is a qualified accountant who joined Charities Trust in 2015 having spent nine years working in the charity sector. Neil qualified as an accountant whilst working as an auditor in Chester before moving to the financial services sector where he worked for five years. Outside of work Neil enjoys spending time with his family and helps out with various sports and community clubs as well as being treasurer for a music festival in North Wales.

NEIL WILLIAMS
HEAD OF FINANCE

Neil is a qualified accountant who joined Charities Trust in 2015 having spent nine years working in the charity sector. Neil qualified as an accountant whilst working as an auditor in Chester before moving to the financial services sector where he worked for five years. Outside of work Neil enjoys spending time with his family and helps out with various sports and community clubs as well as being treasurer for a music festival in North Wales.

 
DEBBIE WALKER HEAD OF CLIENT RELATIONS Debbie worked in the commercial sector for 16 years and gained a wealth of experience of people management and account management. She joined Charities Trust in 2008 and has worked as a Manager in the Commercial, Customer Services and Operations team. Her current role allows her to utilise her excellent skills in building and maintaining strong relationships with our clients to ensure opportunities are identified and maximised for both parties. She is highly self motivated, organised and possesses excellent organisational and communication skills.

DEBBIE WALKER
HEAD OF CLIENT RELATIONS

Debbie worked in the commercial sector for 16 years and gained a wealth of experience of people management and account management. She joined Charities Trust in 2008 and has worked as a Manager in the Commercial, Customer Services and Operations team. Her current role allows her to utilise her excellent skills in building and maintaining strong relationships with our clients to ensure opportunities are identified and maximised for both parties. She is highly self motivated, organised and possesses excellent organisational and communication skills.

DAVID LENAGH HEAD OF IT AND OPERATIONS David, a graduate in computer science from Liverpool University, worked as Head of IT for a national newspaper group for over a decade before joining Charities Trust. David has responsibility for Charities Trust's technology roadmap and has worked in a range of businesses whose core processes rely heavily on technology to deliver service and innovation. David additionally has strategic and operational responsibility for the organisations project delivery, infrastructure and support.

DAVID LENAGH
HEAD OF IT AND OPERATIONS

David, a graduate in computer science from Liverpool University, worked as Head of IT for a national newspaper group for over a decade before joining Charities Trust. David has responsibility for Charities Trust's technology roadmap and has worked in a range of businesses whose core processes rely heavily on technology to deliver service and innovation. David additionally has strategic and operational responsibility for the organisations project delivery, infrastructure and support.

 
 

Our Trustees

MARK HOGARTH CHAIRMAN Mark is a commercial Lawyer who has worked for a number of high street and e-commerce retailers such as The Littlewoods Organisation and Matalan. Mark was instrumental in the setting up of Charities Trust in 1987 when he was Company Secretary of Littlewoods and re- joined the board eight years ago.  He was elected as Chairman in 2010 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

MARK HOGARTH
CHAIRMAN

Mark is a commercial Lawyer who has worked for a number of high street and e-commerce retailers such as The Littlewoods Organisation and Matalan. Mark was instrumental in the setting up of Charities Trust in 1987 when he was Company Secretary of Littlewoods and re- joined the board eight years ago.  He was elected as Chairman in 2010 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

GRAHAM MORRIS OBE Graham has 40 years experience of the automotive industry including the roles of President of Rover Cars North America, Board Member responsible for global Sales and Marketing at Audi AG and Chief Executive of Rolls Royce and Bentley Motors. Graham was awarded the OBE in 2011 for services to the motor industry and charity. Amongst significant charity and social business roles he is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University. He joined the Board of Charities Trust in 2002 and is a member of both the the Finance and Audit and Remuneration Committees.

GRAHAM MORRIS OBE

Graham has 40 years experience of the automotive industry including the roles of President of Rover Cars North America, Board Member responsible for global Sales and Marketing at Audi AG and Chief Executive of Rolls Royce and Bentley Motors. Graham was awarded the OBE in 2011 for services to the motor industry and charity. Amongst significant charity and social business roles he is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University. He joined the Board of Charities Trust in 2002 and is a member of both the the Finance and Audit and Remuneration Committees.

JOHN JONES John is a qualified Accountant who spent 27 years with the Littlewoods Group in roles including Finance Director and Acting Managing Director of High Street Operations. John joined the Board of Charities Trust in 2010 and is Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee.

JOHN JONES

John is a qualified Accountant who spent 27 years with the Littlewoods Group in roles including Finance Director and Acting Managing Director of High Street Operations. John joined the Board of Charities Trust in 2010 and is Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee.

LIZ PERRY Liz was the Supply Chain Director of Costa until she retired in 2009, she had previously been Head of Primary Logistics at Sainsbury’s and also spent over 30 years with Marks and Spencer working in both the UK and the International Businesses. Liz is also a Trustee of the Costa Foundation. She joined the Board in 2013 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

LIZ PERRY

Liz was the Supply Chain Director of Costa until she retired in 2009, she had previously been Head of Primary Logistics at Sainsbury’s and also spent over 30 years with Marks and Spencer working in both the UK and the International Businesses. Liz is also a Trustee of the Costa Foundation. She joined the Board in 2013 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

LES THOMAS Les started his working life as a graduate trainee with Coats Viyella. Initially in manufacturing before entering the marketing department. It was during this period he became involved in retail. He then went into the printing industry supplying many of the UK’s leading retailers with all forms of point of sale items. Successfully selling his business in 2008, Les has become a consultant working with some of the UK’s largest printers and also advising retail organisations on print and marketing procurement.

LES THOMAS

Les started his working life as a graduate trainee with Coats Viyella. Initially in manufacturing before entering the marketing department. It was during this period he became involved in retail. He then went into the printing industry supplying many of the UK’s leading retailers with all forms of point of sale items. Successfully selling his business in 2008, Les has become a consultant working with some of the UK’s largest printers and also advising retail organisations on print and marketing procurement.

MARK BLAKEMAN Mark is Director of Infrastructure & Informatics for Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is the lead for the Trust’s ambitious programme to create a truly modern digital hospital. Previously Mark worked at University Hospitals South Manchester, where he led a major upgrade of the Trust IT infrastructure.

MARK BLAKEMAN

Mark is Director of Infrastructure & Informatics for Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is the lead for the Trust’s ambitious programme to create a truly modern digital hospital. Previously Mark worked at University Hospitals South Manchester, where he led a major upgrade of the Trust IT infrastructure.