Deputy Lieutenants on the Active List:
Valerie Allen MBE, JP ,DLVal lives in Warrington and runs an engineering business in Widnes. She is Chair of Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, and Vice-Chair of Riverside College in Widnes. Currently Val is President of the Charity Compassion in Action and was previously a founder member of the NSPCC Business Board. She enjoys walking and visiting National Trust heritage sites around the country.
Rob Barrow MBE, DLRob has a degree in computer sciences and was Founder Chairman and CEO of one of the few UK software companies to reach the FTSE250. He was also a non-executive director of various investment trusts. Since retiring over 15 years ago, he became involved in charity and horticulture. He is a trustee, and ex chair, of East Cheshire Hospice, President of The Congleton4Congleton Fund, and a vice president of the Cheshire Community Foundation. An ex-Governor of King’s School, Macclesfield, he supports horticultural charities, including Perennial, the Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society, and is a Patron of the National Trust. He is married to Pam, who is a Fellow of both the RHS and Perennial, and they have a married daughter, Fiona, and grandchildren Kit and Laurie in Cirencester
Sarah Callander Beckett DLSarah is the owner of Combermere Abbey Estate in South Cheshire and operates a diverse commercial operation which includes farming, tourism and events business. Her other interests and activities are Historic Houses (Board Member); Country Landowners’ Association Cheshire (past board member); Cheshire Community Foundation (Trustee); Cheshire Leader (board member). She is a past High Sheriff of Cheshire.
Moira Chapman MBE, JP, DLMoira lives in Weaverham and is a retired Public Health Specialist. Over years she served on a number of public bodies including Cheshire County Council and Cheshire Police Authority. Moira is currently Chairman of the Russett Learning Trust, a Multi Academy Trust meeting needs of children with learning disabilities. She recently retired as a magistrate after 33 years’ service and is becoming a volunteer with Youth Justice Service.
Kathy Cowell OBE, DLKathy is a resident of Wilmslow, a banker by profession. Since 1991 Kathy has been a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, currently Chairman of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust which operates the 10 hospitals across Manchester. Kathy is Chair of the Hammond School in Chester and TLC, a service company based in Stockport. With a passion for the community of Cheshire she has served on the boards of Cheshire Young Carers, Cheshire Community Foundation and Active Cheshire. She is a past High Sheriff of Cheshire.
Vic Croxson DLVic lives in Nantwich. He currently chairs the Congleton Multi-Academy Trust that governs two primary and two secondary schools. He was formerly Principal of Reaseheath College, Cheshire’s land-based further and higher education college. He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society, a Trustee of The Farmers Club Charitable Trust and a Liveryman in The Worshipful Company of Educators. He also chairs a committee that certifies more than half the organically farmed land in the UK.
Lord Daresbury DLPeter Daresbury has held numerous positions, including CEO from 1993 to 2000 and Chairman from 2000 to 2006 of the FTSE 100 Company, The Greenalls Group plc. Peter was also Chairman of Aintree Racecourse for 25 years, where in his riding days he rode in the Grand National in 1975 and won the Liverpool Foxhunters in 1982 and subsequently, Haydock Racecourse, where he had a connection for many years as a Jockey, a Steward and as a Sponsor. He is also a Director/Chairman of a diverse number of companies. He lives with his wife Clare, on their estate near Malpas
Meredydd David OBE, DLMeredydd lives near Nantwich and was the Principal of Reaseheath College for 14 years. Since retiring from that role in the summer of 2018 he has been a Deputy Commissioner for Further Education in England. He has also been a member of the Local Enterprise Partnership Board, Chair of the Rural Strategy Board for Cheshire and a board member of the Association of Colleges. Meredydd’s favourite pastime is chasing his four grandsons around and mountain walking particularly in the Snowdonia range.
Anne Davies MBE, DLAnne has lived in Ellesmere Port for many years and has been a trustee of and adviser to many regional and local charities. She is currently Trustee/Interim Chair of Bridge Wellness Gardens, an Adviser to Cheshire West Council for Voluntary Service, a Member of Cheshire Community Foundation’s Assessment Panel and a Consultant with Cheshire Connect.
Robert Davis DLRobert is an active member of the Cheshire business community. He is a member of the Local Enterprise Partnership, sitting on the Strategy Committee and Chairing its R&A Committee. He is the founder of the Cheshire Energy Hub and the Energy Innovation Centre, both nationally recognised as leading organisations in the energy field. His day jobs are as Chair and Group CEO of EA Technology, Chair of Mersey Dee Energy and Non-Executive Director of the Energy Systems Catapult. He has an ambition for Cheshire to see the fastest reduction in carbon of any county in the UK.
Dennis Dunn MBE, JP, DLDennis is former Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean at the Manchester Metropolitan University and Chairman of the BITWorld international conference series. A former Magistrates Bench Chairman, he has held numerous directorships in the commercial and public sectors. His current positions include Chairman of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a national Trustee serving on the Board of the British Red Cross.
Naser Fouad DL
Dr Naser Fouad has over two decades of experience in the healthcare sector, recognised for his significant contribution to the field of neurology. He built his first Hospital in 2006 and subsequently opened 3 specialist hospitals in Warrington, Chester and Oldham. Awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, he has founded a number of successful business ventures both in the UK and overseas. He is dedicated to a wide range of charitable activities, including the establishment of health centres in some of the most deprived areas of the world – he also works closely with Warrington Disability Partnership. Naser lives in Bowdon with his wife and two sons aged 18 and 21.
Christine Gaskell CBE, DL
Christine was on the Board of Bentley Motors for 18 years. She was Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership for 9 years and stepped down in 2020. Christine is currently Vice Chair of the Royal Automobile Club. In 2012 she was awarded an MBE for services to skills and apprenticeships and in 2019 a CBE for services to the Cheshire economy.
Mark Greaves DL
Mark is the former Managing Director of Flowcrete Group plc based in Sandbach, and former President of the global construction chemicals business of RPM International inc. Mark is currently a Director of Mannings Brewers and the Wild & Wild vegan restaurant, both based in Congleton. He is Vice President of Foden’s Brass Band, Ambassador for East Cheshire Hospice@Home, former Chair and now a Patron of Active Cheshire, Director of Congleton RUFC and a founding partner of the Cheshire Community Foundation. Mark Enjoys Rugby, Golf, Nordic Walking and Literature
Clare Hayward MBE, DL
Clare Hayward lives in Macclesfield. She is the Director of Cirrus – a leadership, engagement and talent consultancy firm based in Wilmslow, with offices in London and Melbourne. She is the Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and the Chair of the Employer Skills Board. She is also an Ambassador for East Cheshire Hospice and supports a number of other charities across Cheshire.
Eric Hodgson JP, DL
Eric lives in Oakmere and is a Cheshire magistrate and recent Chairman of the Cheshire Bench. He has undertaken the following roles: Chairman of Arena Options Housing Association, Chief Executive of NHS general hospitals and mental health trusts, Governor of Warrington Collegiate Further Education College and Chairman of Oakmere Parish Council.
Bill Holroyd CBE, DL
Originally from Cumbria but a long-term resident of Cheshire, Bill is involved in multiple business ventures and founded the charity OnSide Youth Zones. Bill is a keen vintage and classic rally driver, and is a past High Sheriff of Cheshire.
Nick Hopkinson MBE, DL
Nick is High Sheriff of Cheshire 2020/21. Nick is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, charity fundraiser and champion of young people. Unconventional, enthusiastic, collaborative and a passionate leader, Nick does his bit to help level the playing field for those who struggle with modern day life.
David Maisey OBE, DL
David is the CEO and co-founder of multiple award-winning, Warrington-based ICC Solutions, helping his clients in over 100 countries to implement secure payments such as Chip & PIN. He is a Northern Powerhouse Export Champion, Export Ambassador for the Cheshire Institute of Directors, and a Founder Patron of the Warrington Youth Zone. He is an established supporter of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, also providing export education to participants, and the Chairman of the Cheshire Commonwealth Association.
Robert Mee DL
Robert lives near Chester and following a long career in Financial Services, he now has a number of Voluntary Economic and Charity roles. He is a Board Member of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Board where he Chairs the Strategy Committee, and is also Chair of the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone Board. He is Chair of the Chester based, Hospice of the Good Shepherd and is a Trustee of Cheshire Young Carers.
Mark Mitchell DL
Mark is Cheshire born and bred and lives with his wife, Anita, in Willaston in the west of the County. He has served as High Sheriff of Cheshire and owns and leads a retail automotive business representing Lexus, Mazda and Skoda based at Cheshire Oaks. Mark has a passion for “all things Cheshire” and makes time for his role as Director at Chester Cathedral and his involvement with Trussell Trust Foodbanks, CAP Debt Counselling Centres.
Brigadier (Retd) Tom O’Brien CBE, TD, DL, VR
Tom is a resident of Macclesfield. Tom served for 42 years in the Army Reserve and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Reserves Forces and Cadets Association, Executive Chairman of Broughton House – a home for ex-service Personnel, and member of the East Cheshire Army Benevolent Fund. By profession he is a technologist and businessman and is currently the Chief Executive of the Services Family, a military financial services business for the UK’s Armed Forces. In his spare time he enjoys running, scuba diving and wine – good stuff when he can get it!