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Board Members & Trustees

Our Board of Trustees oversees all three of The Big Life group’s charities (Self Help Services, Big Life Centres and The Big Issue in the North Trust). The social businesses are overseen by another board which involves both Executive and Non-Executive Directors. The Boards meet quarterly and receive reports on progress to targets and financial performance.


abimg Allan Beswick is Non-Executive Director for the businesses in The Big Life group.Allan managed the West Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau for five years before becoming a broadcaster. He currently presents BBC Radio Manchester’s breakfast programme and has made programmes for BBC Radios 4 and Five Live. His television work includes shows for Granada, Sky and BBC North West where he presented Beswick Beat. Previously Allan wrote a column for The Manchester Metro.
ayimg Angela Young is a Trustee for The Big Life group charities.Angela’s background is in public health and community involvement. She was for many years a public health researcher working closely with decision-makers in health and local government. Before that, while working in the computing industry, she was involved in local and national grass-roots organisations for health service improvement. Since 2003 she has been an active member of the Manchester Local Involvement Network, and hopes to continue in its 2013 successor, Manchester HealthWatch.
cpimg Caroline Price is an Executive Director of The Big Life group.Caroline has worked at board level across a range of industries including manufacturing, distribution and professional services before joining The Big Life group in 2005. Caroline’s roles have included corporate finance, strategic management, general management and Finance Director. Having joined Big Life group as Finance Director, Caroline has worked with Big Issue in the North and Big Life Employment as well as on IT infrastructure projects and investment.
erimg Edna Robinson is Chairman of The Big Life group and a Trustee.Edna is a successful public sector leader. As advisor to the Department of Health on Commissioning, she is also currently supporting the implementation of the national NHS reforms. Edna has held several Chief Executive Positions within the NHS and has been Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Her other roles include board member and advisor to the Home Office in the establishment of the National Police Improvement Agency.
fsimg Fay Selvan is the Chief Executive of The Big Life group and a Trustee for the charities.Fay started working as a social entrepreneur in 1991 and established The Big Life group in 2002. Working in primary health care, self help, childcare, family support, employment and training, the group operates from Liverpool to Grimsby offering a wide range of opportunities to people who have the least. Fay has worked on the Boards of various health and social care initiatives and chaired Trafford Healthcare Trust  and the Trafford Children and Young peoples Board, she won the Social Enterprise Leader Award in 2011.
Louise Grant Louise Grant is the Medical Director for The Big Life group. She chairs the Clinical Service Governance Board and ensures the delivery of safe, effective and high quality services. She is Clinical Lead for a practice in Wigan, representing it at local commissioning meetings as well as taking the lead in minor surgery, family planning and child health development. She has a keen interest in medical education and is an examiner for the University of Manchester’s Medical School. She also works for the Ministry of Justice as a Medical Member for the First Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber.
Mark Fitzgibbon is the Chair of The Big Life group’s charities.Mark has been a practising solicitor since qualifying in 1994 and is now a Partner at law firm Hill Dickinson specialising in public procurement law and practice and commercial contract drafting and negotiation. He has been involved in some of the most exciting and innovative change-management and regeneration projects across the North West in the past 10 years. He has worked with the Group since arriving in the North West back in 1996.
pbimg Priti Butler is an Executive Director for The Big Life group with responsibility for Big Life Families and Big Life Centres.Priti is an experienced senior manager and has successfully incubated three independent social businesses. She has over ten years experience of large scale organisational business and capital development. Priti has worked to tackle inequalities in health and social care and to create an impact on social and economic regeneration. She has managed ‘Care in the Community’ for adults with learning disabilities for Manchester Social Services.
pfimg Paul Ferry is a Trustee for The Big Life Group’s charities.Paul has worked in the criminal justice and immigration sectors since 1997, working with and within a range of organisations and providing support for offenders. He also volunteers as a consultant to the Cranfield Trust, providing business support to Manchester charity Musicians Without Borders who work to support asylum seekers and torture survivors through engaging them in music projects.
phimg Phil Hodgett is an Executive Director for The Big Life group.Phil joined The Big Life group as Finance Director bringing with him  25 years of finance experience, 17 of those in the large charities of RNIB, Macmillan and Leukaemia Research.  His experience covered both commercial and charitable finance, generating revenue to fund essential services to include people who had been previously isolated and to support people living with daily challenges or health issues.
rsimg Richard Scorer is a Non-Executive Director for the businesses within The Big Life group.Richard has worked as a solicitor since 1992, and is a partner and board member at a Manchester law firm. He also serves as a board member of several campaigning organisations, is a trustee of the Lifeline Project, and is a town councillor in his home town. Richard has co-authored three books on child abuse law and has contributed articles to legal journals and newspapers.