Board Members

Jane Dearden MBE DL – Chair

I am a former Carer and have a wealth of experience in Carer Support Services and campaigning. I have been involved with Crossroads Care North West since the early nineties and am the founder chair of St Helens Carers Centre.

I am a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside, and in 2010 I was awarded a MBE for services to the community of St Helens.

Arthur Gore

I have had 33 years as a civil servant with the Employment Department. I progressed from initially an administration officer to several senior management positions and for the last six years until taking early retirement in 1996 held a directors position with the Government Office for the North West. The main focus of my civil service career was government funded employment and training programmes both from a managerial and inspection perspective.

Following early retirement from the civil service I was general manager of the West Lancashire Branch of Crossroads Care. I had particular responsibility for fundraising, personnel, staff management and training and secretary to the Management Committee.

From a fundraising perspective over a period of 20 years I have raised £1.5 million for a range of voluntary and community organisations, including Crossroads Care.

I have a wide range of community interests in addition to my involvement as a director with Crossroads Care North West. These include President of Skelmersdale Brass Band, Chairman of Bickerstaffe Mission Management Team and Ormskirk Civic Hall Management Committee Member.

Christine Mather

I have been involved with Crossroads for over 20 years, for 10 of those years I was Care Manager for West Lancashire Crossroads until I retired. I was then invited to join the Board of Trustees when West Lancashire Crossroads amalgamated and Crossroads Care North West was formed. I became the West Lancashire Trustee on the new board and have continued to serve ever since.

I have first hand experience of the needs of carers and those they care for as well as managing staff and the running of the Crossroads Office.

Knowing how Crossroads operates has helped me in the role of a Trustee to provide good governance and support for our clients and staff.

Peter Cahill

My working life, as a qualified Accountant, spanned several sectors but was mainly spent in the finance world – particularly banking and insurance. I retired some 10 years ago and almost immediately joined my local Chorley & South Ribble Crossroads as a Trustee, a position I still hold today but with the expanded Crossroads Care North West.

For obvious reasons my main contribution to Crossroads Care North West  is on the finance side, a crucial area at any time but never more so than in today’s economic climate, but I do try to play a full part in the strategic/operational side of the organisation.

I have been married for many years and we have two sons, one of whom lives locally but the other is in Melbourne which gives us a good excuse to visit Australia every other year.

On a personal level, I try to keep as fit as possible by walking, playing tennis and going to the gym. My other main pastime is enjoying and indulging my two beautiful grandchildren.

Gordon Spencer

I initially worked as an accountant but retrained as a Human Resources professional during my time at British Gas. I attended London University Business School, on behalf of British Gas on their executive programme. After this training I became Personnel Services Manager for British Gas, responsible for 11,000 employees. Prior to my work in personnel I worked as a tutor at the British Gas College which I enjoyed greatly.

Subsequently, I was the General Manger for the delivery of services for Wigan, St Helens, Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn, following which I spent two years (on secondment) in London working for British Gas facilitation for privatisation. After my secondment ended I came back to take up the post of Controller of Suppliers (Director of Logistics) from Birmingham  to the North of Scotland and spent years working  in this large area.

In addition to my day job, I was also undertaking voluntary roles such as, Non-Executive Director of Whiston Hospital for 7 years, followed by 6 years as a Non-Executive Director of Fairfield Hospital. I was also the Project Director that developed Willowbrook Hospice and remained active in that organisation for 25 years. I am also one of two Willowbrook Ambassadors alongside Lady Pilkington.

I have been a trustee with Crossroads Care North West for over 4 years and am Chairman of the Human Resources sub committee.

I am married with one daughter and one grandson.

Joyce Wilcock – Former Chair

It is with great sadness that we report that Joyce passed away on the 14th December 2019 she had been a trustee at Crossroads Care North West since her retirement in 2005 and became Chair three years later.

Prior to her retirement Joyce had had a long career in the NHS in nursing, and was Director of Nursing at St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust for seven years before transferring to the Director of Nursing post at the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority.

Joyce was also a Trustee at the St Helens Carers Centre viewing this as an asset to her role as Chair of Crossroads Care North West. Joyce did a great deal of good work as a Trustee on the National Board of Crossroads during its merger with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers to become the Carers Trust. She also participated in projects for the Carers Trust, the most recent being a review of the Carers Trust quality programme as part of its strategic aims.

Joyce is survived by her two daughters both living in London and three beloved grandsons. Joyce will be sorely missed in Crossroads Care North West.

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