Moira Beswick

Moira Beswick - Chair
Position: Chair

Having started her career in HR at police Headquarters in Chester Moira moved to Macclesfield and continued her career with ICI/AstraZeneca. After 34 years (of which 22 years was as Facilities Manager) she was not ready to retire so she worked at Macclesfield Hospital for 4 years and then 3.5 years for The Rossendale Trust. A close friend of Moira’s introduced her to Rossendale some 20 years ago getting her involved in PR & FR. For the last 14 years she has also been a member of the Trustee Board. She was appointed Chairman of the Trust in July, 2013 and continues to be very passionate and proud about what the Trust provides.

Maggie Harwood

Maggie Harwood - Vice Chair
Position: Vice Chair

Maggie has been involved with the Residents, now Tenants of the Rossendale Trust for about 22 years, firstly through her work at Macclesfield College, and later as an advocate for East Cheshire Advocacy. The ECA at this time became very involved in the transition from Residential care to Supported Living. Maggie says “Since retiring I have remained actively involved with one tenant and then I decided put myself forward to become a Trustee early in 2013, a role I am enjoying as I feel much more a part of The Rossendale Story now.”

Mike Smith

Mike Smith
Position: Trustee

Mike has been a Trustee since 2012. His son Paul moved into Rose Gardens the year before, during which time Mike was involved in running a parents’ group. He works in IT, at Fujitsu in Manchester, and has utilised his expertise for Rossendale by writing the 100 Club number generator. Mike is an elder/trustee at Tytherington Family Worship church in Macclesfield. In his spare time he plays guitar and drums, including a long-standing visit to Rossendale each Christmas. He is married to Julie, and has three other children and two grandchildren.

Phil Gaskell

Phil Gaskell
Position: Trustee

Phil has had an association with the Trust for over 25 years, since his brother Adrian became a Rossendale resident. Phil was appointed as a Trustee in 1998. He has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years and has held senior positions in the IT departments of major high-street banks. Phil describes the Rossendale Trust as a wonderful place full of happy smiling faces, and believes the Trust is a role-model for how Supported Living care should be provided. He lives in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones
Position: Trustee

Michael became involved with Rossendale in a voluntary capacity about 30 years ago when his sister-in-law, Suzanne became a resident. He has been a Trustee for 18 years, seven of which were in the position of Chairman. He was involved in the Trust’s move away from residential care into Supported Living.

Marion Goddard

Marion Goddard
Position: Trustee

Marion has been interested and involved with disability organisations in both a personal and professional capacity for over 40 years. She worked in the voluntary sector for 14 years , following which she worked for 25 years as a Manager of Social Care Provider Services for Cheshire County Council and Cheshire East Council. During this time she was responsible for managing services and staff in Residential, Support Living, Home Care and Day Services. After retiring in 2011 she became a Board Member of Healthwatch Cheshire East, and a member of the Board of Trustees at both the Rossendale Trust and the Disability Information Bureau.

Tony Burton

Tony Burton
Position: Trustee

Tony was appointed as a Trustee in April 2014. Having worked with a various major consultancy and project delivery organisations in the commercial/private sector Tony brings governance and project management skills to the Trust. He has lived in Macclesfield for over 25 years and is married with two sons.

Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards
Position: Trustee

Andrew was appointed a Trustee in March 2014 having been approached to take the post by Tom Couper, Head of Finance. He has spent the majority of his career in finance in the private hospital industry having worked for BMI Healthcare, Nuffield Hospitals and was involved in the management buy in of Classic Hospitals from BUPA. He is originally from Kent and moved to Macclesfield fifteen years ago as a result of a job move. He is looking forward to being involved with the continued growth of the Trust.

Simon Heapy

Simon Heapy
Position: Trustee

A local lad from Macclesfield, Simon obtained a degree in Media Studies with Business Management from the University before going on to study law at Staffordshire University and becoming a partner at Linder Myers LLP, Manchester. In his spare time Simon enjoys cricket and supporting Macclesfield Town Football Club.

Steve Nichols

Steve Nichols
Position: Chief Executive

Steve was formally appointed to the role of Chief Executive in June 2013. He was previously a Trustee from 2001 and more recently Vice Chairman of the Trust. He is also currently Vice Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Building Society and has held a number of senior positions in the financial services sector. Steve regards his role at Rossendale as a privilege to be able work with the tenants, staff and management on a daily basis. He lives in Leek, Staffordshire.

Andy Caesar

Andy Caesar
Position: Head of Care and Supported Living

Andy started work as a volunteer at Rossendale in 2005, and has subsequently worked on the Oakwood project, and in all of the units as a care support worker and an officer in charge. In January 2009 he was appointed Registered Home Manager at Rossendale Hall, and is now promoted to Head of Care and Supported Living Services. He lives in nearby Langley.

Tel: 01260 251 504

Sue Heaven

Sue Heaven
Position: Head of PR and Fundraising

Sue joined the Trust in February 2011 as Management and Administrative support. Sue brought to the Trust a wide range of experience coming from an owner/entrepreneurial background. She enjoys variety in her work and is a creative team player. Since joining the Trust Sue has been promoted to Head of PR and Fundraising. Sue is an ex-teacher and a valuable member of our enthusiastic forward thinking team.

Tel: 01260 252 216

Thomas Couper

Thomas Couper
Position: Head of Finance

Tom Couper joined the Trust in March 2011 as Operational Accountant having previously worked on the finance/administrative side of the healthcare industry with Westminster Healthcare (Nursing Homes) and Cheadle Royal Hospital, (Private Psychiatric).Since joining the Trust Tom has now been made Head of Finance. Tom was born and educated in Scotland before moving to Cheshire with his family in 1988.

Tel: 01260 251 507

Jan Roberts-Smith

Jan Roberts-Smith
Position: Head of HR and Training

Jan joined the Trust in 2012. She brought a broad range of HR management skills and experience to the organisation, having previously worked as a HR Manager in commercial and public sector organisations, including professional services and education. She enjoys the variety of her role within the Trust and being part of a progressive management team. Jan is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

Tel: 01260 251 503

Simon Potts

Simon Potts
Position: Business Strategy Manager

Simon joined the Trust in October 2011 having spent 25 years working in the textile industry. His most recent position was as Quality Manager at Velcro Limited the UK branch of the famous touch and close fastener manufacturer. Prior to that he spent 15 years working for Selectus Limited in Biddulph in various roles including Shipping Clerk, Customer Service Manager and Technical Support Manager. Simon is a Chartered Member of the CQI and also holds a NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

Tel: 01260 251 502

Louise Coales

Louise Woolley
Position: Quality and Compliance Manager

Louise joined the Trust in August 1999 as a care officer and since then has had various roles at Rossendale. Her current appointment involves monitoring and maintaining compliance and quality throughout the Trust.

Tel: 01260 251 509

Andrea Hill

Andrea Hill
Position: Family Liaison Officer

Andrea brings with her a broad range of experience in adult social care having worked for Cheshire East and in the private sector, gaining experience in managing services in supported living, day care, older people and specialist dementia care, domiciliary care and respite care. Andrea’s heart has always belonged with learning disability though which is where she started out as a care and support worker.

Tel: 01260 252500

Jason Blythe

Jason Blythe
Position: Day Services Manager, Oakwood

Jason joined the trust in January 2003 as a support worker and was promoted to the position of Oakwood Team Leader in September 2007. Jason is now Operations Manager of Oakwood.

Tel: 01260 251 501

Vision

To create an environment in which people can develop and grow, enabling them to have ownership of their own lives and futures.

Mission

To meet the needs of the people in our care by supporting them to live a full and meaningful life.

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