Mr Watkins is senior partner and head of Sport at Brabners LLP Solicitors in Manchester. He is also currently Chairman of British Swimming and the Rugby League European Federation as well as serving as President of the British Association for Sport and Law and as a director of Lancashire County Cricket Club. A former director of Manchester United, where he gave 28 years’ service, Maurice is also Chairman of Governors at The Manchester Grammar School and Chairman of New Islington Free School project. Maurice has extensive personal involvement and experience with charitable causes on a national and regional level and in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List was awarded a CBE for his services to charity. He also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by University College London and in 2014 he was voted Who’s Who International Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the year.
Mr David Cain
Deputy Chairman of Charitable Fundraising Board
David is Deputy Chairman of the Charitable Fundraising Board and a former NHS Chief Executive.
David is currently the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust , a Board Member and Chair of the Executive of the Oxford Road Corridor and Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy. On a National basis, David is Chairman of the Pain Relief Foundation Charity, Vice Chairman of Managers in Partnership (MiP) and represents the NHS on the Executive of the First Division Association of Civil servants. Locally David serves as a Governor of the Ronald McDonald House (Manchester) Charity and is Deputy Chairman of the Alex Group Care Home for disabled adults.
Mr Paul Horrocks DL
Paul is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Manchester Evening News. He is currently a Partner at Bury based media strategy company Essential Comms and a partner at communications strategy and media training company, Gordon Burns Partnership. Paul is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, a member of the Greater Manchester Police Crime Commissioner Ethics Committee and is a Trustee of the Fusilier Museum in Bury.
Ms Carol Smith
Carol has a wealth of experience in the communications and marketing sector working with clients across a variety of industries. Her experience has led her to become Strategic Business Development Director and Head of Brand Engagement at WRG.
Professor Danny Keenan
Professor Keenan studied Medicine & Surgery at Queens University, Belfast (1975). He acquired his basic surgical skills dealing with the aftermath of the IRA terror campaign. He subsequently trained in both the UK and USA and was appointed in 1985, consultant to the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
His work is specialised in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery but with a special interest in complex revision surgery. He helped found the Manchester Heart centre, is honorary Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery to the University of Manchester and advises NHS England.