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 Charity Fundraising Board
David is Deputy Chairman of the Charitable Fundraising Board and is a former NHS Chief Executive of three NHS Trusts in the North West.
David is currently a Board member of the Corridor Manchester Partnership Company, Deputy Chairman of the Manchester College Group, Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy and on the National Executive of both the NHS Managers in Partnership ( MiP) and the First Division Association of the Senior Civil Service ( FDA) representing the North West Region. He works extensively with Charities including acting as a Trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Pain Relief Foundation, a Governor of Ronald McDonald House (Manchester) Charity and a Trustee and Treasurer of the Alex Group Care home for disabled adults.
Ms Carol Smith
Co-founder of the Haybarn Group, Carol was formerly Strategic Business Development Director and Head of Brand Engagement at WRG. Previously she was Managing Director of TBWA. She then moved to McCann Erickson and led the drive into Social Marketing where the emphasis was on effective behaviour change for a variety of clients including the NHS and the COI.
She has a wealth of leadership and communications experience gained across a wide range of sectors. She is passionate about working with clients to develop programmes that deliver deeper employee engagement. She specialises in running growth planning workshops on brand development and communications.
Rachael is an entrepreneur and from the age of 19 she ran a successful events company called Strawberry Promotions. She has a wealth of experience and contacts in promotions.
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.