Meet our Trustees

Ed Robinson – Treasurer

Although born in Dublin , I have lived my entire life in Liverpool , educated in local primary and Grammar schools.

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse back in the dark ages  I was later a partner in a smallish firm in Liverpool, KNB . I then started my own firm , Edward Robinson & Co in 1978, built it up into a four partner firm which I then sold out to my younger partners in 2010, since then I have acted as a Consultant to a handful of clients , I have also acted as a Trustee and Treasurer to Bradbury Fields a local charity for blind and visually impaired people in Merseyside. I also spend some time as a volunteer for Marie Curie.

I have two adult daughters who have their own families , they are spread in far flung corners of the world – Melbourne , Australia, and in Singapore. I spend what little spare time I have listening to music and playing some bad golf.

Mark Blundell

I’m a McDonald’s Franchisee in Liverpool and I’m married to my wife Jane who also works in the business and have two children Lucy and William (Lucy recently joining us as People Manager). I began my McDonald’s career over 20 years ago, working through all operational positions to Director of Operations for the Northern region responsible for over 200 restaurants, company and Franchised.

I’ve been fortunate enjoy a career which has given me the opportunity to develop different skills. I was seconded to Chicago to work on the acquisition of Partner brands have undertaken a company-wide role as the Head of National Operations, and more recently as Head of Human Resources for the organisation and 100000 restaurant and corporate staff.

In May 2012 I became a Franchisee in Liverpool and employ approximately 600 staff. I’m a team player with a background in business and HR with skills in marketing and all aspects of setting up and running a business and because my business is very much grounded in the local area and its people. It’s a great honour to support the charity which is an integral part of the local community.

Alison Pope

Alison graduated from Leeds University BA (Hons) Economics and Accounting and, after graduation, worked in the City of London for HSBC where she qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. Alison is also a Chartered Company Secretary and has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of sectors including defence, construction and financial services as well as in the charity sector.

Alison is an active volunteer for the Royal British Legion in a number of roles, including Treasurer for one of its four Poppy Break Centres in the UK. She is also a Trustee Director of the Southport Flower Show.

Alison is delighted to be involved in supporting the work of Ronald McDonald House, as part of the Board of Trustees, to ensure that the House remains financially viable and it has sufficient resources available to be able to continue to make the huge difference that it does to so many families at very difficult times in their lives.

Carol Hart

I joined the Charity, just after the House was built, over 23 years ago. I have been Treasurer and Company Secretary during my time at Mac House and the work we do with families continues to inspire me. So much so that, after 25 years of senior positions at Barclays Bank, I left banking to work in the charitable sector. I have worked as Finance Director for a number of charities over the last 15 years

I find it very rewarding to use my skills and experience for the benefit of Mac House and it’s families

Neil Williams – Chair

Neil has over 36 years of Banking experience with Barclays, he currently manages a high value portfolio of public sector clients for the Corporate Bank and is industry lead for the charitable sector in the North West.

In addition to being chair of trustees Neil leads the finance team at a Wirral primary school having been a school governor for the past 15 years.

Sarah Carter

I graduated with a BA Hons in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Lancashire. After graduation I joined McDonald’s trainee manager scheme. Over the years I’ve worked in and around the North West region in a number of different roles. I’m currently an Operations Manager supporting 50 company owned restaurants in the Liverpool, Lancashire and Greater Manchester area.

As a business we’ve always been massive supporters of RMHC and our staff work tirelessly to raise funds to provide free “home from home” accommodation for families with children in hospital. I see it as a great way of giving back to the communities in which we operate.
On a personal level I’ve seen how Mac House can help families. Like a lot of people, the house provided accommodation to my Auntie when her Grandson was in Alder Hey. It really does make a difference.

Paula Cole

I got involved with the house about 4 years ago. I was born and brought up in Liverpool and whilst my 3 daughters have (fortunately) never needed treatment in hospital, a number of my family members have children or grandchildren who were patients at Alder Hey and they have stayed in the house. Everyone I know who has stayed in the house speaks fondly of the support and help the team gave to them at a very difficult time in their lives.

I am an employment lawyer and so I am lucky that I have been able to use my skills to help to support team at the house and in my small way – help to keep the house running.

Fred Jones

I am a retired Construction Manager and have been involved with The Ronald McDonald House since its inception. I was asked by my employer McDonalds if I would Project Manage the construction of the initial house. After the opening I sat on the house Committee for several years and this help me understand what a calming influence the House was to families with sick children in the Hospital.

I am one of the longest serving Trustees of the Ronald house and since I joined the Board I have also Project Managed the construction of RMH 2 and RMH 3 together with the Major Refurbishment of the first House incorporating en-suite facilities to all rooms. Over the last 25 years I have never lost the enthusiasm of providing a “ Home from Home “ for our families at one of the most stressful and challenging time in their lives.

Kathryn Camden

A Graduate Engineer from the University of Birmingham (1996), I began my career within Manufacturing as a Production Manager with Northern Foods Plc. After 5 years within Engineering / Manufacturing role, an opportunity presented itself which led me into a role within HR. I completed a MSc in HRM (University of Salford) in 2004, a year in which I undertook my first HR Leadership role on a Senior Leadership Team. After 9 years with Northern Foods, I continued working within an FMCG environment for Associated British Foods (ABF) as HR Manager for the Jordans & Ryvita Company, with responsibility for 3 Manufacturing Plants.

I began my career with Danone in 2011 working for the Medical Division. I have been in my current post since June 2014. In my current role, I form part of the Global HR Board for the Medical Division; the UK & Ireland HR Board and partner the Nutricia Leadership Team. I have a passion for Learning & Development, Engagement and Coaching (Pg Dip Executive Coaching – Henley Business School).
Outside of work, I am Mum to 3 “super-fit” (William 15, Hannah 11 & Jacob 8) children and dedicate much of my leisure time to their pursuits either sitting by a swimming pool, standing by a football pitch or watching the children competing in Triathlons. On the rare occasion I take time for me, I love spending time with my friends and family enjoying great food and a glass of wine, not forgetting a mulled wine on the ski slopes.

Stuart Russell

Stuart joined the board of trustees in the Summer of 2017. His first connection with the house was as a resident for 9 weeks in 2009 whilst his son was on the cardiac ward. Since then he has been an active fundraiser and even ran the London Marathon for us in 2015 – and has signed up again for 2018!

Stuart is a qualified accountant, working for a major Facilities Management business, and previously for a well-known football club (though not in Liverpool!!). As a result he sits on our Budget and Audit committee.

It is important that the board can understand how their decisions impact on the families that stay in the house, and Stuart is able to give us this perspective.

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