The charity was founded in 1987


Rob Walker (2010)

Chair from 2013

Rob is a retired GP who initially practiced in Workington for 17 years, then became PCT Medical Director for Primary Care in Cumbria, returning to general practice in 2005 until 2014.

He has been involved in GP training and education, was a member of a NICE Guideline Panel and an external examiner for the Irish College of General Practice. Rob has had extensive management and strategic planning experience and for over 30 years, he also broadcast regularly as Radio Doctor for BBC Radio Cumbria. Rob lives in Workington.



Steve Bostock (2010)

Steve is the Deputy Director, Spent Fuels Management, at Sellafield. He is a Chartered Engineer with a background of 21 years in the nuclear Industry in West Cumbria and the USA, with experience of managing a very large site. Steve has HR experience and lives in Cockermouth.



Dennis Lydon (2012)

Dennis is a retired Senior Manager from International Chemical Company, Albright and Wilson, where he worked for 33 years. Dennis has experience in IT and Logistics and has been a volunteer fundraiser since 2010. Dennis lives in Dean.



Joanne Bowe (2014)

Joanne is Head of NSBS HR Services at Sellafield with a range of experience across HR and business support services. Joanne lives in Cockermouth.




John Knewstubb (2015)

John is a retired Teacher of modern languages. John volunteers in our Whitehaven charity shop and at many fundraising events. John lives in St Bees.



Sarah Taylor Howe Sarah Taylor-Howe (2018)

Sarah is a Senior Manager with Cumbria Health on Call, having previously worked for the local Primary Care Trust. Sarah has a BA (Hons) in Business Management and has recently gained a Masters in Leadership and Management at distinction grade. Sarah is experienced in a wide remit of business functions such as governance, CQC regulations, mock CQC inspections, rota management, examination of new business opportunities and growth through innovation. She has a passion about health services within Cumbria, seeing many changes and consequently understands first-hand the challenges faced. Sarah lives in Renwick, Eden Valley.


Bill Mavir Bill Mavir (2018)

Bear with us…..Bill’s biog is on it’s way



Sian Beaty

Sian Beaty (2018)

Bear with us…..Sian’s biog is on it’s way



Janet Ferguson Janet Ferguson (2018)

Janet has recently retired after many years working in health care. Following qualification as a Registered General Nurse in Edinburgh she worked as a specialist nurse in Scotland before moving back to Cumbria in 1998 to work in Palliative Care; her jobs have included working as a specialist nurse, managing hospice at home services, leading Cumbria NHS specialist palliative care teams and Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. Further qualifications include post graduate certificate in health research, post graduate diploma in health care management and masters in pain management. Janet lives near Cockermouth.



Dawn Elliott is our Company Secretary.