Our Trustees

Our voluntary board members are from a diverse backgrounds and govern the charity.

Bruce Bissell (Chair)

Joining in July 2010, Bruce’s career in the pharmaceutical industry took him to the top of a global company where he sat as HR Director. Recently retired, he brings his business planning and HR expertise to Beacon, and sits on the Business Planning Committee, HR & Governance committee.

Deborah Cowsill

Joining the Board in 2015, Deborah is a business executive, leader and coach, with 20 years’ experience across a variety of medium sized businesses, charities and social enterprises, primarily in manufacturing, social housing, and medical education. Working as an interim Director and management consultant, Deborah’s work focuses on enabling organisations to grow beyond their limits and people to achieve their ambitions. Deborah specialties include leadership & performance; business vision, strategy & planning; marketing and operations; and Board management and governance.  Deborah currently works as Operations Director for a pressure regulator manufacturer supplying the oil and gas markets.  As a NLP practitioner and executive coach, Deborah knows the value counselling creates in supporting individuals to grow.

Steve Ellis

Steve spent 40 years in Project Management in Information Services and Outsourcing, progressing to European Programme Director for Unisys Processing Services – a specialist division working within the financial sector. He brings his project, organisational and process improvement skills to Beacon and sits on the Business Planning and Finance committees.

Alan Hewitson

Alan had a 52-year career in the insurance industry, retiring in 2006, and joined Beacon in 2007 as a volunteer receptionist. He became Beacon Volunteer of the Year in 2008, and joined the board as a trustee later that year, becoming Chairman of Beacon in July 2009. Alan sits on the HR & Governance and Fundraising subcommittees.

Liz Hitch

Liz has lived in the Bramhall area for over 30 years and joined Beacon as a trustee in 2014 after a 35-year career as a teacher at a local secondary school. Working as a head of year, she has gained experience of some of the issues young people face in and out of school and an appreciation of the important role Beacon plays.

Brian McCluggage

Brian joined the trustees in 2009 and, as a practising barrister, brings his legal knowledge to bear on a range of areas for Beacon. Brian also sits on the HR & Governance committee, assisting in HR matters and ensuring that the development and health of the board as a whole is a focus for the future.

Joan Tsalikis

A trustee of Beacon for 15 years, and a previous chair for 6 years, Joan is one of the more experienced trustees. Joan’s background is in teaching, and was teacher at a school for children with learning disabilities. Her interest in the welfare of young people remains, and she sits on the Young Beacon committee.

James Harper (General Manager)

James has worked in the charitable sector for 15 years, the last 9 as the lead at Beacon Counselling.  In the distant past he studied chemistry, then worked in a range of roles in the private sector, and also qualified as a counsellor.  He brings his passion for counselling and love of the sector to this role, along with expertise in developing projects and organisations.

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