John Church – Chair

Following a successful food industry career with blue chip companies including Spillers, Rank Hovis McDougall and Northern Foods, John made a successful move into business consultancy specialising in Strategic Business Planning and Marketing. This led to the formation of a buying, selling and business support group called Group Tyre where he became Chairman.

John was successfully appointed as the Chair of NHS Western Cheshire (Primary Care Trust) and helped lead the recovery from an inherited £42 million deficit to be the Primary Care Organisation of the year in 2010. John is also a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of Mid Cheshire Hospitals, a Trustee of St Bridget’s Trust, and a director of The Port Grocery (A Community Shop based in Ellesmere Port).

Victor Bodger – Treasurer

Trustee and Treasurer of Save the Family for 6 years. An accountant with a well-known firm of chartered accounts in Chester for 52 years. Specialised in charity accounts, preparation and audit/independent examination. Previously the voluntary county treasurer for a well-known national charity for 14 years. A member of the same national charity’s national audit committee for four years. Previously a foster carer for 12 years, fostered 30+ children.

Janet Butler

Trained and worked as a biochemist before having a family. In more recent years was a school inspector with Ofsted. Lifetime interest in Girlguiding, served as a unit leader and two levels of commissioner. Voluntary service and charity fundraising are current priorities and Janet has been involved with Save the Family for more than 20 years.

Matthew Adam

Matthew is a qualified Systemic Psychotherapist with a background working in inpatient child and adolescent mental health services. For the last two years Matthew has been working in mental health commissioning and has recently begun working as a Systemic Consultant to teams and organisations.

Robert William Burgess

Hons B.A. Leeds University. Career in strategic marketing and sales across Retail, Oil, Performance Chemicals and Service industries. Terms as Churchwarden, Master of Horse for the Sealed Knot Society, Chairman of Cheshire County Historical Association.

Revd Tina Upton

Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Blacon, Chester, where she has developed a community outreach programme. Before ordination, she was a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She is also Trustee of Transforming Lives Together (a joint venture between the Diocese of Chester and Church Urban Fund).

Suzanne Booth

HR Manager, having held many positions in public and private sector organisations. Previously a volunteer at the Countess of Chester Hospital and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

Ruth Ankers

Prior to retirement in 2016, Ruth Ankers worked as a clinical child psychologist for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS FoundationTrust, with a special interest in perinatal and infant mental health. She was also the psychologist consultant to 3 local Family Nurse Partnership programmes which offer support to first time teenage parents, and lectured to midwives and health visitors at the University of Chester. Since retirement Ruth has volunteered at Save the Family, supporting the Children and Families teams, and in July this year she also became a trustee at the Charity.

Sarah Lavender

As a local community resident of Lache for over 30 years, Sarah has always been active in the community dedicated to improving services and outcomes for adults in the area. This led to Sarah recently completing an MA in Social Work and gaining employment with Cheshire West and Chester Council working with adults who experience disability.