The Panel

Voting Members

Layla Barke-Jones – Secretary
Layla moved to the local area ten years ago where she lives with her husband and daughters. Layla is a solicitor specialising in occupational disease litigation and training. She works for a corporate international law firm with a number of valued local and global clients. Layla has worked in the legal sector for 12 years including for the Charity Commission. Layla is also a non-executive director for a national company. She enjoys travelling, music, sport – particularly football and good food (and wine!).

Andy Chappell – IT
Andy moved with his family to Frodsham in the summer of 2009 and has a son studying at Helsby High school having attended Frodsham Manor House school.  Andy brings 25 years of experience in project and programme delivery in a variety of technology industries. In his spare time Andy enjoys exploring the Cheshire countryside on a bike either on or off road.

Will Cook – Vice Chair
As a local resident, Will is particularly keen for communities, organisations and other groups to take advantage of the Marshes CBF scheme. Working in the financial sector, across charitable, not-for-profit and voluntary entities, he brings knowledge of funding and allocation processes, together with an appreciation of fundraising, grant-giving and the difference that funding partnerships like this can make to projects.

Michael Garvey – Treasurer
Mike has lived in the area for nearly twenty years, firstly in Frodsham before moving to Helsby some ten years ago. His two children attended Kingsley Community Primary School before studying at Helsby High School. For over thirty years he has worked for Merseyside Police, retiring as a Detective Sergeant in 2009, but continues to be employed by them. Mike enjoys the challenge of resolving differing and demanding priorities, something that has always occupied his professional life. He spends his spare time on supporting community based groups on a range of issues.

Sue Sljivic – Communications
Sue moved to Frodsham in 1989 when she established the Helsby office of RSK Environment Limited. She is a farmers daughter and a Chartered Landscape Architect.  Most of her experience has been spent working on large scale energy projects such as pipelines, oilfields, wind farms and power stations.  She has provided advice on the planning and consents process, community consultation, environmental impact and implementation and management of mitigation measures. Sue is a keen gardener and rows on the River Weaver with Runcorn Rowing club. She has two grown up children who attended Helsby Day Nursery (since closed), St Lukes and Helsby High School.

Dianne Walker – Chair
A Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of post-qualification experience, Dianne trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manchester. Since forming her own practice, Dianne has been a trusted advisor to a variety of businesses in the private sector, advising them on the integrity of their financial statements, investment appraisals, internal controls and strategies for dealing with risk. Dianne has lived in Helsby for over 20 years with her husband and two children and likes to support local community voluntary groups where possible.

Jack Watson – Communications
As a student paramedic, Jack is completing a DipHE Paramedic Practice at Liverpool John Moores University where he undertakes placements with North West Ambulance Service and other healthcare providers. With an interest in digital marketing, he has run his own business for several years and continues to do so – supporting local SME’s. Away from academic & enterprise interests, Jack has worked with a global social enterprise, national charity and local authority on various youth engagement, representation and consultancy-based projects. Jack has grown up in the local area and studied at Helsby High School.

Helsby High School #1 & #2

Helsby High school have 2 voting representatives on the panel

Non Voting Members

Eve Dougherty – Helsby High School Chaperone

Stephen Snowdon  – Frodsham Wind Farm Limited

Communication with Panel Members

Panel Members will not enter into individual correspondence, all such inquiries should be directed using the Contact page on this web site.

Panel Membership

The Panel is closed to new members now.

Applications for membership will only be considered should a vacancy arise; details of which will be posted here. Please do not submit applications or CVs for Panel membership until an invitation is made on this website.

We currently invite applications from candidates who live within the region and have experience in voluntary sector funding, grant assessment and public relations.