The Panel

Voting Members

Joyce Bailey – PR & Community Engagement
With over 25 years’ experience working within the social care sector, Joyce is a Project Manager for a fostering and adoption agency. A Helsby resident for 19 years, Joyce’s children attended Hillside Primary and Helsby High School, and all have been involved in many arts, sports and other community projects and events over the years. This gives her an insight as to how such projects are beneficial, not only to the local, but also neighbouring communities. Joyce is a foster carer, providing long term therapeutic care to young people with emotional and behavioural issues.

Laura Baynham-Hughes – Panel Member
Laura joined the panel in March 2024 and has over 15 years experience working for both national and regional charities, where she managed Fundraising teams and large corporate accounts. After retraining she now runs her own Upholstery business in Frodsham. Laura moved to Frodsham 15 years ago from London and is an active member of the local community. Her children have attended Frodsham Manor House Primary and are now both at Helsby High School. She enjoys running, especially up mountains, and is an active member of Helsby Running club, where until recently she was Race Director for the club’s Half Marathon.

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.

Andrew Jones – Chair
Andrew joined the panel as Chair in 2021. He grew up in Elton and Frodsham and attended St Lukes primary school and Frodsham High School. He moved back to the area in 2017 and lives with his fiancée and young daughter. Andrew has 25 years experience in finance, with 15 years as a Finance Director in a variety of SME’s and multi-national organisations. He currently works as a consultant providing tailored finance guidance to a number of organisations in the North West.

Sheila Shaw – Secretary
Sheila joined the Panel as Secretary in October 2022. She grew up in Frodsham, attending local schools and joining in local activities. After several years living near Manchester, Sheila returned to Frodsham in 2009 with her husband and (then) young family who have since also attended local schools and enjoyed a range of local activities and are now in their late teens. Sheila is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in employment law, representing both employers and employees. She now assists the Panel as Secretary, in accordance with the MCBF constitution, in its continuing support of local organisations and groups.

Laura Watson – Panel Member
Laura attended Helsby High School and Helsby Sixth Form, completing her studies in Summer 2023. She was a Helsby High School voting representative in 2022/23 and now rejoins the Panel in March 2024 after enjoying such an engaging and insightful experience previously. Growing up locally on her family’s farm, Laura has been surrounded by the community her whole life and is eager to learn and contribute more. She is now completing a Degree Apprenticeship, working as an Auditor alongside completing her professional Accountancy qualifications.

Helsby High School #1 & #2

Helsby High school have 2 voting representatives on the panel

Non Voting Members

Helsby High School Chaperone

Natural Power Services 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

Candidates who live within the MCBF region and who have experience in volunteer fund raising, project management, grant assessment and public relations should send a detailed CV and a covering letter to the Chair, at for consideration in the event a vacancy arises. Applicants who are considered suitable will be contacted directly. The decision of the Panel on appointment of a new Member to the Fund will be final.