Our people

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Our team

The entrepreneurial Capacity team is based in the Cunard Building in Liverpool. Between them they have decades of experience working in the Liverpool City Region.

The Capacity team won the ‘Innovative New Idea’ award at the Finance for the Future Awards 2016. The award celebrates the year’s most innovative new idea with the potential to have a tangible impact on society, in line with the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Chris Catterall

Chief Executive

Chris developed The Reader from a University of Liverpool ‘Spin-Out’, to a national social business that pioneered the use of shared reading to support health and wellbeing. Chris tripled revenue through activity in health, justice and education and diversified The Reader’s offer through the acquisition of Calderstones Mansion House. This involved a £5m capital fundraising programme and the creation of three new social enterprises.

Chris Catterall

Grace Nolan

Business Manager

Grace joined the Lab in February 2017 having worked in the private sector managing new business income streams for software company IRIS Group Ltd, where she specialised in finance and pensions. A former English Literature teacher, Grace taught for two years in Abu Dhabi - following her graduation from the University of Liverpool - before returning her focus to teaching and recruiting international students in Liverpool, at local academy Liverpool College.

Grace Nolan

Michelle Corrigan

Director of Service & System Design

Michelle joined Capacity after six years at PSS, one of Liverpool’s oldest health and social care charities. She worked in operations, then as Business Development Manager responsible for securing funding for existing services. She led the development of many new services including a hospital based domestic abuse service, expansion of the Shared Lives service and redesigning the Family Impact services. Prior to PSS, Michelle worked on national public health campaigns and has an MSc in International Public Health from Liverpool John Moores University.

Michelle Corrigan

Laura McCumiskey

Service Design Manager

Laura joined the Capacity team from social enterprise, Can Cook where she developed and implemented new, socially focussed food services for the education sector and older people in the Liverpool City Region. Prior to working with Can Cook, Laura worked on the Health and Wellbeing portfolio at Merseyside investment charity, One Ark, developing capacity within third sector organisations and designing services that created valuable social impact in the region. Laura also sits on the Board of School for Social Entrepreneurs North West.

Laura McCumiskey

Phil Hill

Director of Transformation

Phil joined Capacity from The Hica Group, where he sat on the Executive Board and held responsibility for business development as well as partnership agreements with Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, CCG’s, Housing Associations and investors. He was also responsible for the profitability of two villages and six extra-care developments which included the commissioning and ongoing management of the multi-award winning and pioneering specialist dementia care facility, Buckshaw Retirement Village – a £35 million Capital project widely regarded as one of the UK’s most progressive leaders in innovation in dementia care.

Phil Hill

Our board

Christopher Graham

Chair

Christopher recently completed a seven-year term as Information Commissioner. In 2016, he was appointed Vice-President of the Council of Liverpool University where he was once a student – and President of the Guild of Undergraduates, 1971-2. He sat on Liverpool City Council from 1971-1974, serving on the Social Services and Education Committees.

Christopher Graham

Chris Wright

Board Member Representative

Chris leads a team of 1,800 staff and volunteers at Catch22 that in 2014/15 supported 41,722 people in over 100 locations. Originally a probation officer, in 1999 Chris established Nottingham's first multi-agency Youth Offending Team. From there he moved to the Youth Justice Board as Head of Performance where he led on developing and implementing a performance management framework for the Youth Justice System. He joined Rainer in 2006, which became Catch22 in 2008. Chris is an advocate for social enterprises playing a key role in the delivery of public services.

Chris Wright

Jim Perrie

Board Member Representative

Jim is the Big Society Capital representative on the Board. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant he moved into industry where he held a number of roles as Financial Director and Chief Executive in both public and private businesses. In 2003 he set up his own consulting business and has provided interim management and business improvement consultancy to large organisations, including public service organisations. Working with United Utilities, Serco, Mouchel and others he has been involved in criminal justice, education, and social welfare sectors. Jim has a wealth of experience in business improvement, business design and outsourcing. He was a trustee of an educational charity for 10 years, has chaired the ICAEW Corporate Responsibility Committee, and is a former member of the ICAS Technical Committee.

Jim Perrie

Neil Rutledge

Board Member Representative

Neil has spent 20 years developing public-private partnerships across regeneration, social and economic infrastructure as well as frontline delivery contracts in probation, diagnostic services, waste collection and enterprise growth. A chartered accountant, Neil is a Director of Clubfinance Project Finance Ltd, an accountancy practice that provides financial advice and modelling services primarily to investors and project sponsors. Neil is also a Director of Amberside Capital, a fund manager with a focus on social investment from individuals in projects with social impact.

Neil Rutledge

Yvonne Thomas

Board Member Representative

Yvonne is motivated to transform public service delivery with her knowledge and skills in policy, strategy and operational delivery. Since joining Interserve in 2011, Yvonne and her team have built the Justice business from start-up to a mature business employing 2,500 probation professionals delivering services to 40,000 offenders at any one time. She is responsible for Interserve's colleges in Saudi Arabia where vocational training is provided to over 3,000 young men and women. Prior to this she was responsible for the commissioning and operational delivery of prison, probation and public protection services at the Ministry of Justice, and is formerly a Director of BT UK. Yvonne is also a mentor and a volunteer.

Yvonne Thomas

Maxine Ennis

Independent Board Member

Maxine is the Chief Executive Officer of Rotunda Ltd, a community anchor organisation based in Kirkdale, North Liverpool, which she has taken from grant dependency to sustainability over the past 8 years. Maxine has worked across private, public and third sector during her career and has become an ambassador for the growth and development of the third sector. She represented the community/third sector on Liverpool City strategy groups including the Green and Open Spaces Strategy Group where she developed the engagement strategy for parks and green areas of Liverpool and is currently an independent board member on the city’s Rough Sleepers Task Group. As a well-respected social entrepreneur, Maxine provides inspirational talks across the UK on the development of the third sector and CSR to private, public and third sector audiences.

Maxine Ennis

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Public Services Lab
2nd Floor, Cunard building
Water Street, Liverpool
L3 1QB

Email: Grace.Nolan@capacitylab.co.uk
Telephone: 0151 236 1664

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