Our Trustees

Alison Gilmore, Treasurer

Alison Gilmore


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Alison has been managing the prestigious Imperial Hotel in Blackpool for 10 years (with the exception of 18 months where she trained as a sparky-but that’s another story!). Hotels have been her life and she trained in hospitality in Blackpool before taking her first hotel management position in Cardiff. Her career has taken her all around the country until she ended up back in her beloved town. Her business acumen has been recognised on numerous occasions, being awarded “Hotel of the Year” in her previous company,and “General Manager of the year” in her current role.

The Imperial is the most famous of Blackpool’s hostelries and has itself won many awards over the last 10 years, currently holding the title of “Best Hotel” in the recent Culture and Lifestyle Awards. Alison herself has embraced the town in her 10 years and is recognised locally for her work in Tourism. She says “Blackpool is a truly magical tourism destination with some of the best hospitality staff in the world. However many of these people have to deal with challenges at home and they juggle their careers along with caring for their families; they are amazing people who manage to keep a warm and genuine smile on their faces for our visitors. We must support them as much as we can”.

Claire van Deurs Goss, Trustee

Claire van Deurs Goss


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I have been a Governor at St Nicholas Primary School for almost 6 years and a police officer for 17 years.

I feel honoured to be able to get involved with Blackpool Carers. It’s something new to me but something I care very much about having been in many houses over the years where children have had huge responsibility for the day to day running of their homes and the caring of their parents.

I’m very much looking forward to a new challenge and definitely raising awareness and I’m sure, some much needed funds along the way too!!

Howard Lewis, Trustee

Howard Lewis


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John Topping, Trustee

John Topping


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I am 62 years old, born and educated around Preston. Teacher training was at the City of Leeds and Carnegie College until 1978. I worked in secondary education for 41 years in schools. The first half of my career was in schools across Morecambe, Lancaster, Oxford, Buckinghamshire, Preston. Since 1997 I have been a senior leader in Blackpool schools till my retirement in 2016. From 2016 I am semi-retired, working three days per week as Community Relations and Estates Lead across the ten schools of our local Fylde Coast Academy Trust. I have been involved with various Blackpool Mayors’ Charity Committees helping raise much needed funds for local causes, including Blackpool Carers. As an active Freemason along with my son, we champion the work of carers to our masonic groups raising awareness and increasing donations to Blackpool Carers Centre.

Paul Jebb OStJ MA BSc(Hons) DipHE RN, Chair of Trustees

Paul Jebb OStJ MA BSc(Hons) DipHE RN

Chair of Trustees

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Paul qualified as a nurse in 1996 and worked in numerous posts within nursing including Modern Matron and Senior Nurse Manager, as well as a period in operational management. Then in 2010 Paul became the Assistant Director of Nursing & Head of Patient experience at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT. From October 2014, Paul undertook a secondment to the National Patient Experience team at NHS England as Experience of Care Professional Lead. Paul has been involved and led on numerous quality improvement initiatives throughout his career, and has gained the extra mile award by the motor neurone disease Association, in 2012 Paul was winner of a national Patient Safety Award, and in 2014 Paul and his team won a national healthcare communications award for best engagement. Paul is also an ambassador for the Mary Secole Statue Appeal.

In February 2014 Paul was honoured to be offered an Honorary Senior Lectureship at the University of Central Lancashire. Paul is also a member of an NMC advisory panel to give strategic direction to the NMC Executive team and to improve the dialogue between the NMC and leaders in the professions and to ensure expertise is brought to bear on NMC work. Paul has interests outside the workplace and has represented the Royal College of Nursing at local, regional national and international levels, is a member of Nursing Standard Editorial Advisory Board. Paul also judges several national awards including the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.Paul has also been the Assistant Chief Nurse (Head of Workforce) for St John Ambulance (England & the Islands), and has held other voluntary roles. In 2012 he was honoured with the award of ‘Officer of the Order of St John’.

Sarah Lambert, Vice Chair of Trustees

Sarah Lambert

Vice Chair of Trustees

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After leaving University with an Honours and Masters Degree, Sarah has worked with children and young people all her career starting as a teacher and moving on to being a Head teacher of a nursery school. For the last 16 years she has been a senior manager in Children’s Services for Blackpool Council where she was the lead for early years and childcare, parenting and family support, family learning, Children’s Centres and the Young Carers contract.

Whilst with the Council she led and implemented many large scale projects across the Borough. Having recently written a successful £45 million Big Lottery bid for families who have children from conception to three years old, she is now seconded to the NSPCC delivering the work of the bid.

Tony Ward BSc (Hons), MBCS, Ch. Eng., Trustee

Tony Ward BSc (Hons), MBCS, Ch. Eng.


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Tony headed a number of R and D projects that contributed towards BAe becoming a systems company. This was recognised with national roles chairing the EPSRC Systems Engineering Committee, leading the allocation of an annual £50 million budget of research grants to all UK universities, and sitting on the DTI’s IT Advisory Board. Prior to that Tony ran teams flight testing Jaguar and Tornado. Latterly Tony was responsible for IT strategy for the Military Aircraft Division and finally managed a programme of Business Process Engineering across the company for a number of years.

Since retiring from BAe Systems Tony has held roles in a number of community organisations engaged in improving services for older people and promoting intergenerational activities in schools. He was chair of the Wyre Senior Forum, vice chair of Wyre Together and represented Wyre on the Lancashire Fifty Plus Assembly.