Our Trustees

The Management Committee – What We Do

The Being There Management Committee, sometimes referred to as Trustees, is a team of volunteers who provide governance to the charity. They ensure that Being There complies with charity and employment law, is sustainable and financially viable.

CALLplus Chairman – Jim Yates

CALLplus Chairman – Jim Yates

Jim has spent most of his professional career in South Manchester. He relocated here from his native North Eest in 1978.

For the first part of his career, he worked in project management in the process industries contributing to the design and construction of production facilities for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas and food & beverages. This work took him as far afield as Russia and Argentina and as close to home as Trafford Park.

Jim successfully completed an MBA with the Open University in the mid-1990s [Eddie Hurst was one of his tutors]. He has tutored for the Open University since 1997 and has started tutoring with Manchester Metropolitan University in the last two years. He also runs his own management consultancy – Fulcrum Management, working mainly on individual, team and organisational development.

In his spare time, Jim is a keen amateur photographer and enjoys walking in the Peak District. He maintains a keen interest in North East sports and is a fan of the NFL.

CALLplus President – Tom Brown

CALLplus President – Tom Brown

In the early 1980s as a result of his personal experiences with Hodgkin’s disease Tom helped to start CALLplus. In 1985 he helped set up the National Conference of Cancer Self Help Groups and worked as its organiser for seven years. Tom currently works as a freelance computer programmer.

He is now President of CALLplus as he believes it a most worthwhile organisation and is proud to be associated with it, and will do what he can to promote it.

CALLplus Honorary Treasure – Philip Eagle

CALLplus Honorary Treasure – Philip Eagle

Philip Eagle is a Chartered Accountant who is the tax partner at Hallidays a Stockport based Accountancy Firm. Philip agreed to become the Honorary Treasurer after a short period on the CALLplus Management Committee as a general trustee. His accounting background together with experience as a trustee of various client family trusts should be helpful in this role.

As a former client Philip found assistance from CALLplus invaluable when his wife Geraldine (a fellow trustee) became ill. Philip also helps out as an assistant cub leader at his local scout group.

CALLplus Trustee – Professor (Dr) Minaxi Desai, MBBS, FRCPath, CBE

CALLplus Trustee – Professor (Dr) Minaxi Desai, MBBS, FRCPath, CBE

Professor Minaxi Desai was the Clinical Director of the Manchester Cytology Centre at the Manchester Royal Infirmary which was the largest cervical screening laboratory in Europe. She was also appointed as a Director of the Northwest Cytology Training Centre, Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Cancer Sciences at Manchester University and Visiting Professor in the school of Healthcare Sciences at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Mina qualified in Medicine in 1974 from Gujarat University in India. She moved to the UK in 1976 to further qualify in Pathology.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of pathologists of UK.  She has many publications and book chapters in the field of cervical cancer screening and has been the Chief Editor of the Cytopathology journal and Chief Examiner of the European cytology examinations. She is the past president of the British Association of Clinical Cytology and Council member of the European Federation of Cytology Societies.

Outside Manchester, Mina has been actively involved in raising the awareness of cancer screening in the BME communities in Manchester and other parts of UK and rural communities in the developing world.

Mina was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) title in 2011 for services to women’s health and in2012 Erica Wachtel award from the British Association for Cytopathology for the leadership in cytopathology in UK and abroad. In 2012, she was selected as Torch bearer for the London 2012 Olympics due to her contribution in raising awareness of cervical screening in ethnic minority women in UK and in the developing world.

Mina is married with two children and two grandchildren and lives in Manchester. She became a Trustee in 2018.

CALLplus Trustee – Heather Henry

CALLplus Trustee – Heather Henry

Heather is a self-employed health and social care management consultant, having spent 31 years in the NHS as a nurse, manager of services and latterly a commissioner. Heather spent many years working with people with life-limiting conditions. She qualified as a nurse at Manchester Royal Infir- mary, then specialized in cardiothoracic (chest and heart) nursing at Wythenshawe Hospital before working at Longsight Health Centre as practice nurse.

Heather‘s management career has been diverse, but has mostly focused on developing health and social care services in the community. She holds a Masters in Business Administration as well as her first degree in nursing.

Her personal motivation for working with CALLplus followed her experiences of caring for her elderly parents who both had cancer, dementia, arthritis and obstructive airways disease, until their deaths in 2009.

Heather is currently working on a national programme which focuses on addressing health inequali- ties She is passionate about working alongside local people and giving them a voice.

CALLplus Trustee – Edward Hurst

CALLplus Trustee – Edward Hurst

Eddie is a mostly retired organisation development and training consultant and university associate lecturer. He worked in the NHS in two careers for almost 35 years. Eddie trained and worked at the Christie Hospital in Manchester in a department responsible for preparing patients for certain types of radiotherapy treatments for over 28 years and then after developing an interest in training and development  and doing post graduate qualifications moved into training and senior management roles in the Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Health Services in Southport and Formby.

Towards the end of his career at the Christie Eddie started to work as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University and the Open University Business School in Systems Thinking and Practice and Creativity and Innovation.

After some ill health Eddie retired from the NHS in 1997 but continued to tutor for the University. He also developed his Organisation and Training Consultancy and became involved with CALL and CALLplus when one of the Trustees asked him if he would help the organisation with their business planning and development.

Eddie worked with CALLplus on a voluntary basis for three years on and off but had to step back when he and his wife went through some health problems themselves about three years ago.  Happily these issues have now eased and Eddie has been very keen to get back involved and help Being There as we go through some challenging times.

CALLplus Trustee – Elliott Walker

Elliott is an Associate Director working in the residential property sector, based in Manchester City Centre but his job often takes him to property events overseas. Originally from London, Elliott relocated to the North West in 2017.

Losing his mother to Lymphoma at a very early age, Elliott has always had a passion for charitable causes and has been a great supporter of various cancer related charities. His work has included several years of volunteering at Marie Curie and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in London. Here he offered support to event organisers and fundraisers, large and small. Over the years Elliott has organised various successful charity events himself, ranging from black tie balls, to marathon football matches. He has also taken part in a charity trek along the Inca Trail in Peru.

Elliott lives with his family is Wilmslow and in his spare time loves to cook and take the family daschund on long walks. He also remains an avid supporter of Arsenal football club, which he keep a little more quiet about now he lives in the North West!