Meet the board of trustees

Neil Smith (MBA)

Chairman of the board of Trustees

Neil retired from the Lancashire Constabulary as a Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander in April 2009, with 36 years operational policing and organisational management experience. During his police career Neil worked across all areas of Lancashire as a Senior Detective with direct responsibility for the Investigation of Serious, Series and Complex Crime.  As a Senior Investigating Office and latterly as the Divisional Commander of the East Lancashire Policing areas. Neil has extensive operational and managerial experience of Public Protection investigations including Child Protection, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Exploitation.

Presented with the Queen’s Nursing Award for ‘Innovation’ for his contribution to working with young and adult offenders with drug and alcohol addictions. This award recognised the commitment to the collaborative partnership working of public private and voluntary sector organisations to achieve positive outcomes for people with a drug and alcohol challenges.

During 2009 to 2012, Neil worked as an independent senior advisor, to the Home Office and Ministry of Justice to develop the National Integrated Offender Management Key Operating Principles, and National Self-Assessment Tool Kits; Statutory and Non Statutory Criminal Justice Agencies now extensively use these. This work enabled Neil to develop an extensive and wide-ranging professional network across the public, private and voluntary sector on a National footprint.

He is currently supporting NHS England – as the Strategic Lead for Multi Agency Development for the Integrated Care System(ICS) across Lancashire and South Cumbria with National leadership responsibility for Suicide Prevention. Neil is an active community volunteer he has been the Chairman of Red Rose Recovery Charity Board of Trustees Chairman for the past 5 years.

Dr John Richmond

Member of the Board of Trustees

 Dr John Richmond is a General Practitioner who specialised in Substance Misuse and was a Forensic Physician and Sexual Offences examiner over a 17 year period. He also worked as a Prison GP. He now works for the University of Central Lancashire as a Senior Clinical Lecturer.

He was a founder of Delphi Medical Consultants, a trainer for the Royal College of General Practitioner’s Substance Misuse and Alcohol Treatment courses and a Father of three.

He is a keen amateur musician and music producer and works consistently at keeping fit and healthy.

He believes strongly in the power of culture over statistics and that the reasons for everything we do are found in the stories we tell.

tom woodcock

Member of the Board of Trustees

Tom has worked in many different public sector and VCSE roles for more than thirty years around homelessness, addiction, mental health, community development, and the criminal justice system.

As a commissioner in Lancashire, he worked with service users to establish the Lancashire User Forum and then set up Red Rose Recovery to build capacity in the recovery community across the county. He is committed to social justice and creating opportunities for people to grow together.

Tom is an innovator and whilst a lot of his ideas are plain daft he also has some good ones.

amanda webster

Member of the Board of Trustees

Amanda Webster is a Solicitor in commercial practice and a Director of law firm Harrison-Drury, based in Lancashire and Cumbria.  During her legal career, spanning some 35 years, she has developed specialisms in regulatory law and commercial litigation. She is the Training Principal for the practice and Head of Professional Development, supporting the recruitment and development of the next generation of Lawyers.

Amanda has combined her legal career with service in the public and charitable sectors. She is a Deputy District Judge, sitting in the Civil and Family Courts and a Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal. She is also a Lay Member of the General Optical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel and a member the Quality Assurance Board of the Witness Intermediary Scheme and its Lead for Quality Assurance.

Her role as Vice Chair of Lancashire Police Authority and later, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, saw her focussing on effective service design and partnership working to improve criminal justice and protect vulnerable people. She has maintained a similar focus in her role as a Trustee of Red Rose Recovery, a charity providing peer led support to improve the lives of those in recovery.

The threads that weave through Amanda’s professional life demonstrate her commitment to the principles of fairness, social justice, equality of opportunity and access  to justice for all members of society.

Clare ellison

Member of the Board of Trustees

Clare has over 20 years experience in PR and Media working across corporate, consumer, charity and celebrity accounts.

Since moving from London she has worked as a journalist and produced and presented 2 local radio shows.

Involved with the LUF since 2011, Clare has been a Trustee of Red Rose since it’s inception and organised the launch and press around the first locality workers.

She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from UCLAN (BA Hons in English and History from University of Leeds) and is a qualified NLP Practitioner.