The Board and Staff

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the foundation. They meet regularly and work for the charity in a voluntary capacity.

The Board of Trustees

Thom Shannon

Founder and Technical Director of award-winning Liverpool based digital marketing agency, Glow New Media, Thom has more than 15 years’ experience in software and digital marketing and has spoken at conferences hosted by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Jeff Dunn

Retired teacher Jeff taught history in a number of schools in Liverpool from 1976 until 2007 and studied at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University.

He co-founded Liverpool Schools’ Parliament in 2000 and has been full-time Director since 2007. The Parliament enables children and young people in Liverpool to have a voice and to make an impact on behalf of children and young people in the city.

Cynthia Monteverde

Cynthia is the founder and manager of Liverpool domestic abuse charity Better Day Homes.

Seán Fitzsimmons

With over fifteen year’s involvement with the Deaf community, Seán has worked as an interpreter in many countries with various organisations and professionals. Passionate about Special Educational Needs and Disability, he has continued his work with such groups and after training to become a teacher; now works as a Learning Mentor. Also volunteering as a school governor; he is aware of the importance of education and learning.

Born and raised in Liverpool, he is well-informed about LGBT issues and is an active campaigner for equality and diversity. In addition to sitting on the committee of Mersey Marauders (Liverpool's gay football team), he is also an affiliate of Liverpool Pride; annually providing strategic and communications support, as well as sitting on several committees that celebrate LGBT arts and cinema. An avid writer, he has had several articles published and continues to write about a wide variety of topics.

 

Ben Hodge

Ben is a full time student who enjoys Scouting and being involved in their local community. Ben has sat on the St.Helens Youth Council in the past and is a delegate on the British Youth Council. One of Ben's passions is youth work as they endeavour to ensure young people around Merseyside have a voice and have access to organisations in which young people can get their opinions across and make a difference in Merseyside.

Patrons

Marie and Mike Causer

Mike is a car mechanic, running his own garage in Huyton, where Marie does the accounts for the family business. They have become reluctant campaigners against injustice and prejudice following the tragic death of their son, Michael. The Foundation is their vision.

Gary Millar

The UKs first out Lord Mayor, patron of Diversity Role Models, diversity & equality champion, "Pay It Forward" evangelist, entrepreneur & fundraiser supporting veterans & vulnerable children. Created/designed Parr Street HOTEL, PodZzz & STUDIO2 (a UK top 50 best bar). Broadcasts on radio & includes design, art & gadgets as hobbies. Creates & organises key events (eg Festival of Motorsport - 300 historic cars worth £70m to a historic Grand Prix track). Invented 2 building products, produced 4 music albums & commended for his photography. Liverpool's Business Ambassador at home & overseas.

Shaun Duggan, Playwright

Shaun was a writer for Liverpool soap opera Brookside for eight years, when he scripted the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on British TV. His more recent work includes 'Losing My Religion', about a boy at a Catholic school bullied because other children think he's gay, and the Ariel Trust’s anti-homophobic bullying resource,  Denial.

Kieron Richardson, Actor

Kieron currently plays gay character Ste Hay in Merseyside-based soap opera Hollyoaks. He came out as gay on ITV's This Morning show in 2010. Kieron also tackled the taboo subject of domestic abuse in same sex relationships on prime time TV.

Stephen Twigg, MP

Stephen was the first openly-gay MP on his election to the House of Commons in 1997. Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby since 2010, he has also served as Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

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The Michael Causer Foundation was setup by murdered gay teen Michael Causer’s parents to raise funds to provide safe accommodation for LGBT young people at risk; to help tackle hate crime; and to motivate local communities to support diversity and equality. Please help us reach our aims by donating to the charity.

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