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

Chair: 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.

Vice Chair: 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.

Finance: Lynn Pates

Lynn is the Foundation’s Finance Director and has worked as a financial specialist since 1987. A Chartered Management Accountant, she is Director at Asset Risk Consultants (UK), a leading investment consulting practice, where she specialises in investment consulting services to charities and their advisers.

Lynn was Assistant Finance Manager of the Notre Dame Trustees Company for 13 years, has worked as a Research Investment Analyst, and launched the ARC Charity Indices, which help charities to understand the performance of their investment portfolios.   

Emma Baldry

Emma Baldry is a fully qualified Secondary School Performing Arts Teacher and an Ambassador for Diversity Role Models. She has fundraised for DRM, Stonewall and the Albert Kennedy Trust in many different ways, including riding the Liverpool Zip Wire in 2014! She is regularly involved in many of the Pride events across the country and always has equality and diversity at the forefront of all she does.

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.

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.

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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