Our team

Leadership team

  • Lesley Dixon, chief executive

    Lesley joined PSS in 2009 following a career in higher education as chief executive of Leeds University Student Union and before that the University of London and Kings College.

  • Sharon Edwards, director of finance and people

    Sharon joined the PSS leadership team in 2013 after working in posts in both the social enterprise and private sector in senior finance roles.

  • Harriet Michael-Phillips, director of operations

    Harriet moved to Liverpool to join PSS in 2019. Harriet graduated uni into a support worker role and has worked in social care since, in many different roles.

  • Rachael Stott, director of business development and innovation

    Rachael joined PSS in 2012 following posts in the children's social care and social marketing sector.


Senior management team

  • Rita Chambers, head of strengthening families and wellbeing services

  • Laura Curran, head of learning and development at PSS

    Laura Curran, head of learning and development

  • Becky Bloor Steen, head of PSS Wales

  • A picture of our head of communications Lisa Davies

    Lisa Davies, head of communications

  • Simone McCaskill, head of quality

  • Michelle Cooksey, head of people and culture

  • Ian Travis, head of technology

  • Pamela Oden, head of Shared Lives England

Our trustees

  • Tracey Johnson, trustee

    Tracey has over 25 years’ experience in HR, and for the last 17 years she has held responsibility for IT and digital transformation.

  • Mark Rathbone, Chair

    Mark is our Chair and also a relative of our founder, Eleanor Rathbone.

  • Dr Kim Heyes, trustee

    Dr Kim Heyes is an academic in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Geoffrey Manning, trustee

    Geoffrey is our longest serving Trustee who has shown a fantastic commitment to the organisation over the years.

  • Hilary Berg, Vice Chair

    Hil has over 25 years of experience as an independent brand and communications consultant and has worked for some of the UK’s best known companies.

  • Sam Proffitt, honorary treasurer

    Sam joined the NHS as a graduate trainee in 1993 and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant spending 16 years working within Acute, Community and Mental Health and Learning Disability NHS Trusts.

  • Angela Jones, trustee

    Angela Jones is a proud scouser who was educated in Liverpool and has worked in the city throughout her career.

  • Andrew Kellaway, trustee

    As a qualified Chartered Surveyor Andrew worked for many years for Liverpool Quantity Surveying firm Todd and Ledson.

  • Julie Cooke, trustee

    Julie is Assistant Chief Constable, Local Policing and Criminal Justice in Merseyside Police.