Our Trustees

Jennifer Atherton BA
Jennifer’s background is in Human Resources. She has most recently been a member of the Patient Liaison Group at the Royal College of Surgeons. She represents the public on the ICBSE (Examinations) committees and is a lay examiner in communication skills for the MRCS exam, both nationally and internationally. Jennifer is a founding member of Friends of Rosie and has actively supported both the Fundraising Committee and the Trustee Committee.

Maureen Bennett
Maureen started work as a state registered nurse and midwife, looking after special care babies at Saint Mary’s Manchester and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. After a break to have her own children, she moved into business and finance, spending 15 years as a finance director. Maureen then became co-founder and finance director of Kids Allowed, now the leading childcare provider in the North West.

Felicity Goodey CBE DL
Felicity is a former BBC journalist, presenter and businesswoman who developed a passion for regeneration.  She led the teams which built the Lowry theatre complex in Salford and the winning bid to move a large part of the BBC out of London, creating Mediacity, also in Salford. Felicity was awarded a CBE for services to the arts and regeneration, and she currently chairs University Hospital South Manchester.

Jill has worked in the communications field since 1989, providing marketing and public relations advice to public and private sector organisations. After working in senior agency roles and as UK head of communications for Deloitte, she established her own independent consultancy in 2005. Her clients include an NHS Trust and the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, and Jill enjoys helping medical researchers and clinical staff to communicate effectively with patients and the wider public.

Anne Irwin LL.B
Anne is a solicitor specialising in commercial property and, in particular, residential and leisure developments. She was a partner with Cottrill Stone Lawless prior to their merger with Slater Heelis LLP and is now Managing Partner of the Manchester office of the combined firms.

Lisa Larkin
Lisa Larkin is the mother of Rosie who died of neuroblastoma in 1991, when Friends of Rosie was founded. She became a trustee to represent families and the children. In 1995 she became North West Woman of Achievement. She has worked overseas and retired a few years ago from being a director of an industrial construction company. She has two older children and enjoys being a grandma.

Joe is a former partner with accountancy firm Deloitte where he led their North West tax practice for many years, advising companies and individuals. Joe is a trustee of several prominent trusts, including a number of charitable trusts, and lectures regularly on tax planning issues.