Knowsley Older People's Voice

Steering Group

Pat Blair MBE (Chair) Since retirement, Pat has fully immersed herself in supporting the local community. Amongst her many and varied roles is Pat’s involvement as Voluntary Information Officer for the National Association of Women’s Clubs in the North West. Pat is also a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of Liverpool Prison.
Pauline Burrows (Vice Chair) Pauline is a retired Social Worker, and has been connected with Kirkby for over 50 years. Upon retirement, Pauline decided to champion the cause for older people, and now undertakes a number of voluntary roles, including Alzheimer’s Society, KOPV, Healthwatch Knowsley, Carers, and Advocacy. She was instrumental in the setting up of Acorn Farm and remains a Trustee there. Pauline is also very involved in her local church where she is a Eucharistic Minister, and is a school governor. In 2011 Pauline was appointed as Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.
Roy Davies (Vice Chair) Roy is 67 years old and has lived in Huyton for most of his life. He retired from Ford motor company after 30 years. He has found time since retirement to involve himself in voluntary work. He has been chair of youth and community work with and for youth centres, and a Trustee for the millennium green project. Roy is currently a school governor, and serves on the management committee of Healthwatch Knowsley. He has been involved with KOPV for a few years, and is a member of the Theme 1 Strategy Work Group. He also represents KOPV at the Care & Repair advisory group, and attends many other committees on behalf of the older people of Knowsley.
Pauline Whittaker
Tom Best Tom has been involved with Knowsley Older People’s Voice since the group was launched. He worked for many years as a warehouse Manager in the cotton industry, and then as a Welfare rights worker at Prescot & Whiston Advice Centre, where he is still a Director. Following retirement he represented the views of older people on the Community Empowerment network (CEN), and now attends the Older People’s Partnership Board. Tom is also member of the Strategic Housing and Environment Partnership and chair of the Care & Repair Advisory Group.
Janet Tildsley Janet has lives in Halewood after many years in Tarbock. She is a member of the Older People’s Partnership Board, and serves as their rep on the Knowsley Engagement Forum. Janet also contributes to the work of the Theme 1 Strategy Work Group. She is an active member of Healthwatch Knowsley, and with them has visited many Residential Homes in Knowsley to make sure that they look after residents to the best of their ability. Janet is a member of Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Board and attends Halewood Health Forum, contributing to many of Knowsley health debates, and try to solve issues.
Tom Davies Tom is 69 yrs old and has lived in Whiston for 47 years having grown up in Liverpool. He worked for St. Helens Corporation on the buses for many years as a conductor, driver, and then inspector, and retired in 1989. He has always been connected with voluntary work, and currently runs a luncheon club for pensioners in the Whiston area. Tom also has a keen interest in bowling and serves as treasurer for his local club.
Flo Owens
Derek Kewley Derek was elected to the Steering Group in September 2015. He was a founder member and Chair of the KHT Tenants Association and Area Board. Dereks interests include gardening, and he has developed two allotments for local residents to grow their own vegetables.
Peter King Peter has lived in Huyton since 1997 having moved to Knowsley from Sefton. Before retiring, he worked in the taxi licencing department at Sefton Council where he was an inspector for 23 years. Peter lives alone, and understands the experiences of many other older people who are on their own. He was a carer for his Mum for many years. Peter now serves on the Committee of the Knowsley Fun O’lympics and is captain of the Huyton Team. He is also a member of the Financial Mentors Group
Richard Sharples Richard has been a member of KOPV since the start of the forum and has taken part in many activities on behalf of the group. He represents KOPV on the Outreach for Older People Group, and helped to develop the successful Outreach for Older People booklet. Richard has been a resident in Kirkby for the last 50 years, and is the treasurer for the Kirkby Senior Falls committee.
Allen Stott Allen worked for 35 yrs at the Ford Motor Company in Halewood. He was Trade Union Secretary and continues to be involved with Ford’s Retired Members association. Allen has lived in Prescot for 43 years, and is particularly interested in topics relating to Housing and Crime. He is married and has two grown up children and four grandchildren. When not involved in union business, Allen enjoys gardening.

KOPV is a formally constituted body & has a Steering group of 12 elected members responsible for planning & delivering the work of KOPV on behalf of its members