MEET THE TEAM
MEET THE EXECUTIVE TEAM 
Anne McColl

CEO

Anne has over 25 years of successful senior leadership and is committed to achieving social change through values-based partnerships and accelerating opportunities and initiatives that address inequities faced by women. Prior to joining Blackburne House, Anne spent 12 years as the Director of Education for the UK body of a worldwide humanitarian charity. Anne is responsible for the strategic direction of the Blackburne House Group and, believing in the life-changing power of education and self-development, is working to ensure the organisation continues to be a leading social enterprise and an empowering centre of education and wellbeing for women.

Andrea Rushton

Director of Projects and Business Development

Andrea is a successful social entrepreneur and currently the Director of Projects & Business Development at Blackburne House, managing a portfolio of projects and business areas. Known for her ability to transform enterprise and project ideas into meaningful business operations she has a proven track record in delivering social and economic change and improvement.  Her creative outlook and ability to support fellow entrepreneurs has enabled many businesses to transform their activities and grow their client base and turnover.  An experienced Business Mentor and Action Learning Facilitator Andrea continues to support individuals and businesses to deliver positive social impact across communities.

Andrea Deary FCCA

Director of Strategy, Planning and Business Support

Andrea is an FCCA qualified accountant with a background in senior leadership and transformational roles within the FTSE 100 Financial Services Sector. She started at Blackburne House as a student in 2010 when pursuing some further development opportunities and joined the Board shortly afterwards. She spent 3 years as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Finance Committee before joining the Executive Team in 2013. Andrea works part-time at Blackburne House and has leadership responsibility for our Finance, Nursery and Catering teams and supports the Senior Leadership Team and Board on Strategic Planning.

Colette McKenna

Director of Learning

Colette is a member of Blackburne House's Senior Management Team, who has worked her way up the ladder starting as a Volunteer to holding senior positions in FE. She has over 25 years experience in FE, developing and setting up and managing  education & training provision and contracts across the country.  Colette is responsible for all aspects of contract management, curriculum and educational development.  Prior to joining Blackburne House, Colette was also Director of her own consultancy business, supporting other social enterprises, stakeholders and training providers. In her earlier years, she was a scenic artist at the Liverpool Playhouse.  Colette has also been writing personalised poetry for many years, which she loves to do in her spare time.

MEET THE BOARD 
Meet The Board
Liz Cross

Chair of Blackburne House

 

A social entrepreneur, organisation and business consultant and experienced NED. Liz Cross (BSc(Hons), MBA, MBPS) has been Chair of Blackburne House Group since 2011 and chair since 2014 and has been actively involved in many aspects of its work and development since 1992. 

"Blackburne house is a place where everyone, especially women, finds inspiration, independence, transformation and true equality in all we do.  As relevant today as we were when we first began in the early '80s, we will continue to champion change to ensure we can live in a just world where people live into their potential"

Annette Hennessy

Trustee of Blackburne House

Annette has an extensive track record of collaborative and creative leadership in the criminal justice system and beyond, lately as CEO of the Merseyside Probation Trust. She is committed to changing the mindsets and perceptions about leadership as a coach, a NED and an advisor in supporting those outside of mainstream communities to discover their potential. 

"I'm a trustee of Blackburne House because I believe if we support women  to grow to their potential, not only is the benefit reaped by those around them, our communities and all of us"

Sara Lawton 

Trustee of Blackburne House

A Director of Construction Impact Framework (CIF), CIF is a socially driven framework whose purpose's to relieve the burden of poverty through procurement. 

"I first came to Blackburne House over 20 years ago for a Yoga class worth my mentor and friend who had been diagnosed with Cancer. A part of me never left, the care, compassion and support Blackburne House offers women are unrivalled. I am proud to be a part of a phenomenal team whose values are reflected in the 1000's of women who walked through its infamous red door" 

Board Member

Emma is a graduate of Liverpool University. She joined MSB in 1999 as a trainee and qualified in June 2000. Emma is the firms managing partner and is responsible for the implementation and delivery of the firms' business strategy. She was formerly head of the firm's family department and prides herself on having developed one of the north-wests leading award-winning family departments. 

"Blackburne House for me is like a home, it nurtures and empowers. I am always filled with warmth when I enter"

Emma Carey
Therese Patten

Board Member 

A Director of Construction Impact Framework (CIF), CIF is a socially driven framework whose purpose's to relieve the burden of poverty through procurement. 

"I first came to Blackburne House over 20 years ago for a Yoga class worth my mentor and friend who had been diagnosed with Cancer. A part of me never left, the care, compassion and support Blackburne House offers women are unrivalled. I am proud to be a part of a phenomenal team whose values are reflected in the 1000's of women who walked through its infamous red door" 

Nina Roberts

Board Member

Head of Strategic Brand Partnerships for Culture Liverpool Nina is new to the board, joining us in March 2019. She has 12 years of commercial and marketing experience and a passion for the education and empowerment of women in her home city. 

"To me, Blackburne House is a group of incredible women, educating and empowering other incredible women, because sometimes we simply just need someone else telling us we can and  that's what we do"

Sally-Anne Wattkiss

Board Member

Accountant with 25 years experience in a FTSE 100 company. Now supports social enterprises and community businesses with finical planning and business support. Sally-Anne is a board member at Kitty's Launderette, The Bluecoat, Avela Services and Homebaked Cooperative bakery and a school governor for The Aspire Federation in Birkenhead. 

"When you educate and empower women, you don't only change their lives but change lives and their families and communities too. As a consequence, Blackburne House has a positive impact on lives of people right across Liverpool"

Blackburne House Group

Blackburne Place

Liverpool

L8 7PE

Registered Charity Numbers:

Blackburne House 1010546

Women's Technology & Education Centre 514972

Contact Us

Email: reception@blackburnehouse.co.uk

Call: 0151 709 4356