Meet the team who make it all happen 

Katie Hewison

Katie first became involved with the charity when she was recruited to the ‘Trigold programme’ converting from distance running into Olympic distance triathlon. She is a former World duathlon champion, Commonwealth mountain running champion and was a member of the elite GB triathlon team for 5 years. Educated at Loughborough University, Katie now manages the day to day operations of the Trust and develops the Box4Kids programme.

Lucy Merritt

Lucy coordinates all the nominations and logistics for our Box4Kids events, working with hospitals and venues to ensure our events run smoothly. She has a degree in Coaching and Sport Development and has a huge passion for gymnastics, formerly competing at national level. Lucy enjoys travelling and surfing, with Bali being her favourite destination.

 Donna Carter

Donna is the Events and PR Assistant at the Trust.  She assists with inviting deserving children to attend Box4Kids events and ensuring they have a fantastic VIP experience, whilst helping to promote the Trust’s activities through PR.

She graduated from The University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Fashion and Brand Promotion with Retail Management.

She enjoys city breaks, travelling to new places and cooking; her favourite food being Italian.

 Mike Waterton

Mike has worked in the Insurance industry for the last 30 years, working with a wide range of insurance companies and brokers. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, walking in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, and following Yorkshire CCC and Leeds United.

 Olivia Brown

Olivia is Barrie’s PA and assists with the day to day admin at the Barrie Wells Trust. She has a degree in Sociology and Criminology from Lancaster University and loves to travel. Her favourite country so far is Vietnam but Peru is at the top of her list for the country she’d like to visit next! She really enjoys Pilates, Yoga and spending time outdoors.

Philippa Rothwell

Philippa is Barrie’s long standing business partner and together they founded Premierline Direct in 2001. As Deputy Chief Executive, Philippa managed a number of business critical functions within Premierline Direct, including operations and IT/Internet development. Prior to this Philippa had held various positions within the IT and Business Development departments of AXA Direct. Premierline Direct was sold in 2006 and Philippa left the company in 2008. She then rejoined Barrie to create the Barrie Wells Trust and is involved in the ongoing management of the Trust.

Matthew Wells

Matthew is an Online Marketing Analyst and has been involved in the financial services market for many years. Matthew shares his father’ Barrie’s passion for many sports and enjoys travelling across the World to attend major sporting events. He enjoys keeping fit through half marathon races, triathlons and open water swimming events. He is a huge Liverpool FC fan and has taken a personal interest in the Trust’s Box4Kids scheme, providing regular support to its development.

Jackie Wild

Jackie is the newest Trustee to join the Barrie Wells Trust team and brings a great deal of personal experience and enthusiasm to the charity. Jackie and her youngest son Elliot, who was battling with Leukaemia, attended a Box4Kids event at Liverpool FC. Shortly after Elliot very sadly lost his battle with cancer and Jackie then took a sabbatical year from her role at John Lewis to raise money for Claire House. She has since been very actively involved with the Barrie Wells Trust helping to host events and positively sharing her story.

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