Apex Trust staff

Our team.


The Apex Charitable Trust team located within Merseyside is ready to provide advice and support to both employers and the people who use our services. Our professional staff and volunteers do their best for every individual they work with.

The Apex Trust team located in St Helens town centre, delivering outreach service across the borough of St Helens, Merseyside. 

Management of the charity

We have a group of highly experienced trustees, staff and volunteers who operate the service. The charity holds the Quality mark MATRIX for our delivery of advice and guidance and a centre which offers accredited courses and qualification through Open Awards.

Our Chief Executive Officer, who has been with the charity since 1998, has successfully overseen the development and sustainability of projects throughout its lifetime, supported by and accountable to a very experienced group of Trustees.


Claire Jones – Chair

  • Joined: April 2015

  • Profession: Capability Team Lead – Voluntary & Community Action

  • Background: Voluntary Services, Management, IT support, Capacity Building

Mike Macey, FCA – Treasurer

  • Joined: 2002

  • Occupation: Chartered Accountant & Consultant

  • Background: Chartered Accountant & Honorary Treasurer - Apex Trust

Jane Taylor-Holmes – Company Secretary& Director

  • Joined: 2015

  • Profession: Solicitor (non practicing)

  • Background: Jane has worked in the NHS for eight years and is currently the Company Secretary for a mental health and community health provider in the North West. Prior to working in the NHS Jane worked as a solicitor specialising in employment and charity law. Jane is also a Governor at a primary school and has five children who keep her busy!

Alex Mitchell – Director

  • Joined: December 2016

  • Profession: Parliamentary Assistant

  • Background: Planning and implementing of General and Local Election campaigns, arranging/co-ordinating events, liaising with local press. Managing campaign workers and volunteers

Cleve Ruston – Director

  • Joined: December 2017

  • Profession: Event and Project Management

  • Background: Track record in Senior Management/Leadership within membership, operations and commercial areas

Staff team


Kim Hughes – Chief Executive Officer

  • Started with Apex Trust in June 1999


Elvira Fairhurst – Compliance Officer and Approved Internal Verifier

  • Started with Apex Trust in November 2011


Leanne Corkery – Business Development Manager

  • Started with Apex Trust April 2018


Amie Proudman – Advice & Guidance Officer / |Volunteer Coordinator

  • Started with Apex Trust March 2018


Council of Patrons

Dec 2018

Dame Margaret Booth (President Council of Patrons)

Members of the Apex Trust’s Council of Patrons

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Acton • The Rt. Hon. the Lord Addington • Hon John Baker DL • The Rt. Hon. Alan Beith, MP • John Bowis, OBE, MEP • The Rt. Hon. the Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC • The Rt. Hon. the Lord Dholakia, OBE, DL • Dr Michael Goldstein, CBE (Vice Chancellor, Coventry University) • Jane Kellock (former Apex Trustee) • The Rt Rev‘d the Bishop of Liverpool • Walter MacGowan (former Director, HMP Altcourse) • Stanley Martin, CVO, JP • The Hon Lord Morris of Handsworth, OJ (former Gen. Sec., T & G W U) • Lord Ramsbottom of Kensington, GCB, CBE • Geoffrey Robertson, QC • Joyce Rose, CBE, DL • Nick Ross (Broadcaster) • The Rt. Rev’d the Bishop of Salford • The Rt. Rev’d Mark Santer (former Bishop of Birmingham) •The Most Rev’d & Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu/Archbishop of York • The Rt. Hon the Lord Slynn of Hadley, PC, QC • Lord Tyler of Linkinhorn, CBE • Janet Weitz (Company Chairman) • Brian Woods (Film Producer)