Our Trustees

Meet the Trustees of the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation;


Martin Hawthorne 

Trustees Martin HawthorneMartin is a highly respected member of the business community and is the current Managing Director of a £100m+ turnover UK business, with extensive business management and training experience. Martin has previous experience of supporting numerous other Charities both personally and financially in order to help them achieve their Charitable Objectives. A HMRC and Financial Conduct Authority registered Responsible Person, Martin will bring a Professional approach to the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation and works closely alongside the other Trustees in an advisory role to establish our protocols and make sure the Charity runs in accordance with our Governing Document.


Martin Ballard

Trustees Martin BallardMartin brings a wealth of experience to the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation having run his own Marketing and Events Companies and also managed large Shopping Centres around the UK. Martin has extensive knowledge of project delivery having delivered successful events and conventions involving TV and Film stars. Marketing and PR are particular strengths of Martin’s and his enthusiasm and creativity is a valuable asset to the Charity. As a trustee, Martin will provide advice and guidance on our Fundraising and Events programme and works closely with our volunteers and other Trustee to plan and deliver successful projects.


Dan Thompson

Dan is a well respected Director and Personal Injuries Solcitor at a major solicitors practice in the North West. Bringing to the Charity a wealth of legal knowledge and expertise, Dan adds much value to the back-end compliance for the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation. Experienced acrossed HR, Business Management and Fundraising, Dan has also sat as a School Governor for 10 years (2 as Chair) and has been involved in many different fundraising activities in that role. Dan is also an active member of his local church and counts among his many hobbies, the sport of Rugby League.


Anne-Marie Hughes

Anne-Marie is a former Army Medic/Nurse of 21 years. She is incredibly passionate about the welfare of children and young people and furthermore the provision of inclusion opportunities for those children and young people who are disadvantaged. Anne-Marie already has a wealth of previous fundraising experience and as well as experience of working as part of a committee and also working as a secretary of a registered Charity based at a local hospital. Anne-Marie is bubbling with enthusiasm to make a positive difference and is a huge asset as a Trustee for the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation.


Stephen Plant

Steve spent 42 years as a member of Cheshire Police, with 31 years as a Police Office and Detective in Halton and Warrington. Working alongside and within the local Community for so long, Steve knows first hand the issues that the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation will address, and he will add extensive skills and experience to our Trustee Board, particularly in the areas of Safeguarding and Child protection, to make sure that all policies and procedures are watertight. Steve uses his background to help the Charity put in place rigorous systems for data protection, online communication and also decision making systems.


John Stankevitch

John is the founder of the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation. A former Professional Rugby League player having played for St Helens and Widnes Vikings in the Super League, and also represented England, it has been John’s vision and passion that has driven the Charity forward. After retiring from playing, John went on to coach Professionally but now spends his spare time developing the sporting talents of young people. Its a journey that has given John a real insight into the struggles that children and young people have in life, and some of the barriers that they face in terms of social inclusion, and its these barriers that have ignited a passion for making a positive difference to others.