Key staff and trustees

The Port Sunlight Village Trust is run by a talented and dedicated group of staff and trustees.


Paul Harris, Chief Executive
Paul joined Port Sunlight Village Trust in March 2015. He is an experienced leader with a proven track record in developing and implementing strategic plans in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has previously held senior positions at PSS – Health and Social Care Charity, Ashbury Homes, Hornby Homes and CDS Housing Association. Paul possesses excellent business skills and commercial acumen, and his approach is always people-focused. Paul is a board member of Sovini. He lives in Liverpool, has two young children and is a devout Evertonian.


Rachel Tudor, Director of Corporate Services
Rachel first worked for PSVT in 2006 to provide maternity cover and re-joined the organisation permanently in 2009. She is a qualified accountant and has previously worked in the public and housing sectors. She is responsible for all areas of finance including budget setting and cash flow forecasting, pay roll, and internal reporting and statutory accounts, as well as office administration and customer service standards. Rachel lives in Rock Ferry and has two young children. She is a keen swimmer and is heavily involved with her local church.


A1. Kath Lynch Heritage ManagerKatherine Lynch, Director of Heritage
Kath has worked for PSVT since 2008. She is responsible for marketing and PR, public programmes, visitor services, conservation policy, lifelong learning, resident engagement, fundraising and the historical collection and archive. She has a degree in Ancient History from the University of Birmingham and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She previously worked for Tyne & Wear Museums and Archives, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, and The Tank Museum in Dorset. She mentors Congleton Museum and Cheshire Military Museum and is a Board member of the Cooperative Heritage Trust. Kath lives in Liverpool. She is a big sports fan and enjoys running.


Lin Whalley, Operations Manager
Lin joined PSVT in January 2016 and commenced her present role as Operations Manager in November 2019. She is responsible for Housing Management, Maintenance, Landscape Management, together with Security and Cleaning. Lin is a member of the Institute of Housing and gained her degree in Housing Studies from Salford University. She has worked in a number of Local Authorities and Housing Associations in the North West. Lin lives in Bebington and has two sons. In her spare time, she is a keen middle-distance runner and helps to run her son’s football team.



Rob Young
Rob became Chair of the Board in 2017. Now retired, he worked in housing for more than 40 years, at companies across Merseyside, Manchester and north Cheshire. He has spent more than 30 years managing change at a senior and corporate level. Rob was Group Chief Executive of a large North West housing provider and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.



John Jones
John became Vice-Chair of the Board in 2017. He is a fully qualified accountant and has held a number of senior executive roles in the Littlewoods Group. Now retired, John also serves on the board of another charity where he is currently Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, dealing with strategic planning and investments, budgeting, management accounting, treasury matters and audit clearance.



Steve Connolly
Steve has been a qualified Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1991, and has more than 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. Steve is currently Managing Director of Poole Dick.  Steve is an avid Manchester United fan and his devotion stretches right back to when he bunked off school in 1968 to attend the European Cup Final.



Emily McArdle
Emily is a relatively new member of the PSVT Board having joined in late 2019. She is a longstanding resident of the village and a passionate advocate for the community. Emily has worked within the NHS for over 30 years as a Speech and Language Therapist working with children and their families in schools and clinics.  In addition to this, Emily is a consultant and trainer in person centred approaches, supporting organisations in health, education and social care to enable the people they support to have more choice and control in their lives. Emily is also a coach, supporting students on an international Leadership and Management workshop.


Carolyn Dalton
Carolyn is a new member of the PSVT Board having joined in September 2021. She currently manages Lancaster City’s museums having moved there in late 2018 from Doncaster where she was Heritage Services Manager. Carolyn has also worked for Norfolk, Poole and Lancashire Museum Services. She passionately believes in the value of museums and heritage to help build communities, create a sense of place and enhance wellbeing as well as contributing to the Visitor Economy and the external perception of a location. Carolyn is also a Leader in Residence at the University of Central Lancashire and is a Board member of the North West Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University and Treasurer of the Lancashire Place Name Survey – which has long been a personal interest.


Anna Thomas
Anna joined the PSVT Board in September 2021 but already had close ties to Port Sunlight – working with Unilever for twenty years, and living in the village since 2012. Before joining industry, Anna obtained a PhD in child health and development and worked on public policy and health interventions. As a Director of Unilever Research & Development, Anna is responsible for driving scientific and technical innovation on projects across the UK, Europe, USA, India and Asia, building strategic, multi-sector partnerships across a range of sectors.


Kelly Mullen
Kelly is an entertainment strategist for global brands with over 20 years of experience crafting stories that break through in culture. She has executive produced the Academy Award-nominated and WGA Award-winning film Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren and the documentary Dads starring Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien on AppleTV+. Kelly currently leads Unilever Entertainment, the pop culture storytelling studio for Unilever’s 400+ brands. Her work has won numerous awards including Cannes Lions, Clios, the Shorty Social Good Award, the SABRE, and the Women’s Wear Daily Marketing Campaign of the Year.  Kelly joined the PSVT Board in September 2021.


Peter Sandman
Peter has over 20 years in the local visitor economy working at strategic and operational level at Wirral Council and Sefton Council. He also spent four years working at Merseytravel heading the organisation’s marketing and commercial development services. Having been appointed as Head of Visitor Economy for the Liverpool City Region in November 2014, he has responsibility for the region’s tourist board and specialises in strategy development, business case development and marketing. Peter has recently led the delivery of numerous tourism development and research projects including strategic funding initiatives, destination marketing and business events.  Peter is an avid supporter of Tranmere Rovers! He joined the PSVT Board in September 2021.


Honorary President

Maggie Sparks
Maggie was appointed Honorary President in 2017. She is a founding Trustee of Port Sunlight Village Trust and was Chair of the Board from 2007 to 2017. Maggie has more than 30 years’ experience working in housing management and development. She was Chief Executive of Family Housing from 1983-2002, and during that time purchased approximately 75 properties in Port Sunlight from Unilever. Maggie has also chaired both Wirral Partnership Homes (now Magenta Living) and Pierhead Housing Association, now Prima Group where she was appointed Chair of the Commercial Board in 2017.