Activate’s Board of Trustees


David Barlow (Chair and Finance)

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David has been on the Activate Board of Trustees since his retirement from full time employment in 2016.

David was previously the Finance and Corporate Services Director for a major charity in Merseyside, following a varied career in manufacturing, banking and commercial organisations. He is also currently Chair of a major charity in Lancashire. This keeps David up to date with current charity requirements and SEN issues, adding to his wide experience and skills in financial management, organisational strategy and planning.

Ken Siviter (Education)

Ken’s skills and expertise are in education and management of small to mid-sized groups.

Ken has an MBA in Educational Management from Leicester University (1995-1996) and a BA in Greats from Oxford University (1973-1977), followed by five years in international containerisation (OCL London). Ken entered education in 1983. He has led teams throughout his career (1983-2013); Director of Cricket and Coaching at Rugby School, then Head of Classics at Epsom College. Ken is currently a Club President of Chester Speakers and has previously held the positions of Area and Division Director for Toastmasters International in the UK.

Shelia Henshall (Parent / Carer Voice)

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Shelia’s daughter has been attending Activate since 2016; firstly in the education setting and now in JJ’s. Shelia has always been actively involved in her daughter’s education by being on the Board of Governors at all three of her past schools, so when the position to be on the Board of Trustees became available Shelia was more than happy to get involved as the “Voice of Parent/Carers.”

Shelia’s background is in education, firstly in teaching and then later as a Manager of the St Helens SEND Information, Advice and Support Service, where she worked for 20 years.

“I fully empathise with how being a parent/carer of a young person with SEND can be very challenging so having a place like Activate where they can learn, make friends and be safe is now more important than ever.”

Kim Webb (Community Links & Diversity) 

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Kim is a business development expert, established partnership manager, successful fundraiser and disability champion, who is highly regarded within the LCR and Northern Powerhouse footprint. Her experience spans public and private sectors and over the last 15 years + she has created and managed pipelines for;

  • The Princes Trust (Charity)
  • Randstad- Student and work support division recruitment (Commercial)
  • Action for Hearing Loss-formerly RNID (Social Enterprise)
  • CE3 Enterprises CIC (Community Interest Company)

Kim works locally, regionally and nationally devising and implementing strategic plans which satisfy financial targets and simultaneous interests of all stakeholders. Kim’s work as a trustee for Activate gives her exposure to all aspects of the college including governance and finance. This enables her to continue her support of young people with disabilities and their families.

David Gary Gregg – Health (OT) & Safeguarding lead

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David is employed by a local authority as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist assessing disabled children with a holistic approach to their complex care needs due to requiring specialist equipment/aids to maintain their independence and wellbeing. This also encompasses specialised moving and handling equipment to enable safe transfers during daily activities and personal care. He joined the board to broaden his knowledge of how alternative provision of care is delivered to young persons in a college setting while providing Activate with the skills and experience he has gained since graduating from Salford university. David has worked in challenging environments and brings a view of supporting and promoting the college on its journey forward into the future and the challenges it faces in this ever-changing climate.

David also has served his local borough as a Justice of the Peace in both the criminal and family courts, and prior to becoming an occupational therapist he was self-employed owning multiple businesses.