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Our Trustees

Sheila Lynch – Chair 

Sheila retired early in 2014, following a long career in senior finance and performance roles in the NHS in Merseyside. Born and bred in St Helens, Sheila joined Citizens Advice St Helens as a volunteer Trustee in October 2014 to support her local town and its residents. She has been Chair of the Trustee Board since 2019

When not contributing to the work of Citizens Advice Sheila can often be found out walking with her Grandchildren and dog in and around the borough.

Steve Connor – Treasurer

A former NHS Executive Director with experience of leading a high performing and complex organisation, Steve has significant experience and expertise in Governance, Risk Management & Audit, and extensive knowledge of working at Board level with a wide range of public and 3rd sector organisations.

A qualified accountant with an MBA, Steve is also a member of various national committees and forums and is Non-Executive Director at Wirral Community Health & Care NHS FT. In addition to being a trustee on the Board of St Helens Citizens Advice, Steve is also Chair of the Finance Committee

Steve has been a St Helens resident all his life and is passionate about the work of Citizens Advice and the impact it has on those that most need it.

Denny Balmer – Trustee

Denny is a retired Senior Civil Servant She is accomplished in Project Management and is a Prince 2 practitioner and also a member of the Association of Project Management Professionals. Denny has previously lived in Durham where she was a former vice chair of Washington CA and a Board member of Washington MIND.

She returned to live in St Helens in 2014 and became an active Board member of Age UK Mid-Mersey for 6yrs. Denny is a serving JP on the Sefton Bench and also Chairs School Appeals for both St Helens and Knowsley councils. Denny became a Board member of CASH in the early part of 2021.

She enjoys being a member of the University of the 3rd Age which encourages senior members of our society to learn new skills and to socialise and of course have fun!

John Curran – Trustee 

Recently retired after 34 years in HMRC, previously worked for KMBC housing department followed by almost 4 years working in Germany before returning to the UK. During this time I had responsibility for many ‘specialist’ taxes, most recently Financial Institutions, Non-UK Entertainers visiting the UK, Non Resident companies and landlords, Non Domiciled Individuals and Charity Fraud. I initially started my career looking after PAYE payrolls.

During my carer I have worked in various sites, Liverpool, Salford, London, Croydon and Leeds. Managing staff remotely, with responsibility for almost 200 staff and direct line management for up to 20 tax specialists.

I had initially planned to retire in 2020, but was ‘convinced’ to stay on to see through a project of centralisation of HMRC offices and assist treasury initiatives during the pandemic. This ‘delay’ gave me an opportunity to plan what I would do when I retired.  Outside work, I am married, one son and a granddaughter, currently living in Rainford. Hobby’s are many,  I enjoy going to concerts and live music, City Break holidays, a keen walker and an active member of Liverpool canoe club.


Kevin Anderson – Trustee

Miguel Doforo – Trustee 

Stan Patterson – Vice Chair

Steve Rooney – Trustee 


If you would like to enquire about becoming a trustee of our organisation, you can contact our Interim Chief Officer to discuss:

Emma Cook – 01744 733270 –

You can also see our webpage ‘Becoming a trustee’ for more information: Become a Trustee – Citizens Advice St Helens (