The Trustees


Chairman Richard Dyson MA FCA
Throughout his professional career, Richard has been involved in corporate finance matters. Providing advice, at board level, to both clients and third party investors, he is familiar with the accounting, governance, reporting and wider business issues in a wide variety of sectors and ensuring businesses are managed in a cost effective manner.

Richard is a past president of the ICAEW and, since retiring from Ernst & Young, he has become increasingly involved in the third sector as a director/trustee of The David Lewis Centre and Concord College and Chairman at Wythenshawe Hospital Transplant Fund.


Trustee Gavin Bushell LLB Gavin Bushell has been a director of The Charity Service for many years. Gavin retired from practice as a solicitor in May 2013. Throughout his career, Gavin has been involved with private client work including work relating to the legal aspects of charities.

He is very happy to make his experience and skills available to The Charity Service and the third sector generally. Gavin is a keen and active scuba diver and a crossword addict but is still trying to find a way of doing both at the same time.


Trustee John Eckersley BA (Hons) MBA chartered FCSI
A graduate of Accounting and Finance. John is a former director of Henry Cooke Group plc and of Brown Shipley & Co Ltd, with over 20 years’ investment experience. He founded Castlefield Investment Partners LLP with close colleagues in 2002, specialising in investment for charities.

In his spare time, he is Treasurer of the Royal Botanical & Horticultural Society of Manchester and the Northern Counties, a trustee of the Rhodes Foundation and a non-executive director of W T Burden Ltd. His interests include music, contemporary art and latest electronic gadgets!


Trustee Paul Chorlton FCA A graduate from the University of Lincoln in Financial Services, and a Fellow of the ACCA.  Paul has been working within the Creative sector since joining Staniforth in 1999 helping their growth the restructure of its finances and objectives, and leading its acquisition by Omnicom in 204, when he became Staniforth’s Financial Director. Continuing there until 2008, to ensure its transition into the global network, he is now a shareholder and Financial Director of LOVE Creative, one of the UK’s leading design agencies, heading the strategic and financial direction of the agency with a global client list .

Paul is also the organiser of the Annual Manchester Ball, an annual fundraising dinner, raising money for Manchester charities.