Kathy Benn MBE

Chairman and Trustee

I’ve been a member of the CCA Board since 2001 and Chairman since 2009. I’ve always enjoyed working in the voluntary sector working for worked for the WRVS Meals on Wheels and Library on Wheels, for instance. I’ve held a variety of community roles including parish councillor, borough councillor in Warrington and parish clerk for Alvanley and Manley Parish Councils.

Over the years I’ve worked with and met hundreds of volunteers throughout Cheshire, Halton and Warrington, which opened my eyes to the invaluable work that they all do.

Rev Canon David Felix


I’m the vicar of All Saints Church in Daresbury and member of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance. I’ve been an active board member of CCA for many years, and bring a wide and diverse range of views to support CCA in pursuit of its charitable objectives.

My previous roles in the legal profession, housing association boards and roles in rural economic development enable me to bring useful insight to the CCA Board.

Jackie Weaver


I’m the Chief Officer of ChALC and was appointed to the CCA Board in 2008. I have over 20 years’ experience of working with the Town and Parish Councils across Cheshire, Warrington, Halton and Trafford and work to ensure that these local councils are actively involved in the work of CCA. 

I’m also a Fellow of the Society of Local Council Managers and involved in a number of key strategic partnerships across Cheshire.

I joined the board to help develop the relationship between the town and parish councils and the community and voluntary sector. I feel that we form a natural partnership and we should explore the opportunities that offers. Working closely with CCA enables me to better achieve that.

Edward Brady


I joined the CCA board in 2014 bringing more than 35 years’ experience in the communications industry with me to support CCA. As former public affairs manager at blue-chip companies ICI and Shell UK, I specialise in internal communications, sponsorship management, community and press relations, and crisis management.

I worked closely with and contributed funding to the charitable sector during most of my working career. Now, in retirement, I’ve taken the opportunity to make a further contribution, this time from within the sector.

Lesley Smetham


I’ve long been a supporter of CCA’s vital work with communities in Cheshire on issues of health and social care, planning, housing and community buildings.

My previous role as Cheshire East Mayor, continued role as Cheshire East Councillor and involvement with several Cheshire based charities have helped me bring a broad perspective on the issues that are important to the people of Cheshire.

Alison Painter


Having been brought up on a farm and living in rural Cheshire for most of my life, I’m well-versed in some of the issues of living in rural communities. So, I’m keen to bring my experience to CCA’s board.

With more than X years’ experience in commissioning and delivering social care services across children and adults mental health services, I hope to help this already thriving organisation deliver its vital services, tackling social isolation and mental health issues. 


Chris Fortune


I joined the CCA Board in 2020 bringing over 20 years’ experience of being a trustee/board member for a variety of voluntary, community and housing organisations.

My professional background is in construction and I was a member of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building before embarking on an academic career that saw me hold professorial posts at Heriot Watt, Salford and Wrexham Glyndwr Universities before retiring in 2019. Latterly my research focused on European funded projects related to social enterprises and their resilience.

I share the values and ethos of CCA in terms of its promotion of personal inclusion and community development and I look to contribute in particular to the organisation’s work in relation to housing and social enterprise.

Alison Amesbury


I have extensive experience at senior management level working for the local housing authority in Cheshire West bringing knowledge and skills to benefit the CCA Board, customers, colleagues and communities. Understanding and meeting the needs of vulnerable individuals, households and communities is at the heart of everything I do. I have long recognised the critical role played by CCA in the rural area; the longevity and track record of the organisation are a huge credit to the hard work and dedication of the Board and staff.

I am particularly excited about the emerging role of community-led housing as this builds upon the work of assessing local housing needs and neighbourhood planning.

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