Who We Are

Meet the CEO & Board



Chief Executive Officer

Amy is the energetic and inspirational co-founder and CEO, a position she has held since our incorporation. During her working life Amy has been heavily invested in consultation and engagement with and advocacy for others. She believes in people being able to bring about the change they want to see. Amy has presented at National and Local Government levels in respect of young people’s voices. She has developed a unique transformational coaching style and achieved qualifications, she has managed teams and resources, built strong partnerships, networks and friendships and been entrepreneurial in her outlook about what works best.

Amy’s young life was not easy and in the last few years she has suffered bereavement and loss. Against this backdrop Amy is striving to build Make It Happen as an anchor organisation in Birkenhead with a model of respect and care for all to combat inequalities, loss and hardship.

Amy was recognised for the first year of MIH with a Merseyside Women of the Year award and has received many additional accolades.

Amy lives in Wirral and in her spare time enjoys the company of friends and music.

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Chris is a retired Chief Executive of a local Housing Association and since her retirement now holds the position as its President. She has held various non-executive Director roles in Housing, Health, Education and Criminal Justice. Chris is a community activist who supports and mentors other community leaders. She has been recognised both Nationally and Locally for her community work receiving a Children’s Workforce Development Council and Merseyside Women of the Year Lifetime achievement award, a University of Chester Honary Doctor of Letters and a British Empire Medal.

Chris has extensive experience in governance and leadership, people management and development, business planning and in writing strategies, policies and procedures and more latterly bids. She is a co-founder and the treasurer of Make It Happen.

Chris lives in Wirral and in her spare time enjoys knitting and reading. She is a Christian involved with St Mary’s church in Upton.



Phil is a retired Environmental health senior officer having worked in local government both in Liverpool and Wirral. He has extensive experience of health and safety and working collaboratively across Public, Voluntary and Faith sectors. Phil is passionate about reducing inequalities in community health and well-being and working according to asset-based-community-development principles to build social capital and resilience.

Phil works with regional and local faith leaders to promote cohesion in communities and encourage neighbourliness. He is often called upon to offer a Christian faith perspective to local conversations.

Phil lives in Wirral and in his spare times enjoys walking, swimming, DIY, crosswords and model boat making.


Catherine Maddaford

Cathy has had a long and interesting career in the NHS working in Community, Mental Health and Acute Trusts in both executive and non-executive roles. She is a retired regional Director of Nursing with extensive experience and a keen interest in partnership working, quality, safeguarding children and adults  governance and equality and diversity. She still serves as a non-executive director at Liverpool CCG. Cathy served as a magistrate for 10 years and as a Governor with the University of Chester for 12 years. She received an Honary Doctor of Letters from the University in 2019.

Cathy has a desire to see good health and well-being for all and understands how our environment and support networks are important to that.

Cathy lives in Neston and her hobbies include singing, flower arranging, knitting and walking her dog.


Anne-Marie Harrop BA (Hons), CIA, CMIIA

Anne-Marie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Audit and has expertise in internal audit, risk management and corporate governance. Anne-Marie is a professional auditor and corporate governance expert with over twenty years experience of delivering audit, assurance and consultancy work across the NHS and Central Government.

Anne-Marie lives on the Wirral, is married and has two teenage children.



Kieran led Career Connect from its formation and initial incorporation as Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership [GMCP] until his early retirement in 2020. He is now working part time as Executive Director at Careers England. Kieran has extensive knowledge and experience in careers advice and guidance, partnership working, contracts, commissioning and procurement, social investment strategies and partnerships, leadership and strategic development and people management and development.

Kieran has a continued interest in vocational education and training and recognises the difficulties some people face when their experiences have been negative. He is an advocate of innovative learning models.

Kieran has lived in Wirral since 2015 and in his spare time enjoys travel, walking, cold water swimming and learning to play golf.

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Sophie is a solicitor and partner at a large law firm; she specialises in development planning, infrastructure and compulsory purchase in her day to day practice. She has a background in local and central government and is experienced in delivering results in a regulated environment, governance and risk management. Sophie has previously worked as a legislative draftsperson and currently sits as a member of her firms Sustainability and Green Group with a focus on UN Sustainability goals relating to social justice, inclusion and equality.

Sophie is a Wirral resident who enjoys playing tennis, reading and travel in her spare time.