Hi. I’m Simon Walker and I was one of the founding members of MYST and now Chair the Board of Trustees. Although I have a full time job and a family, I am keen to keep my links with MYST as I strongly believe that supporting entrepreneurship, especially in areas that don’t get as much mainstream support, is vital to the local and national economy.
I work for a NASDAQ listed Speciality Chemical Company and as Site Process Engineering & Projects Manager I am responsible for all chemical & process engineering activities across an 80 hectare, multi plant, multi-product, multi business site. Ellesmere Port site is Innospec’s largest manufacturing site, employing over 175 people in the manufacturing area. I have the Site Process Engineer and a multi-disciplinary Projects Team reporting to me and together we deliver the site’s Capital and Decommissioning Projects programme. We also lead on technology development, whether safety, environmental, efficiency, plant availability, cost or business improvement. I also liaise with Research and Technology to bring new products onto new or existing plant.
Qualified as Youth Leader in Liverpool 1961. Chair Merseyside Youth Association 1976 – 1986: Chair UK Youth 1990 – 1998 : Chair Youth Federation 2012- 2014: Governor Free School currently.
Joint M-D Food Distribution company 40 years.
Rob is the Chief Executive of the London Youth Support Trust.
Rob started his career as an investment manager in the insurance industry and in 1987 set up his own business specialising in managing interest rates and currency risks for American pension partners. He sold the business in 1995 and started voluntary work at the Prince’s Trust helping young people start businesses.
In 1999, with Phillip Howard, he set up the London Youth Support Trust as 30% of the businesses who were helped by the Prince’s Trust were not starting, as they were unable to get commercial accommodation in London. LYST also provides an intense business support programme.
Rob became Chief Executive in 2012 as LYST continued to expand.
John Corless is a highly qualified and well respected Liverpool Barrister, based at Atlantic Chambers.
John was appointed to the Bar in 1984. His areas of expertise are Litigation, Clinical Negligence and Public Law.
John joined the Board of Trustees at MYST in 2015.