I am a really proud Trustee and friend of An Hour for Others. From day one, I have truly admired the work that Kevin, Gill and the team have done and do every day for the communities that we live in. They bring inspiration, belief and confidence to our communities and the people that make them, showing that life really can be great and, despite the challenges that we all face day to day, there is real positivity and opportunity for us all – together, we are strong.
I am a strong believer that everyone should have access to the opportunities to live their life well, contribute to society and help us all build up communities for the future, for our friends, our family and our children. There are challenges, there are obstacles and there are always reasons why this is more difficult than it perhaps should be. However, the value in community spirit, determination, belief and optimism can make a genuine difference. We all have an important role to play in this – helping each other and helping ourselves. Helping ourselves is not selfish. It’s investing in ourselves to be great, to have the belief, confidence and ambition to be the best we can. We then motivate, support and help others to be the best they can be, being there when others need us most, being that shoulder and support mechanism that we all need from time to time. Then.….. we create communities, positivity and a continual cycle of positive energy and development that can help build and sustain the futures that we all deserve and want for our children and generations to come.
Personally, I am a proud dad of two girls who make me proud every single day. Professionally, I am Chartered Accountant, and am currently VP and Group Head of Financial Control at Intact Financial Corporation, parent of Royal and Sun Alliance – in the UK, well known for its MoreThan brand. I am also a co-opted member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Liverpool John Moores University, and Honorary Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants.
Joe Gervin LLB
Joe studied Law and Business at Queens University Belfast and Davis & Elkins College in WV, USA respectively. He went on to undertake his Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School and qualified as a Commercial Property Solicitor in Liverpool.
Joe continues his role as a Property Solicitor within his own Property Management Company in Liverpool and also is a Director of a family Care Home business in Northern Ireland. He has developed numerous city centre projects making a positive impact on Liverpool Housing ideals.
Joe is a keen runner and completes numerous marathons annually. He enjoys golf, football (a keen red) and Gaelic Football, having played for 11 years for Liverpool John Mitchells at Greenbank in Wavertree.
Joe has been involved with An Hour For Hours (AHFO) from its second year and has enjoyed his role overseeing the successes and growth from a CIC to a fully registered charity. He is very proud of the work Gill, Kev and the team at AHFO have put in and the great impact they have on the Liverpool Community. These guys are the personification of all that is good in Liverpool and have the care and wellbeing of their fellow people at the centre of their hearts and minds.
Andrea Minghella Watkins
I’m married to Ian, Mum to Alice who is 15 and Oliver who is 4. I work as a Store manager for Morrisons, so life is busy! But never too busy to support and fulfil my role as a trustee!
I became a trustee almost at the start of the journey for AHFO, Kev and Gill are my sister and brother in law. When Gill asked me to support the charity by becoming a trustee I felt very privileged. Seeing the charity go from strength to strength has been simply amazing. The impact Kev and Gill and the team of volunteers have had on our communities has been immense, changing lives and inspiring change.
I play a very small part in the Charity but I’m very proud to be part of such a positive impactful team, who quite simply want to create a positive world for everyone one step at a time.