Board Members

Louise Barnes

Board Member

Louise is a business development and communications professional. As a freelance PR and Marketing consultant she has advised on internal and external communication strategies for several large North West businesses and a global manufacturer. Louise has successfully developed and implemented business improvement functions for national and local companies, and currently works in the additive manufacturing industry for a leading materials developer.

The Leigh Spinners Mill project encompasses two of Louise’s passions, industrial heritage and economic regeneration.

Leanne Morton

Board Member

Leanne has many years of retail management and has recently completed a degree in Interior Architecture and design covering both interior design and graphic design. She is passionate about sustainability and the reuse of buildings to make a positive difference to the environment.

Chris Jones

Board Member

Chris Jones is a retired teacher who is keen to implement a purposeful and educational programme at the Mill.

David Matthews

Board Member

David hails from Leigh and attended the grammar school, before gaining a degree in modern languages. He worked in neighbourhood and community development in Leigh and warrington before spending the rest of his working life at a college of further education in Staffordshire. His roles included partnership and external liason. David's interests include Leigh Centurions, drama and Morris dancing!

Jane Shaw

Company Secretary

Keith Cunliffe

Board Member

Keith is a senior Councillor for Wigan Council. He is Cabinet member for Adult Services and represents Leigh East Ward. Keith has a great interest in regeneration and has represented the UK on transnational European Initiatives supporting the regeneration of former Coalfields areas. Keith works in Mental Health.

Helen Phillips

Board Member

Helen is Head teacher of Bedford High School. This is a Business and Enterprise college which is located directly adjacent to the Leigh Spinners Mill. Helen previously worked in Manchester where she had a strong involvement in community projects including the SHARP Project in Manchester which is a major ICT and community enterprise initiative. Helen is a key link between the project and the educational opportunities it will provide.

Peter Horrocks

Board Member

Peter sits on the board of Directors of Leigh Spinners Ltd, the original developer of the mill and still operating from the mill manufacturing textiles. Peter is the grandson of John Horrocks who was the founder of the company and the mill and is keen to secure the regeneration and re-use of the mill.

John Morrison

Board Member

John is the Managing Director of Leigh Spinners Company. He is another born and bred in Leigh and attended Bedford High School. John joined Leigh Spinners at the age of 19 but left and worked in the construction industry before returning to the company to work his way up to his current position.

Peter Rowlinson


Peter lives locally and has worked in Planning and Regeneration for many years latterly as Deputy Director of Planning and Regeneration in Wigan and Director of Planning and Economy in Rochdale. He began his career as a Conservation Officer and sees this project as an opportunity to link Conservation and Community Regeneration for the benefit of local people.

David Liggett


As a management professional, David’s broad range of business knowledge spans several industry sectors. He has managed large teams and departments in finance, engineering, training and education settings. His experience in business development, and in managing projects and operations has given him an insight into recruitment techniques, Health and Safety legislation and application, IT implementation, effective change management and procurement. He recently qualified in the Management of Volunteers, and also holds NEBOSH (Management of Safety and Health) and Accounting qualifications.

David is active within the local community, and is also a co-opted Governor at Bedford High School and a member of a Patients Group at a local GP practice. Having has lived most of his life within sight of the mill, David is keen to be a part of the future for this iconic building.

Stewart McGarrie

Board Member

Stewart is a Project Manager with over 20 years experience, managing large projects for major private and public sector organisations. He has spent many years working in Central Government; providing infrastructure services, as part of his Project Manager remit. He has a wealth of experience in many other roles.

Stewart is passionate about local heritage and community and also runs a Facebook Group with over 18,000 members, that celebrates at Leigh and its' history.