Meet the Warren Board of Trustees

Dr Max Hope is the Chair of the Board of Trustees. She works as a lecturer and researcher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hull. Her teaching and research focus on developing inclusion, challenging inequality, building democratic education and working towards social justice. She is currently leading an ESRC-funded international research project which explores whether alternative systems of education which offer freedom and autonomy can have a positive impact on reducing social inequality ( She has just finished a three-year EU-funded project which explored new ways of using young people’s voices to improve teaching and learning in secondary schools in Portugal, Spain and the UK. She is adamant that her work at The Warren heightened her awareness of the impact of social exclusion and social inequality, and in particular, the role that education (or inadequate education) plays in this.

In her role as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Max is committed to working in open and transparent ways and of ensuring that young people are genuinely able to lead and direct the work of The Warren. She is firmly rooted in Hull and is passionate about ensuring that The Warren is able to continue its work with the young people of this city.

Carla Ramsay is Head of Service - Clinical Quality and Assurance at NHS North Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support Unit. She has built up expertise through a range of public sector roles in policy development and strategic management. Carla specialises in policy advice and strategic planning, in particular in corporate governance. She is able to advise Boards on future development, organizational priorities and risk management.

Dan Robinson is a local restaurateur who owns restaurant bars and an outdoors events business specializing in catering and bars. He has worked in the hospitality industry from the age of 12 through his parents who were both restaurateurs. Dan played an instrumental supporting role in helping the FareShare food poverty initiative become established in Hull. As well as wider strategic support, Dan is supporting the Warren’s social enterprise plans around food and training. Dan has a degree in International Business from Hull University.

Dr Sinead Gormally is Programme Director and Lecturer on the Communities and Youth Work Studies Degree course at the University of Hull. She is a trained Youth Work and Community Development Practitioner and has experience of working within the UK and abroad. Her research and practice interests centre on Youth Work and Youth Studies, Community Development, Social Justice as well as Equality and Rights-based work.

Alison Flack is a Service Director and Board member at Humber NHS Foundation Trust. She has over 25 years’ experience working in the NHS across a wide range of service areas. Her current role is to manage Operational Service Delivery for mental health, addictions and prison services across Hull & East Riding. Alison is passionate about providing good quality care and support to patients their families and carers and is committed to joining-up public services across the city of Hull.

Councillor Rosie Nicola is an elected member of Hull City Council’s Cabinet. She is the Portfolio Holder & City Plan Enabler for Learning Skills and Safeguarding Children. She is also the Lead Member for Children’s Services. She was elected to represent the Avenue Ward of Hull in May 2012.

Dave Gowthorpe is an accomplished musician, concert and events organizer and promoter who spent 8 years working to promote various music, arts and cultutral festivals across Europe. Dave returned to his home city of Hull in 2009 to study Music at Hull University, graduating with a 1st class honours degree which was quickly followed by an MA (with Distinction) in Music Composition after which he was awarded a full scholarship to study for a PHD in Music Composition. Dave is the organizer of the Hull Folk Festival, the driving force behind the Hull Music Collective and the founder of Seven Locks Studio of film scores.

Mark Sowerby originally trained as an engineer before a stint of volunteering as a youth worker with The British Red Cross inspired him to re-train as drugs worker with the Hull and East Yorkshire Council for Drug Problems. He then trained as a counsellor - working in the NHS until 2010 when he opted to re-train again as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and is currently 4 years into his 5 year training programme. Mark’s role on the Board of Trustees - in addition to wider strategic support - is to support the sustainable development of the Warren’s Counselling Service and to ensure that Staff Development remains a primary managerial consideration.

Bruce Woodcock is the son of the late British Heavyweight Boxing Champion - Bruce Woodcock, but took a very different career path to his father by pursuing a 40-year career as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Hull before retiring in 2013. His main teaching interests were in contemporary literature and film, the literature and film of the 1960s, and Australian and Caribbean literature and Romantic poetry. He has written, published and edited numerous critical books in those fields and also taught in the Caribbean at the University of the West Indies and in Australia at Wollongong University. In retirement he continues to publish collections of his own poetry while also playing piano and keyboards in the Hull jazz combo ‘Spooky’. Bruce also edits the website ‘Bruce Woodcock Boxer’, dedicated to his late father. He lives in Hull with his wife Les Garry, who is a psychotherapist and counsellor.

Bryan Draper is a retired Chief Executive Officer of Humberside Youth Association. He held this post for more than 30 years within the Association in its various forms. Trained as a Youth & Community Worker at West Hill College in Birmingham, Bryan has represented the Voluntary Sector at Local, Regional and National level. This included being a director of the Humberside TEC, Governor at Beverley College, and Yorkshire Youth Work Council. Since retiring, Brian was the voluntary Company Secretary for 17 years at the North York Moors historical Railway Trust Ltd.