Meet the Trustees of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association

Garth Dallas


Garth Dallas was elected to the position of Chairperson in January 2019, having previously served as Treasurer and General Secretary. He has overall responsibility for leading the Association’s strategy and delivering on its aim of being the most successful organisation of its kind in the UK. In addition he has specific responsibility for Legal, Compliance and Governance.

Garth is a lawyer and entrepreneur who is widely recognised as a high profile and respected voice on British & International Law, Workplace Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility and Effective Community Engagement.

Garth also has wide experience of working on several Liverpool Boards and Committees, including Liverpool Commonwealth Games 2022 Bid Board, Liverpool Special Olympics Games 2021 Bid Board and Netball World Cup 2019 (Liverpool) Legacy Board. Additionally, in his role as a long-standing member of Liverpool City Council’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Select Committee, Garth maintain strong connections and provides exemplary support to the development of Liverpool’s strategic policy across various portfolios, particularly in relation to diversity, social inclusion and community engagement best practices.

Since 2015, Garth has served as an Ambassador for Liverpool Central Libraries, with responsibility for promoting this famous library nationally and internationally.

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Vanessa Boateng

General Secretary

Vanessa Boateng is General Secretary and Trustee responsible for the general organisation of the LCA and community engagement.

Her role is to oversee the day to day activities within the organisation and act as a representative of the LCA at events, meetings and activities within and outside the city region in collaboration with other trustees portfolios.

She's an accomplished Data Analyst, Philanthropist and Policy maker.

In 2018 she was invited by HM the Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace in recognition of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the UK's Commonwealth diaspora communities.

She's a member of the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough's children's scrutiny committee.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and is the founder of New Era Initiative a charity based in Liverpool, CEO of Creations by Viva an event management company, director of UNOF Environmental solutions Limited and director of Omega Recruitment Services Limited.

John Mohin OBE

Business Forum Chair

John Mohin OBE is the Trustee responsible for Business & Commerce and developing the LCA’s strategy for business related issues surrounding the affairs of the Commonwealth countries and their respective communities in the Liverpool City Region.

John Mohin has distilled a lifetime of international business in to the essence of boardroom practice. As head of overseas subsidiary companies for Wedgwood and Waterford Crystal, he has a wealth of experience and is proficient in the commercial field of business and market development.

John travels extensively, runs his own business and is influenced by the correct interpretation of market intelligence. He has applied the valuable lessons learned to the task of leading innovative companies with notable success in the field of intellectual property and luxury brands.

Edward Harcourt

Education Forum Chair

Dr Edward Harcourt is the Trustee responsible for Schools, Universities and Education, specifically for developing the LCA’s strategy for advancing education of the Commonwealth and its values to the general public and to promote within the Liverpool City Region, nationally and overseas the increase and spread of knowledge respecting the peoples and countries of the Commonwealth.

He is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) and is a member of the Senior Management Team and the Academic Board at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

He took his PhD in History from Vanderbilt University in the United States and joined the University of Warwick in 2003 as an Assistant Registrar. He later became Director of International Relations at the University of Birmingham.

Sylvia Forchap-Likambi

Women Forum Chair

Dr. Sylvia Forchap-Likambi is the Chair of the Women Forum and is responsible for leading the Association's strategy of women empowerment and placing the LCA at the forefront of Liverpool City Region’s own strategy for gender equality and high-level women leadership.

She is a leading empowerment and transformation authority, Speaker/ Coach, and bestselling author. She specializes in the delivery of very high-quality cutting-edge empowerment, leadership and transformation programs.

Her work has had an impact on million of lives, transformed several female entrepreneurs, and empowered many individuals out of addictions and depression, and into training, volunteering, employment and leadership roles.

Shazney Edmondson-Spence

Arts, Culture & Heritage Forum Chair

Shazney Edmondson-Spence is Chair of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Forum.

Shazney's is responsible for the development and implementation of the Association's strategy to promote Arts, Culture and Heritage of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The role involves collaborating with other organisations to widen and deepen participation in the Arts.

She is the Managing Director of her own company, EQuanimity Lifestyle & Success Coaching Ltd.

Chris Lewis

Fundraising and Organisational Development Forum Chair

Chris Lewis is Chair of the Fundraising and Organisational Development Forum. He is primarily responsible for all aspects of income generation including corporate, community, events, trusts and, individual giving. In addition he provides advice on facilitating organisational success of the Association.

Born in Swansea, Chris moved to Liverpool in 1984 to study for his degree. After graduating in 1987 Chris worked for a children’s charity and Wirral Borough Council before setting up the regeneration consultancy Community Concepts Limited.

Nearly 25 years on the business is still working with a cross section of public, private and voluntary sector clients providing a wide range of business support and consultancy services.

Away from work Chris is a keen rugby fan, plays cricket and enjoys socialising with family and friends. Chris lives with his partner Nik and has 3 children.

Pauline Davis

Membership Engagement Forum Chair

Pauline Davis is responsible for the Association’s overall strategy for engaging with and managing its Membership, particularly Business Membership.

Her skills in Agriculture and the Importation of Bee equipment and Export of Honey and Spices has engaged her in working with local business and trade.

She's a member of the Beekeeping Association and acted for JAMPRO: Jamaican Government. She's an Entrepreneur, Business owner and holds a BSc in Psychology and Health with Hons. She has worked and volunteered with British Red Cross, Food Banks, Health and Social Care sectors.

Mumin Khan

Trustee without portfolio

Mumin Khan is currently a Trustee without a specific portfolio. He is one of the Association's founding members and previously served as its first Secretary and also its Treasurer.

He is a prominent member of Liverpool City Region's Muslim Community. He has developed numerous community initiatives to advance and further better relationships with all communities.

He is currently the Executive Director of Muslim Enterprise Development Service and Co-founder and Chief Executive of Abdullah Quilliam Mosque & Heritage Village.

Mumin is also a Member of the Merseyside Police Interfaith Forum and the Merseyside Independent Advisory Group. He Chairs the Liverpool Branch of Greater Sylhet Development Council UK.

These roles have enabled him to develop extensive skills in community cohesion and effecting positive change in Liverpool and beyond.