Meet Our Trustees

Patrick Hurley – Chair

As well as being the Vice Chair of Paper Cup Project, Patrick is the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusive Economy Liverpool, which works to promote grassroots-led economic development in the Liverpool City Region. He is an elected member of Liverpool City Council, and chairs the city’s Enterprise, Employment and Skills Committee. Patrick is also a governor of Sudley Infant School and City of Liverpool College, and is co-founder of Ethos Magazine and Liverpool Soup. 

Stephanie Smith – Secretary

Steph is the Secretary for Paper Cup Project and is also the executive assistant for a successful  property company based in Liverpool. She was recently nominated as a finalist in the Charity PA Awards, for her fundraising efforts, after raising an impressive £40,000 for charities across Liverpool. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and following Everton FC.   

Adam Boaks

Adam has worked as a merchandiser for the past  seven years since graduating from the University of Manchester studying Business Economics. Adam has been a volunteer with Paper Cup Project for more than three years. In his free time he enjoys following his favourite football team , Liverpool FC.  

Paul Polhill

Paul Polhill

Paul has been a volunteer with the Paper Cup Project outreach team for around two years. His lived experience is a valuable asset to the board, as he has previously dealt with compulsive gambling, which led to financial insecurities and a loss of the family home. Paul is a Director of Liverpool construction company, Blue Rose Construction Ltd. 

Matt Ide

Matt is the Managing Director of Giving Insight, a research-led fundraising consultancy working with not-for-profits globally.  A member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, he has written numerous pieces on global philanthropy, including contributing to the award-winning book ‘Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy’. Outside of work, he can be found walking, running or cycling outdoors and supporting his beloved Liverpool FC.