Meet Our Trustees

Michelle Langan

Michelle founded Paper Cup Project over four years ago, in an effort to assist in tackling the growing homeless problem across the city. In 2016 she won the Merseyside Women Of The Year Award for social impact for her work with the homeless community.  

Patrick Hurley

Vice 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


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.   

Andy Shute


Andy is a Director of a property management company and also works as a European Business Development  Manager. He joined Paper Cup Project in 2016 having met our founder Michelle at an awards event, “I was so impressed I wanted to help, initially by donating and volunteering but seeing the work that the charity does first hand I knew I had to contribute more.” 

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.