We have two groups of people which help make Liverpool SOUP a success:

- The Committee, who volunteer their expertise to plan and manage the strategy and relationships which are crucial in ensuring SOUP meets its core objectives and can grow to further support our community.

- The Panel, who are a group of diverse SOUP supporters who review all pitch applications and rank them in order of their preference. We then collate the scores submitted by The Panel and the four highest ranking ideas or projects are selected to pitch.

Our committee members:

Louisa Burman

Co-founder & Chair

Louisa has worked across several sectors, most recently specialising in process improvement for large organisations while also being a trustee for Awesome Liverpool who award monthly micro-grants. Her passion for community focused projects has grown from humble beginnings, working in charity shops appreciating the sense of purpose they can give to a diverse group of dedicated volunteers, to organising a pop-up cafe targeted at reducing the stigmas associated with mental health and various donation drives.

Patrick Hurley

Co-founder

Patrick is the CEO of Inclusive Economy Liverpool. He is an experienced business development professional with a demonstrated history of working at a senior level in startup advice and local government administration. He has been an elected member of Liverpool City Council since 2011, and is a Co-Founder and Director of Ethos Magazine, a quarterly magazine dedicated to profiling the best in ethical entrepreneurship from across the world.

Hannah Forbes

Hannah is the Founder of The Funding Crowd, a Liverpool-based crowdfunding consultancy. She helps businesses raise money on crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo and develops businesses from idea conception to pre-funding stage. Her passion for crowdfunding comes from its ability to democratise access to funding, offering opportunity for all types of founders. She works extensively with not-for-profit initiatives and alongside her business, is conducting a PhD in Crowd-Based Design at The University of Liverpool.

Ema Quinn

Ema is the manager of the Liverpool Branch of the Choir With No Name, a charity which runs choirs for people experiencing homelessness, and a Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, and Recovery Circle Facilitator with a specialisation in Trauma Informed Practice. She is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a qualified Coach and has over 30 years’ experience working as a project leader in community development within the Cultural Industries and third sector.  She is also a parkrun fanatic and is part of the Crosby parkrun team and Event Director for a new junior parkrun in Bootle.  When not busy working, volunteering (or currently nursing an injury!) she can usually be found hiking up mountains or swimming in lakes!