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:

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Louisa Burman


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

Patrick is the Northern England manager for the Royal Society of Arts. He is an experienced community 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, is co-founder of both Ethos, a magazine dedicated to profiling the best in ethical entrepreneurship from across the world, and Inclusive Economy Liverpool, which supports the social economy in the city region.


Nick Woodrow

Nick is a chartered civil engineer with 20 years’ experience working in the construction industry.  Most recently he has worked and invested in start-up technology businesses in the engineering sector and across other industries. Having recently moved to Merseyside, and after attending several SOUP events, he was inspired to get more involved with Liverpool SOUP. Nick is also the co-owner of plastic free shop Waste Not Want Not Wirral and a member of DSW Ventures investment committee.

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Catherine van Saarloos

Catherine works for a Maths Education charity and was formerly a teacher of young people and adults in Liverpool. She is passionate about education for empowerment and runs events which focus on using maths as a tool for social justice and understanding. Catherine was inspired to get involved after attending a SOUP event with her children. Watching their reaction and engagement with the event made her realise that everyone needs more SOUP in their lives.

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Ruth Worthington

Ruth has been working in community wellbeing for the past few years. After working as an Outreach Officer for Dingle's Over 50s project, Wheel Meet Again, Ruth began working for Healthwatch Liverpool as their Wellbeing Liverpool Officer. Ruth visits and promotes groups and organisations in the community that may improve wellbeing and mental/physical health and promotes them through Link Workers and GPs as part of social prescribing and to the general public through the Wellbeing Liverpool website and social media accounts.

Ruth has extensive experience in community volunteering and takes on volunteering roles whenever she can. 

With special thanks to Hannah Forbes, Founder of The Funding Crowd, for her time on the Liverpool SOUP Committee from April 2019 to January 2021.