The Steve Morgan Foundation has appointed its first-ever chief executive.
Liam Eaglestone, who comes from a pastoral background and has extensive experience in the education and third sector, said he felt ‘privileged’ to be the first CEO in the 21-year history of the Foundation.
The 44-year-old, who lives in Anfield, Liverpool, said he wanted to build on the organisation’s reputation for changing lives.
He said, “I’ve seen first-hand the impact the Steve Morgan Foundation has on supporting entire communities and it’s a genuine honour to be appointed as CEO.
“The relationship the Foundation has with the charities it works with goes far beyond the grants it provides and has been forged over many years.
“The Steve Morgan Foundation was first out the blocks when it came to supporting charities impacted by COVID-19 and its partnership with the cancer support charity Maggie’s goes from strength to strength.”
Earlier this year the Foundation announced a £50m donation to Diabetes UK and JDRF UK to transform the lives of people living with type 1 diabetes and lead the global race to a cure.
It’s a subject very close to Mr Eaglestone’s heart as both he and his 14-year-old son Jack have type 1 diabetes.
“I was diagnosed in my mid-30s but Jack was only six when he was diagnosed and his blood sugar levels were very hard to control,” he said.
“I know first-hand the impact the condition has on young people and their families and I’m honoured to be able to play a small part in the ongoing search for a cure.”
The father-of-four has paid tribute to the team at the Steve Morgan Foundation, especially the director of regional grants Jane Harris.
“The Foundation’s values are shared by the entire team and Jane’s knowledge is second-to-none,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with them all on the next stage of the journey.”
Away from work, Mr Eaglestone is a big fan of Liverpool FC and even gave his son Jack the middle name of Dalglish as a tribute to the club’s icon Sir Kenny.
Philanthropist Steve Morgan said, “Over the last 21 years the Steve Morgan Foundation has become one of the UK’s leading, individual, philanthropic foundations.
“Under the leadership of Jane Harris, we’ve gained a thorough understanding of the challenges facing the people in our region and we will continue to support those individuals via the numerous charities we fund.
“However, we have even greater ambition. We are increasingly initiating and supporting larger scale initiatives, both regionally and nationally.
“Liam has the ideal skillset to realise our ambition, we are all incredibly excited for the future and the Foundation achieving ever greater things.”