Meet The Management Team
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Peter Sturman

Peter Sturman
Chair & Communication

Responsibilities include: arranging and recording meetings, overseeing CBS documentation, acting as the point of liaison between the MC and the manager, line manager for pub manager, designing and implementing the media liaison strategy, issuing news releases and fostering good relationships with local media outlets.

"I am a retired senior Scotland Yard detective. For the last four years of my service I was in charge of the Accelerated Promotion Scheme at the National Police College. I also spent time as a media liaison officer for the police. 
I am also a qualified lead assessor for the International Organisation for Standardisation. My wife and I moved to Culcheth in 2011, having previously spent a lot of time visiting relatives in the area. I was dumbfounded when I learnt of plans to demolish the Raven and joined the movement to ‘Save the Raven’ early on. I became part of the steering group and I have been able to utilise my media liaison training and experience to help publicise the fight to save the Raven.

As chair of the steering group and now the management committee, I have been able to rely upon a considerable amount of experience both as an operational leader in the police service and my leadership and development role at the Police Staff College.  As we move toward operating the Raven as a community pub I am excited about all the possibilities we have before us. Our local community have been and continue to be incredible with what has been achieved, so far. I consider myself lucky to be a part of it"
Suzanne Smith

Responsibilities include: to liaise with FCA re annual returns, assist treasurer as necessary 

"I am a Chartered Accountant (also trained at PwC) I am the Chief Finance Officer of a northwest public company listed on the London Stock Exchange. My expertise lies in building business models (cash flow forecasts in particular) in order to raise finance and appraise investments"
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Suzanne Smith

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Paul Halligan

Paul Halligan
Assistant Treasurer

Responsibilities include: Assisting the Treasurer with the intention of taking over the Treasurer position in the future. 

"I'm a recently retired Senior Project Manager. I worked for Sellafield Ltd for 36 years, and was based at Risley, Warrington.

During my career I managed multimillion-pound projects at the Sellafield site in Cumbria. I understand the importance of financial control, and have controlled budgets in excess of £200m.

I visited the Raven with family and friends when it was open and couldn't believe it was in line for demolition and redevelopment.

I have a number of friends in Culcheth and Glazebury, many helped refurbish the Raven. I wasn't able to help with the physical work at the time but I've volunteered to help the committee manage the business."