The Cass Foundation

Healthy places | Healthy lives

Simon Abrams is a GP working in Everton, Liverpool, a place that topped the index of multiple deprivation in 2011. He has championed health equality and continuity of care through his work at the practice and focuses on wellbeing as a key part of the health agenda. His portfolio role includes National Secretary of the Family Doctor Association, Medical Director of Urgent Health UK, Federation of Social Enterprise Out of Hours Providers and Alcohol Lead for Liverpool Central Locality Commissioning Group. He is a member of the Friends of Everton Park committee. He is a GP with a Special Interest in Drug Misuse and oversees a large shared care service at the practice. He is a Member of the Royal College of GPs (MRCGP), has Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and a Doctorate of Medicine (MD).


Richard Cass (Chair)

Richard Cass is the joint founder of the Cass Foundation. Qualifying initially as an architect and landscape architect, he has had 40 years’ experience in the environmental field, working mainly as a consultant. Much of this work has been in a multi-disciplinary context, including the management and delivery of complex, large-scale projects. He has extensive experience as an architect, landscape architect, masterplanner and urban designer and a thorough working knowledge of the planning system. His work covers a wide range of fields, including education, public transport, housing and mixed-use schemes, nature conservation, and low energy ‘green’ architecture. He has a particular interest in the relationship between health and the environment, and how design can assist in delivering health benefits. His work has received many awards and he has spoken widely at national and international conferences on environmental issues.

Judy Cass (Trustee)

Judy Cass is the joint founder of the Cass Foundation and a photographer. She trained as a graphic designer and then developed a career as a film editor. After a short period with the BBC she worked in a small industrial film unit in Newcastle upon Tyne before moving over to photography.  She has covered a wide range of fields including corporate, press and public relations, books and articles, portraiture, architectural and landscape photography.

Dr Simon Abrams (Trustee)

David Lowther (Trustee)

David Lowther, Bsc (Hons), ACA, CTA, FRSA (Vice Chairman) is a Chartered Accountant with many years' experience in senior finance roles that have combined analysis, strategy, creativity, communication and hands-on implementation within a variety of companies. Having worked in retail-related industries, David was Group Finance Director of Dawson Holdings PLC for 10 years before joining the Trust in 2009.

Steven Perkins (Trustee)

Steve Perkins is the retired Assistant Director of Parks and Gardens at Liverpool City Council and has extensive expertise in horticulture.


Dr Philip Putwain (Trustee)

Phil Putwain is a retired academic (Liverpool University) and currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Environmental Sciences. He is based at Liverpool University’s Ness Botanic Gardens. He is also a Director of Ecological Restoration Consultants Limited. He trained originally as an agricultural botanist but developed his research, teaching and ecological consultancy to focus on ecological restoration and the creation of green infrastructure, including green places that sustain the wellbeing of local populations and enhance biological diversity, particularly in urban and post-industrial environments. Phil is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the Society of Ecological Restoration, the Association of Applied Biologists and is an Associate of the Landscape Institute. He also acts as an external degree examiner for ‘environmental sector’ degree programmes and for M.Phil and PhD thesis submissions.

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