The Book Stop Trustees

Mike Gaskell


Mike grew up in St Helens and attended West Park Grammar School and Liverpool University, graduating in Law in 1977.

He was admitted as a solicitor in 1980 and practised with firms in Liverpool, Birkenhead, Preston and Manchester, spending his last 12 years as the managing partner of the Manchester office of Trowers & Hamlins LLP before retiring in 2019. He is currently a trustee / board member of 3 housing associations and 2 other charities.

He is passionate about reading and literacy forming the basis of a happy and rewarding life.

Steve Davies


Steve is a born and bred St.Helens man, educated at Cowley Grammar School.

He is a retired Retail Manager with 35 plus years of experience managing both small and large Fast Moving Consumer Goods stores. Steve has also worked as a retail advisor in the charity sector and trained as a retail auditor for Barnardos Charity.

He is passionate about books.

Jessica Evans


Jessica was born in St Helens where she attended Blackbrook St Mary’s Primary School and St Augustine of Canterbury High School.

She studied Business and French at the University of Chester, during which time she spent a year living in France attending University and teaching English. She now works as a Project Manager and has also run a gender-based Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

She is passionate about giving a voice to the most marginalised in our community and encouraging a love of literature in the younger generation.

Mike Webster


Mike was born in St Helens and, as part of a “Pilks” family, spent some of his early life in Kirk Sandall, Doncaster. On his return to Eccleston he attended secondary school in Prescot before completing his degree at Bangor University.

He went on to train as a social worker and has an M.Sc in Social Service management from Lancaster University. Having worked for both Buckinghamshire and Lancashire Mike concluded his career as Assistant Director for Adult Care in North Yorkshire.

Mike is the Mental Health Ambassador for the Saints Community Development Foundation and has followed the ups and downs of Saints for too many years. His other active sport is cricket and he is the president of his local club.

He is keen to use the benefits of books and writing in community support initiatives. He has been an active member of book groups for many years and enjoys the opportunity these give to read new and varied books.

The Book Stop Team

Laura Goodchild


Laura went to school at Allanson Street in Parr followed by Haydock High school and then Carmel College.  She has a degree in Creative Writing from Edge Hill University and joins us from Waterstones in Wigan where she was Lead Children’s Bookseller.

Caitlin Lowe

Assistant Manager

Caitlin went to school at Hope Academy in Newton-le-willows, followed by Carmel College and now has a degree in English Literature and Film Studies from the University of Salford.