Meet the team
To help all our team and stakeholders get to know each other, each month we will feature a member of staff.
This month we are profiling the BHP Founder and Chief Executive, Dr Barry Cooper:
You are the founder of the Big Help Project incorporating Knowsley Foodbank-how has that role changed in the past four years, and what work does your role now entail?
My role has changed drastically-four years ago when it was only me, working three days a week- I spent a lot of time sorting food & packing boxes. Now most of my time is spent on “big picture” tasks such as budgets, strategic direction, developing relationships with key partners, supervising senior staff etc.
Do you have any hobbies and interests outside of running the Big Help Project?-
I enjoy reading, including crime thrillers. I also enjoy eating out & playing Football Manager. I am an active member of Freedom Church
Think I could probably become addicted to Jelly Babies!
Favourite film and why
Invictus. This film looks at the impact of Nelson Mandela and his example of dignity and forgiveness to all, through the medium of sport.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
Favourite book and why
If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat – John Ortberg. It chronicles St Peter as he learns to put his trust in God through Jesus, and explores how even with faith you still have to be proactive-if you don't like the status quo, you have to take the steps to change it. Both of these teachings resonate with me when I reflect on my journey so far with the Big Help Project
Favourite holiday destination
What you enjoy most about your job
being able to see the difference that everyone involved in the Big Help Project is making in supporting people who are struggling
Nelson Mandela: “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”