Our Ambassadors

Ray Quinn

Ray originates from Liverpool. he is a singer, actor and a dancer who first hit our tv screens playing the role of Antony Murray in CH4’s Brookside. at 17 Ray turned his attention to his true passion of singing, in 2006 he reached the final of X Factor which peaked at 12 million viewers and resulted in Ray signing for Syco records where he released his debut album called Doing it my way, this album sold over 330,000 copies and went platinum and gave Ray a number 1 album.

 

Ray has gone onto appear in some West End stage productions such as Grease, Dirty Dancing and Legally Blonde, Ray has also took part in some theatre productions such as Peter Pan, Putting on the Ritz, The Wedding Singer and Summer Holiday. Ray has also took part in Dancing On Ice and won the show in 2009 and returned to win the champion of champions in 2014. Ray is currently appearing in CH4’s Hollyoaks.

Jay Hynd

Jay Hynd has recently joined the BBC after leaving Radio City 96.7 where he was well known for being a part of Rossie’s breakfast show team.

 

He started out at Radio City working with the legendary Pete Price. He will be hosting his own show on Bay TV Liverpool when it launches on Freeview in May.

 

He was voted Media Personality of the Year 2013 at The Liverpool Press Club and has been busy hosting many events in the city including Liverpool Pride, Community Superstars and Evening for James.

Reece Ryan

Reece Ryan is an Actor and Presenter. Throughout his long and varied career Reece has played to people around the world including the USA, also a number of European Tours including Euromeet Live and FunFest International.Reece has toured with many shows in the UK.

 

Reece is known for his no nonsense approach to unique comedy (both for adult and family audiences) since joining The James Bulger Memorial Trust, Reece has been our main auctioneer at many of our events and co hosts KidsFest.

Liam Halewood

Liam was born and bred in Liverpool before moving to Blackpool. Liam is multi talented with his career, from working in a sandwich shop to managing coffee shops. Liam’s media career goes from strength to strength, he has appeared in reality TV shows such as Four In A Bed and The Weakest Link as well as X-Factor and other current TV shows.

 

When Liam was asked to be our latest Ambassador he was very honoured and straight away signed up to do our annual “SkyDive For James”.

Jade Ainsworth

Jade is a well-established swimwear & lingerie & fashion model and has worked with some of the biggest brands over her 15-year career.

 

In between Jade’s busy modelling schedule she also produces a weekly blog detailing everything that goes on in her life from current fashion trends, local events to the latest beauty treatments and products on the market.

 

As well as juggling her career and outgoing lifestyle she is also a single mum to her little girl Jasmine and spends time running the family hair and beauty business.

Gary Barker

Gary became a household name in 2017 after reaching the 6-chair challenge stage of the X-Factor.

 

Prior to the X-Factor, Gary found himself working up and down the country before being offered work across North Africa and Asia where he spent 2 years before coming back for the birth of his son.

 

Gary also does a lot of work for Everton Football Club as well as charitable work he is also very privileged to be asked to become an Ambassador for the James Bulger Memorial Trust.

Claire Simmo

Claire has a career in radio and works with Scott Hughes on the home run on Radio City 96.7 FM, Claire also works on HEAT radio.

Kurtis Stacey

Kurtis studied at the Liverpool Institute for performing arts for 4 years where he obtained the highest grade in the country with his national diploma in 2009. Kurtis has gone to work professionally in the acting industry with various plays, Pantomimes and programmes such as Waterloo Road, With his most recognised role as village heart throb Alex Moss in ITV,s Emmerdale where he spent 2 years in the soap. Alongside this Kurtis is a property developer and a qualified personal trainer and Electrician, Kurtis is a strong believer in hard work and to help his local community and those close to him.

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