Our Patrons & Trustees

Denise Fergus

Denise Fergus (Patron/Trustee)

Mother of Kirsty, James, Michael, Thomas and Leon. Patron of the charity set up in her sons name,. Denise loves music by Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.


Avid campaigner to help fight justice for her son and other families in a similar situation Denise always wants to help children.

Neil Fitzmaurice

Neil Fitzmaurice (Patron)

Neil is a very well known face on the TV screens. He is the only actor who can boast roles in the three most successful British comedy series of the last decade; Phoenix Nights, The Office and Peepshow. But it’s as the hapless gypsy DJ Ray Von in Phoenix Nights that he is best known. Neil also co-wrote both series of the hugely popular TV series which became the fastest selling TV DVD of all time.


Neil has two highly coveted British Comedy Awards as well as a string of other awards for his writing work on Phoenix Nights and That Peter Kay Thing and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2003.


Neil won critical acclaim when he played then Liverpool FC Manager Rafa Benitez in 15 Minutes That Shook The World. Neil has also appeared in many TV shows such as Holby City, The Bill, Paradox, Casualty 1906, Benidorm as well as the ITV Drama Mobile. Neil recently reprised his role as Fergus in Sky 1’s hugely popular comedy drama series Mount Pleasant.

Christopher Maloney

Christopher Maloney (Patron)

Christopher Michael Maloney is a former call centre operative from Liverpool Merseyside. At his audition with the X Factor, he struggled with his nerves, but managed to overcome them when he advanced into the live shows where he was a wild card winner, beating Times Red, Amy Mottram and Adam Burridge to win the final spot in the live shows.


He had major support from celebrities such as Jane McDonald and Marcus Collins and advanced on the public vote nine times being the highest voting contestant seven times out of the nine before finishing in third place being eliminated from the first of the live final shows. During 2013 Chris delighted many audiences performing live at many festivals and Charity Events and is Patron to the “James Bulger Memorial Trust.”


In April 2013, Chris Maloney confirmed that he had signed a record deal with Tristar Records. On 27 October 2013, he released his debut single “My Heart Belongs to You”. Chris has also performed in Panto in Southsea playing the part of Prince in Sleeping Beauty.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson (Chairman)

Chris Johnson is Chairman of the James Bulger Memorial Trust and has been working with Denise and Stuart, and other trustees, to do good in James’s name for more than five years.


He is a journalist and runs on of the UK’s leading freelance press agencies in Liverpool, a city in which he has worked for most of a career spanning more than four decades.


Chris was on duty on 12th February 1993 when the first police report was issued about James’ disappearance. Ever since that tragic day he has been involved in reporting the abduction and murder of James and its aftermath.


It was late in 1994 that Chris was appointed to act as press liaison advisor to Denise, a role that he is privileged to continue to date.


Chris brings a life-time of experience to the work of the James Bulger Memorial Trust.


He has been involved in voluntary work since he became Secretary of Leigh Carnival Committee at the age of 16. He later performed a similar roll in a community association on Wirral. In the past 20 years he has frequently served as a member of the executive of the National Association of Press Agencies and is the organiser of the Liverpool Press Club.

Peter Currie

Peter Currie (Trustee)

Peter Currie is a former detective chief superintendent with Merseyside Police. He was awarded the Queens Police medal (QPM) for a distinguished service in the New Years Honours list 2008. Peter is married with a large family and enjoys football, camping and walking the family dog.

Anthony O'Brien

Anthony O’Brien (Trustee)

Anthony is the Managing Director of Beneficial Marketing (Digital Marketing, Design & Communications) and a Director of KO8 (performance kit). He has a passion for sports and a love of dogs.


In 2016 Anthony summited the highest free-standing mountain in the World – Mt. Kilimanjaro in aid of the James Bulger Memorial Trust, raising several thousand pounds in the process!

Stuart Fergus

Stuart Fergus (Fundraising Manager)

Stuart is our fundraising and Events manager. He is a great supporter of local charities and wants to raise awareness of the charity and its work at local and national levels. Stuart is also an avid Liverpool FC supporter.

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