As a registered charity, the work of the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG) charity is overseen by an elected board of trustees, who are all unpaid volunteers.

Details of GMAVSG’s current trustees can be found below.


Vera Rigby, Chair of Trustees

I joined the GMAVSG after the death of my husband from Mesothelioma in 2005.

I later became a Trustee to try and give something back to the group that has given me so much support.



Tony Whitston, Trustee

Tony became a GMAVSG trustee in 2013.

He worked for GMAVSG, visiting suffers of asbestos diseases and their families to provide advice and support, from 1999 until his retirement in 2013.

Upon retirement, he joined GMAVSG as a trustee.


Geoffrey Tweedale, Trustee

Geoffrey Tweedale has been associated with GMAVSG for over 15 years. A former professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, he wrote Magic Mineral to Killer Dust: Turner & Newall and the Asbestos Hazard (2001), and Defending the Indefensible (2008) with Jock McCulloch.