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.


Lauren Ross, Trustee

I lost my husband Frank to mesothelioma when I was 49. I had a young family at the time, and so joined the group for support. I have been involved ever since.



Barbara Eason, Trustee

My husband died of mesothelioma in 2005 and that’s when I joined the GMAVSG. I later became a trustee to help the group carry on their campaign to raise awareness of asbestos and mesothelioma.


Caroline Bedale, Trustee & Treasurer

I was one of the original founders of Greater Manchester Hazards Centre (GMHC) in 1987. GMHC set up the group that would later become GMAVSG. Until I retired in 2016 I worked for the NHS and I was very active in the Unison trade union.


Ann Oldham, Trustee

I have been a member of the group since 2006, and a trustee since 2007.




Anthony Coombs, Trustee

Anthony is a retired solicitor who spent his working life handling compensation claims by victims of industrial disease, and by victims of asbestos-related illness in particular. He has been involved with GMAVSG in some way for 20 years.