The Exchange Blackburn

Embracing the past to transform the future


Alastair Murdoch is the chair and instigator of the charity and has extensive experience in both leadership and property development. This is largely from his 27 years as lead GP at Cornerstone Practice. He and Janet, his wife, are the senior leaders of Re:Ignite Church.


Jill was Dental Clinical Lead on the P.E.C. in BwD, which gave her the opportunity to partner & introduce preventive oral health schemes in the borough. She was also an educational supervisor,clinical tutor to undergraduates,a peer appraiser & mentor.
Now retired, Jill is enjoying channeling her energies into Re:source Blackburn & all the challenges of restoring The Exchange.

Sue Farinha

Sue is the SENCo and Careers Adviser at the Rose School, Burnley and is one of the founders of the vision to purchase the former cinema and restore it for the town.


Caer has varied experience working with charities including churches, sports clubs and overseeing community projects. Her roles have included pioneering new projects and networking with community and councils to deliver services, gaining her broad skills in management, administration and how to implement strategies to achieve a successful outcome.


Janet Murdoch has a wide range of experience as a Staff Nurse in A&E, as a qualified Adult Education lecturer and as a Church Leader. She is passionate about people realising their potential; pioneered and led “Healing Rooms Clitheroe” for many years and has just initiated and delivered a successful teaching course, “Equip”.

Leo Steenbergen

Leo has worked in various businesses including sales and now runs his own business. His practical and logical approach is a real strength to the team.


Harriet Roberts is a freelance communications and event consultant and works as Blackburn BID Manager and for Heritage Open Days at the National Trust. She has experience with local charities including Thwaites Empire Theatre, Child Action North West, Field Nurse, Community CVS, Blackburn Lighthouse and Trinity Methodist Church, Community Hub.