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Meet the team

Mike Wild Mike Wild, Chief Executive
My role is to lead Macc, developing the organisation so we play a useful role in the city. I keep a watch on policy issues, try to be creative in finding new ways to address issues and speak up on behalf of the local voluntary and community sector. I build relationships with a wide range of partners and support our Trustees in ensuring Macc and the rest of the sector makes a real difference to life in Manchester. In other words I try to get more people doing more socially useful stuff.
Martin Preston Martin Preston, Deputy Chief Executive
I am responsible for maintaining and developing Macc’s service portfolio including capacity building, volunteering, policy and influence work with local voluntary and community sector groups. Working closely with the Chief Executive I help to maintain an overview of service planning, income generation, performance and quality processes and the monitoring of results and impact.
Lesley Lesley Connor, Business Development Lead
I joined Macc from Salford CVS, where I was Project Managing the development of the Salford Third Sector Consortium.

I started out in the voluntary sector as a volunteer nearly thirty years ago (scary!). I’ve worked in the sector since the early 1990’s, my background is in community development and youth work, and I’ve had a variety of direct and management roles in frontline and infrastructure organisations since then.

Angela Hampson Angela Hampson, Finance Manager
As a member of the Management Team, my role is to manage the finances across all areas of Macc's work covering everything from funding income to invoices and payroll. I provide regular reports for the Treasurer and the Board of Trustees and liaise with our auditors to complete our annual statement of accounts and audit.
Pauline Clark Pauline Clark, Office and Facilities Worker
I lead on monitoring and evaluation and events. I am also responsible for room bookings at Macc, general enquiries and helping with organising many of our meetings with local voluntary and community sector groups.
Policy and Influence Team
Karen Dyson Karen Dyson, Policy and Influence Team Manager
Oliver Cranfield, Grants Development Worker
In my role as Macc's Grants Development Worker I am mainly working on two grant programmes for voluntary and community groups:
Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older People, the projects in this programme are set to complete by the end of March 2016
Mental Health and Wellbeing of People with Long-term Conditions, which is in development and further announcements are to be made later in 2016
Nigel Rose Nigel Rose, Strategic Lead (Commissioning)
My job is to improve commissioning with the public authority and voluntary and community sector. As part of this I will:
• Create a list of commissioning opportunities
• Develop mutual understanding between the voluntary and community and commissioners
• Research and promote best practice in commissioning
Anna Tait Anna Tate, Policy and Influence Development Worker
My role involves administering the Hate Crime Awareness funding on behalf of Manchester’s Community Safety partnership and representing the community and voluntary sector on the Manchester Community safety partnership board. I am keen to work across the sectors to help facilitate dialogue between the CVS and the council on all issues relating to crime and safety.
Claire Tomkinson, Strategic Lead: Collaboration
As Strategic Lead for Collaboration, I have a particular interest in how we bring together diverse groups of people from across Manchester to work together and do things differently to create lasting and positive change. I’m passionate about the contribution of VCSE sector organisations and the wider community and how we come together across sectors and outside of the usual organisational boundaries to transform the way that we work. I’m also interested in exploring the role and contribution of the VCSE sector in leading change and what skills and qualities VCSE leaders will need in the future. I believe that everyone has a role play and that we can’t achieve anything unless we work across the system as equal partners with a real focus on relationships, values, behaviours and trust.

Helen Walker, Policy and Influence Worker
I am responsible for providing administrative and communications support to the Policy and Influence Team which includes organising the Voluntary Sector Assembly events and network meetings. I also update the Manchester Community Central website with policy news and tweet from the @PolicyVoiceMacc Twitter account.

Capacity Building Team
Sarah Whitelegg Sarah Whitelegg, Capacity Building Team Manager
My role is to make sure that voluntary and community groups in Manchester know where they can access useful support and guidance to strengthen and develop their organisations. This can range from helping very new groups, to choosing the right structure and understanding good governance, to providing funding support, planning, policy development and asset transfer. I manage and support the Capacity Building Team to provide this help through our open training programme, bespoke training, communications and tailored one-to-one support for groups across the City and I manage the development and delivery of additional specific capacity building projects.
Michelle Foster

Michelle Foster, Communications Worker - Capacity Building Team
I am the Communications Worker for the Capacity Building Team. My role includes regularly updating the Manchester Community Central website, producing the weekly email bulletin and producing the quarterly newsletter. I also answer the telephone information line and respond to email enquiries.

Phil James Phil James, Organisational Development Worker
My role is to help transform and capacity build voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations. I provide organisational support to a wide range of individuals, community groups, charities and social enterprises. Providing training, facilitation, 1;1 support and organisational development. I provide development support to many new and existing organisations to start-up; income generate, access grant funding, deliver effective governance, community asset transfer, demonstrate their impact and support many with ongoing organisational management.
Cheryl McAlistar Cheryl McAlister, Training Co-ordinator
I support voluntary and community groups in all things training related. This ranges from assisting groups in identifying their training needs to working with groups and training providers to access suitable training opportunities. I am also responsible for the training pages on Manchester Community Central website. The page shows all relevant training opportunities co-ordinated through a searchable training database and also provides training news, e-learning programmes and details of training providers.
Stuart Vaughan, Organisational Development Worker
As a member of the Capacity Building team I work with a wide range of community groups, charities and social enterprises, helping them to navigate through the world of funding applications, governance and general group management to enable them to not only survive but to thrive in these challenging times.
Active Communities Team
Jack Puller Jack Puller, Active Communities Manager
My role is to lead Macc’s work that supports and encourages local people to be active citizens through volunteering and other forms of participation; and to support asset and strength-based approaches to work with individuals and communities to bring about positive change.

I manage Active Communities projects including Volunteer Centre Manchester, the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, Manchester Community Reporters and Skill Givers.

“I want to help people do more good or useful stuff in the City of Manchester – and beyond!”
Dan Black, Volunteering Administration Worker
I am the Volunteer Centre Administrator, it is my role to support the Development Workers and management in providing an efficient and effective service. Some of my duties include providing a welcoming front of house service, booking appointments, reducing waiting times when possible, monitoring and evaluating data, providing statistics and compiling reports.

Barkery Jammeh, Volunteering Development Worker
My duties include working with new and experienced volunteers, providing support, training, and delivering suitable opportunities. I also work with volunteer organisations to develop new, or help improve existing systems. My role is part-time and I usually work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Liz Liz Jones, GM Older People's Network Development Worker
My role is to support the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN) to champion the voice of older people within policy, strategy and communities in Greater Manchester. The GMOPN is part of Ambition for Ageing, a programme designed to support older people who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation.  I organise and deliver large-scale events on key policy areas such as Health and Transport, facilitate workshops and produce event reports and manifestos. I support our Action Group to achieve change by spreading the key messages and recommendations that have come from our consultations and workshops. I am supporting the network to grow and develop by implementing a training programme and offering various participation, consultation and partnership-working opportunities.
Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones, Project Support Worker
I am a Project Support Worker and I’ll be at Macc for the next year as part of a Graduate Training Programme called Charityworks. I am mainly involved with supporting the participation of members of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network. Some of my duties include assisting with the practical organisation of events and meetings, responding to enquiries, producing a monthly newsletter and providing updates via social media. I am also involved with Macc’s grants programme management service.

Shanna Lennon Shanna Lennon, Volunteering Development Worker
My role is all about supporting people to do good in Manchester. Whether that’s working with potential volunteers, helping them find opportunities to contribute to the great work of organisations across the city or working with those organisations to develop opportunities to enrich their work by involving volunteers. I also work on Employer Supported Volunteering, working to match the skills and energy of Manchester City Council Employees with the needs of voluntary sector organisations.
Hayley Lightfoot Hayley Lightfoot, Skill Givers Project Coordinator
My role is to develop, coordinate and deliver a new Sport England funded, employer supported volunteering project. The project, based in Manchester and Salford, will link voluntary community and social enterprise sector, sport and physical activity groups, with private, public and statutory sector businesses and employers, creating skill-based volunteering opportunities.
Hannah Powell Hannah Powell, Media and Marketing Worker
My role is to develop the Manchester Community Reporter programme by running training in all aspects of Community Reporting including film, audio, photography and newsletters - tailored to your organisation. I can be commissioned to produce videos and work with organisations on their marketing and social media strategies and plans. I also co-ordinate the Spirit of Manchester Awards

Tony Russ, Media Assistant
My responsibilities as Media Assistant are varied, but I like to boil it down to “I make things look pretty”. This might be a little bit reductive, but some examples of what I’ve done since working at Macc include designing flyers, infographics, images for social media and all kinds of visual assets. I have also designed logos for campaigns and groups, including the recent campaign Sharing Wellness and the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network. I worked on several aspects of the Spirit of Manchester Awards 2018, including designing booklets, certificates and the awards presentation. It’s not all design however, as I am also involved in video/media production, and occasionally I’m able to get the rest of the office involved in creative workshops.