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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 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.

Huw Thomas de Chroustchoff, Reception Worker
As the receptionist here at Macc, I am the friendly face that greets arrivals and helps them get to where they are heading, as well as being the voice answers the phone and directs the calls to where they should be going. I am responsible for taking and organising room bookings, and making sure that our rooms are suitably prepared for whatever has been planned to happen within them.
Policy and Influence Team
Claire Tomkinson, Wellbeing Development Lead (Team Leader)
I’m the Wellbeing Development Lead at Macc and the Policy and Influence Team Lead. My role involves looking at the impact that the VCSE sector has on health and wellbeing and I have a strong interest in using creative ways to enable individuals and local communities to recognise and use the skills, talents and assets that are already available in communities but are often overlooked and undervalued. I have a particular interest in asset based approaches and Timebanking and I’m constantly inspired by the amazing gifts and talents that are being shared in local communities by people who are often placed in situations where they are made to be dependent upon professionals and services, when what they really need is already available within their local community.
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.

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
I work in the Capacity Building Team where I help voluntary and community groups to increase their skills and improve the running of their organisation. This support can include helping groups to get constituted and choose an appropriate structure, understand their roles as committee members and identify and apply for funding.
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.
Aneeqa Javed, Digital Marketing and Communications Assistant
My role sees me working with all of Macc’s teams, working on all things digital marketing and social media. I also have active involvement in assisting with the promotion of Macc’s activities and engaging stake holders. I also work on our annual Spirit of Manchester programme.
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 sees me working closely with volunteer – involving organisations in and around Manchester – stimulating action and change within volunteer programmes and providing additional support through Volunteer Centre Manchester and the wider offer from Macc. I also help people who are taking their first steps into the world of volunteering – or returning by providing an accurate picture of volunteering opportunities in Greater Manchester, promoting creative thinking about what they’d like to do and by offering ongoing support. The areas I cover are: Hulme, Fallowfield, Old Moat, Withington, Bradford, Harpurhey, Ancoats and Clayton, Miles Platting, Newton Heath.
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
I am the volunteer development worker for Wythenshawe, Didsbury and Burnage. 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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Liz Jones, GM Older People's Network Development Worker
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