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  • Manchester, United Kingdom

About us

I have over twenty years’ experience running voluntary sector organisations in London, Liverpool and Manchester. It all started back in 1996 when I set up a theatre company with the idea of taking Shakespeare to young people. In 2000 I oversaw the building and subsequent development of Valley Community Theatre in Liverpool. Then onto Toxteth TV and am presently the Director of ALL FM; the Community Radio Station of the Year 2019/20.

In leading these organisations a key part of my role was to generate revenue. So by necessity I have become a skilled and successful fundraiser. I put these skills to use at ALL FM and as a freelance fundraiser.  Most recently I have worked with Longtown Memorial Hall and Community Centre, the Together Trust, the Revival Hub, Valley Community Theatre and Turnitaround.

I am a specialist practitioner and consultant working across the range of needs communities and voluntary organisations, and I have over 25 years of experience in the sector with extensive knowledge of working with refugee and migrant groups and the organisations that support them. I work with groups strategically, supporting governance and sustainability, business planning, budgeting and funding and organisational development using Participatory Methods.

I am a youth and community practitioner driven by a strong commitment to youth engagement and development and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives.  I have twenty years’ experience of statutory and voluntary practice in Manchester overseeing diversionary, participatory and empowering activities and projects for young people, and the community, whilst working in partnership with organisations such as the Police, Youth Offending Service, Housing and Probation.  I also have sixteen years’ experience managing Manchester City Council’s Crime and Disorder Youth Contact Team and leading Groundwork MSSTT’s (Manchester Salford Stockport Trafford Tameside) youth team.

I am a youth and community work manager with 27 years experience in the voluntary sector, qualified in a range of specialisms from Facilities Management to Play Therapy. I currently run a vibrant community organisation and support groups across Manchester. I have worked with large and small groups, voluntary and statutory and in multi-sector partnerships. 

I spent the first 10 years of my career working in the voluntary sector, 7 of which were spent managing a small organisation (with a large number of volunteers). I transformed that organisation from one that survived on small grants to one that delivered commissioned services on behalf of a range of different funders. I then joined the Third Sector Team at Manchester City Council and was responsible for the design, delivery, evaluation and management of a wide range of grants programmes and some significant third sector contracts. I am also responsible for the creation and implementation of a wide range of policies, including the Manchester Compact, the Community Engagement Strategy and the Community Asset Transfer (CAT) policy. After this, I moved into Corporate Property within the Council to turn the CAT policy into a proactive programme to support community organisations taking on council-owned properties. 17 years later, I’ve brought my skills and experience back to the voluntary sector, with a view to strengthening the sector even further.

I have spent the majority of my career in the voluntary sector working in the field of community development. This has, in the main been by using the arts and creative approaches to explore key issues for particular community groups. Over the last twenty years I have worked extensively with LGBT+ communities, people living in deprived areas of Greater Manchester, people experiencing drug and alcohol dependencies, young men with experience of the criminal justice system / at risk of sexual exploitation and most recently with older people. I also have extensive experience of working in a local authority setting having spent considerable time with Salford, Bury and Stockport LA’s.

I have enjoyed a successful career as a Firefighter and Fire Officer with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service before working in commercial building management. It was through this that, six years ago, I found myself working for one of the Prince of Wales’ charities Business in the Community (BITC). I worked closely with the Levenshulme Old Library CIO before, during and following their community asset transfer. I have also worked and campaigned nationally for the last three years alongside tenant groups (London Tenants Federation, Ledbury Action Group, Hamerton Action Group) and organisations (Fuel Poverty Action, Tower Blocks UK, My Society) with a shared interest in improving fire safety in high rise residential buildings. Read Phil’s full profile here.