The Board

The board is currently made-up of the following nine directors. Each board member brings their particular professional expertise as well as their passion to see Stretford Public Hall as a truly exceptional community asset. 

We have determined that the board can have up to 12 members to help run the organisation and its activities and so have vacancies for three further directors that we are able to co-opt and who are able to hold office until the next AGM in Autumn 2017. If you are interested in becoming a board member please contact us at friends @

Current Directors 


Annoushka Deighton

Annoushka is a successfully self-employed acupuncturist, as well as working for 10 years in Manchester City Council as a Homeless Caseworker, making legal decisions, and a frontline worker in Homeless Families Support. She is highly motivated, a good communicator, organiser and very passionate about the potential of Stretford Public Hall.

Daniel Williamson

Dan has been heavily involved with the project since its inception, developing the business plan and managing the pre-feasibility phase. He is the company director of the arts collective; Reactor Projects. He has developed the governance structure, administrative, marketing and promotional duties for the organisation for the past 11 years.

Lisa Heanley

Lisa is a qualified Secondary Art teacher and has initiated numerous community projects in Stretford. With so many links in the local area she excels at getting people motivated and involved in Stretford Public Hall. As a teacher she has organised many events such as exhibitions, trips, fundraising and social events. She helped to successfully campaign against the closure of Stretford Sure Start, and then began a popular parent-led playgroup at the site.

Aleesha Coupland

Aleesha is a qualified accounting technician and is currently working as a finance officer for a local Further Education College.  After moving to Stretford a few years ago she is committed to getting involved with local community initiatives such as Stretford Public Hall.  Aleesha brings many years’ experience in her previous role of Treasurer for a community project based in the city centre. 

Anton Shultz

Anton is currently employed as the Social Investment Manager for One Manchester. He has extensive experience in supporting community and social enterprise on a consultancy basis, including seven years’ experience working for Locality supporting community asset projects. He is a qualified business advisor with a background in environmental science and community led regeneration. Anton was a Stretford resident until a couple of years ago and now lives in Urmston.

Heather Garlick

A Stretford girl born and bred, Heather is the one of the local publicans and hopes to be able to transfer her experience working with local administration to benefit the hall. She will be advising the board on attaining an alcohol licence and acting as designated premises supervisor. 

Junaid Patel

Laura Sayles

Laura previously worked in Executive Business Administration for 10 years working in locations across the globe and for a wide range of firms. As a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner, she now works for global FMCG company that are based in Trafford in Project Management, specialising in Employee Engagement and Capability building. Laura brings to the board a breadth of knowledge and key business skills including event/project management, policy and process implementation, coordinating meetings and team building.

Danielle Colcombe

Danielle has much experience in community development, mainly within mental health and disability services. With qualifications in payroll, peer support, volunteer management and counselling, Danielle seeks to work collaboratively with the Stretford community to increase public involvement and reduce social isolation. Danielle enjoys being creative and hopes to bring imaginative ideas to the Public Hall creating an inclusive community venue for all.


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