The Board

Our Board is currently made-up of 10 directors. Each board member brings a unique set of skills and experience, as well as a commitment to the success of Stretford Public Hall.

Together, the Board oversee the day-to-day running of the Hall, as well as advising on strategic decisions and Hall management.

Our board can have up to 12 members so we currently have vacancies for two further directors, who can join the board until the next AGM in Autumn 2020. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact us at [email protected]

Daniel Williamson (Chair)

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.

Simon Borkin

Simon rejoined the Board in June 2017 following an interim role as Project Organiser to manage the ballroom transformation. In this role he co-ordinated the Hall's community share offer to raise the finance needed for the construction work. Now he has returned to the Board to lead on membership relations and continue to input into the ballroom transformation plans. He works as a project manager at Co-operatives UK, involved in wider community enterprise support projects across the UK. He is also a fairly active musician and is involved in organising music-based activities at the Hall. 

Christine Duffin

Christine has worked as a Program Manager in housing development and regeneration projects across the North West and nationally. She is experienced in working with communities to develop and deliver their priorities, and maximise opportunities for neighbourhood regeneration. Christine is also a regular volunteer at the Hall and a member of our community choir. She is keen to support the further development of the Hall and volunteer workforce.

Petra Morris (Secretary)

Petra joined the Board at the end of 2017 and is our Secretary. Petra has worked for Co-operatives UK for the past 10 years leading on a range of funded national programmes helping new and existing co-ops and community businesses particularly around their governance. Petra also enjoys drawing and attends the Hall’s life drawing classes.

Charlotte O'Mara

Charlotte is a music and media lawyer representing various acts, artists and creatives across the spectrum from high profile to emerging and everywhere in between. She is a keen champion of local talent and finding ways to showcase their creativity. Before becoming a lawyer, Charlotte worked for independent music promoters and music publishers. She aims to assist the board with her legal and music experience.

Chris Lee

Chris Lee brings expertise in events and hospitality to the Friends of Stretford Public Hall Board. He has worked in bars and restaurants across Manchester and enjoys using his expertise to have a positive impact through his work as Events Coordinator at Victoria Baths. Chris is actively involved in our community cinema team, as well as advising on events, branding and marketing.

Michelle Farrington

Michelle was motivated to join the Board after seeing the amazing changes taking place in recent years in Stretford, as a result of initiatives designed to bring the community of Stretford together. Michelle manages humanitarian projects for Oxfam UK, and has also managed projects at a local and national level for Girlguiding UK. She has experience in fundraising, proposal writing, project evaluation and budget management, as well as a strong interest in social architecture and making sure that buildings meet the needs of their communities.

John Naughton

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