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 2019. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact us at friends@stretfordpublichall.org.uk

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.

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. 

Junaid Patel

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

Petra joined the Board at the end of 2017 and is Secretary to the Society. 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.

Jonny Haslam

Jonny works full-time as a Supply Chain Analyst for Kellogg's, focusing on identifying process improvements and Customer Service for the European Business. Starting as a Stretford Public Hall volunteer in 2017, Jonny assumed the role of Bar Supervisor for the music, cinema and community events held at the Hall. As a Board member, Jonny is keen to provide insight on plans for future events, as well as helping out on the problem-solving side of building maintenance. 

Chris Lee

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