The day-to-day running of Stretford Public Hall is managed by a small team of permanent staff, who are all based at the Hall.
Mark Etherington, Caretaker
Mark joined Stretford Public Hall as our caretaker in 2017, having volunteered at the hall for several years. Mark worked in catering for over 40 years, mostly in hospitals and care homes. As well as helping with a variety of maintenance and care-taking tasks, Mark also keeps the building clean and ship-shape.
Jessica Loveday, Culture Champions Coordinator
Jessica is the project coordinator for Culture Champions Trafford, which is a programme working with people over 50 to co-design, plan and deliver their own community projects and events in North Trafford. Culture Champions Trafford is part of a wider project which is one of five projects being delivered across the city region and is funded by GMCA and Trafford Housing Trust. Jessica is also a freelance visual artist, project producer, and creative facilitator working across Greater Manchester. Jessica has worked with many creative organisations including Venture Arts, Stockport Gallery, Waterside Arts Centre and Contact Theatre with a focus on arts for health and wellbeing
Kate McGeevor, Centre Manager
Kate manages the day-to-day running of the Hall, supporting the staff team, managing the building's renovation, and leading on fundraising and the development of new projects. Before joining the Hall, Kate was the manager of Forty Hall Farm in Enfield, north London, where she led the setting up of several local food projects, including a farm shop and a community orchard. She has a background in research and environmental policy.
Joanna Jones, Events and Outreach Manager
Jo has worked for Friends of Stretford Public Hall under a number of job titles over the last two and a half years. She currently manages Events and Outreach for the Hall, as well as overseeing all external bookings and volunteers. She worked her way from education and into the cultural sector after studying an MA in Arts Management, Policy and Practice. Her previous jobs included B2C sales for a rainwater harvesting company, casual studio supervisor for the Whitworth Art Gallery, and teacher of art in primary and secondary school.
Vic Payne, Administrator / Receptionist
Vic works part time covering reception on a Monday and Tuesday evening, whilst completing general administration tasks for the Hall. She supports other members of staff work in a variety of ways including purchasing and data administration. Her background is in project development and advice. Prior to working at the Hall she was a volunteer here and she still is.
We are also very grateful for the help of our bookkeeper Imogen Butler. Imogen is a trainee accountant at Third Sector Accountancy and she works at the Hall every Tuesday. Imogen has 8 years experience working in various roles within fair trade, ethical companies and charities, including several in East Africa.