Our Team

Find out more about the GMYN team

Alex Fairweather - Chief Executive

Alex Fairweather

Chief Executive

What you do at GMYN
I have overall responsibility for managing the organisation and its staff and ensuring that high quality projects and services are being developed. My other tasks include liaising with the Trustee Board and ensuring the charity is working in line with our strategic aims.

Brief History
I have worked in the voluntary sector for over sixteen years in various roles and with various projects including national volunteering schemes, European projects, youth work and training. I have a passion for the voluntary sector and for working with similar organisations. I helped set up GMYN in 2007 with other colleagues. I have been here ever since watching it grow and develop

Fiona Shirley - Project Manager

Fiona Shirley

Project Manager

What you do at GMYN
I am a Project Manager at GMYN and manage a variety of projects in several GM boroughs. I am particularly passionate about our ‘care experienced young people’ work that I am involved in. My role is very varied and as well as managing staff, I have several other responsibilities. I. I am involved in quality standards, managing students placements, policy development as well as developing the organisation as a whole.

Brief History
I began my career as a Careers Adviser working for Connexions and then worked at Barnardo’s with care leavers for 3 years. I joined GMYN in 2008 and since then have managed over 10 different projects in different boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Richard Driffield - Business Development Manager

Richard Driffield

Business Development Manager

What you do at GMYN
I am responsible for leading the organisations business development. This includes working across three key areas; market analysis, service development and organisational development in line with our long term strategic aims.

Brief History
I have worked in the voluntary and public sector for over twelve years in a range of roles across North Wales, London and Manchester. These have included working within a local authority, city wide charity, community adventure playground and as a trustee. I have a passion for community development, public space and working with children and young people. I started my career working as a playworker.

Euan Davies - Project Coordinator

Euan Davies

Project Coordinator

What you do at GMYN
I am the Project Coordinator for Boots and Beats – a football and music programme that seeks to engage 14 -25 year olds in Manchester. My role involves overseeing the delivery of the Friday night session at the Powerhouse in Moss Side and supporting our Youth Leadership Team to provide engaging activities for young people.

Brief History
I have a range of experience working with young people including supporting looked after children and mentoring young people in an educational setting. In my last role, I ran a project aimed at reducing exclusions and raising aspirations among 14 – 16 year olds in schools across Greater Manchester. I am passionate about providing young people new opportunities to develop skills and further learning.

Quina Chapman - Project Coordinator

Quina Chapman

Project Coordinator

What you do at GMYN
I deliver the Community Reporters project. This project involves me training young people and organisations across Greater Manchester to join the Community Reporter network. Community Reporters learn storytelling and film-making skills using pocket technology such as mobile phones and tablets. It gives everyone the ability to get their voice heard which is something that I am really passionate about!

Brief History
I started my career in youth and community work by volunteering at my local youth theatre when I was 16, then when I graduated from university I trained as a Community Worker with Salford City Council. As well as being a youth worker with GMYN, I am a part-time artist, I hold a BA (Hons) Performing Arts and I love delivering arts and drama projects with young people.

Emma Gedzielewski - Project Coordinator

Emma Gedzielewski

Project Coordinator

What you do at GMYN
I am the Project Coordinator for the Boom project which works with young people in care and care leavers in Bury and Oldham. The project focuses on encouraging and supporting young people to get involved in volunteering. This means that I organise and run group volunteering activities as well as offering one to one support around volunteering.

Brief History
After doing a lot of volunteering to gain experience, I then worked at Barnardo’s with young care leavers and homeless young people in Bury and also at the British Red Cross with volunteers. I was passionate about both areas of work and also about encouraging volunteering and so I was really interested and excited about joining GMYN to deliver the Boom project.

Myrtle Finley - Development Officer

Myrtle Finley

Development Officer

What you do at GMYN
At GMYN my work as a Development Officer primarily involves delivering the Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) which aims to support Manchester youth organisations to involve volunteers in their work with young people. This is delivered through bespoke work with individual youth organisations as well as providing training and capacity building events in the city. My role also entails facilitating and supporting the South Manchester partnership of youth organisations, South Youth Focus.

Brief History
I’m a qualified youth and community worker with many years’ experience in equalities work (e.g. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans youth work and young women’s work) and youth volunteering. I also have a postgraduate degree in Sociology and Global Change from MMU. I am involved in a number of other youth and community organisations in Manchester and the North West as a worker, volunteer and trustee. I was excited to join GMYN in June 2010 as I connected with the organisations enthusiasm for young people and passion for volunteering.

Natalie Bates - Youth Panel Officer

Natalie Bates

Youth Panel Officer

What you do at GMYN
I am the Youth Panel officer and I am involved in the Greater Manchester Talent Match partnership, supporting the Youth Panel. The Youth Panel is a group of young people aged 18 – 24 from across Greater Manchester who are unemployed, or have experience of being unemployed. They are the Youth voice of Talent Match, shaping the programme and inspiring employment pathways for young people.

Brief History
Before GMYN I was a Youth and Community worker in Oldham for several years, which I really enjoyed. I have also in the past had a role as an adult counsellor at MIND and at a young person’s charity in Salford. I joined GMYN as I was fortunate enough to see a GMYN project being delivered. It led me to wanting to be part of a diverse and dynamic team and I recognised I wanted to try something new. A role was later advertised and I applied and the rest is history!

Nick Rogers - Project Coordinator

Nick Rogers

Project Coordinator

What you do at GMYN
I coordinate various programmes across GMYN, including the Health Action Champions programme which supports youth participation in health services, and the UPS road code course which is a Free safe driving programme available to any youth organisation across Greater Manchester. I also coordinate our membership package and work alongside our fantastic members. For more information on our membership visit here: http://www.gmyn.co.uk/cm/the-gmyn-network

Brief History
I was raised in the Midlands and where I started my career in the youth sector. In 2009 I came to Manchester to do a degree in Youth and Community Studies and was introduced to this great city and the work going on. I have been at GMYN since 2014 and have loved every minute!

Katie Charlton - Project Coordinator

Katie Charlton

Project Coordinator

What you do at GMYN
I am the Project Coordinator for the Boom+ Project which supports Care Leavers aged 17-25 to access volunteering, personal development and training opportunities in Bury, Rochdale and Oldham. The project is designed to encourage young people to engage in positive experiences in the local community to build their employability, communication skills and to develop confidence and self-esteem. I organise and deliver volunteering activities and one-to-one sessions, taking me all over Greater Manchester. I also support the Boots and Beats Project by recruiting, training and supporting a group of young volunteers.

Brief History
My passion for working with young people stems from my own volunteering experiences abroad in South Africa, Bolivia and Guatemala. As a trained Community Theatre Practitioner with a BA in Drama and an MA in Theatre for Development, I have worked in a broad range of contexts using the arts as a tool for social change. I love the variety, inspiration and challenges that come with charity work and my curiosity for people and places means there is never a dull moment in my working day!

Simon Dean - Project Coordinator

Simon Dean

Project Coordinator

What you do at GMYN
As the Project Coordinator for the Transitions project I will be supporting care leavers aged 16 – 25 in Manchester to take part in and take ownership of exciting community based projects, training courses and volunteering opportunities.
My role will be to provide one-to-one support and organise and deliver the group volunteering activities.

Brief History
I started as volunteer on the Prince’s Trust course back in 2001. Since then I’ve volunteered overseas, worked as an outdoor activity instructor and spent many years delivering the Prince’s Trust Team course throughout Greater Manchester. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity throughout my career to combine my own hobbies and interests with the work I do with young people.

Jenny Liversidge - Communications Officer

Jenny Liversidge

Communications Officer

What you do at GMYN
I am responsible for the communication and promotion of GMYN, its programmes and services, and Greater Manchester Talent Match.

Brief History
After studying Art and Design followed by two Apprenticeships in Business Admin and Marketing in the education and skills sector, I co-ordinated various GM-wide communications projects to change perceptions of vocational education among young people, schools and employers. I have also provided additional learning support to adults with barriers to learning and delivered leadership, social action and employability programmes to young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. I am passionate about social mobility, politics and the arts and I am currently studying a Combined Social Sciences degree in my spare time.

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