GMYN has three job vacancies available.

Deadline for all positions is Monday 5th June 12 noon.

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.

Laura Scully - Project Manager

Laura Scully

Project Manager

What you do at GMYN
My role supports the infrastructure of youth provision in Manchester. Alongside this, I manage Boots and Beats, a football and music project funded by Manchester City FC’s Cityzens Giving campaign; and our ethical trading project, Not Just An Enterprise. I am also involved in organisational development and oversee Communications for GMYN.

Brief History
My background is in housing, homelessness and youth work. Having worked in the voluntary sector doing front-line work for many years, more recently I have managed large-scale projects, as well as small community-based initiatives. With a passion for sports, health and wellbeing, and social action, I also volunteer for the YMCA 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.

Aron Connolly - Finance Officer

Aron Connolly

Finance Officer

What you do at GMYN
I am GMYN’s Finance Officer, controlling both the day to day, yearly financials and budgets for the Charity and each of the individual projects concerned.

Brief History
I have worked in a variety of Finance based roles in both the Private and Public Sectors over the last 16 years gaining valuable experience in the process. Having worked in a variety of roles in Finance (most previously The Factory Youth Zone) I decided that I wanted a bit more responsibility and a challenge so I decided to apply for this job and now here I am!

Rubbia Ullah - Communications Officer

Rubbia Ullah

Communications Officer

What you do at GMYN
I am the Communications Officer at GMYN. My role entails developing creative social media campaigns, gaining press for the organisation and generally making people aware of the amazing work GMYN does. I have the opportunity to work with all staff, young people on GMYN projects and the media, my working day is very varied which I thoroughly enjoy!

Brief History
I have vast experience of working in the creative sector including developing and delivering events, creating and implementing social media campaigns and raising the profile of organisations and the work they do. I also have experience of working directly with young people so my experience is ideal for GMYN. I am passionate about communicating in an engaging and creative way and will utilise different styles and media in my work including filmmaking, animation and graphics to deliver a message in an exciting way.

Melvyn Mcdonald - Project Coordinator

Melvyn Mcdonald

Project Coordinator

What you do at GMYN
I am the coordinator for the Boots and Beats project, which at the moment is located at the Power League in Ardwick better known by young people as the “Pitts”. Boots And Beats is a project aimed at inspiring young people through music and football, it is an open access provision running on a Friday night.

Brief History
Before coming to GMYN I have been doing youth work just over 14 years. I started off as a Mentor working for an organisation called Let’s Get Serious. I have also worked on education projects with young people who were kicked out of school. I spent most of my working career at the Hideaway Youth Project working with young people aged 11 – 25 in Moss Side and the surrounding areas. I have also been a community coach for Manchester City’s, City in the Community working on the Kickz project. In my spare time I used to manage a music group of young men who were signed by the late Tony Wilson.

Sarah Gray - Volunteering Development Officer

Sarah Gray

Volunteering Development Officer

What you do at GMYN
My role involves coordinating, developing and evaluating volunteering activities as part of young people’s journeys on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme and supporting volunteers within GMYN. I am also involved in planning and developing training for Talent Coaches on Greater Manchester Talent Match.

Brief History
I have worked for the charitable and public sector for the last 11 years and before joining GMYN I worked for a local charity as a Talent Coach for GM Talent Match. I have also worked in adult education centres and worked with young people both in schools and in the community for nine years for Connexions as a Careers Adviser. Before this I gained experience through volunteering to support people with mental health difficulties and in youth centres so I am passionate about volunteering and volunteering as a route to employment.

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!

Joe Cain - Project Coordinator

Joe Cain

Project Coordinator

What you do at GMYN
I am the project co-ordinator for the 'Not Just A' project. This project works with young people across the Greater Manchester area. We deliver ethical enterprise training sessions to participants on the project, and provide them with support to set up their own social enterprises which sell Fair Trade products. We teach groups the importance of Social Action and give them the necessary skills to complete a social action project.

Brief History
I have worked in Youth Work since leaving University in 2004. During this time I have worked mainly for the Youth Offending Team. I have thoroughly enjoyed this role, and have diverted many people away from the criminal justice system. I started working for GMYN in 2011 and have delivered a number of projects whilst in these positions. I have developed a lot while working for this organisation and have enjoyed watching the young people I work with grow and achieve whilst on the projects I have been delivering.

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.

Vicky Bisova - Youth Panel Apprentice

Vicky Bisova

Youth Panel Apprentice

What you do at GMYN
I am the Youth Panel apprentice and I am involved in the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme, supporting the Youth Panel officer. This is a Big Lottery-funded programme offering one-to-one, long-term support to young people to shape journeys towards employment. The Youth Panel is a group of young people aged 18-24 that are involved in all aspects of Greater Manchester Talent Match governance and management. I also assist other members of the GMYN team with administration tasks and any other support they may need.

Brief History
I joined Greater Manchester Talent Match as a beneficiary in March 2016 and together with my talent coach we began devising a strategy to get me into work. Despite my struggles in a lot of aspects of my life, I was passionate about and dedicated to finding a job and being able to support myself. I tried working in retail, but it turned out that it wasn’t the right environment for me. When I saw the Apprentice position at GMYN advertised I applied straight away! It seemed to me that as GMYN are part of the programme that supported me, working for them would mean I am in a caring and nurturing environment! Today I feel honoured to be part of a remarkable team that helps me grow and develop in ways I never thought possible before!

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