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The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity is an independent charity which was registered with the Charity Commission on 23 October 2018 (charity no. 1180418) and launched in April 2019.
The current focus of the charity is to provide essential funding to front line projects that deliver innovative initiatives to tackle homelessness and support the goal to end rough sleeping in Greater Manchester.
However, the charity has a broader objective which allows the Trustees to support other charitable causes that tackle social issues at the heart of the Greater Manchester community and support the vulnerable members of its community.
The Trustees comprise of a mix of public and private sector representatives with a blend of skills, who represent the community which the charity hopes to serve.
Our trustees share the responsibility for governing the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and directing how it is managed and run. They take these responsibilities incredibly seriously and ensure that the charity is carrying out its purposes for the benefit of all communities in Greater Manchester.
Tim trained as a lawyer but left law behind to found property developer Capital&Centric which invests over £2m a week on regeneration projects with a positive social impact.
He is founder of Regeneration Brainery, an academy aimed at broadening diversity and inclusivity in property, it mentors over 100 young adults throughout the UK.
Tim is co founder of the Embassy Bus, a repurposed former tour bus that provides over 5,000 nights off the street every year for Greater Manchester’s homeless people.
Liz Treacy is the Solicitor and Monitoring Officer for GMCA, having previously been the MO and city solicitor at Manchester City council where she worked for 28 years. Liz Treacy has been a trustee of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and was instrumental in setting it up immediately after the Arena Bomb. Liz also set up the charity that assisted people immediately after the IRA bomb in Manchester in 1996.
During her time at MCC her main areas of legal practice have been in the community and personal services areas – adult social care, employment, health, education and schools. Liz has been very involved in GM devolution since the establishment of the CA in 2011 and moved full time to GMCA in 2018.
Selina became a Trustee at the charity in 2019 and has three years lived experience of homelessness.
Whilst living in temporary accommodation Selina was determined to turn her life around, and as such completed an Access to Law course at the Open University. She is currently studying Business at the Growth Company. She is in the process of forming an organisation to help 16-18 year olds leaving care who are at a risk of becoming homeless using her own experience of homelessness. She is also a trustee of Somalia Adult Social Care Agency, a board member of a community led housing co-op and is a former co-chair of Manchester Homelessness Partnership. She also volunteers at the Law Centre and is a school governor.
In her spare time she likes to run, meditate and do yoga.
Rev. Ian Rutherford
Rev. Ian Rutherford is the City Centre Minister based at Methodist Central Hall on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter. Ian has wide experience of charity trusteeship.
Before entering the ordained ministry Ian was a Commercial Solicitor for over 25 years. His final role was as the Legal Lead for Gateshead Council’s landmark construction projects of Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Baltic- The Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead as well as PFI projects to build 5 schools and an Energy from Waste Plant.
Ian’s interests include Architecture, Art, Politics, Rugby Union, Theatre, Blues music and Japanese culture.
Ian is committed to civic engagement and his current priorities in Greater Manchester are Housing and Homelessness, Challenging Hate Crime and Climate Change.
Jane Forbes is a Partner at PwC LLP where she has led the North West Government & Public Services practice since 2013 and is the Firm’s National Lead Partner for Social Housing. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Jane works with both national and regional Government agencies and public bodies, including Regulators, Housing Associations and Higher Education Institutions. Jane has a keen interest in the Social Housing sector and spent two years on secondment to the Housing Regulator where she headed up the Internal Audit Function. Jane has also been a judge for the Northern Housing Awards.
Jane is the former Chair of pro-manchester, the largest business development organisation in the North West representing the financial and professional services sector and wider business community in and around Greater Manchester. Jane has been a Director of the pro-manchester Board since July 2015.
Jane has a passion for skills and has been a member of the pro-manchester Skills Committee for the past eight years, taking on the role of Committee Chair from July 2015.
Jane lives in Manchester with her husband Martin and daughter Evie. Jane is a life-long Manchester United fan.
For the past 5 years Beth has campaigned as a politician and political advisor on issues around homelessness and insisting on a co-production led approach, working alongside Andy Burnham to bring together his ‘Homelessness Action Network’.
She worked on initiating the Manchester Homelessness Partnership and Charter whilst a Councillor for Manchester city centre and currently serves as Chair of the international arts and homelessness movement, With One Voice.
Beth has a variety of experiences in charity trusteeship, as a member of the board of trustees of several arts organisations in the city of Manchester. She is now a Knowledge Exchange Affiliate at the University of Salford working on embedding community development in the political system as an approach to tackle homelessness across GM.
In her spare time, Beth campaigns on women’s rights, is a photographer and a massive Liverpool fan!
Diane Modhal MBE
Retired athlete and co-founder of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation
Diane is one of the UK’s most accomplished middle-distance runners, representing Britain at a staggering four Olympic Games, and won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals at the Commonwealth Games.
She made history by holding the English, British and Commonwealth records and was unbeaten by any other British athlete at her specialist distance of 800 metres for six consecutive seasons.
After retiring from athletics in 2002, Diane went on to create the registered charity the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation alongside her husband, Olympic coach Vicente Modahl, as a way of helping young people benefit from everything sport can offer.
Diane and her team of coaches seek to use sport as a catalyst for change, unlocking potential and enriching young lives.
The Foundation is going from strength to strength and Diane was awarded an MBE for her services to sport and young people in the North West of England in the Queens Birthday Honors List in 2018.
Born and raised in Moss Side Manchester, her early experiences as a young person from a deprived community continues to inspire her to establish strong foundations on which those in need can thrive.
With over 17 years’ experience in funding, Sharon is a passionate advocate for investing in people’s potential to build strong, vibrant communities. As former Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund she developed innovative funding initiatives, leading a network of local teams across England in bringing grant making closer to communities. She has actively joined forces with other funders to collectively address issues such as homelessness and exploitation of young people, representing the Fund on the national Child Sexual Exploitation Funders Alliance. Sharon now runs her own company continuing to support the growth of organisations with a social purpose, particularly those with a focus on using sport for change. She is also Vice Chair of the Co-op Foundation.
In her spare time, Sharon keeps active through her love of all sport and is a lifelong Manchester United supporter!
Mike Perls MBE
Co-founder of MC2, Mike focuses on strategic marketing and influencing for cities and high growth businesses. A key driver in the international network of MC2 and leading the partnership with the Cabinet Office on the Northern Powerhouse initiative. He worked as part of the team on the Powerhouse Technology mission in San Francisco and with Belfast’s global investment strategy. Considered to have one of the strongest networks nationally, Mike is a Visiting Professor of Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University where he also sits on the board. He is a non-executive director of Rugby League World Cup 2021 and Chair of GreaterSport.
Dr Kailash Chand OBE
Dr. Kailash Chand is the chair of the Northwest BMA council, member of the UK BMA council, and the first Asian honorary vice president of the BMA and Chair of Healthwatch TAMESIDE and former PCT Chair of TAMESIDE and GLOSSOP, after working as a GP since 1983.
He has been a BMA activist, Deputy chair of the BMA council (2012 to 2016), an NHS public health campaigner for the last two decades and has served on various BMA committees including the General Medical Council working group (2006 to present), General Practitioners Committee (1999 to 2009); and as Vice chair of the Equality Opportunities Committee (2007 to 2009).He writes regularly for national and regional press.
During his 35-year career in the NHS he has contributed to improving local practice standards and promoting public health at a local, regional and national level.
Dr. Chand was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS and health care and for the last six years he was named by Pulse magazine, as one of Britain’s 50 best doctors for helping to shape health care.
Since the charity formed in April 2019, together, we have raised more than £2m and 100% of the proceeds have gone directly to help the most vulnerable in our society. A huge number of homelessness charities and organisations across Greater Manchester have received vital funds they need to work towards our aim of ending rough sleeping across our city region.