Our People

We couldn't achieve our mission without our passionate, dedicated teams

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Team TLC are an incredibly special group of people who are working, volunteering and giving time to make the vision become a reality.

Working for TLC is challenging, exciting and rewarding.

We ask people to do their best – and to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work – because it matters to us that our team feel cared for, happy and fulfilled.

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Michelle Hill

Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Hill

Chief Executive Officer

Michelle is our Chief Executive Officer and is passionate about supporting stronger relationships, tackling domestic abuse and encouraging healthy family life.

Michelle is a voluntary and community sector representative on Trafford’s Health and Well Being Board and sits on the Leadership Team for the Stockport Prevention Alliance. Michelle was a Clore Social Fellow 2017, was awarded Highly Commended Charity Director of the Year in the 2017 and 2018 North West Charity Awards and is listed on The Guardian in association with Just Giving as one of 2017’s and 2018’s Social CEOs of the Year.

Emily Williams

Head of Development

Emily Williams

Head of Development

Emily is our Head of Development and is responsible for bidding strategy, obtaining funding, managing contracts and oversees the development aspects of the charity.

She is passionate about approaches that encourage people to recognise their own strengths, and use them to make changes. She has a background primarily in the voluntary sector and housing, having given time as a volunteer and trustee as well as a paid member of staff.

Marian Mallery

Head of Business Services

Marian Mallery

Head of Business Services

Marian is responsible for managing the business and administration functions within our charity.

Emma Jones-Holding

Head of Counselling

Emma Jones-Holding

Head of Counselling

Emma is an experienced counsellor and is responsible for managing our counselling services and projects.

Polly Sangar

Lead Supervisor and Relationships Counsellor

Polly Sangar

Lead Supervisor and Relationships Counsellor

Graduating with a First Class Psychology degree and developing her career as a Registered General Nurse, Polly’s practice is very focused on supporting others to achieve the best outcome possible.

She shifted her career in 2008 and has worked within Counselling ever since. She holds an MA in Relationship Therapy, a Diploma in supervision and Certificates in both Sex Therapy and Young People’s Counselling. Polly is a Supervisor of TLC Counsellors, alongside working with individuals, couples, families and young people. She has also developed our strong Cancer Counselling links to provide support across Greater Manchester.

Vicky Durkan

First Voice Team Leader

Vicky Durkan

First Voice Team Leader

Vicky is an experienced customer service professional, and is responsible for managing our reception and administration teams.

 

Chris Cowen

Head of Business Intelligence

Chris Cowen

Head of Business Intelligence

Chris is responsible for overseeing our information and governance and leads on our internal digital projects.

Nafeesa Javed

Counselling Services Manager

Nafeesa Javed

Counselling Services Manager

Nafeesa has a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and built her career working with elderly and adults living with Mental Health issues.

She is responsible for overseeing a range of our counselling projects and services.

Mike Gaskell

Chair of Trustees

Mike Gaskell

Chair of Trustees

Mike is educated to degree level in Law and has been a qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court for nearly 40 years’. He previously worked in general property and commercial law but after finding his passion for work that can improve the lives of others, he began his 35 year career working specifically for housing associations. Mike has been engaging in charity and voluntary work to support a range of organisations for over 25 years.

In 2006 he became Manchester office Managing Partner at Trowers & Hamlins. He retired in 2019 and has been our Chair  since January 2018.

Maggie Shannon

Vice Chair

Maggie Shannon

Vice Chair

Maggie is a management consultant who delivers leadership development programmes in the housing and health sectors. She has worked at Director level in both Housing Associations and Local Authorities, and has experience of governance in a range of settings.

With a strong commitment to tackling poverty and improving quality of life in communities, Maggie is interested in making connections between health, housing and social issues. She loves running, art, walking on the moors and playing the piano.

Ged Drugan

Trustee

Ged Drugan

Trustee

Ged is the Executive Director of Valette’s Business School Manchester and has established five successful businesses. Ged’s consultancy assignments have included projects with many corporates and the British Council. In recent years, his work has taken him to many countries, worldwide.

His research interests include career transition, dimensions of business strategy and city branding. Ged has served as board member for three not-for-profit organisations.

John Sless

Trustee

John Sless

Trustee

John has his own consultancy business and is also involved in the charity sector, having been president of a community charity. John is a recognised mentor and consultant. He believes in giving back to the community, which is his motivation for being on the board of TLC: Talk, Listen, Change.

Anita Shepherd

Trustee

Anita Shepherd

Trustee

Anita has been practising as a solicitor for nearly 20 years and is currently Head of the Family Team at Shoosmiths LLP in Manchester.

Verity Gleave

Trustee

Verity Gleave

Trustee

Verity Gleave is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Stockport Homes Group and has worked in social housing for the past eleven years.

Alvin Raymode

Trustee

Alvin Raymode

Trustee

Alvin is a Chartered Manager and IRCA certified Lead Auditor with extensive experience of business improvement, risk management and change management.

Graham Ellis

Trustee

Graham Ellis

Trustee

Graham has over 8 years’ experience working in the charity sector and currently works as the Training Delivery Manager for a national charity, with the responsibility of the development and training of over 3,500 volunteers. He is also a member of the Local Governing Board of the Deans Trust Wigan.

Keith Mitchell

Trustee

Keith Mitchell

Trustee

Keith has a background in finance, heading up large teams across all disciplines from Transactional Processing to the production of Financial Statements.

Barbara Shuttleworth

Trustee

Barbara Shuttleworth

Trustee

Barbara is a partner in the chartered accountancy firm Topping Partnership situated in Salford Quays.

Adiba Sultan

Trustee

Adiba Sultan

Trustee

Adiba is a Health Development Coordinator working for the Manchester Local Care Organisation. Adiba has experience in working in community development, one-to-one health coaching and developing partnerships across different sectors to reduce health inequalities in Manchester.

Our Culture

What we do really matters to us, but so does how we do it. We put wellbeing, fun and celebrating as a team front and centre.

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