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Fay Selvan - Group Chair


Fay is Chief Executive of the Big Life Group, which is a social enterprise with the mission of changing lives. It provides services for health and well-being, skills and employment, children and families.

Fay is also the Chair of the International Network of Street Papers, and a non-executive director of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

Annabel Todd


Annabel is a banking and lending specialist with an MSC and BSc in Banking Practice and Management and is a Fellow of the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Annabel spent most of her career at RBS but is now Business Development Director and runs the North West office for BREAL Zeta, who are a specialist funder lending money to local and global businesses.

Bridget Groarke

Bridget is Co-founder and Director of Commercial Compass Ltd, a business and management consultancy.

Bridget has strong legal experience, and has previously held a number of influential roles including Head of Corporate and Legal for the Co-operative Group Ltd and Legal Counsel EMEA for Intervoice Brite Ltd.

Dave Addy


Dave has wide-ranging public sector experience. This includes work as chief executive of the (NHS) Pensions Agency and as a regional director of the Legal Services Commission.

His non-executive experience includes service for the West Pennine Citizen’s Advice Bureau and the University of Salford Students Union.

Gill Brown


Gill is a non-executive director for two NHS trusts :  St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust and Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Previous roles include governing body member for NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group and chief executive for Healthwatch Lancashire.   Gill has also had a number of years’ experience of working in the NHS in a variety of clinical, research and board roles.

Gill is also a mentor for the Housing Diversity Network.

Tim Ryan


Tim is director of Volute Ltd, a digital development agency which creates websites, apps and learning management systems for Universities, NHS and private sector organisations.

He is a Registered Architect and previously had a career in social housing property development.

Roli Barker


Roli is an experienced project manager who has worked on a range of projects from international corporate events, to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Roli is currently working on the design, implementation and delivery of a £1.2 million project to transform Greater Manchester’s private rented sector.

During her career, Roli has been able to develop a range of skills, including working with local communities, developing relationships with key stakeholders and fundraising. Roli is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Richard O’Connell


Richard is currently the Financial Controller for Arts Council England whose annual budget is over £600m. The Arts Council provides development support and funding to the arts sector and museums across England.

As a qualified accountant, he has previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as a Management Consultant with IBM and Capgemini.

Ged Cooney


Ged is the Executive Leader for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Vice Deputy for Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Northern Pool Pension Fund and a Member of the GM Housing and Growth Committees.

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