Our Staff

Andy Gibbs
Cycle Enterprise Youth Worker

I deliver the Cycle Enterprise programme, helping young people learn skills in bicycle maintenance,  promoting enterprise and using sustainable transport.

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Ben Herriman
Youth Worker

I deliver both Junior and Senior sessions across the youth zone and I am also responsible for developing the Youth Zone’s sport project.

Beth Dutsov

Beth Dutsov
Youth Worker


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Claire Bex
Employer Engagement Worker

I work as an Employer Engagement Worker on the Smart Futures programme with the aim of raising the aspirations of young people around employment.

Corrina Aitchison-Hayles
Inclusion Manager

I manage the Inclusion provision at the Youth Zone with the aim of helping Juniors and Seniors achieve independence.

Danny Percival
Targeted Youth Worker

I manage & deliver the Junior Choices programme, which is a 10 week crime prevention programme for young people aged 9-12 years. I also deliver both Junior and Senior sessions.

Hannah Brownhill
Youth Work Manager (Ages 13-19)

I am responsible for the running the midweek Senior sessions. That involves planning activities, coordinating staff and finding out what our seniors want to do when they’re here.

Hannah Wright
Head of Development

I look after fundraising for the Youth Zone, with the aim to bring in revenue through a range of different streams including corporate partnerships, grants and trusts, events and community fundraising.

James Dronsfield
Mentoring Manager and Safeguarding Officer

I manage the mentoring programme and take care of safeguarding our young people.

Jermane Walcott
Youth Work Manager (Ages 8-12)

I manage all Junior Sessions which involves planning activities and managing Youth Workers.

Joanna Roberts
Finance & Booking Administrator

I provide finance and payroll administration and also manage room bookings for the Youth Zone.

Kamila Rataj
Senior Grants and Contracts Manager

I manage Grants and Contracts at the Youth Zone. I’m also a Project Manager for the Smart Futures project which aims to raise young people’s aspirations around employment. 

Kirsty Murphy

Kirsty Peters
Events and Communications Manager

My role is to bring MYZ to life and shout about the incredible work that goes on in our big yellow building! 

Louella Fitzgerald

Louella Fitzgerald
Arts & Horticultural Worker

I facilitate art sessions allowing young people to express themselves creatively through different mediums. I also teach young people horticulture with an emphasis on sustainability and caring for the environment.

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Lucy Szoltysek
Youth Voice & Social Media Worker


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Mark Roberts
Systems Administrator

I am responsible for room bookings at the Youth Zone and support the team with our database and computer systems. I also manage this very website you see before you!

Michael Phipps
Development Manager

I work with MYZ and other organisations to fully understand  and identify gaps in provision which impact young people who are vulnerable to child criminal exploitation. 

Nina Thompson
Catering Supervisor

I am responsible for the day to day running of The Factory Brew Cafe which provides home cooked meals for our young people and the community.

Mindi Leonard
Partnership Manager

I manage partnerships between Manchester Youth Zone and other organisations in North Manchester.

Pamela Mason
Head of Youth Work 

I manage the programme of activities for young people across all sessions and manage the Youth Work Team.

Peter Lister
Bid Writer

I look for appropriate funding and write bids with a view to enhance the offer of MYZ for the young people who attend.

Phil Johnson
Sports Intervention Worker

I engage children and young people in challenging and stimulating sporting activities, including football, skateboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and much more.

Richard Marsh
Chief Executive

I am responsible for making sure that MYZ meets the needs of young people, our community and our financial supporters. 

Rick Bissell
Operations Manager

I look after the operational functions and logistics involved in ensuring the building is a safe, clean environment for our members and staff to enjoy. This includes managing the facilities, cafe, and maintenance of equipment and services. 

Sandrine Beaunol
Careers Advisor

Sarah Errey
Sports and Social Action Worker

I manage the #ManchesterYouthCan and Learn2Lead projects to engage young people aged 11-19 in social action, volunteering and sports. 

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Tanya Lee
Volunteer Coordinator


Tracy Sparkes
Head of Business

I manage the business functions and all non-young person facing operations at Manchester Youth Zone.