Our Staff

Andy Gibbs
Cycle Enterprise Youth Worker

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

Amanda Cross
People Manager

I manage the human resources at the Youth Zone ensuring that there are sufficient paid and unpaid staff appropriately trained and qualified to ensure that Manchester Youth Zone can meet the needs of young people in North Manchester

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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.

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Claire Bex
Employer Engagement Worker

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

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.

Erica Nixon
Head of Organisational Development

I am preparing Manchester Youth Zone for entry into OnSide Youth Zones’ Network Agreement.

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
Events and Communications Manager

My role is to tell the story of Manchester Youth Zone through events and communications, bring people closer to what we do.

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.

Mark Roberts
Smart Futures Administrator

I work on the Smart Futures programme with the aim to raise the aspirations of young people around employment. I also manage the 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
Employability Manager (maternity leave)

I support members into employment through the ‘Get a Job’ course and the Greater Manchester Talent Match scheme.

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 operating a modern youth centre. This includes managing the facilities, cafe, and maintenance of equipment and services. I also make sure that the building is a safe, clean environment for our members and staff to enjoy.

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. 

Tess Vandenberg
Youth Engagement

I deliver the #HomeIsHere project in conjunction with GMYN around issue based debates to give young people the opportunity to develop their voice and influence at a local and city-wide level. 

Tracy Sparkes
Head of Business

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