The Board

Chris Davis

Chair

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Vice Chairman and Brand Guardian

I have been a trustee of the Manchester Youth Zone from the very beginning and still get a real buzz when I see the impact we have made a difference to the lives of many of our young people. This only happens with the outstanding work done by all the MYZ staff, passionate, committed, and dedicated to changing young lives.

Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke

Trustee

Andrew is the Operations Director for Bruntwood property group, helping to operationalise their strategic vision. Andrew has been a trustee of MYZ since 2020.

“I am incredibly proud to sit as a board trustee for a Youth Zone which makes a real positive difference to so many young people across Manchester. I am continually amazed by the potential the youth zone can help unlock in its members and always come away from meetings feeling revitalised and humbled to be able to help support and shape young peoples futures”

Frank Shepherd

Trustee

Heather Crosby

Heather Crosby

Trustee

Full-time Audit Partner at Deloitte and part-time finance warrior at MYZ, Heather has been on the MYZ board for 7 years.

“The energy and atmosphere at MYZ is unrivalled and good management of the finance is what allows the incredible work to go on in that big yellow building. Every time I leave, I leave humbled and inspired by Manchester’s next generation.”

Joanne Green

Trustee

Simon Livesey

Simon Livesey

Trustee

Simeon is a Portfolio Director with Cazenove Capital and has been involved with Manchester Youth Zone for the past five years.  He took up the role of Trustee last year.

“I grew up in an area where as a teenager there was nothing to do.  I was lucky enough to be invited to a small youth club that supported me, encouraged me, and raised my aspirations.  Manchester Youth Zone does the same thing but for thousands of kids and on a huge scale.  It’s a privilege to be involved in this work and to see the tangible results and positive impact it is having on young people.”

Yvonne O'Malley

Yvonne O'Malley

Trustee

Yvonne has almost 20 year’s experience working in the public sector and 5 years in the charity sector. Her current role is Commercial Lead for Neighbourhoods at Manchester City Council.

Throughout her career Yvonne has been able to secure investment for multiple projects which have built stronger communities and increased opportunities and outcomes for young people.

As a trustee for MYZ, she wants to combine all her experience of community development, income growth, commissioning and delivery, events and investment to raise the profile of both MYZ and the young people that it serves.