I have done two stints at Forever Manchester, firstly between 2004 and 2011 and then again since 2014. In between I worked as a freelance grants consultant working for clients including Comic Relief, UKCF and Children In Need, but Forever Manchester was always in my heart and I couldn’t keep away!

Originally starting at Forever Manchester as a Senior Grants Officer, my role for many years has been as Head of Communities, supporting the fantastic team who process Awards and are out and about working as Community Builders.

The role is incredibly varied and engages me in activity from grant programme design and delivery, organisational strategy, evaluation and impact assessment, to training and development.

It’s hugely exciting when the work of Forever Manchester naturally overlaps with Forever Consulting and we can utilise our combined experience to find new solutions.

Why I chose this career… It was accidental really, after having my daughter I wanted to find a job that was giving back in some way. It was a complete change for me after a career in retail management, but corny as it is, it felt right from the very first interview and I’ve never once looked back.

Places I love… I’m a Wiganer and Mancunian and love the variety of places that Greater Manchester has to offer. In Manchester I love the architecture and the fact that you can walk along any street and look up and spot a beautiful detail on a building that you’ve never noticed before. I also adore the countryside on our doorstep. One of my favourite places that I return to again and again is Rivington Pike. On a clear day you can walk up to the top and see right across the whole area. Gorgeous.

The project I have been most proud of… working with the whole team at Forever Manchester to embed an Asset Based Community Development approach across all our activity, from the team of Community Builders working in the community, rewriting all our grants programmes to reflect the asset-based approach to the training that the team deliver for communities and professionals.