The Board

Tom Russel – Chair

Tom Russel – Chair

“Young people in Manchester are the future of our city and they deserve the best, which is what The Factory aims to give them.”

Jim Smith – Deputy Chair

Jim Smith – Deputy Chair

Jim is Managing Director of Clear Marketing and is responsible for PR/Marketing for The Factory within the board.

Liz Peters

Liz Peters

Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor

Helen joined OnSide in 2015 as Network Director to ensure the OnSide family of Youth Zones are supported to reach their full potential and the highest possible levels of performance.

Heather Crosby

Heather Crosby

Heather works for Deloitte as an Audit Partner and is responsible for financial management within the board.

Kate Vokes

Kate Vokes

Kate is Marketing and HR Director of Bruntwood. Kate was Chair of the Board for 3 years and now contributes broadly to the marketing and fundraising strategy.

Michael O’Connor

Michael O’Connor

Michael is a partner at Addleshaw Goddard where he leads the Infrastructure Projects and Energy team. He also has a wide range of non-executive expertise in public services.

Peter henry

Peter henry

Peter’s role as a Board member is to assist the CEO and staff in securing long term relationships with public & private sector organisations for work experience, training and employment opportunities.

Sandra collins

Sandra collins

Sandra is a Labour Councillor for Harpurhey. Sandra and her family experience The Factory first hand as two of her children are Junior members.