Trustees

The majority of our Board is elected by the membership at our Annual General Meeting. Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) nominates up to two representatives and additional trustees may be appointed by the Board during the year. Trustees also serve as the directors of our subsidiary companies.


Atiha Chaudry

I am the chair of GM BAME Network and Leaders Forum and have been on the GMCVO board for some years. I am committed to GMCVO’s values, work and ethos and I am proud to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated staff team and board.

Kathryn Cheetham

I joined the GMCVO Board in 2013 because I believe that our VCSE sector plays a key role in addressing inequalities across Greater Manchester. Bringing 10 years of experience in co-design, community development, service transformation and strategic governance of charities; I hope to contribute to making Greater Manchester a fantastic place to live where people and communities can thrive.

Mark Lee

I am the CEO at the Together Trust, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the charity sector. Prior to my current role I was a North West Regional Director at Barnardos and The Children’s Society before that. I am proud to be a Trustee at GMCVO - the need for collaboration, collective voice and knowledge sharing has never been greater. The strength and diversity of GMCVO members has never been more needed.

Priti Butler

I am an Executive Director at BigLife Group, with 29 years’ experience of directing, leading and developing services within a public services environment: Children & Families, Adult Social Care, Health & Wellbeing and Employment and Training services. I have a strong social values base which drives my passion for innovation and creativity to deliver high quality services to those most in need and whose circumstances can make them marginalised. I volunteer as a GMCVO trustee because of the great work it does in influencing change and supporting the sustainability of VCSE organisations.

Richard Dyson

I am a chartered accountant and, since retiring from practice, have devoted a considerable part of my time to the not-for-profit sector. In addition to being Vice Chair of GMCVO, I am the chair of an academy trust, a school governor, chair of Wythenshawe Hospital Transplant Fund (New Start), chair of The Charity Service and also a lay member of Trafford CCG. I volunteer as a GMCVO trustee to support GMCVO’s role in the wide network of third sector businesses, statutory authorities and related national organisations with which it is involved.

Shane Thompson

I am a senior manager with a wealth of experience gained through a number of high profile roles working for a major high street bank. My current role involves leading and delivering large scale change & transformation initiatives across the UK. I joined the board of GMCVO after being heavily involved in supporting a number of local charities and leading a Greater Manchester-wide project where my team and I were able to help support the homeless community with gaining UK banking facilities. I am proud of the work GMCVO does and the many lives it improves.

Tom Berry

I work as a Service Manager at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this, I held financial roles within the NHS after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with Deloitte where I worked in audit and management consulting. I volunteer as GMCVO's Honorary Treasurer because I believe it plays an important role supporting and empowering the people I share the city with. The projects led and supported by GMCVO make a real difference and I am proud to play my part in this.

Tom Mcgee

I am the Deputy Leader at Stockport MBC, with over 35 years’ experience as a local councillor. I've been volunteering almost continuously for the past 52 years; in a variety of other voluntary roles. Sometimes my professional experience has been useful and welcomed, but often it has just been as the extra willing 'pair of hands'. I volunteer as a GMCVO trustee because the VCSE sector has become even more important over recent years and months. I like to think (or at least hope) I can help the sector to work itself through the difficult and unprecedented times we're in.

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