Board of Trustees

Macc's Board of Trustees has the overall legal responsibility for Macc. Our Trustees steer and oversee Macc as an organisation, setting strategy and delegating certain roles and responsibilities to staff.

Ed Cox (Acting Chair)
I’m the Managing Director of Reason Digital, a local social enterprise providing information, advice and services to improve the digital communications and impact of charities, community groups and other pro-social organisations. My areas of expertise include websites, mobile apps, social media and email newsletters. I have 15 years’ experience in IT and the Internet and have previously worked for The University of Manchester Careers Service and The National Trust. I’m also a trustee for GMCVO and have previously been a trustee for The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. As a “widening participation” student from social housing who benefited from the last student grants in the early 1990s, my particular areas of interest include learning and skills, improving life chances and social mobility. I work with universities to develop employability skills and host young people at risk of exclusion from school, improving their IT and digital communications skills. I’m a strong believer in the power of business as a force for social good. Our profits are reinvested in the business and I pay every member of staff to do ten days’ volunteering each year.

Charles Kwaku-Odoi (Treasurer)
(bio to follow)

John Downes
I have 10 years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector in Manchester and across the UK. I am also a Board member of the National Council of VOluntary Youth Service (NCYVS) and have held this position for 1 year. I was previously the Chair of Manchester Youth Volunteering Project (MYVP) which worked with the young people of Manchester and supported their volunteering, ideas, voice and social action ideas. The organisation supported over 7,500 young people and hundreds of community organisations and events. In winding up the organisation in 2011 the MYVP Trustees took the decision to ensure knowledge and assets were transferred to Macc to support the growth of the new Volunteer Centre. As part of that I was co-opted onto the Board of Macc. My day job is as National Programme Manager for the volunteering and sports charity Streetgames. I manage a staff team based in the office and out in localities. This gives me a good background in HR and management and budgetting. I also have experience of working at a strategic level with Local Authorities and with national government. I currently work with the Cabinet Office and Sport England on a range of programmes. My passion is working with and supporting young people especially those facing most hardship.
Telephone: 0797 683 0659
Email: [email protected]

Dr Julian Skyrme
I’m Director of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, the UK’s largest University. Social responsibility is one of our University's three key strategic goals and aims to ensure that Manchester's learning, research, engagement and operational activities make a positive difference to society. I’ve worked in higher education since 2001. Prior to this I was a teacher and Assistant Vice-Principal in large urban Sixth Form College. I'm passionate about social justice and the transformative impact of education. I take an active role in our city region, sitting on Manchester City Council’s Strategic Education Partnership Board, the Board of Governors at Loreto Sixth Form College in Hulme and on the Board of Trustees at the Manchester Settlement charity. In addition, I’m a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), committed visitor to Old Trafford, husband and father to two young children.

Board Observers
Macc invites nominated observes from key partners to sit on our Board in order to maintain strong relationships. These observers have speaking rights but not voting rights.

  • Manchester City Council: The City Council sees Macc as a key strategic partner and wishes to ensure that the Macc Board are able to act on the latest information about the Council’s aspirations, plans and activities. This also ensures that the Council can enhance its monitoring and liaison role as a major funder by seeking more timely access to information about Macc’s plans and greater transparency around Macc’s strategic decision-making. Liz Goodger and Mark Rainey attend as observers for the Council.
  • NHS Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups: On behalf of the three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Manchester Val Bayliss-Brideaux attends Macc Board meetings as an observer.

Macc Board meetings are also attended by the Chief Executive (who acts as Company Secretary) and other members of the Macc senior management and staff team as required.