Board and Management Team

The Board

David Coulter - Chair

Stacey Stanhope - Vice Chair

Councillor Basil Curley - Trustee

Basil is a Councillor for Charlestown ward in North Manchester, and an employee of Manchester College. He is Chair of the Communities and Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee and is closely involved with Work Solutions. He is a champion of dignity and care and his main focus is on people who have mental health issues, giving support where it is needed whilst showing personal respect to people in all the different circumstances. Previously, Basil has been Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health and Housing. He organised a partnership of Manchester NHS Trusts and the Primary Care Trust to investigate employment opportunities for local people.

Terri Balon - Trustee

Paul Fairweather - Trustee

Paul has worked for many years in the areas of equality and diversity for local authorities and in the VCSE sector. He has focused in particular on addressing barriers faced by disabled people and LGBT issues. He works part time for the George House Trust overseeing the Positive Speakers project, working with volunteers to run HIV awareness sessions for young people in schools and for health and social care professionals. Alongside this, Paul also works part time in Bury as an LGBTQI Development Worker.

In his spare time, Paul is a member of Manchester Proud Chorus and dances the Argentinian Tango.

Kirsty Hutchison - Trustee

Photo shows Sarah Harris, one of our Trustees.

Sarah Harris - Trustee

Sarah is a passionate advocate for inclusion in the workplace with a special interest in supporting those with hidden disabilities and members of the LGBTQI community.

Currently working in the NHS, with previous experience in local government and the private sector, Sarah will help Breakthrough UK by contributing expertise in the areas of business strategy, performance management, governance, policy, continuous professional development and improvement.

Having 15 years’ experience as a Coach, Mentor and Workplace Mediator she also supports the career development of those from diverse backgrounds, both as a Coach and EDI panel member with Queen Bee Coaching (A Pankhurst Trust Service) and as an NHS Ambassador for Inspiring the Future.

Outside of work, she practices meditation, kickboxing and is a self-taught portrait artist.

Paul Brighouse - Trustee

David Neibig - Trustee

Richard Currie - Trustee

Richard has been a long-time Board member and is a lifetime member of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People.  He is a passionate advocate for social justice, equality and the Social Model of Disability. He has previously worked for organisations such as My Support Money and the McPin Foundation. He is currently finishing a PhD in Disability and Citizenship and has co-authored a number of academic articles ,research reports and book chapters in the fields of disability studies, mental health and research methods.

He is currently employed as Co-production Lead at Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

The Management Team

Paul Berry - Finance and Business Manager

Elaine Astley - Policy and Research Officer

James Gasarah - Business Development and Partnership Lead

Brian Burgon - Business Development and Partnership Lead

We also have a team of staff including frontline workers who work directly with our clients – disabled adults in Greater Manchester – providing personalised support.