Our management committee is made up of nine trustees from various backgrounds. Find out about them here...
After 20 years in the legal profession I moved into the voluntary sector where I have worked for the past 21 years. I was Senior Business Development Manager at the Cathedral Centre Bradford, Operations Director at Disc a northern Charity involved in Drugs, Homelessness, Offender and Training contracts, Practice Manger of Leeds Law Centre and currently Manager of Leeds Church Institute.
I have managed ERDF, ESF, Learn Direct, Prison Plus, DWP, LSC, NOMS, OLASS and Legal Service Commission contracts.
I have been a consultant to Government Office, Leeds City Council, The Learning and Skills Council and ESF troubleshooting, monitoring and managing failing contracts, auditing projects and schemes and launching funding rounds.
I have been on the management committee for the past 9 years.
I have a degree from Northumbria University in Law a range of post graduate qualifications with the most recent one being an NVQ level 7 in Business Improvement and Contract Management.
A long Time ago I got a degree in fine art, I spent 17 years as an art instructor running groups daily in an Adult Mental Health Centre. Now I work in an NHS Community Mental Health Team, encouraging people to access community activities, groups and centres to boost social inclusion and reduce isolation. This brought me into contact with the West End Centre and to set up an arts and crafts group which runs on Tuesday mornings and is open to anyone to 'drop in' and have a go. Group members may be painting, drawing, knitting within the same session. it is a space to come and develop your own interests with friendly chat and a cuppa.
I joined the management committee to bring my working knowledge regarding adult mental health, but also because the aims of the centre and the approachable and motivated team of staff and volunteers make it a successful combination, one I am happy to support and promote to my colleagues and community contacts.
Hi. I'm Alan Troake and I'm a voluntary representative on the West End Centre Management Committee. If you would like me to represent a problem you may have, you can contact me at the centre or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try to help.
I became involved with the centre through a local drama group and, through Christine's help, managed to chair the group.
I have always believed in helping people to help themselves, hence the reason why I'm involved with this group
I am a trustee of the West End Centre being involved since its inception.
I was born in Birkenhead in 1948, educated at Camberwell School of Art & Crafts and the University of Leeds where I trained as a Textile Artist and Designer. I entered industry as a Textile Designer in 1972, coming to Bradford in 1977 to work at a mill as a woven Textile Designer.
I retired in 2013 and spend my time as an Artist painting representative portraits and geometric abstracts. I am a local resident and member of St Oswald’s Church. I attend the Centre every day and work on the computers to expand my knowledge of Fine Art.
Phillipa Mann (Pip)
I have been a friend of the West End Centre for many years, helping out at functions and supporting some of it's initiatives. I also provided training for use of the whiteboard and suggestions for assessment and monitoring of learners using bespoke programmes.
I am an retired assistant head of a primary school after 42 years and continue doing supply teaching at Hook C E Primary School. I helped to develop the links between the school and the centre, bringing children to perform music and plays and sharing cultural and creative experiences for the children and clients of the centre.
I hold a Safe Guarding Certificate for working with children and people with disabilities, and I am cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
I have served on many committees in the past, for sporting and music organisations as a member and as an official-being treasurer to Hessle British Legion Brass Band as well as a School Governor and teacher liaison on a Parent Teacher Association.
MA, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2012
PGCE, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2010
BSc (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2002
Following a varied and successful career in Nursing, and having completed a BSc (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Studies degree at Leeds Metropolitan University, Beverley embarked on a change of direction pursuing a long held ambition of becoming a Lecturer. She joined Bradford College in 2004, teaching within her subject specialist areas of Health, Counselling and Psychology. Beverley became the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Health and Social Welfare Degree in 2006. This role has offered the chance to lead and develop the health and social care curriculum, network with practitioners, and refine the quality processes, which enhance the student experience.
Beverley is currently engaged in partnership work with a community organisation which promotes the health, wellbeing and the social inclusion agenda.
Beverley remains active on the Nursing register, and continues to fulfil her CPD requirements for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
In 2012, Beverley completed an MA in Post-Compulsory Education and Training at Bradford College. Her research into accelerated learning in higher education has influenced the curriculum design of the Health and Social Welfare Degree, ensuring currency and relevance of the programme.
This has facilitated the opportunity to contribute to validation panels, in the role of Subject Specialist External Advisor, for the Universities of Chester and Plymouth, and also, provide mentorship for students completing teaching qualifications.
In October 2014 Beverley became an External Examiner for Plymouth University.
Beverley recently contributed to a poster for the 2015 Higher Education Conference (Recognising Heterogeneity and its impact), which demonstrated how the newly introduced Social Care Commitment mapped to placement learning outcomes.
Beverley takes an active part in hosting the annual safeguarding conference.