The Trust STAFF
Hannah Forbes – Trust's Programmes Director
Hannah successfully completed a BA (HONS) Social Science degree from Southampton in 1999 and took up a position in her first job as Community Liaison Officer at then named Halifax Blue Sox Rugby League Club. Hannah spent two and half years at the club receiving promotion to Community Development Manager and initially setting up the clubs 'Playing for Success' centre. In 2002 Hannah moved to Super League's elite club Leeds Rhino's. At the Rhino's Hannah concentrated on funding applications and worked in the clubs 'Playing for Success' Centre. However within 6 months Hannah was given the opportunity to set up and run her own Community department at Leigh Centurions RLFC. Hannah spent 8 years at the club building a highly acclaimed department winning Community Club of the Year in 2010, setting up the very successful 'Playing for Success' centre and gaining charitable status for the Trust in 2010. In 2011 Hannah left the club to work for the Trust independently, aiming to bring all her previous experience to a successful local charity within the Leigh area. To contact Hannah via email: Hannah@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
Heather Parker-Preece – Schools Development Manager
Heather studied a degree in Sports Studies at University of Chester before taking on the role of Community Development Officer at Leigh Centurions in 2003. Following 8 years of working within the local community through schools and local organisations, Heather began working for Leigh Community Trust. Heather brings to the Trust a wealth of knowledge of the needs of local children and young adults along with an impressive reputation from the work she has carried out over the years. Heather has successfully delivered physical activity, health, education and social inclusion programmes to many young adults and children of the Leigh area.
To contact Heather via email: Heather@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
Carlie Unsworth –Schools Development Officer
Carlie is one of the Trust’s success stories. Carlie has undertaken various Trust programmes and over the last 12 months has volunteered on the Trust’s New Skills and Primary school programmes; because of Carlie’s dedication to volunteering the Trust we employed Carlie on a full time apprenticeship. She has now finished her apprenticeship and now has a full-time position as our Schools Development Officer. To contact Carlie via email: Carlie@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
Tom Simms – Schools Development Officer
Tom has a lengthy background in delivery grass roots rugby league in a community setting. He has a wealth of knowledge around the community game and an abundance of enthusiasm and passion to deliver the Trust’s values and objectives through the Sky Try programme. To contact Tom via email: Tom@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
Michael Ostick – Lead Social Inclusion
Officer Michael has been a professional rugby league player for 7 years and retired in 2014. Michael has vast experience of working with and coaching young people from all different backgrounds and uses his enthusiasm, rugby league background and previous career experience to engage and motivate young adults; helping them change their lives around for the better and setting them back onto the right paths. Over the past three years Michael has undergone many different training qualifications within the mental health sector and currently runs our MindCraft programme along with Mick Nanyn. To contact Michael via email: Michael@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
Mick Nanyn – Lead Social Inclusion Officer
Mick has been a professional rugby league player for over 15 years and retired in 2015. Mick has vast experience of working with and coaching children and young people from excluded backgrounds. He is a positive role model for our participants and has an excellent rapport with participants which helps with engaging and motivating them to gaining control of their own lives and setting them back onto the right paths. Mick has also undertaken many different training qualifications within the mental health sector and currently runs our MindCraft programme along with Michael Ostick.
To contact Mick@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
Michelle Kettle – Dance Practitioner
Michelle is a fully trained dancer turned teacher and general creative. Michelle studied dance at London Contemporary Dance School and has a BA (hons) degree, Post Graduate Diploma and a MA in Contemporary Dance. Michelle first began teaching dance aged just 18, delivering after school dance clubs to primary schools across Wigan and has an untold enthusiasm for teaching dance to all different age groups. Michelle currently runs our Dancing Down Memory Lane tea dances, DaDuCa Arts Award programme and delivers part of the MindCraft programme.
To contact Michelle via email: Michelle@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
David Drury – LCT Forces Support Officer
David served in the military for 11 years and on leaving wanted to use his experiences to help others transition back to civilian life. David has been volunteering over the past 12 months for a Community interest company delivering lifestyle coaching workshops to various groups. David is keen to use his love of sports and exercise within his delivery and has such a positive can-do attitude that can’t help to rub off on others, he is keen to extend his skills set and has completed his Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy along with his level 3 in Education and Training.
To contact Dave via email: Dave@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
Grant Lane – LCT Forces Support Officer
Grant was previously in the military and runs a not–for-profit social enterprise that provides various support programmes for former forces personnel, because of his vast knowledge and experience of delivering programmes to the ex-forces Grant’s role for Leigh Community Trust Forces is pivotal to the veterans programmes successes.
To contact Grant via email: Grant@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk
Steve Maden – Men’s Health Officer
Steve has worked in a voluntary capacity as one of our ambassadors for the past 5 years and is now our full time Men’s Health Officer. Steve is a retired full-time professional Rugby Player and previously worked as Player Welfare Manager for the professional club. His experience in this role is invaluable to his role with LCT.