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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.

RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA (HONS) Social Science degree
  • RSPH Health Improvement Level 2 trained
  • Trained to deliver Better Reading
  • Child protection trained
  • Appointed persons first aid trained
  • Enhanced DBS check cleared
  • ASDAN Employability and short courses trainer
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

To contact Hannah via email: Hannah@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk

Heather Parker-Preece – Community Development Co-ordinator

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.

RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • UKCC Level 2 Rugby League Coaching
  •  Enhanced DBS checked
  •  RSPH Level 2 Health Improvement Award
  • Child protection trained
  • Appointed persons first aid trained
  • Level 1 Handball
  • Arts Award delivery trained

To contact Heather via email: Heather@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.

RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • UKCC level 2 Rugby League Coaching
  • Enhanced DBS checked
  • RSPH Level 2 Health Improvement Award
  • Child Protection trained
  • Embed the Pathway CPD trained
  • Sports Leaders trainer certified
  • ASDAN Employability and short courses trainer

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.

RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • UKCC level 2 Rugby League Coaching
  • Enhanced DBS checked
  • RSPH Level 2 Health Improvement Award
  • Child Protection trained
  • Arts Award delivery trained
  • Sports Leaders trainer certified
  • First Aid certified
  • FA level 1 football coaching qualification

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.

RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA (HONS) Contemporary Dance Degree
  • MA in Contemporary dance
  • QTS qualified
  • Enhanced DBS cleared
  • Child Protection trained

To contact Michelle via email: Michelle@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk

Elliot Liku – Schools Development Officer

Elliot is a current North Wales first team player and has experience of working with both Primary and High school children delivering a diverse number of programmes including physical activity and respect programmes. Elliot is currently studying for a BSc Sports Degree at UCLAN.

RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • Enhanced DBS cleared
  • Child Protection trained
  • UKCC level 2 Rugby League qualification

To contact Elliot via email: Elliot@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk

Carlie Unsworth – Apprentice 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 are now employing Carlie on a full time apprenticeship whilst she works towards her Level 3 in Assisting Sports Coaching and mentoring.

To contact Carlie via email: Carlie@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 is working towards his Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy along with other qualifications such as 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 programmes success.

To contact Grant via email: Grant@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk

Andy Reid (Author of ‘Standing Tall’) – LCT Forces Support Officer

Andy lost both his legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED plate whilst serving with the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009. Andy doesn't let the severity of his injuries stop him from going forward with a positive mindset testament to this was winning The Sun's Millie Award for Overcoming Adversity in 2010. Andy is the proud Ambassador for the ABF Soldier Charity, and his own charity AIM, inspiring and motivating amputees to make the most of their future and works tirelessly in schools and with charities delivering talks about overcoming adversity. Andy’s wealth of knowledge and networks will drive the LCT forces programme forward and into the future.  

Brian O'Callaghan – Technical Support Consultant

Brian started his consultancy role with the Trust in 2011 and has been invaluable in providing IT Management, technical support for programmes and website design and development to the Trust in that time. Brian currently works at the University of Chester.

To contact Brian via email: web@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk