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Our Board members

Alyson Malach– Chair

Alyson has come to us through the Business in the Arts Board Bank. She is

the Director and founder of Equality and Diversity UK Ltd and was formerly

Head of Lifelong Learning at Manchester City Council, responsible for

community, adult and prisoner education as well as student grants.

Alyson has over 20 years experience as a senior manager in Further Education

and currently works with FE colleges supporting them to embed equalities

through employment and goods and services. Alyson has a national portfolio gained in her work as Research and Development officer for black communities

and equality. She has experience of research within the prison sector, having

visited 22 prisons in the UK, and exploring the impact of prison education on

black and minority ethic prisoners whilst working for NIACE.

She is a member of the Manchester Advisory Committee, involved in the

selection and interviewing of potential magistrates. She currently supports a wide range of voluntary and community groups within the North West and is a

mentor to a number of individuals in Manchester.


Stephen Hobson – Treasurer


Stephen is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a wide interest in the arts.

Phil Barton

Phil is Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, which is best known for its campaigns against litter, often with particular reference to fast food outlets, and for setting the standards for Blue Flag Beaches and Green Flag parks.  He is now regularly on television, often  locking horns with Bill Bryson.   

He was founder director of RENEW North West, which became Places Matter!, the architecture and built environment centre for the North West. From 1997-2002 Phil was director at Groundwork UK, initially as North West Regional Director and latterly as national Director of Corporate Strategy

Mike Moores

Mike has over 20 years experience as a training and management consultant and  in the management of business-led projects.  He has worked for local authorities across the North West and for national organisations such as the Arts Council, Royal Mail and the Learning and Skills Council. He has previously been a board member of Manchester Literature Festival, supporting them to produce their strategic and operational plans. For seven years he was on the board of Action Transport theatre company, assisting with training and development, HR policies and organisational improvement.

Georgena Clarke

Georgena is a Senior Solicitor with the employment team at DWF LLP in Spinningfields, Manchester. She studied law at Lancaster University and at Chester College of Law. She came to Cartwheel through our long standing and very helpful relationship with Business in the Arts.

Sandy Wilkie
Sandy joins the Board of Cartwheel Arts as a new member in January 2016. After studying Geography at the University of St Andrews, he has progressed through a number of roles in both the private & public sectors. He has 20 years experience of HR roles.He moved to Lancashire in Dec 2014 and currently he is the Staff Engagement Lead for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. He co-ordinates a creative writing group in the Rossendale Valley and has an interest in the spoken word and visual arts.He is hoping to bring creativity and a level of strategic thinking to the Board. Cartwheel Arts needs to have a sustainable future, so he is looking forward to helping shape that, working with other Board members and supporting the team in their valuable project work.
Alan Higgins
Director of Public Health Oldham, vice chair of the Greater Manchester Public Health Network and lead for Arts, Health and Social Movements for te Greater Manchester devolved authority.
Cartwheel members
Members help to set the priorities of the company and are invited to attend functions and events, including the AGM. If you would like to apply for membership you must be over 16. You will need to share our passion for opening particpation equally to all, irrespective of race, age, gender, faith (dis)ability or sexual orientation and for promoting the role the arts can play in social inclusion, regeneration, diversity and community cohesion. If you would like to apply for membership, please Contact us. Old Board members
  Cartwheel’s board in session
during the Roaring Twenties. 
Much has changed since then.


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