The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are responsible for setting the long-term direction of the group and ensuring good governance for the charity is always adhered to. They are also there to further the charity’s objects as set out in the governing document. They will also ensure financial probity and be the accountable body for the group. They will report to our community via an annual report and annual accounts and an Annual General Meeting to which the public are invited.

**We currently have a vacancy for a Secretary, please read the job description, and if interested, email for the attention of the Chair for an initial conversation. **

Shelly Quinton-HulmeChairperson – Was a founder member of the Friends of Victoria Park back in 2002. She became the chair of the group in 2006 and has served as the chairperson ever since. Shelly works full time in Project Management and Controls for Network Rail. Shelly also chairs Stretford Children’s Theatre charity and is chair of governors at Victoria Park Infants School. She is well known and respected within the Stretford community and works hard to improve the area for all.

Charlotte EvansTreasurer – I’ve lived in Stretford nearly 5 years and Victoria Park was one of the reasons I settled on this area. I work full time in procurement for a global retailer and I volunteer for FOVPS to support the financial management side of the charity. I volunteer as it feels important to me to actively contribute in the community and help make Stretford an even better place by having some great facilities and a beautiful green space on our doorstep. 

Claudia De CarloSecretary – “I moved to Stretford in the summer of 2018 with my husband and little boy. We were lucky to have this beautiful park so close, enjoy the wonderful events and get to know the people, so I quickly learnt to appreciate what FOVP do for the community and didn’t hesitate for a minute that I wanted to be part. I have been part of FOVP team since May 2019, when I started my contribution with communication and social media and helped with the fundraising campaign for the Community Building. Being part of FOVP has given me an amazing opportunity to get involved in our lovely community and it makes me feel proud to support such a caring organisation.” Claudia brings along her admin skills as well as her expertise in Event organisation and Project Management.

Christine Barry – “I have been involved with the Friend’s group since its inception in 2002.  During my long working life as a Registered Childminder (40 years!) I spent daily periods in our beautiful park and without exception the children in my care loved their time there.  Whatever the season or weather there is always loads to see and do and friendly local people to meet and chat to. Now retired I enjoy as part of a team running the successful fund raising tombola stalls at busy park events.  I am looking forward to helping in other ways when our community building opens.  I am involved in the newly founded youth council which will give a voice to the younger generation as they input ideas to improve the park.  As we nurture these young people we hope they will become future active members of the Friends. I would encourage other people to get involved as we are a friendly bunch and it is rewarding to contribute in any small way to improving Victoria Park.”

Tom Ross – “Tom has been a friend of the park since 2007.  He lives in Stretford and has been a local councillor for the area since 2008 and has been on the committee for a number of years.  Tom’s taken part in a number of the community events over the years and the park is a very special place to him.  It’s a beautiful space in our town and brings our community together.”

Jean Napier – “I’ve lived in Stretford for over 30 years and my 3 children  have grown up here, too.   I became a volunteer in 2007 when I saw a notice on the Park gates inviting people  to help with the planting of hundreds of daffodil bulbs around the park. Since then the Friends of Victoria Park has developed and grown, providing several Community events throughout the year which are usually very well attended and enjoyed by young and old alike.  The largest events that we do is to celebrate Christmas, Easter and Hallow’een.”

Stephen Adshead – Steve has also been with the group for many years and is a local councillor. He also currently sits on the Trafford Executive Committee as Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change / Labour Group Secretary. Steve worked within the NHS for many years. Steve is often our photographer at events as he loves taking pictures and really getting out and meeting people. As parks fall under his remit at the council, he is able to give us great insight during our strategic workshops and ensure we are not going against Trafford’s plans.

Ita Kirrane – Ita has been with the group for many years and is a retired civil service contract manager. Ita has been in Stretford for over 60 years and has enjoyed the park since childhood. She is a big part of the Stretford community and is the labour party membership secretary for Stretford and Urmston Constituency, and chair of Gorse Hill Ward. For Stretford WI she is the treasurer and she has been a school governor for 25 years for the Delamere school [an outstanding school providing SEN Support]. Ita sits on our policy committee and has been a national and regional representative for CPSA union [Now PCS] for over 25 years. Ita loves theatre and travelling to France. Ita was our biscuit and provisions buyer for our events and was queen of stocktaking and bargains.

Margaret Longworth – Margaret works for Manchester City Council looking after their events and as such she looks after our events and makes sure they are run safely and professionally. Margaret tends to be the one liaising with Trafford Council event department on our behalf and making sure the paperwork is complete. Margaret also sits on our risk review committee. At our events you will find her in the kitchen after running around to ensure all is safe and well – she makes a great hot chocolate!

Suzy Woods – I have been in love with the wonderful Victoria Park since i moved to Stretford in 2016 and have always admired the hard-working volunteers who put so much into making it a wonderful place to be.  I have worked in the events industry for over 16 years, working on several outdoor food and music festivals as well as large experiential and corporate events.  So, it felt a natural fit for me when I was asked to help out on Picnic in the Park and the other events that take place throughout the year.  I joined the Board in April 2020 and am excited to see what is around the corner for FOVPS!

Habeeba Bhayat – As a home-educating mother of young children living in an urban area, I appreciate the importance of our local park. It has so much to offer and is a fascinating place for nature loving me. I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to be involved with the FOVPS and hope to to be a part of maintaining it as a beautiful and welcoming place for all the community.

Karin Miller – I am Karin Saenz Miller and live with my husband, children, dog and rabbits in Sale. I got to know FOVPS via the recruitment procedure for Chief Operations Manager. I was not selected for this role but the organisations and its plans were so interesting that I asked whether I could be involved in another role. Because of my initial professional background in HR Shelly asked me to join the board of trustees and help to be HR ready and get all the important policies and procedures in place.  In the past 10 years I have done a lot of community development projects in the Netherlands and sport development work in the UK. This is the kind of work which gives me energy and I really look forward to help FOVPS forwards with the new community café and its activities.

Louise Hamnett – Associate Member – I’m a general manager with 20 years experience in the hospitality industry including new restaurant openings. I have lived in Stretford for the last 10 years and have been excited to see the local parks grow and develop into beautiful spaces for families and locals.  Myself and my daughter love to run around Victoria Park on a sunny day! I am especially excited to see the park open a café, a much-needed space for the local community in the area. I feel very lucky to be asked to be part of the charity and hope I can offer any advice and support towards the next exciting step.

Gavin Williams – Associate Trustee – I have worked in the Charity sector since 2007 in various roles, including the Carers Trust and Carers UK and more recently as the lead for Trafford Carers Centre as CEO for five years, delivering statutory assessments on behalf of the CCG and Local Authority. I have sat on seven strategic boards in Trafford and Greater Manchester and was a member of the Carers Trust Policy Group and the England Committee for 2 consecutive years. I am a keen gardener, growing all my own fruit and veg in two polytunnels at home in Manchester and am strongly connected to Wildlife protection, and am delighted to be joining the team at Friends of Victoria Park Stretford. The Park is an oasis for Stretford residents. Its outstanding tranquillity and beauty along with so many supportive and valuable volunteers makes the park an outstanding and real community centre for Stretford.

Trustee Terms of Office as at 03.09.2020

TrusteeDate of Appointment to the boardTerm of OfficeDate of office up for renewal
Shelly Quinton-Hulme24.07.20184 Years24.07.2022
Ita Kirrane24.07.20183 Years11.05.2024
Christine Barry24.07.20183 Years11.05.2024
Tom Ross24.07.20184 Years24.07.2022
Stephen Adshead24.07.20183 Years14.05.2023
Charlotte Evans08.04.20203 Years08.04.2023
Suzy Woods08.04.20203 Years08.04.2023
Jean Napier24.07.20183 Years11.05.2024
Margaret Longworth24.07.20183 Years11.05.2024
Claudia De Carlo08.04.20203 Years08.04.2023
Heather Jones24.07.20182 YearsRetired Aug 2020
Karin Miller11.06.20203 Years11.06.2023
Rick Mullan-Louw24.09.20183 YearsRetired May 2020
Fiona McDonald-Naughton24.07.20182 YearsOffice Vacated April 2020
Elizabeth Powell24.07.20182 YearsOffice Vacated April 2020
Cath Johnston24.07.20184 YearsRetired April 2020
Habeeba Bharat03.09.20203 Years03.09.2023
Louise Hamnett03.09.20203 Years03.09.2023
Gavin Williams22.11.20203 Years22.11.2023

Trustee Register of Interests as at 03.09.2020

Name of trusteeDescription of interestDoes the interest relate to the trustee, or a person closely connected to the trustee?Is the interest current?
Mrs Shelly Quinton-HulmeGovernor at Victoria Park Infant SchoolTrustee of FOVPSCurrent
Mrs Shelly Quinton-HulmeTrustee of Stretford Children’s TheatreTrustee of FOVPSCurrent
Mrs Shelly Quinton-HulmeTrustee of 23rd Stretford St Matthews Victoria Scout GroupTrustee of FOVPSResigned post in 2018
Mrs Shelly Quinton-HulmeTrustee of Friends of Stretford Public HallTrustee of FOVPSResigned post in 2017
Ita KirraneNoneTrustee of FOVPSCurrent
Christine BarryAmbassador /Volunteer at Yaqadoodle Childcare AcademyTrustee of FOVPSCurrent
Tom RossTrustee of Homestart Trafford, Salford & WiganTrustee of FOVPSCurrent
Tom RossStretford Ward Councillor and Executive Member for FinanceTrustee of FOVPSCurrent
Tom RossGovernor at Victoria Park Junior SchoolTrustee of FOVPSCurrent
Stephen AdsheadStretford Ward Councillor and Executive Member for EnvironmentTrustee of FOVPSCurrent
Charlotte EvansNoneN/AN/A
Suzy WoodsNoneN/AN/A
Jean NapierNoneN/AN/A
Margaret LongworthNoneN/AN/A
Claudia De CarloNoneN/AN/A
Habeeba BhayatNoneN/AN/A
Karin MillerNoneN/AN/A
Louise HamnettNoneN/AN/A
Gavin WilliamsNoneN/AN/A

Previous Committee and Board Members:

FOVPS Committee members 2001 – 2019

Thank you all for the help our past members gave in making this group an amazing one and ensured we are where we are today.

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