Clare Booth – Cafe Manager
I have worked in the Hospitality and Leisure industry for 30 years in various guises catering for private and corporate events, working in contract catering, in higher education and most recently at Chester Zoo as Food and Beverage Operations Manager. I love getting to know my guests and going above and beyond to exceed their expectations and helping to create amazing memories. I am an avid reader in my spare time, enjoy baking and trying out new recipes for my daughter who is vegan and my husband who is vegetarian. I also volunteer and help out various sled dog rescues by carrying out dog assessments, home checks and supporting fund raising events. I have two amazing rescue pups – Magic who is a Siberian Husky and a real mummy’s boy and Mischief, an Alaskan Malamute. I also enjoy horse riding, having ridden since I was 8 years old and have recently had to say my sad goodbyes to my Princess Pony Frejya. Family is very important to me, I love spending time with my niece who will be 3 in October (I’m the favourite auntie of course) and it’s amazing having my daughter at home after her being away at University for the last three years. I am very much looking forward to joining the Friends of Victoria Park Stretford family for the next chapter in my life.
Sarah Gregory – Operations Manager
I moved to Manchester in 2011 and the community events we saw running in the park were a big part of the decision to choose Stretford as our new home. I started volunteering in the cafe and at events before using my love of horticulture and wildlife to run gardening groups and Nature Explorer sessions. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, my first career was as a field archaeologist working in some of the wettest and muddiest locations across the UK. This was followed by 10 years working at the National Foundation for Educational Research. I’m currently a part time Information Consultant for a children’s librarians’ organisation (ASCEL) and also volunteer at a local school library. I’m looking forward to being a part of the next phase of FOVPS, and helping to make Victoria Park the very best it can be. I’ll primarily be involved with the outdoor activities, but also with website and social media updates.
Jane Killworth – Operations Manager
I have been a local resident of Victoria Park since 2002 and I have been an active member of Victoria Park School Community. I have been able to stay at home whilst my children were young and have used my time to volunteer for a local grassroots football club as the Chairman. I have also been a Guide leader in Sale for 25 years. I feel excited to be working for Friends of Victoria Park, in this exciting new phase and am looking forward to getting involved with the community groups returning and starting up within our new building. You’ll find me with a cup of tea in my hand and a cheery smile ready to welcome you and offer a listening ear.
Caroline Bowen – Operations Manager
I moved to south Manchester in 2006 and became part of the Stretford community in 2019. During the first COVID-19 lockdown I began volunteering with FOVPS in the Incredible Edibles group and then the Gardening for Health group. I spent over 20 years as a stage manager and when I was made redundant at the start of 2021, I realised I wanted to combine elements of my past job – working with and in communities – with my other interests (a love of the outdoors) and put my skills to good use working for a charity. I became part of the FOVPS team in May, when I started working as the Finance and Operations assistant. I work in the office dealing with room bookings and invoices amongst other things and am still involved with the gardening groups, including the New Roots Gardening group, which is part of the Thriving Communities project. I am also studying for a Diploma in Business Administration.
Kat Hatton – Cleaning Manager
I have been a part of the Stretford Community/Family forever, it seems. I frequented the park as a young girl and now my children happily do too. I spent many years in Business Administration and have now taken up my role as Cleaning Manager within FOVP
All staff are paid the living wage as per the Living Wage foundations guidelines which we are a member