The Team

Manchester Cares is the public name for MCR Cares Limited (company number 10893107), charity number 1176902. It is led by a team of six trustees who responsible for ensuring legal responsibilities are met. Our trustees are: 

Josie Cluer - Chair

Josie is a Director at EY, focusing on helping local public services transform. Josie is an adviser to the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness, was formerly Special Adviser in Gordon Brown's government and trains women who aspire to public office. Josie was formerly a school governor and a trustee of Alcohol Concern, where she was involved in the launch of Dry January, its flagship campaign.

David Easton - Director

David is an Investment Manager at CDC Group, responsible for investments in Africa and South East Asia. David was previously at Bridges Ventures and – before that – worked for the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative and McKinsey & Company. David has supported many businesses and not-for-profits to succeed over the last decade.

David Hayman - Director

David works on strategy for education charity Ark. He was formerly a strategist at Educate Girls, responsible for expansion over three new Indian regions, and Senior Head of Operations at The Prince's Trust. Before that he was a consultant at Accenture. David also helped set up national educational charity Future First and is a trustee at Tackle Africa.

Vix Anderton - Trustee

Vix Anderton works to improve the lives of women and girls as individuals, in organisations, and in society. She is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, as well as diversity and inclusion issues. A former Royal Air Force Officer, she spent three years working in the international development sector running projects all over the world before moving into a portfolio career.

Polly Balsom - Trustee

Polly is Head of Communications and Marketing at Royal Trinity Hospice where she leads on messaging and campaign delivery. She previously worked at the charity Missing People where she was responsible for communications and partnership campaigns. Polly has worked across all fundraising disciplines as well as helping to establish HIV support charity Body & Soul’s social enterprise 'Brave'.

James Lee - Director

James has had a long career in Local Government, where his responsibilities include safeguarding, monitoring and evaluation. He has been part of the Cares Family since 2013.

Ben Wilson - Director

Ben works in the Office of the Chairman at Liberty House Group. His financial career has been focussed on banking and traditional industry, including working previously for Nomura International, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Noble Group. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds an MBA. Ben supports North London Cares’ financial management.

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