Meet the Board

Have a look at our 2021 board members:

President:

Hannah Matthewman

jcimanchester@gmail.com

Hannah Matthewman
Occupation: Marketing Manager - Embryo
Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, fun and ambitious.
Describe JCI in three words: Friendly, opportunities and development.

Deputy President :

Dr Philip Carvil

 Dr Philip Carvil
Occupation: HealthTec Cluster Manager – Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK Research & Innovation)
Biggest personal or professional achievement: Undertaking a research project for the European Space Agency and having that experiment fly on the International Space Station twice.
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, thinker and trustworthy.
Describe JCI in three words: Community, development and learning.

Immediate Past President:

Rachael Shah

Rachael Shah
Occupation: Delivery Manager at Co-op
Biggest personal or professional achievement: I won the JCI Manchester Young Talent Awards (MYTAs) two years in a row for being the most outstanding digital professional and in 2019 I won a highly commended for my preparation for becoming the 2020 JCI Manchester president
Describe yourself in three words: Fun, caring and determined.
Describe JCI in three words: Development, networking and learning

Finance Director:

Erin Berry

Erin Berry
Occupation: Manager, Transaction Advisory Services - Grant Thornton UK LLP
Describe yourself in three words: Tenacious, personable and enthusiastic.
Describe JCI in three words: Engaging, supportive and approachable.


Charity Director:

Melissa O'Brien

Melissa O'Brien
Occupation: Corporate Associate Solicitor - Primas Law
Biggest achievement: My biggest professional achievement this year was probably being part of the team that sold the eclectic group. But on a personal level, I bought my first house this year!
Describe yourself in three words: slightly strange, ambitious and caring.
Describe JCI in three words: opportunities, development, cohesion.

Charity Director:

Emma Godefroy

Emma Godefroy
Occupation: Associate Solicitor - Hall Brown Family Law
Biggest personal or professional achievement: I was very pleased to be head-hunted to join an award-winning law firm like Hall Brown. Since joining, I am proud to have helped build our children team which specialises in complex international children disputes. I also advise and represent clients on all aspects of divorce and dissolution and associated high-value financial settlement. I have written for the highly acclaimed Resolution’s ‘Gazette’ and have contributed to the latest book by the organisation ‘Only mums and dads’, which is to be published early this year. Despite only being 18 months qualified, I am committed to building connections by being involved in networks such as ‘Women in the Law’ and am delighted to be part of JCI this year.
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, personable and outgoing.
Describe JCI in three words: Fun, interactive and challenging.

Charity Director:

Grace Caldicott

Grace Caldicott
Occupation: Employment Solicitor - TLT LLP
Biggest achievement: I am very proud to have recently been recruited to work for a leading national law firm, TLT LLP, as an employment solicitor advising on a variety of non-contentious and contentious matters. On a personal level, myself and my boyfriend have also recently bought a puppy which is both lovely and very testing!
Describe yourself in three words: Bubbly, confident and driven.
Describe JCI in three words: progression, community and networking.

Social Director:

Ruby Riaz

Ruby Riaz
Occupation: Accounts & Outsourcing - Crowe
Biggest personal or professional achievement: I’m really proud that I received a scholarship from ICAEW to study Accountancy at the University of Manchester and also completed the Manchester Leadership Programme before leaving university.
Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, ambitious and hard‐working.
Describe JCI in three words: Social, inclusive and challenging.


General Director:

Joshua Carr

Joshua Carr
Occupation: Paraplanner - Brewin Dolphin
Biggest personal or professional achievement: Losing 40kg which fundamentally changed my perspective on achieving goals.
Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, social, and ambitious.
Describe JCI in three words: Community, self-improvement, and fun.

General Director:

Emily Hume

Emily Hume
Occupation: Senior Events Producer - Make Events
Biggest personal or professional achievement: As well as my work with Make Events I am also on the UK board of the Female Hospitality Network, winner of Conference news 30 under 30 and a mentee on the Fast Forward 15 programme.
Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, creative and organised.
Describe JCI in three words: Charitable, training and Career-driven.

Membership Director:

Grace O'Driscoll

Grace O'Driscoll
Occupation: Trainee Solicitor – JMW Solicitors LLP
Biggest professional or personal achievement: professionally my biggest achievement to date has been to secure my training contract with a national law firm. Personally, my biggest achievement was completing the three peaks challenge last year.
Describe me in three words: Outgoing, determined and organised.
Describe JCI in three words: Development, opportunities and networking.

General Director:

Peace Lawal

Peace Lawal
Occupation: Audit & Compliance Accountant – Sedulo
Describe yourself in three words: Confident, vivacious, determined
Describe JCI in three words: Inclusive, social, supportive

Health & Wellbeing Director:

Danielle Gibson

Danielle Gibson
Occupation: Fundraising and Marketing Manager - Child Brain Injury Trust
Biggest personal/professional achievement:Professional: Building a successful departmental marketing function from scratch for a national law firm that delivered profile-raising results across multiple fields including; numerous pieces of national press coverage and delivery of numerous corporate events that cumulatively raised a six-figure sum for charity.
Personal: There are two…On a sporting front, going from being the slowest runner at school to running the Great North Run twice and being able to swim a mile has been amazing! However, on a creative front, putting together 25,000 words for a novel in the middle of the pandemic’s been very pleasing too.
Describe JCI in three words: Supportive, positive, engaging
Describe yourself in three words: Talkative, imaginative, determined

Training & Development Director:

Manisha Mistry

Manisha Mistry
Occupation: Volunteer Coordinator for a charity that supports people who have experienced domestic abuse and homelessness.
Describe yourself in three words: Tenacious, Ambitious and creative.
Describe JCI in three words: Opportunities, friendly, social

General Director:

Ruby Melling

Ruby Melling
Occupation: Business Development Manager at Langham and Talent Partner to IN4.0 Group at The Landing MediaCityUK
Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Innovative and Honest
Describe JCI in three words: Community, Development, Positivity

General Director:

Mark Tan

Mark Tan
Occupation: Client Manager - Equilibrium Financial Planning
Biggest personal or professional achievement: Professionally, I have qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser and more recently as a Chartered Financial Planner. On a personal level, I am proud to have adapted well to the UK after moving here with my family from the Philippines when I was younger.
Describe yourself in three words: Positive, Friendly & Driven
Describe JCI in three words: Social, Inclusive & Rewarding

Membership Director:

Anthony Thomason

Anthony Thomason
Occupation: COVID Mobile Testing Unit Site Manager
Biggest achievement: Leading a team of colleagues through thrice-weekly Couch 2 5k sessions to prepare them for their first-ever 5k at Run Heaton 2019
Describe yourself in three words: tall, funny, kind
Describe JCI in three words: Opportunities for all (aged 18-40!)