Board of trustees


Michael Stuart

Michael is a Senior Business Analyst working at a leading broadcaster for the past 2 years, supporting productions with technical (software) and workflow solutions. Michael has consulted on key business changes to engage with the organisations audiences within his role.


Previously, Michael was a HR Professional with over 8 years experience working for a major retailer delivering on HR Policy and Procedures, coaching staff, and recruitment of new talent, whilst leading HR change.


With a wealth of business change and a strong knowledge of HR Policy and Procedures, Michael is eager to support The Mens Room with his knowledge and experience. Michael also brings experience of corporate fundraising from his retail HR experience, supporting a number of charity partners across Manchester. Michael is committed to making a positive difference in the community, working as part of a team to deliver the goals of the Charity.

Imogen Blood

Imogen Blood

Imogen is a social worker turned researcher. She started out working in hostels and then as a drug worker in men’s prisons, where she first experienced creative approaches working alongside TIPP.


She went on to work as a researcher at NACRO and the University of Salford, then as an Equality & Diversity consultant at EW Group. In 2009, she set up her own social research consultancy, Imogen Blood & Associates which carries out research and evaluation projects on housing, homelessness, social care and arts-based approaches for central and local government, housing associations and charities.


Most of these projects involve listening to groups people who do not always get heard, and working to change policies and services in response to these.


jessica williams

Having worked at a senior level in the NHS for nearly 30 years, Jessica brings a deep understanding of the statutory health sector as well as significant financial acumen, governance and assurance processes, leadership and strategic decision making abilities.


Jessica is committed to the development and sustainability of public and voluntary sector services in Manchester as evidenced by her enthusiasm and commitment to this project as well as others. Jessica gains great pleasure in working as part of a team dedicated to improving opportunities to those who may previously have had few.

Chris Wright

chris wright

Chris has worked in theatre for over twenty-five years. He founded THE HONEYMOON KILLERS THEATRE COMPANY in 1993 and was director, writer and producer for all productions that toured nationally and in Europe. In 1997 he worked as a community drama director in Botswana, Africa and on returning to the UK in 1998 taught for three years before turning freelance as a theatre director in 2001.


Chris has directed at venues across the North West, and was Associate Director for Oldham Coliseum Theatre, The Lowry, and National Youth Theatre. Chris was a nationally renowned director of new writing and in 2003 founded LEKOA, producing new plays including a national tour of Vent, which was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award. In 2007 he took over Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough as Artistic Director, and directed several productions for theatre companies across Lincolnshire.


Chris worked at the Royal Exchange Theatre for 9 years as Producer (Creative Learning & Engagement) in which he produced over 40 projects including the award-winning NOTHING (Manchester Theatre Awards), WE WERE TOLD THERE WAS DANCING (nominated for Best Production in Manchester in 2017 – M.E.N., and RET’s Young Company (The Stage School of the Year 2017).

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Paul Pandolfo

Paul Pandolfo works for Shelter and is the programme manager for Inspiring Change Manchester, which is part of the National Lottery Community Fund’s Fulfilling Lives  programme. ICM is testing new ways of involving people who have experienced disadvantage and multiple needs in the design, commissioning and delivery of services, and with evaluation and peer research. Its goal is systems change and it has pioneered innovative work around building partnerships, employing people with lived experience on traineeships, Housing First, mental ill-health and homeless and a Women’s Voices movement.


Before this Paul held a variety of leadership roles, most recently as a Probation Assistant Chief Executive with strategic responsibility for young adults, youth transition and alternatives to short custody. He has also worked as a substance misuse commissioner with a local authority, in a contract management role with regional government and in the health education field. He is social worker trained and has a strong belief in partnership development and community and citizen-led responses to addressing social issues.

Simon Ruding

simon ruding

Simon Ruding is the Director of TiPP (The Theatre in Prisons and Probation Centre). Simon has over twenty-five years experience of developing and delivering arts based programmes in Criminal and Social Justice settings. He has worked extensively in prison, probation, youth justice and social care services throughout the British Isles and beyond, delivering projects in Scandinavia, South Africa and the United States. Previously he was Director of Geese Theatre Company, UK.


Simon is an Honorary Research Associate of the University of Manchester where he has been course coordinator of the prestigious Applied Theatre: Criminal Justice course since 1999. As of April 2016 he is four years years into a Professional Doctorate exploring the role that theatre based approaches can play in restorative justice interventions.


Simon is particularly has a long association with The Men’s Room, as the charity developed out of a TiPP project called The Blue Room. Simon was the Chair of the Board of The Men’s Rooms when the charity was first founded and has recently returned to the Board after a break of three years.