MEET THE TEAM

Fergal McCullough
Director

Fergal joined The Men’s Room in September 2014.

 

Before joining the Men’s Room Fergal worked with asylum seekers and refugees, managing a refugee resettlement programme and previously working as an organisational development worker helping refugees and asylum seekers establish and run their own community organisations. Fergal has a background in project and programme management, group work and volunteer management.

 

‘It’s wonderful to work with such passionate people, and I love working with the lads, I just love it.’

 

‘The reason I’m here and want to be here is because it’s a space and a provision that challenges me with something new every day.’

 

Hayley Speed Health and social care lead

Hayley Speed
Head of Health & Social Care

Hayley has been working at The Men’s Room since 2011 and been involved in delivering support services to sex workers for over 10 years supporting both men and women in various roles to access support they need and are entitled to. Her background is within housing working specifically with rough sleepers.

 

Hayley is currently on Social Clore Leadership Programme, on a specialist housing fellowship funded by Oak Foundation. she is also a board member of United Kingdom National Sex Work Projects.

 

‘I love how working for The Men’s Room is never boring, no two days are the same.’

Kate Goodrich - Head of creative

Kate goodrich
Head of Creative

Kate joined The Men’s Room in June 2018. She is really excited to be here and developing the creative vision and practice of the organisation, alongside the men who use our services, staff and volunteers.

 

Kate’s background is in the arts and voluntary sector and has previously worked in prisons, with community groups and young people, using a wide variety of participatory and creative practices. She has worked across the UK (mainly in the North!) and has spent time living and working in Chile and Australia.

 

She has a particular passion for collaborative work with people who feel that their voices and opinions are not heard and acted upon. She believes that engagement and change happen best when people enjoy themselves and are an active part of the creative process.

 

“I’m thrilled to be here and working with such a fantastically diverse group of people and I’m looking forward to further developing the creative practice and provision at The Men’s Room”.

Shelley Wagon Head of Creative

shelley wagon
Head of Creative

Shelley joined The Men’s Room in June 2018, and is delighted to be working alongside Kate as Head of Creative Provision. Shelley has worked extensively within the arts and social justice sector, working in a variety of settings, ranging from prisons and other criminal justice settings to community groups.

 

Shelley believes that the arts have the ability to transform peoples’ lives, and to provide them with a voice. She feels that creative engagement offers a genuine opportunity for improved health and happiness.

 

“I’m so excited to be part of The Men’s Room team, and feel privileged to meet and work with such an array of interesting and creative individuals.”

Ruth Flanagan

ruth flanagan
Administration and Finance Officer

With a background in arts education and the charity sector, Ruth works with The Men’s Room three days a week.

 

Ruth is a qualified Arts teacher. She has spent time working in Thailand teaching English to street children and disabled young adults.

 

Alongside her role at The Men’s Room, Ruth works on furniture restoration.

 

‘I really enjoy working for The Men’s Room. I think the work we do is important, and I’m happy to support that.’

Roney Commons Outreach worker

roney commons
Outreach and Engagement Officer

Roney came to The Men’s Room in 2017, on a student placement, working with individuals facing multiple and complex needs. He has gone on to become one of our outreach and engagement officers.

 

Before this he spent two years working in drug and alcohol services in Stockport and Manchester. Through his work he recognised a need for safe spaces to exist and for conversations around topics such as Chem Sex. Roney began a recovery group specifically for LGBT/MSM (men who have sex with men) in recovery from substance misuse.

 

Roney has lived experience of the difficulties, barriers and issues faced by The Men’s Room service users; the path of having to navigate these barriers, the stigma attached to it and the effect it can have on your emotional wellbeing and confidence. He applies this experience in his work with service users and where they are in their journey.

Joe Molloy Outreach worker

joe molloy
Outreach and Engagement Officer

Joe has a background in youth work and homelessness services. He has worked with children and adults in a range of charitable and statutory services. Joe is particularly interested in co-production – ‘the Men’s Room considers people’s talents and capabilities as well as their challenges, which hopefully means people feel more able to work with us’.

 

He will become a qualified social worker later this year, and in his spare time likes to climb things and play shouty music.

Elaine Eland

Elaine Eland
Volunteer coordinator

Elaine joined The Men’s Room team in September 2019.  She is qualified in youth & community work and worked in this field since the 1990’s.  Elaine works 2 days a week at The Men’s Room and the rest of the week works at St. John’s Centre in Trafford as, yes, the volunteer coordinator! 
 
She passionately believes that volunteering can transform people’s lives, challenging perceptions of themselves, of others and what they believe they are capable of.
 
“I have training in arts and media and know creativity can transform people’s lives – which is why I know The Men’s Room is such a special organisation to be part of.”
Lorna Gregory

Lorna Gregory
Student Social Worker

Lorna is a student who is currently in her first year on a postgraduate social work course at The University of Salford. Her undergraduate degree was in social care where she developed an interest in social justice and mental/emotional wellbeing. She has experience working with adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. She is excited to work with the individuals who access The Men’s Room’s service and hopes to learn how to make a positive difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.

Mckenzie Taggett
Student Social Worker

McKenzie has recently moved from Bermuda to Manchester to pursue a MA in Social Work. She was awarded the opportunity to work at The Men’s Room for her first placement. Her previous experience is working with children and in either health or mental health settings whilst in Bermuda. McKenzie is super excited to be a part of TMR and is looking forward to developing her knowledge and skills through the work that is done with service users and staff. McKenzie pursued Social Work out of interest and passion of helping those who are who have complex needs and aims to work in Mental Health or within the Criminal Justice System.

Outside of Uni and The Men’s Room- She likes hiking, travelling, arts and experiencing new things all the time!

Amarjit Pawar

Amarjit pawar
Psychology Student


Amarjit is a Psychology student currently on a year long placement with TMR.

In the past 5 years she has developed a background in mentoring young people with mental health and behavioural difficulties.She is very passionate about learning more about homelessness in Manchester.  She is passionate about giving those who have experienced similar or more extreme difficulties a safe and non-judgemental place to talk about their experiences. She credits TMR’s emphasis on creative sessions which aim to help the service users work through the social and psychological difficulties they face.