Fergal McCullough

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.’


Kellie Knowles
Head of Support and Advocacy Services

Kellie joined The Men’s Room in February 2021. Kellie is a registered social worker and has a long history of working with children and families in both social care and education settings.  Kellie completed a Masters in Social Work Placement at The Men’s Room in 2017 and went on to remain involved as a volunteer.

Kellie’s specialist areas of work include Child Protection, Missing Children and Sexual Exploitation and she is particularly interested in person centred and systemic practice. 

“I am proud to be part of a creative social care organisation. Part of my role is to support social work students at The Men’s Room, an integral part of their learning focuses on using art to bring about meaningful interaction with clients who are experiencing difficulties.  A skill that I hope they can carry forward into their future practice.

The Men’s room has a dedicated staff team who bring a multitude of skills to the organisation, it’s a great place to work”.

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.

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.”
JOe muir

Joe Muir
LGBTQ+ ABEN Case Worker.

Joe has experience supporting survivors of modern slavery as a caseworker and through this has worked with asylum seekers and refugees whilst they settle in the UK. He initially became involved in supporting people experiencing homelessness whilst at university by volunteering at Coffee4Craig’s homeless drop-in centre. Following this he utilised experience in social media marketing to set up a charitable music event that has raised money for Coffee4Craig.


“It feels great to be working with people who recognise the complexity of the lives of the people they are supporting and act accordingly by being aware, flexible and respectful of people’s needs and situations.”