Graham has been a resident in Pitsmoor for 28 years. Retired since 2013, Graham worked for the NHS for 41 years, including more than 30 years as a Registered General Nurse, mainly at the Northern General Hospital. Formerly, as a member of Amnesty International, Graham held national (UK Former Soviet Union/Russia Coordinator) and local (Press and Media Officer) posts. Currently Graham does some volunteer work for the “Rights in Russia” human rights organisation. Graham is an active member of a number of wildlife and walking groups.
Richard has worked in several different community development roles over the last fifteen years, supporting organisations to develop their funding strategies, capacity and governance. He has helped write successful proposals for various groups and funders, including overseeing the development and monitoring of £1.6 million Objective 1 programme. He has been a treasurer and a finance officer for a diverse selection of bodies, and is currently Volunteer Coordinator at a community health charity.
Tim has worked as an independent travel consultant for many years and as a researcher at Sheffield University and has completed a PhD at the Department of Town and Regional Planning. He is currently Chair of the Friends of Abbeyfield Park, Treasurer of Grimesthorpe Allotment Society and sits on several Quaker committees including the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network.
Fran has a wide experience of finance, funding, HR management, planning and administration, gained within the higher education sector, local community organisations and the Trade Union movement. Fran recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Cooperative and Social Enterprise management and has undertaken a range of professional development. She is currently Finance and Funding Manager for Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and has been a member of the Messenger management committee since 2008.
With over 12 years’ experience of working in the VCF sector in Sheffield, Abtisam is a practising solicitor and the programme director of Aspiring Communities Together (ACT). She was selected as an Olympic Torchbearer and nominated for a Woman of the Year award as a result of her work in deprived communities. She has chaired the Sheffield BME Network, and sat as a board director on Burngreave Community Action Forum (BCAF), the Sheffield Wellbeing Consortium, Citywide childcare forums and Ellesmere Youth Project, to name but a few, and is now UK’s first Yemeni city councillor.
Douglas is a lawyer and Green party councillor for City Ward. He won the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in social welfare law. He has been a trustee of the Burngreave Messenger since 2007.
Michelle has wide experience in the voluntary and community sector plus local government and the NHS at management level. As a Carer, she is a Trustee of the Sheffield Parent Carer forum, Aspergers Carers and Children Together (ACCT)and much more. Michelle is also a city councillor.