The Booth Centre is governed by a board of five co-opted trustees who are appointed for terms of five years, and one ex-officio trustee (the Dean of Manchester Cathedral).
John Garrard - Chair
John retired from the University of Salford in 2010 after 43 years service. His main teaching and research interests were on the borderlines between history and political science, with particular concentration on urban history and politics since around 1800. While at Salford, he also ran and supported an active student exchange programme for the humanities and social science sector of the university with links to Europe, North America and beyond. Aside from his role as a Booth Centre trustee and serving on the Finance Committee, he gives talks on homelessness to outside groups and has been actively involved in the Centre’s Learning Circle. He has also works as a Youth Referral panellist for the Bury and Rochdale Youth Service, and as a passionate dog lover assists in homing retired greyhounds, whippets and lurchers for the Forever Hounds Trust. John joined the board in 2000.
David currently works at Manchester Central Library. He is also a
non executive director of One Manchester Social Innovation, which
includes City South Manchester Housing Trust and Eastlands
Homes, where he is chair of the operations committee. David has
previously served as vice chair of the City South board and chair of
the audit committee. Until two years ago, he served on the North West
management committee of the Workers Educational Association and was
their national volunteer of the year 2012. He has also worked in
university student unions for 25 years. David joined the board in
Rogers Govender - Dean of Manchester Cathedral
Rogers became Dean of Manchester in 2006. He came with his family to the UK in 2002 to serve in a parish in South Manchester, following ministry in the Dioceses of Durban and Natal in South Africa. Rogers is a fifth generation South African of South Indian ancestry as well as a British citizen. As Dean of Manchester, he has learnt about how a city and diocese operate and the importance of networks and partnership working to achieve the purposes of God in mission, ministry and outreach to the community. He has also learnt much about project development and fundraising, and applying faith and realism to vision building and delivery of a Cathedral for the 21st century, seeking to make the Cathedral a hospitable place for all people. Rogers’ interests include cooking, walking, fishing and travelling. Rogers was elected to General Synod as a Proctor Dean in 2015, and is also a Synod-appointed member of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England. He was elected to the AEC Executive in June 2016. Rogers joined the board in 2006.
Joe works as an independent consultant who helps organisations navigate periods of change, allowing them to become more efficient and sustainable. He has spent his career working with a range of charities and businesses in the finance sector, and has used this experience to help the Booth Centre develop its strategic objectives, improve its online presence and develop a sustainable funding base. He has lived in Manchester city centre for over 20 years and is passionate about developing effective services that provide the opportunity for local vulnerable and homeless people to improve their quality of life. Joe joined the board in 2010.
Andrew is Deputy Director of Human Resources at the University of Manchester. He has worked in HR in Manchester for over 30 years and has expertise in all aspects of employment, including change and performance management, employee engagement, equality and diversity, and policy design. Andrew is a keen advocate of the role of education as a bulwark against social exclusion and serves as a Director of the Whalley Range High School Multi-Academy Trust and as a Governor on the local governing body. Andrew has been married to Daressa for 22 years and they have two sons aged 20 and 15. Andrew joined the board in 2013.
Jackie O'Neill - Treasurer
Jackie has had a varied career path – working as a Chartered Accountant for several years before having time off for her family. On her return to work, she qualified as a teacher and taught Business Studies and Economics for a few years before returning to accountancy and she now works for AGE UK Stockport as their Financial Accountant. As well as being a trustee at the Booth Centre and serving on the Finance Committee, she is also a trustee and the treasurer at the YMCA Manchester. Outside of work, she enjoys running, keeping fit, yoga, travel, Manchester United, reading, good food and wine. Jackie joined the board in 2013.