Meet The Team

Openshaw reporter: Mark Quinn

REPORTER PATCH: Openshaw My name is Mark Quinn. I’ve always been creative. A strong desire to fulfill a childhood dream is what spurred me on...

Manchester reporter: Alan Kinsey

REPORTER PATCH: Manchester After deciding that academic life was not for him, Alan joined the Army at the age of 15 and says that he...

Bury reporter: David McLenachan

I was born in Bury and came back many years later having lived in Glasgow, Perth, Nottingham & Toronto. I managed a full working...

Bury reporter: Gill James

Gill James moved to Greater Manchester when she had a massive career change at the age of 55. She established herself as a writer...

Salford reporter: Paul Sherlock

Paul Sherlock REPORTER PATCH: Salford Our reporter, Paul Sherlock, is a volunteer for AgeUK Salford – mainly at the Critchley Community Hub in Swinton. He enjoys...

Bolton reporter: Carole Ogden

Carole OgdenREPORTER PATCH: Bolton Our reporter, Carole Ogden, is originally from East Sussex but has lived in Bolton for nearly 30 years. Carole took voluntary redundancy...

Manchester reporter: Pauline Smith

Pauline Smith REPORTER PATCH: Manchester Our reporter, Pauline Smith, moved back to Manchester in late 2007 at age 59, after 30 years living and working in Belgium,...

Bury reporter: Lesley Downing

Lesley Downing Reporter patch: Bury Our reporter, Lesley Downing, split her career between nursing and as an archive assistant. She is semi-retired now and is doing...

Manchester reporter: Tony Openshaw

Tony Openshaw REPORTER PATCH: Manchester Our reporter, Tony Openshaw, set up Asylum Support Housing Advice (ASHA) in 2004 – helping 7,000 people seeking asylum in Greater...

Trafford reporter: Christine Duffin

Christine Duffin REPORTER PATCH: TRAFFORD Our reporter, Christine Duffin, used 'meet up' when she retired to find out about social opportunities and networks and is now...

Oldham reporter: Jean Friend 

Jean Friend  REPORTER PATCH: Oldham Our reporter, Jean Friend, is a photographer, and enjoys the theatre, cycling, art, politics and campaigning on LGBT issues. She wants to...

Oldham reporter: MIke Dodd

Mike Dodd REPORTER PATCH: Oldham Our reporter, Mike Dodd, is passionate about people staying connected in their local communities. He is a governor at a primary...