Trupti Patel one of CAN's board members

Our board members come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, bringing expertise and experience from the cultural sector, business world and voluntary sector

Board of Directors

Community Arts North West Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (number 1400213) and a registered charity (number 277135).

Our Board of Directors is legally responsible for the activity of the company and members are elected each year at our Annual General Meeting. Our board members come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, bringing expertise and experience from the cultural sector, business world and voluntary sector.

We are proud of the contribution our board members make to the development of the organisation through their commitment, hard work and expertise. You can find out more about individual board members here

  • Martin Hazlehurst is CAN’s Chair. He was previously Director of the National Care Advisory Service, and he currently leads A National Voice (a looked after Children’s Advocacy Charity) and is also a Director of The Leaving Care Advisory Service CiC.
  • Katie Hall is CAN’s Treasurer and a Director of Slade and Cooper Accountants
  • Sarah Gbeleyi joined CAN’s Board through an initiative to recruit young people. She was originally involved in CAN’s youth programme, the Urban Music Theatre programme (2006-09) as a Young Producer and went on to lead the performing arts legacy youth group Nu-Xpression as part of the North West Cultural Olympiad.  Sarah was also a Young Producer for The Machine Speaks youth arts production in 2010.  Since then, Sarah has been involved in many cultural programmes in Manchester, and works in the arts and other related sectors.
  • Andy Rawling worked for many years as a Trade Union Specialist, and at Manchester Active Voices Youth Empowerment Programme. He is currently Executive Assistant for the CEO at the award-winning Reclaim project which is  a Manchester-based charity developing the leadership potential of working class young people to create a better world.
  • Nigerian Mancunian Segun Lee-French is a singer, poet, composer, playwright and film-maker who worked as an Arts Council England Relationship Officer and is currently Arts Officer for Islington Council
  • Peggy Mulongo is a Cross-Cultural Mental Health Practitioner with 15 years’ experience of working with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in the UK.  She is the co-founding member of NESTAC, a Refugee Community Organisation (RCO) which has been addressing the needs of the African population in Greater Manchester since 2003. Peggy is expert in delivering cross-cultural psycho-social therapy to refugees and asylum seekers, especially women of  African descent, who have experienced mental distress such as that associated with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Peggy is a national Lead UK FGM Consultant, Lecturer and Trainer, and an active Campaigner. She initiated the FGM Programme Support our Sisters (SOS) which is a BJM Award-Winner 2015.  Peggy holds a Master of Science in Advanced Nursing Studies with a focus on mental health and culture, and is currently completing her PhD in the same field at the University of Salford.
  • Rajesh Patel is a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University in Youth and Community-Work. His teaching and research interests include: creativity in education, working with BAME communities, and partnership-working. Rajesh attained a Doctorate in 2015 in Reflective Practice where the use of creative research methods formed a major part of his work. Previously Rajesh has worked as a Volunteer, Worker and Senior Manager in the Youth and Community Sector, across the North West and West Yorkshire. For three years he worked as the North West Manager for CAPE UK where he gained experience of fundraising, business-planning and advocacy. Rajesh first came into contact with CAN as a young person in a music-project for Black communities in Tameside thirty years ago.
  • Peter Cookson is a Manchester City Councillor for Gorton South. He is the Lead Member for Gay Men’s Issues and serves on the following committees: Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee, Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee, Licensing Committee, and the Licensing and Appeals Committee