Our board members come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, bringing expertise and experience to CAN.

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.

Board members:

  • Martin Hazlehurst is the CAN Chair and former National Manager of the National Care Advisory Service and founder and Director of A National Voice, a user led organisation representing children in care and care leavers.
  • 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 has over six years experience of working in the Voluntary and Community sector. Most recently, he was Support Officer, Executive Assistant and Project Assistant with award-winning youth charity Reclaim, and now works as Monitoring and Admin Worker with women’s charity MASH in Manchester. Prior to working in the voluntary sector, Andy achieved a Masters Degree with Merit in International Relations & Globalisation in 2012, and in 2008 graduated with a First Class Degree with Honours in International Relations & Politics.
  • 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.
  • Mickey Fellowes is a Disability & the Arts Trainer, and has previously worked with Dadafest and Shape Arts.
  • Maya Sharma currently works as Learning and Participation Consultant at The Audience Agency, helping cultural organisations understand and diversify their audiences as well as embed learning and engagement in their activities. Prior to this Maya worked for the Heritage Lottery Fund (North West) and before that on the Oxfam Routes to Solidarity Programme, supporting BME women’s organisations in the North West. She has a long track record of working with seldom-heard and often-marginalised communities and their organisations, as well as pushing for more meaningful diversity work within mainstream organisations.