Ant Hanlon - Interim Chief Executive
Ant Hanlon has been working with ICCM since January 2017. Ant is also Chief Executive with Leeds Irish Health & Homes and the Board of Trustees asked him to support them with the re-focussing of the organisation after a turbulent period in their history. Ant has delivered a strategic business plan which set out the vison for rebuilding ICCM to be the organisation of choice for Irish people in the Manchester area seeking support and guidance. The business plan has been achieved through working with the Board of Trustees, a new and highly experienced manager in Martin Moran, staff, volunteers, community members and stakeholders. A new business plan is being developed to meet the demands of the post-pandemic era and will as ever keep the core values of providing the best service to members of the Irish community who require our support.
Ant has held many offices throughout his tenure and was Treasurer with the Federation of Irish Societies (now Irish in Britain) from 1999-2008. He was a member of the Yorkshire and Humber BME Regional Forum; Chair of Volition (a mental health infrastructure organisation); a Board of Governor member with the Leeds and Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Chair of the BME Mental Health Forum in Leeds.
Martin Moran - Manager
Martin Moran, Manager of ICCM is responsible for implementing the operational objectives of the charity, guided by the Board of Trustees and the CEO.
Martin has worked in Health and Social Care for over 25 years as a Social Work Professional gaining his degree in Social Work and Social Policy, from the University of Manchester. He continues to be registered with Social Work England.
As a Social Work professional he has worked as a Child Protection Local Authority Social Worker, Service Manager for numerous charities, a Local Authority Commissioner (funding many local projects) and as a Director with a national portfolio. One of his most proud accomplishments increasing his Directorate from £300k to over £4.5m benefitting so many people who were most in need. At that time he was responsible for over 70 full time staff and an equal number of volunteers.
He has been invited by many government departments to be part of advisory groups by the Department for Education, The Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice to advise on national guidance for Substance Misuse and Young People. These became national guidance.
Martin's parents are from Co. Roscommon and Co. Galway. He joined ICCM to dedicate his his skills, knowledge and experience to bring to ICCM to dedicate in their memory the great professional opportunities he has been afforded to make ICCM a great charity for Irish people in Manchester.
Martin’s professional and personal passion is for every person to receive support they need to enable them to live a happier and more fruitful life.
Rachel Stout - Team Leader
Rachel has a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. Much of Rachel’s career has been involved with working with some of most disadvantaged and isolated people. Rachel moved over from her native Limerick in 2019 where she worked in homeless sector in Brighton and Hove. She previously worked in social care sector in Ireland and worked in residential care services supporting adults with intellectual disabilities and also young people in care.
Patrick Rodgers - Information and Advice Worker
Patrick has a background in working with homeless people in London and Stockport for over 20 years, including 7 years working with London’s Irish community for Irish Centre Housing. He gained a valuable insight into housing and benefits while carrying out his various roles.
Carmel O'Connor - Information and Advice Worker
Carmel has been an advice worker at ICCM for over fourteen years and has background in charity, careers and housing. Her technical knowledge surrounding welfare benefits claims continues to be a valuable resource for many accessing our services from our Levenshulme office.
Ronan Walsh - Advocacy and Support Officer
Ronan has recently joined from the education sector where he worked as a teacher for the past 10 years in Ireland. In the past, he was worked on campaigns encouraging increased participation in sport by teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds and volunteered with charities that help the elderly cope with loneliness and social isolation. He also plays gaelic football and hurling. Ronan moved to Manchester from his native County Offaly in 2020.
Francis Duncan - Advocacy and Support Officer
Francis has worked for a number of years within higher education, most recently at Kent University as Campaigns Co-ordinator, where he empowered and supported a wide range of student volunteers to develop their skills and ensure they were supported in order to get the most out of their University experience. Francis also ran campaigns which saw him working with agencies as diverse as homeless charities and the police.
Zhara Treanor - Community Engagement Lead
Zhara oversees the over 50`s social groups which run weekly in four different venues across the city. The aim of these groups is to bring people together to help reduce social isolation and loneliness, while promoting health and wellbeing through exercise, dance and community involvement.
Zhara also provides support for the Irish Traveller Community and is a qualified social worker. Zhara is originally from Co. Monaghan.
Margo Gallagher - Support Service Officer,
Margo Gallagher is the Support Services Officer ensuring the administration of the charity runs smoothly. She takes responsibility for data collection and financial management and is the first point of contact for people accessing the many services the charity provides. Margo is originally from Clones in Co. Monaghan.