About us

Our trustees

Barbara Bate (Chair)
Barbara first came across Back on Track as a probation officer in Manchester in the 1980s, when she used to refer clients to us. For many years she was Assistant Chief Officer at Greater Manchester Probation, and joined the board of Back on Track in 2010.

Mark Law (Treasurer)
Mark is Resources and Performance Manager for Manchester Adult Education Service, and has been a trustee of Back on Track since 2005. As well as his duties as treasurer, Mark acts as an important link to MAES and Manchester City Council.

Peter Cox
Peter is Group Executive Director at LTEgroup, a Manchester based national education, training and employability (ETE) provider.  His responsibilities include Novus, which works with people with convictions through ETE programmes and support into work.  

Mark Stapleton

Mark is Finance Director at a Manchester IT support company. He says: ‘The success stories of the individuals who have benefitted from the work of Back on Track are tremendously heartwarming and humbling and I feel truly honoured to be able to participate.’

Sue Jenkins
Sue is a Talent Partner at a major Manchester law firm. She is keenly interested in people development and has advised and trained clients widely on matters relating to equality, discrimination, diversity and inclusion.

Gary Cripps

Gary is a Digital Health Business Manager working for a healthcare company who specialise in mental health insight to support NHS staff and service users transform care. He is interested in new technologies and bringing innovation to improve peoples health and wellbeing. Gary also holds our individual fundraiser record, having raised an incredible £8000 by climbing Kilimanjaro! 


Amanda Paterson
Amanda is a Programme Director who has been leading a strategic transformation project for the last five years. She was attracted to the role of Back on Track trustee after a friend, a previous trustee, told her all about the our work and how much the charity has achieved.

Emma Harrison
Emma is a Work and Skills Specialist at Manchester City Council. She works to make sure all residents, regardless of who they may be or what experiences they may have had in their lives, are able to benefit from the economic growth in our city. She wanted to be a trustee because: ‘The place is rammed full of passionate, caring staff, volunteers and people who use the services.’

Julie Taylor
Julie is Programme Director for Our Healthier Manchester – the Locality Plan that sets out an ambitious plan to improve the health and care outcomes for the people of Manchester. She has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. She hopes to use her knowledge and experience in the health sector to connect Back on Track to new funding and opportunities to benefit people facing disadvantage.

Malcolm Bruce
Before his retirement Malcolm was the lead on quality and standards at The Manchester College. He now uses his expertise in the subject to advise us on our own quality assurance and reporting.

Lyndsey Forrest
Information coming soon