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Siobhan, who took over as Chief Executive in July 2015, is responsible for ensuring Back on Track is a well-run organisation which changes lives effectively. Siobhan was previously with Manchester Adult Education and has worked in partnership with Back on Track for many years.

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Chief Executive


Angela Lyst

Senior Outreach Coordinator

Kate is responsible for the development and direction of our cafe and our new catering social enterprise. She also oversees our education programme and coordinates our external training. Kate started at Back on Track as a tutor in 2002 – seven years before we were even called Back on Track! 


Kate Downes

Services Manager (Education and Enterprise)

Angela first came across Back on Track when she referred clients to us as part of her role as an advice worker at Manchester prison. Having started as our Guidance Co-ordinator in 2008, Angela now oversees our outreach projects across Greater Manchester and our work with probation and prisons.

Rachel first worked at Back on Track as a trainee teacher in 2008.  After five years of teaching with people in custody and in a probation hostel, she returned in 2013 as Education Coordinator with responsibility for the timetable of courses. 

Rachel O’Dowd

Senior Education Coordinator

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Samantha Bridge-Tonner

Senior Employability Coordinator

Samantha‘s current role is to coordinate advice and guidance for learners, and to develop work experience for those moving closer to employment. She works with employers and providers to raise our learners’ aspirations. Prior to Back on Track, Samantha worked in guidance services for over 10 years with disadvantaged groups, was a resettlement project manager, undertook outreach work with gangs and even worked in retail!

Rachel delivers our Heads Up project, which is aimed at people with mild to moderate mental health problems. The course uses the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ to help people manage their symptoms – connect, notice, be active, give, and learn.

Kim Bridge

Employability Coordinator

Kim is one of our Talent Coaches who provide one to one support to unemployed young adults who want to move towards work. She also runs our weekly Moving on group, which focuses on employability skills and job searches. 

Ben Porter

Office Manager

Ben oversees the administration of our services, operations and facilities. He is also responsible for getting everyone paid on time, helps to manage the organisation’s finances, looks after Health and Safety and Human Resources and helps to ensures that learners and visitors have a great experience as customers of Back on Track. Ben also manages the Admin Team, Reception and Admin volunteers, and occasionally takes the time to make his team a brew!


Clare Grindrod

Engagement Coordinator

Clare started at Back on Track in 2012 after six years of working in information, advice and guidance. Clare is responsible for outreach to make sure we reach everyone who could benefit from our services, then supporting them to move on to the next stage of their journey.  

Adrian Shaw

Administration Worker

Adrian was a Reception Volunteer at Back on Track before joining the staff team in 2013. As Administration Worker, he helps support the organisation with IT systems, records, Health & Safety and finance. He also assists with the recruitment of new staff, processing job applications and meeting candidates. When not at his computer, Adrian can usually be found in the staff kitchen making brews for the entire team.

Sam Turner

Business Development Officer

Sam applies to trusts and foundations for grant funding. This has raised money to build our new cafe, among other things. He’s also the point of contact for people who want to raise money for Back on Track through their own efforts. So, if you’re thinking about running a marathon, give him a call! Sam also handles everything digital – he runs the website and is always messing about on Twitter working hard to raise our social media profile.

Admin Team


Mohammed and Jan (Administrative Assistant – Apprentices) 

Andrew G (Finance Volunteer)

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Pam Foy

Services Manager (Engagement and Progression)

Pam joined the Back on Track management team in January 2016, having previously worked at Connexions and Citizens Advice. In her spare time she likes getting out of the city and enjoying the peace and fresh air of the Peak District. She also enjoys good food, so she’s pleased that we’ve recently opened our cafe.

Tracey Briggs

Achieve and Talent Match Coordinator

Tracey works on the Achieve North West Connect project which provides training and mentoring to offenders. She also recently became our second Talent Coach, helping young adults overcome barriers and move on to work. 


Rachel Garratt

Community Learning/Mental Health Coordinator


Rachel Gilkes

Senior Catering Coordinator

Rachel is a most enterprising person. She oversees all of our enterprise work, including our catering social enterprise and our external training. She has also devised and run our new Market Force course. Under her guidance the Market Force team will be appearing at markets across Manchester during 2017 – watch out! 

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Lynne is the latest addition to the Back on Track team. She recruits volunteers to a wide range of roles and supports them throughout their journey with us. She also works to create employment opportunities. Lynne enjoys walking and she’s also learning to play the fiddle! 

Our food guru Caron certainly has a lot on her plate. She is responsible for the running of the Back on Track Cafe and our external catering function, managing a team of volunteers. She also teaches our catering courses, which cover introductions to cooking, a food and wellbeing course, and our vocational training course.  

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Lynne Cardwell

Volunteer Coordinator

Caron Gasper

Catering Coordinator

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