Governance

Our Board of Trustees are the backbone of our organisation, they meet several times a year, including an away day that focuses particularly on vision, strategy and planning.  

They provide strategic oversight for the direction of the organisation and offer a range of relevant skills to ensure we are doing what we were set up to do. They are from a variety of backgrounds and offer support and guidance and challenge and help us stay aligned to our mission and aims.

They also ensure we comply with any regulatory needs as set out by the Charity commission. If you are interested in finding out more or joining our board please email admin@n-gage.org.uk to arrange an informal discussion.

The Board represents a group of people passionate about seeing change in the communities we work in, and a sustained impact in young people’s lives.

Graham Russell

I worked in the Corporate world for over 30 years as an experienced senior manager and freelance management consultant.  For the last 5 years I have been active in the charity sector with the Cranfield Trust firstly as a volunteer and now as their Regional Manager for the North West.  As a volunteer I have worked on over 10 pro bono consultancy assignments, helping Charities with anything from strategies and business plans to service reviews and funding options.  In my part time role as Regional Manager I support local Charities across the North West, and through my group of volunteers work to help those Charities resolve some of their most pressing issues.  I first came across N-Gage when I worked with Christie on the N-Gage Strategic plan and I was inspired by his drive and passion to help young people.  I was keen to continue to help and became a Trustee in 2019 and Chair in January 2022.  I remain immensely proud to work with a team of great people that are making such a difference for the young people of Manchester.  

Clive Searle N-Gage Trustee

Clive Searle

My name is Clive Searle. I spent the vast majority of my working life in primary education –
with twenty-five years as the headteacher of Worthington Primary School in Sale, Trafford. I
retired from teaching at the end of August 2023 and became a trustee of N-Gage
immediately after retirement.
During my teaching career I had the opportunity to work alongside remarkable children and
adults from all walks of life – it was a career I loved. In my role I collaborated with countless
other agencies working to provide a brighter future for all. As chair of Trafford Primary
Headteachers’ Association for sixteen years, I worked closely alongside a range of local
authority officers within education and finance, as well as all heads in the borough. In
addition, I was a trustee of a local charity which placed volunteers within Trafford primary
schools for twenty-five years.
I am married and have one son, and recently I became a grandfather for the first time. My
family are all season ticket holders at Manchester City FC, and I have been attending
matches since the early 1970s. I sing in a local church choir – something I have done since I
was seven years old. I love DIY and gardening, walking in the countryside and socialising
with friends.

Alistair Chamberlain | N-Gage

Alistair Chamberlain

My name is Alistair Chamberlain and I have been a trustee at N-Gage for the last 6 years.

I am a primary school teacher in Sale and first met Christie when I taught his oldest daughter.

I have worked in Trafford schools for the last 16 years.  I wanted to be involved in an
organisation that supported young people and N-Gage seemed like the perfect charity to be involved with.  I have responsibility for safeguarding at N-Gage and supporting school staff. 

It is a great organisation to be involved with and the work they do with young people makes
huge difference to their lives.

Cliff McConkey - Treasurer

Cliff McConkey

Originally from Northern Ireland I have lived in Stockport for the last 25 years, together with my wife Jane and my 18 year old son Callum. I first was introduced to the work of N-Gage thru Ivy Church where I am a member and have followed its progress over the years, and have been extremely impressed with the impact it has had on young lives in that period. I believe that our society does fail our youth, and that there is so much wasted opportunity within young people who don’t fit neatly into the education and social structures we want them to. Therefore, I am exciting to be considered for the role of Treasurer of N-Gage, in order to help N-Gage as it seeks to further its mission to reach more young people, and give them opportunity to do something great.
 
My current job is CFO of a large  global medical communications agency called Inizio Medical, a company who I have worked for in different roles over the last 25 years. From my experience with this company I will bring some of the professional skills I have gained there to the Treasurers role in N-Gage to ensure we manage well the resources that have been entrusted to us, and also to input creatively to the strategy we have as an organisation moving forward to further the reach to more young people.  Within my professional career the most important has aspect has be valuing the individuals who I work with and also work for, in order to bring out the best in all of us, this will equally be important as a treasurer of N-Gage and will influence how I approach the role.  I believe that N-Gage has already achieved a lot but it has the opportunity to move on to greater things, and I would love to play at least a small part in that.

Polly McAllester | Governance| N-Gage

Polly McAllester

As a leadership coach and consultant I work with individuals, teams and organisations to support them in achieving their goals. Whether that be exploring team dynamics, evolving strategy and team alignment, or one to one coaching, my work helps individuals and organisations to thrive. Prior to setting up my own business I developed my career in HR working for financial and commercial property companies in London, California and Manchester.

I now split my time between the corporate and not for profit sectors and began working with the youth sector in Greater Manchester in 2020. I met Christie in June of 2020 and was immediately struck by the impact that N-Gage makes in our communities. Having worked together over a couple of years I was delighted to be asked to join N-Gage as a Trustee.