Ali Dunican - Chairperson
Ali Dunican is an experienced arts manager, currently Executive Director at Quarantine theatre company, Manchester. Her experience lies in producing theatre and arts management. Ali was General Manager for both outdoor arts experts, Walk the Plank, and experimental arts venue, greenroom, in Manchester. She has a degree in Drama and a post-graduate qualification in Theatre in Prison and Probation, both from the University of Manchester. Ali has lived in Stretford for almost 20 years and is keen to support local children and young people to develop an interest in theatre.
Laura Riley - Secretary
Kirsty Thomas - Treasurer
Kirsty is an accountant by day and is the treasurer for this group and also one of the local scout groups [23rd Stretford St Matthew's Victoria Scout Group]. Kirsty loves a good spreadsheet and pie charts make her happy! It is her job to keep us on the straight and narrow when it comes to financial control and she does this well and is great fun to be around. She is a young mum of two boys and lives in neighbouring Urmston, but grew up in Stretford and her parents are still here so she is a frequent visitor to the town.
Shelly Quinton-Hulme - Board Member
Shelly was instrumental in getting this group back running by advertising for people to help run the group. Shelly is the Chairperson of the Friends of Victoria Park and has been involved with FOVPs since it's inception. Shelly works with the 23rd Stretford scout group sitting on their exec committee and helping out with their cub group. She has sat on funding panels both in Stretford and during her career. Shelly is a governor at Victoria Park Infant School and helps out with their PFTA group as well as the FAF group for Victoria Park Junior School. She is extremely organised, capable and passionate about improving Stretford. She works for Network Rail in project management and controls.
Janice Rendel - Board Member
Janice was a member of Stretford Children’s Theatre back in 1978 and is delighted to be on the Committee for the new Company. She has been ‘treading the boards’ since starting with Urmston Musical Theatre and has notched up almost 30 years as a chorus and principal in Sale Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has appeared as part of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festivals in Buxton and Harrogate over the years and has also performed and conducted with other companies around Britain. She teaches singing, piano and music theory and is also a ‘Singing for the brain’ leader with the Alzheimer’s Society. She runs the ‘Longford Community Choir’ which is hoping to move into Stretford Public Hall in the future and is also Musical Director for several other groups.
Annika Edge - Board Member
Annika joined the board in February 2018 and is delighted to support drama activities in Stretford. She will be managing the communications of the group. Annika is a Project Manager for XTRAX, a national outdoor arts organisation and has in the past managed the 24:7 Theatre Festival of new writing in Manchester, worked as freelance producer, event manager and translator. Annika has experience in working with young people in Germany, New Zealand, France and the UK.
Sinead Renold - Board Member
Sinéad joined the board in February 2018 after becoming a volunteer working with the junior sessions. Sinéad is originally from London and moved to Stretford in 2001, she is very keen on helping out with local projects and was attracted to SCT as she remembers how much drama helped her confidence as a young person. She is currently employed as a Business Improvement Officer working with Trafford Stockport and Rochdale councils.
Keith Broom - Board Member