Dave Cullen

Dave Cullen has been involved in a variety of local and national environmental campaigning groups over the years, and has a wealth of experience in grass-roots community and political groups. For five years Dave has worked at ICBUW, a MERCI tenant organisation, where he is employed as a researcher on the health and environmental effects of weapons. He is also helps to run two cooperatives and is a trustee of an Ancoats-based community interest company specialising in arts and education.

Mike Franks

Mike Franks joined the MERCi Board in 2008, has been a member of the Environment Network (EN4M) Support Group since 2003, and was part of the organising team for “Living in the City” which grew into an annual eco-fair.

With a long-term interest in energy politics, Mike has worked with Greater Manchester SERA on social justice, resource management and environmental issues. Mike is also on the board of the Victoria Baths Trust, and is seeking to implement the low-carbon heating scheme for the building proposed through MERCi’s Sustaining Change programme.

Dr Sasirekha Palaniswamy

Sasirekha is currently appointed as the Chair of the School for Change Makers Alumni Committee and works closely with Initiatives of Change, UK and Liverpool Hope University. She contributes to the School for Change Makers programme which is aimed mainly at the youth who are aspiring to make a change in their communities through their involvement in identifying opportunities for change and enabling the change to take place.

Neil Corney

Neil has been on the Board of Trustees of MERCi since our launch in 1998, holding a variety of positions including Chair. He is also a Research Associate at the Omega Research Foundation, where he undertakes research into human rights issues.

Gudrun Cartwright - Chair

Gudrun is a passionate and creative environmental advocate who is committed to promoting change towards a low carbon, sustainable future. As Head of Environment for Business in the Community in the NW, she has supported more than 500 businesses through the Mayday Network, focusing on resource efficiency, sustainable travel, business resilience and leadership development. Gudrun brings to the MERCi Board a broad range of experience gained in business, the NHS, Trade Unions and the third sector. Her key areas of expertise are in strategy development and execution, human resources, campaigning, communications and project management.