Central Support

Dave – Co-Founder and Chief Executive

Dave established the charity in 1990 after qualifying as a chef and then undertaking youth work. Dave is passionate about meeting the needs of the disadvantaged and the marginalised and recognising the potential in everyone. Dave has overseen the development, change and growth of Urban Outreach. As the charity continues to innovate and look at new ways of providing effective support, Dave remains deeply committed to building strong partnerships between churches, organisations and individuals in Bolton and advocating for the needs of the poor. In December 2020, together with his wife Chris, he was delighted to be awarded an MBE in recognition of his selfless service to the Bolton community over many years.

Val – Finance & Office Administrator

Val joined Urban Outreach in 2018.  She has a degree in mathematics from Manchester University and for the previous fifteen years served the people of Bolton by teaching GCSE maths to adults at Bolton College, enabling them to further their career choices. Prior to this she has had a variety of computer programming jobs and has been her church treasurer for many years. Val now enjoys using her skills and experience to help those most in need across our town – providing support to the staff team on all things financial and systems related.

Steve – Deputy Chief Executive

Steve joined us as a member of staff in 2015 and was previously a trustee and before that a volunteer of Urban Outreach since 1994. He has an MSc in Urban Regeneration and is the former Chief Executive of a large charitable company providing training and employment. He is a former director and Chair of Bolton’s Credit Union (Hoot) and has been a trustee of ‘Third Space’ (another Bolton charity which helps people to live healthy and fulfilled lives). Steve leads on governance, policy and HR for Urban Outreach and provides support for project and service development. He is also a trustee of Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance (GMWSA), supporting women offenders and those at risk of offending across the 10 boroughs.

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