Meet Our Staff

Alis Aspinall – Support Services Assistant

Alis Aspinall – Support Services Assistant

Alis initially worked in private industry in Human Resources and switched to the voluntary sector following a spell of volunteering with Salford Citizens’ Advice Bureau in the late 1990’s.

Since then she has worked for Manchester Care & Repair as an Administrator and an Advocate for people over 55 and more latterly, as an Engagement Worker for Voluntary & Community Action Trafford, managing and co-ordinating Trafford’s 50+ Voice Network, working to improve quality of life for older community members.

Alis has been a Dignity Champion for many years and in 2012 became a Bliss Champion for the national charity of premature and sick babies, promoting and campaigning for high standards of care and addressing needs of their families and carers. On joining Being There she also became a Dementia Friend.

Lynne Bezzina

Lynne Bezzina

Volunteers Manager – Being There Trafford

Lynne began her nursing career in 1971 and was successful in gaining the RGN and RSCN in 1975.

She remained in nursing until 1998. She became a volunteer with Being There in 1993 and took up the Volunteers’ Manager post in Trafford in November 1998.

Margaret Carleton

Margaret Carleton

Volunteers Manager – Being There Salford

Margaret spent 25 years working within the NHS in Manchester, latterly as PALS and Complaints Co- ordinator, resolving complaints and concerns and providing help and support for patients, their families and carers on all aspects of their NHS care.

Margaret has been volunteering for over 30 years both in the UK and overseas and has had the privilege of working in Peru and Tanzania and in 2012 was one of 70,000 Gamemakers who made up the volunteer workforce of the London 2012 Olympics, working at the Olympic Stadium – an experience Margaret says she will never forget.

Margaret has been a volunteer with Being There for over 15 years, working mainly in home support, visiting people in their homes and providing much needed emotional and practical support. Now working for Being There as one of two part time Volunteers’ Managers at the Salford branch, a role which Margaret says she finds very enjoyable and rewarding.

Keith Hatton

Keith Hatton

General Manager

Keith Hatton was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and spent over 26 years as a musician in the Regular Army before retiring in 2002. After brief spells working for Central and Local Government, Keith joined Being There in May 2008 where he oversees the smooth running of services in Greater Manchester.

Keith’s hobbies include being a Pets as Therapy (PAT) volunteer and conducting The Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band.

Karen Mercer

Karen Mercer

Communications and Development Manager

Karen qualified as an educationalist in 1984 before working for a number of voluntary and statutory organisations in the UK and overseas. She devised and delivered the education and community service at Hat Works Museum in Stockport before moving into marketing and fundraising for various arts organisations in the North West. She joined Being There in 2003 as Marketing & Fundraising Manager, becoming Operations Manager in February 2006. When Keith was recruited to overall Operations Manager in 2008 Karen moved to a communications and development role.

Suzanne Roberts Volunteers Manager – Being There Salford and Tameside

Suzanne Roberts Volunteers Manager – Being There Salford and Tameside

Suzanne joined the Being There team in January 2016 after previously working for a national mentoring and befriending project. Suzanne has supported volunteers in a range of roles and also provided emotional support to those facing difficult and personal challenges. Suzanne feels it is important to give those facing a life limiting illness positivity, encouragement and empowerment and has seen firsthand the positive changes for those who have been supported to take control of their own lives. Suzanne is looking forward to the challenge of developing a new ‘Being There’ service in Tameside whilst supporting the existing successful service in Salford.

In her spare time Suzanne volunteers for a local residents group working to create a green environment for the benefit of the community and also enjoys fundraising for charity. Suzanne has completed 5 and 10K charity runs for Cancer Research UK and also ‘Tough Mudder’ raising funds for Help for Heroes.

Rebecca Turner

Rebecca Turner

Volunteers Manager – Being There Manchester

Rebecca joined Being There in October 2006 to provide some much needed temporary support for branches. She became a permanent member of staff when she was appointed Finance and Adminis- tration Assistant in April 2007. Rebecca loves helping at the Drop-ins/social events as she sees how important these are for clients, allowing them the chance to get out for a few hours, make new friends and forget their illness for a little while.

Rebecca enjoys working at Being There because every day is different and she finds great satisfaction in knowing she is helping to reduce stress for people by arranging transport to hospital appointments or just being somebody they can talk to.