Introducing the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Board

Bob Boyle
Aileen Edmunds
Rachel Mather
Justin Watson
Tom Skinner

The Non-Executive Directors are joined on the GMPA board by Graham Whitham, our Chief Executive Officer.

Bob Boyle

Bob Boyle NEDBob grew up in East Manchester before settling in Stockport, 15 years ago.  He has worked in engineering for over 25 years and is currently the Maintenance Manager at a food production facility in Tameside.

Bob’s volunteering journey has taken him from being a pension trustee, an Appropriate Adult across Greater Manchester, to Chair of Governors of a Tameside primary school.  He is also a member of a Mutual Aid group, helping his neighbours who have been isolating or are vulnerable during the pandemic.

Joining us as a Non-Executive Director, Bob is excited to support GMPA in working towards a Greater Manchester free from poverty.


Aileen Edmunds

Aileen Edmunds NEDPassionate about combatting poverty and inequality, Aileen has dedicated her career to creating opportunities so that all people can live a meaningful and fulfilled life.

With more than 15 years’ experience in the VCFSE sector in causes from homelessness to international development alongside a background in communications and marketing, she brings a wealth of fundraising and service development experience to the Board. Alongside her role as Head of Social Impact at Trafford Housing Trust (where she also manages the Health and Wellbeing Hub, Limelight in Old Trafford), Aileen is currently a Social Impact Project Advisor with Nottingham University and is a Trustee for Emerge 3RS. Outside of work you will most likely find her scrambling up a hill in walking boots with her dog, Mabel.


Rachel Mather (Vice Chair/Treasurer)

Rachel Mather NEDRachel is the founder of &mather, an enterprising and growing Bid Management and Research Consultancy headquartered in Leeds.

A strategic, focused professional with a strong research and bid development background, Rachel’s led a range of businesses to success by coordinating and developing strategies, goals and funding.

With a career spanning a decade, helping large, SME and VCSE organisations based in the North of England secure over £100m EU and UK grant funding and contracts, Rachel’s clients have won contracts from the ESFA, DfE, LEPs, Innovate UK, Local Authorities, Universities, the NHS, Police, Government Agencies, wider public bodies and private sector contracts.


Justin Watson (Chair)

Justin Watson NEDJustin is Director of children and young people’s charity Young Manchester, and has worked in the third sector since 2002, primarily in youth and community development, focusing on participation, engagement and campaigning.

He spent 7 years at Save the Children, leading their youth engagement and campaigning work, supporting a network of young campaigners across the UK to influence at local and national levels, before moving to Oxfam to head up the development of their domestic programme in 2014, focusing on women’s economic empowerment, food insecurity and inequality.

Before this Justin ran a number of youth engagement campaigns and outreach projects at community level, supporting the direct provision of youth and play services as well as supporting children and young people to have meaningful involvement in issues that affect them and society more broadly, including climate change, education and rights for asylum seekers and refugees.

He is also a trustee of the YPF Trust.

Tom Skinner

Tom Skinner editorial article for GM Poverty ActionTom is Chief Operations Officer of the Fair Tax Foundation. Tom co-founded GMPA in 2016, and worked for the organisation for five years up until February 2022. Whilst working for GMPA, he managed the GM Food Poverty Alliance, the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission, the Money Advice Referral Tools, the GM Living Wage Campaign, and oversaw many of the organisation’s day-to-day operations.

Before GMPA, he coordinated the GM Living Wage Campaign, and led many other charities and campaign groups, as well as serving for a year as General Secretary of the University of Manchester Students’ Union. He has lived in Greater Manchester for over 30 years.




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