The Market is owned and strategically led by a team of volunteer directors with expertise in different fields ranging from finance and HR to marketing and community engagement. All the directors are unpaid and residents of Levenshulme.
They are supported by a team of staff who manage the day-to-day operation of the Market – everything from booking the traders to sweeeping out puddles. All of our staff are paid above the National Living Wage. We are often looking for reliable, hard-working and physically fit staff for casual shifts helping us to set up the market – you can read a job description and how to apply here.
Levenshulme Market’s Directors
Paul Bower – Projects
Paul is a Levenshulme resident with a keen interest in the built-environment and environmental sustainability. He has been a Market Director since 2015 where he has helped to renew its planning permission and co-ordinate various site improvements. He describes his current roles outside the market as crossing between a designer, an urban strategist, researcher and an educator. He is architecturally trained and teaches architecture across universities in the North of England including Manchester and Liverpool. Previously he was a director at the workers co-operative URBED (Urbanism, Environment & Design) an urban-design practice based in Manchester city centre which deals with planning and regeneration projects across the UK. Paul was also a founding member of the Carbon Co-op; a co-operative and community benefit society, which aspires to reduce Manchester households’ carbon emissions through a mixture of collective efforts. Contact Paul.
Amanda Finch – Finance and HR
Amanda moved to Levenshulme only 2 years ago, having visited the market she threw herself into Levy life and quickly became a permanent resident. The market gave her the confidence to do something she has always wanted to do, running a small retail stall selling Indian craft leathergoods, the Birdy brand is growing thanks to Levenshulme market. She wanted to give something back and be more involved in the market, as a full time career Amanda works in creative marketing and advertising agency based in MCR. As a market stall trader, resident, marketing professional she wears many hats to support the community. Contact Amanda.
Chris Larkin – Community Liaison
Chris is a relative newcomer to Levenshulme but is already incredibly proud to call Levy home. Having worked in the NHS as a physiotherapist, followed by a stint in retail management, Chris moved into the voluntary sector with the Stroke Association 8 years ago where he now works as the North-West Regional Director. During his time at the Stroke Association Chris has also completed his MBA part-time at MMU Business School. Since moving here Chris has been looking for the right opportunity to use his experience and skills locally, whilst meeting more of the amazing people who make up the local community in Levenshulme, which is why he jumped at the chance to apply to be a Director and support the future success of Levy Market. Contact Chris.
Sarah Leech – Communications & Marketing
Sarah is the newest member of the director team. She moved to Levenshulme 2 years ago and is a proud Levy resident. After being won over by the community spirit of the place she wanted to help the area thrive. That and her appetite for copious amounts of street food meant the market held a fond place in her heart. Sarah has worked in digital marketing for 8 years and currently leads on the digital marketing strategy for HOME, Manchester’s centre for contemporary film, art, and theatre. Prior to this she worked at BBC Radio Manchester and Radio Regen – the organisation that set up ALL FM and other great community radio stations across Greater Manchester. Contact Sarah.
Christine Felton – Market Manager
Christine looks after making sure we have a market every week – from handling bookings and communications with traders to managing all of our marketing to make sure we get lots of customers at the market each weekend.
Christine joined Levenshulme Market CIC in 2015, after working as a self-employed content writer for a number of years. A proud Levenshulme resident, she now balances Market duties with freelance writing work and sampling all of the street food she can get her hands on. Contact Christine.
Sean McAuley – Senior Market Co-ordinator
Sean looks after making sure the market happens safely and on time every week. From repairing ailing gazebos to wrestling with electrics plans and rotas, Sean is the man behind the scenes who makes it happen! Sean is also in charge of booking our live music and entertainment each week. He’s a keen allotment owner and baker, and loves a good forage for wild edibles in his spare time. Contact Sean.
Ladislav Maluch – Market Co-ordinator
Ladislav is our man on the ground every week – putting up gazebos, making sure the site is safe and looking after our traders and customers. Contact Ladislav.
Victoria Townsend-Jones – Events, Admin & Marketing Support
Vic is the newest member of the market team, but is already invaluable when it comes to assisting our Market Manager to make sure the market runs smoothly each week. An experienced events manager, Vic also helps us to spice up our marketing and social media efforts. When she’s not on Market duties, Vic loves to travel, read and the odd party. Contact Vic.