10th July 2019

Our team

Dr. Karen Rees Unwin
Managing Director

Karen Rees-Unwin is the volunteer managing director of Ridgehill Enterprises. Karen has been the driving force in setting up the business, the business account and obtaining the 25 year lease for our land. Whilst working part time as a Research Associate (Karen has a PhD in Molecular biology), Karen has used her developed skills as a project manager, financial manager and grant writer, to set up, financially manage our business and to obtain funds. Over the 3 days a week Karen supports the business, she alongside managing the business aspect, line manages the full time and casual members of staff. Karen has brokered meetings with the respective Chief Executive Officers for Tameside Council (Steven Pleasant) and Tameside Hospital (Karen Graham) to explore working collaboratively, and how we can support each other. She has helped to give us credibility and standing, by developing this relationship with the two CEO’s, and sharing with them our long term vision for our community spaces that we are responsible for.

Ms. Janet Jackson
Supporting finances Director

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Mr. Darren Brown
Communications Director

Darren Brown is the Volunteer local Communication Director for Ridgehill Big Local Enterprises.  Darren's skills have enabled the setting up of the technological aspect of the business.  He is responsible for local communications, local marketing, developing the businesses local online presence, design and creation of local businesses advertisements

Mr. Rob Bishop
Community Engagement Officer

Rob Bishop is the Community Engagement Officer for our business and since beginning his role in January of 2017 has been instrumental in enabling both the business aspect and the physical aspect of the lakes to come together.  Rob has skills in land management, boat management and working with subcontractors, volunteers and young people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviours. He has already established excellent working relationships with nationally recognised organisations such as the Environment Agency and The Angling Trust, local councils, relevant local businesses and other similar nature reserves.  He has also project management skills from previous roles working within schools to develop units to support young people with behavioural problems. He has proven himself to be more than capable to work within strict time lines with minimal supervision. His time management and record keeping are of a high standard.  Rob has been working at the boating lake since opening in 2017 and is trained in water skills and has obtained several LANTRA certificates. He has experience working within the guidelines of managing safety within the work place, RIDDOR/COSH.  Alongside our lead director, Rob uses his skills and is a point of contact to enable the development of the business at all stages.

Ms. Jayde Mulholland
Business Support

Jayde Mulholland is the Big Local Co-ordinator and provides support to the business. She has skills in administration, customer service and organising events. Jayde also organises and runs all the holiday clubs which are extremely popular club and have about 40-60 children per day. The youth club is ran by Jayde and 2 other casual employees – this takes place every Friday evening between 5pm & 8pm and has around 20-25 regular attendees.

Casual Memeber

Since being successful in the Power to Change Bid the business has employed 7 casual workers.  These individuals are instrumental in the day to day running of the boating lake, providing facilities to the public and supporting the business with its development.  The individuals are upskilled, through a training scheme, with a number of the individuals

Volunteer Support

Our business is supported by 6 regular of volunteers who give up their time to run the boating lake both on public days and also when community groups such as the scouts use the lakes.  These individuals also support us with maintenance days, enabling the business to develop its community outreach, community spirit and community standing.