Marie Graham

Programme Manager
Description of Background/Expertise:

Over the last 27 years, Marie has worked in a variety of roles in a variety of sectors. She started her career volunteering with people who had a learning disability before spending the next 10 years working in a user led community mental health organisation. Marie then moved on to working as manager and then a Chief Officer for voluntary sector support organisations firstly in Bolton then Bury. In 2010, Marie’s career took an abrupt change when she took a position working on a campsite in Brittany then as Chalet Host in the French Alps. At this time she also launched and developed a successful management and fundraising business. In 2012, Marie moved to Australia for two years and worked as a Volunteer Development Officer for a Local Council in Melbourne returning to the UK in late 2014.

Marie’s career highlights include: delivery of a Community Development and Leadership pilot for the British Council working with young people in Bury, England and young people in Mirpur Kashmir, Pakistan; the development of an employment programme for people living with mental health problems in Bolton; and the setting up of a new support organisation for voluntary and community organisations in Bury.

Interest in Greater Manchester Talent Match:

In May 2015, Marie became the Programme Manager for Greater Manchester Talent Match. Marie’s enthusiasm and commitment for the programme comes from her personal background and experiences. Back in 1988, Marie was a young single parent facing a range of problems both in developing her career and her personal life.

Without the support from a variety of agencies and individuals along with employers that were “willing to take a chance” on Marie, her current situation could be very different. Marie wants Greater Manchester Talent Match to fundamentally change the way young people are viewed and to inspire and raise the aspirations of young people.

Marie’s goal is to ensure that Greater Manchester Talent Match not only supports young people into employment but leaves a lasting legacy.