Karen McManus – Centre Business Manager

August 21, 2015 | foundation4peace

Karen’s five steps to PEACE

P – Project at the Foundation everyone should know about:

Our Community Dialogue project is one of the most recent programmes that we have launched. It brings together people from  all cultural backgrounds, and facilitates  community cohesion by learning about conflict resolution, identity, adapting to change and addressing fear of difference with the aim of creating new friends and shared goals for improving their local community.

E – Extremism challenge that needs resolving:

Young people sometimes take the wrong path and don’t know how to change route and move away from violence extremism behaviours. Our My Former Life’ programme is aimed at young people from 14-19 and is a unique project that allows the young people to learn first hand accounts of radicalisation, extremism and their consequences and understand how people can change and lead peaceful lives.

A – A fact people might know about the Foundation:

The Centre costs over £200,000 per year to run effectively.

C – Colleague at the Foundation you want people to get to know:

Anne Bateson is our catering manager. Anne has been with us for 16 years and is a well-respected member of the team. Anne focuses on providing wholesome healthy meals for all our visitors, young people and residential guests and offers a variety of meals from working lunches to our grand Christmas fundraising event for 200 people.

E – Everyone can help the cause of peace by….

…supporting our Doves for peace campaign launched on One World Peace Day on 21th September 2015. Through a donation of £25 -£100 your funds will enable the first ever refurbishment of our main reception area welcoming over 10,000 visitors per year to our unique Peace Centre. The new foyer will showcase the vital work we do and the timeline of peace and reconciliation events since the tragic bombings on 20th March 1993.

Karen’s Professional Profile:

Karen joined the centre in 2000 as part of the initial management team and is the Centre Business Manager operating on behalf of all the 3 charities in the Peace Centre , Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation, co-owners NSPCC and tenants Warrington Youth Club.

Her day to day role is keeping the centre running effectively to enable the 60 staff who operate within the building to provide their services efficiently.  One of her biggest challenges is to ensure our 10,000 visitors per year, residential guests and people participating on our programmes all have the right environment  to learn, participate and share experiences.

Karen is also one of the directors of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre Ltd . The intention is to maximise the usage of the centre in terms of room hire , conferences, training rooms and residential accommodation to ensure that incomes received contribute to the foundations costs to run the centre when it is not being used by our programme delivery teams.

With a budget of £220k per year, Karen manages the security, catering, housekeeping and  planned and reactive maintenance together with all aspects of health, safety and welfare arrangements.

Karen is Health and safety trained to Nebosh diploma part 1 and Project management Prince2 accredited,  both of which are essential in her daily management of centre activities and especially when she was seconded to the NSPCC in 2005 to Project Manage the design, build and fit out of the Hargreaves Centre in Liverpool.

Karen previously has 17 years operational and management  experience working for North West Water, United Utilities and Vertex.  Whilst  in her role at Vertex Karen lead the fundraising activities for over 250 staff in support of local causes. The last fundraising campaign was for the little know charity Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Trust as she was deeply touched by the tragic event on 20th March.  This subsequently lead to a keen in interest in the charity and was delighted to be appointed for a management role in the new centre.