Denise McDowell

Denise has been active in campaigning against cuts to advice services and legal aid for many years. She is the former manager of a homeless women’s hostel and of the George House Trust, a Manchester-based HIV service and campaigning organisation. Since 2008, she has been Director of Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU), which supports people in need of advice and representation with immigration and asylum issues in the face of national and media hostility.

Denise also manages Asylum Support Housing Advice (ASHA), which is part of GMIAU and which shares space with GMLC. She has close links with a wide range of advice agencies active in different fields.

“The closure of South Manchester Law Centre in 2014 was the wake-up call to us all. If we accepted this loss, we were defeated. But we weren’t, and we aren’t, so we put all our efforts into setting up Greater Manchester Law Centre – to counter the atmosphere of defeat and loss of advice services, and to show that it could be done. And it has, and I am very proud to be part of it.”

Denise acts as GMLC’s Company Secretary, the chair of its Services Committee, sits on its Finance & General Purposes Committee and is line manager to the Supervising Solicitor.