John Nicholson

GMLC Chair

John has been an immigration barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers since 2006. Prior to this, he managed voluntary services, notably the Manchester-based HIV campaigning organisation George House Trust 1990-2000 and then Bury Law Centre. He is a member of the Bar Council’s Civil Legal Aid and Pro Bono subcommittees. Together with the other activists who were…

Andy Walsh

GMLC Vice-Chair

As a life-long trade unionist and community activist, Andy is proud to be a founding member of the Greater Manchester Law Centre and a member of its Finance & General Purposes Committee. Andy was chair of the Greater Manchester Anti-Poll Tax Campaign and was jailed for non-payment. Andy believes that empowering people allows them to…

Denise McDowell

GMLC Company Secretary

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…

Ian Wait

GMLC Treasurer

Ian is the Treasurer of GMLC and was co-opted to the GMLC Steering Group in 2016. He became a volunteer at our first specific Volunteer Meeting and from there joined the Committee. Since then, he has led on the production of regular financial reports and the annual statements of account and has advised on future…

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Norma is retired community nurse and a long-standing union representative within the NHS. Now a member of Greater Manchester Unite Community Branch, she has been involved in a number of voluntary organisations, where her roles have involved volunteer management, training and face-to-face support. These organisations include the George House Trust; Pankhurst Women’s Centre, and Women’s…

Mala Wainwright

Mala was the Admin and Finance Manager at Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU) for many years. She was involved in the campaign to save South Manchester Law Centre, and when it opened in August 2016, joined GMLC as a volunteer to continue fighting for free access to justice. She still works as a volunteer,…

Sukhdeep Singh

Sukhdeep is currently an immigration caseworker at Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU). He was previously coordinator and caseworker at the now closed South Manchester Law Centre. Has been involved in a number of local anti-deportation campaigns (such as those on behalf of Michael Decardi-Nelson, William Weekes and Henry Agillo) and was a founder member…

Giles Elliot

Giles has been giving advice about benefits for more than 20 years at various Citizens Advice Bureaux across the North West, including the now closed South Manchester Law Centre. Over that time, he has acted as a representative for around 2,000 clients, about half of whom he has represented in person at tribunals. He is…

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Kev is working with others in Bolton to investigate the possibilities for establishing Law Centre advice services there. Kev says, “As a longstanding trade unionist and campaigner for social justice, I am committed to making the community in which we live a fair and safe place for all. I would like to see the services…

Aisha Qureshi Khan

Trustee

Aisha originally worked as a mental health social worker, being committed to social justice and working with vulnerable people within the NHS. She has since retrained as a lawyer and passed her LPC (“Legal Practice Course”, the final vocational stage for becoming a solicitor in England and Wales). Since 2017 has a training contract with Robert…

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Craig has been a member of the GMLC Management Committee since late 2017. Craig is a practicing barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers in Manchester. He has a background in the voluntary sector and is a strong believer in the right to publicly funded legal advice. Having started out as a volunteer at a local law centre…

Sam Maher

Trustee

Sam was a Legal Advocacy Support Project(LASP) student with the Greater Manchester Law Centre and joined GMLC’s Management Committee in 2018.