People news: New starters and charity fundraising

New starters

Ian Christon has joined the Marketing, Communications and Development team as Head of Media and Corporate Communications.

Ian is a highly experienced former journalist who has worked in communications and media relations with two very high profile organisations. He spent four years with The Football League Ltd where he worked as a communications manager developing and delivering media relations, overseeing communications and advising on customer and stakeholder engagement.

For the last 10 years Ian has worked for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, first as a regional communications officer covering the north of England and latterly as a communications manager delivering external and internal communications and stakeholder engagement primarily for the criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.


Physiotherapy have welcomed three new staff members to become part of the Manchester Movement Unit, which will launch this Autumn. Dr Chris McCarthy joins as Clinical Fellow, Professor James Self as Professor in Physiotherapy and Professor Michael Callaghan as Professor of Clinical Physiotherapy.



More than 25 hoopers got together on Thursday to learn to hula hoop with instructor, Julie Brown, in support of LupusUK at the latest “Live Free” fundraising event raising nearly £200.

Angela Downey, co-founder of Live Free said, “Our aim is to make this invisible condition visible, to have an understanding of what it can be like to live with lupus and to focus on what we can do rather than what we can’t do”.

The event was given a huge boost by MMU Sport who kindly donated the sports hall and hula instructor for free, and especially Abi Dean for co-ordinating the hula hoop class.

Anna Watkins from MSA won first prize in the raffle which included bowling package for 4 at All Star Lanes, Afternoon tea for 2 at Stockport plaza vintage café, a makeover and bottle of pink fizz. Live Free provided a lupus aware display and ManMetMunch donated nutritional books for hoopers to take away.

#hulalupus caught global imagination increasing awareness of Lupus UK in its 25th year.  Hoopers tweeted and text, “a fantastic class”, “great fun”, “hooped out”.  MMU Sport are running hula hoop classes at Sugden centre  on Friday at 5.30pm from September.

Live Free have more fun activities planned in October for Lupus awareness month for the 25th Anniversary of Lupus UK.


Gemma McKay, Technical Officer in Photography, is doing a sponsored walk around Heaton Park on Saturday, September 17, to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Gemma said: “My Grandad was diagnosed nine years ago with Alzheimer’s so I have seen the affect it can have on people and those around them. I hope you will take time to visit our ‘JustGiving’ page and help us reach our fundraising target.

“Our team completed the walk last year and raised over £1000 between us so I’m hoping we can try and do the same again this year.”

To sponsor Gemma, visit