MEET THE TEAM
My name is Margo Cornish. I am a former Human Resources Manager married to Charlie, CEO of the Manchester Airport Group and the mother of four beautiful children. Apart from my duties as a “Corporate Wife” I also work as a volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation, helping make wishes come true for children with life threatening illnesses.
Over the past few years I have visited many young people in Manchester and the surrounding area. This experience has totally changed my life. It really opened my eyes to the terrible stress suffered by families caring for a seriously ill child. As a mother of healthy and vibrant teenagers, I find it especially poignant meeting teenagers with cancer. It is hard to imagine that the young girl sitting next to you is the same girl whose picture takes pride of place on the sitting room wall. Cancer treatment is a life changing, shattering experience...... especially at that age. As well as the social isolation that is often experienced, one of the common themes that crops up in conversation is that many teenagers had some sort of delay in their diagnosis. If only they had realised that something was wrong sooner. It is important to teach young people that life isn’t all about having (or not having!) the latest gadget. Doing something positive that makes a difference to someone's life and well-being, and using your own time and energy, can make you a happier and better person. I wanted to find a way to raise awareness of these issues (and of course important funds), in a way that brought young people together in a positive and exciting way as well as giving them both experience as well as an “experience”...cue Runway on the Runway!
NORTH WEST AMBASSADOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
PRODUCER OF RUNWAY ON THE RUNWAY
I'm Anne Finnigan. I am a professional dance teacher and free lance choreographer. I became involved with Runway on the Runway two years ago. Last year I took up the mantle of mentoring the 10 schools involved in the fashion show event. I particularly enjoyed working with a group of young people fighting cancer to present their own performance which showed the audience their personal determination and resilience.
I am honoured to be part of the team. Working with young people daily I am very aware of their issues and worries.
Education, support, and guidance are what I want to achieve while working with the Runway team. Having a blast while I do it is brilliant! I look forward to working with the team in producing more memorable and positive experiences for everyone involved.
Our aim is to make each Runway on the Runway show even more spectacular as the one before. Music is always a huge part of the show, so we thought that we needed the input of a professional who could manage the music side of things.
Needless to say, we had no hesitation in welcoming the lovely and fabulously talented Monica Ward on board our team as Musical Director. As well as working with the producer to make the show a musical feast once again, Monica will also be in charge of our live performers and liaise with our technicians to ensure the best sound quality on the evenings.
Well known in the Manchester music scene and as an artist in her own right, Monica who was born in Glasgow, moved to the North West at the tender age of 6. Her avid love of music & instruments lead her to a local choir and soon after she began to have her voice classically trained. From then on Monica began to enter and win many singing competitions. She went on to study music and drama in Manchester before moving to London to work with an artist management company. Monica joined The Band Of Sisters performing in and around London, including weekly live performances & sessions at the BBC. She has also been part of various bands throughout the years, playing at Glastonbury and many big arena venues around the country. Monica currently teaches singing and works as a session vocalist for artists.
"I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with Teenage Cancer Trust, as it’s a cause very close to her heart. I am super- keen to get started with the planning of the show, it can’t come soon enough!' Monica x
We are very proud of our partnership with Trevor Sorbie Salons one of the industry leaders in hairdressing.
Paul Healey will once again join us as one of our Style Directors and lead a fabulous team of creative hairstylists to ensure that our models are looking their best.
Paul has been with the Manchester Salon for 8 years and as Salon Director heads their education team teaching and encouraging new talent. Paul and his team will also deliver the masterclasses for our students in the run up to the event from their urban- chic salon in the centre of Manchester.
Paul says " Everyone at Trevor Sorbie Salons, including Trevor himself, is delighted to be involved in this inspirational event. We are looking forward to working with all the students and the young people living with cancer to make sure it is a great success."
Hi, I'm Heidi Chapman. I first begun to get involved with charities after meeting one of the UK founders of the children's charity, Make A Wish, in the 1980's. I was soon asked to become involved and helped with one of the very early wishes by flying a little boy to Legoland in Denmark. He was too ill to travel by car, and what struck me at the time was how incredibly helpful people were, including the RAF who allowed us to land on a runway near his home. I eventually became the longest serving volunteer with Make A Wish and had the privilege of assisting with numerous Wishes and a considerable amount of fund raising over the years. The other great thing to come from my involvement with Make A Wish was meeting Olivia, then soon after, Margo and subsequently the rest of the fantastic ladies on the Runway team!
I feel very privileged to be a part of the Runway team, and to see first hand just how many people come together to make it a unique and wonderful occasion not to mention the amount of funds we raise.
One of the best things that came out of the recent Maggie's On The Runway event was meeting another group of fabulously talented people. One of those people was Gari Wellingham. We are delighted to say that Gari will be crossing over with us to help with Runway on the Runway as Ticketing and Online Manager - in essence he is in charge of ticketing and supporting our social media strategy. Gari knows what it is like to be a young person going through cancer treatment and his skills and experience are a welcome addition to our team of volunteers.
Here is more about Gari...
Back in 2014, I was diagnosed and treated for a medulloblastoma (a rare type of brain tumour in adults), and since then I’ve been part of many individual and group efforts to fundraise for causes surrounding Cancer. As a private fundraiser, I came within the top 5% of JustGiving fundraisers in 2015 and I expect/hope to achieve similar in this current year.
In my career, I have previously spent 9 years with a global ticketing company, which, amongst other great things, also gave me an opportunity to work on designing a financial box office solution for London 2012. From The Championships at Wimbledon through to stadium gigs across the UK, I’ve been lucky enough to experience/box office ticket it all. Along the way, I was a very early adopter of the internet (I have maintained a social presence online since before we even had a name for social media and the public internet was little more than just message boards and 'white noise’) and have an organic understanding on how everything flows together online.
This year, I took part in Maggie’s On The Runway - both as a model and as Margo’s ’social media / keeping all the models updated guy’. I very much look forward to stepping in to the fabulous Runway Team this year and can’t wait to get stuck in”.
My name is Jackie Allen, born and educated in Scotland, I graduated with a degree in classical music. I made a total career change and worked for two of the world's largest sports brands, firstly Adidas, as a National Account Manager and latterly for Nike at their European HQ near Amsterdam, where I was their European Sales Manager for Women's apparel. My husband David and I lived in the Netherlands for 12 years, and our two children Ciara and Robbie were born there.
We moved back to the UK four years ago, and since returning, through volunteer work I met Margo and got involved with Runway on the Runway and through this Teenage Cancer Trust. The teenagers I have met through the project are hugely inspirational and to see their strength and positive outlook on life is a truly humbling experience. The positive impact that Teenage Cancer Trust can make to a young patients treatment has made me more determined to get invoved in this amazing charity. I am very proud to be part of the Runway on the Runway team and to support Teenage Cancer Trust.
I love physical challenges - last year I completed a half marathon, the Edinburgh Moonwalk and a Spartan Mud Race. In June, together with two friends, I am taking on the Edinburgh Night Cycle to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Hi, I am Sara Horne. So many gain such so much from the experience of taking part in Runway and I am delighted to be supporting the Co-operative Academy of Manchester for the third consecutive time. They understand just how much their school benefits from taking part. Personally I love to see how the pupils grow in confidence as they practice their routine & bit by bit it begins to come together, their excitement when they attend for their dress fittings and to see their faces when they walk through the doors of the hangar on the actual night. Full of excitement with their adrenaline running high.
It's an absolute joy to be a part of Runway On The Runway.
My name is Nikki Cartwright and I have worked in training, helping unemployed teenagers and adults back to work. I now have three wonderful children who keep me very busy, as well as being a director of our family business. Having worked with Margo and the rest of the team on the first Runway on the Runway event and having met and worked alongside such inspiring teenagers as Olivia and Lucie, who both have battled against cancer, I knew I wanted to do more for the Teenage Cancer Trust . I am very proud and pleased to be part of a fantastic team raising the profile of - and funds for - the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Hello, I'm Jackie Krajewski, I've been lucky enough to be involved in Runway since the beginning and I love it. This is my third time working as school liaison with Tytherington High School and my second with Manchester Enterprise Academy. They are both such great schools to work with and I love seeing the enthusiasm of the students and the teachers as we put this amazing project together. It's such a fun and inspirational experience for everyone!
I'm also very excited as my daughter will be on the runway this year with her school, Kings.
Hi I'm Jo Stevens and I'm delighted to be taking part in our 3rd ROTR.
This year I'm school coordinator for King's School and also responsible for making sure the boys are dressed to impress!
It's an honour to be part of the fantastic Runway team, participating in such an original, spectacular event and to give these teenagers this opportunity to unite with original ideas to fundraise for people their own age. It is also a pleasure to assist a team of pupils, many, who initially are shy 16year olds work hard to create an amazing catwalk from start to finish and watch them blossom along the way. I hope you feel the 'buzz' as much as our students will in tonight's Promtastic Event.
Hi, I’m Jo Hoddes – former advertising / PR executive, now running a fashion business – Fuzzy Goose. I live with my husband in Bramhall and have a son and a daughter 21 & 18 and two stepsons 21 & 23.
I have organised many fashion based fundraising events in the past 15 years for both Francis House and The Christie but more recently came to learn about the incredible charity Teenage Cancer Trust after my son sadly lost one of his school friends, Cal Ballatine, to cancer aged just 19.
I’m delighted to be part of the team for Runway on the Runway in Cal’s memory and help raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.
My name is Wendy Cartwright and I am very pleased to be working again on the Runway on the Runway and the Cinderella Project at this event. I have been a teacher for over 20 years , have two children & lots of nieces and nephews all of whom I take great pride in as they are growing into wonderful young adults living full lives. Therefore, charities that help young people are very close to my heart, especially those focused on not only treating and providing care for those with serious conditions but also that put giving young people the best possible quality of life at the centre of their mission. Both Teenage Cancer Trust and the Cinderella project excel at this. It is great to be part of the Runway event that yet again will not only be a fantastic evening for everyone who attends but means that we can all support and help continue the amazing work done in the TCT units around the North West.
Hi, I'm Olivia Cork.
I have been involved in Runway on the Runway since the very beginning. I started off as a Teenage Cancer Trust model, then presenter and, being an events management student it would be only right to be behind the scenes with a fantastic team. I have had a wonderful time throughout the years meeting some amazing friends and seeing what this can do for them as well as myself.
Sabina Ruta here and ready for take-off - I am Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Isle of Man. It is fantastic to have the opportunity to be part of another Runway on the Runway event this year, from volunteering at the first event to supporting the young people this year it is great to see how the event has grown and the continued support from Margo, her dedicated team, sponsors, volunteers, schools and young people and their families.
Runway on the Runway 2017 is going to be a fantastic event and will inspire many people across the North West about the fantastic work of Teenage Cancer Trust and why it is so important that we can continue to support young people diagnosed with cancer.
Hi, I'm Vanessa Simmons and I joined Teenage Cancer Trust three and a half years ago to head up the fundraising team here in the North West. Over this period, we have seen a significant increase in the awareness of cancer within young people as well as more provision of age appropriate care across the region allowing us to support more young people going through cancer treatment. We still have a lot more to do but we are getting there, and that is down to the incredible support from companies, schools, community groups and individuals who give up their time for Teenage Cancer Trust.
This job is never easy, you can't not be affected by the cruel illness that cancer is and the devastating effect it has on a young person and everyone around them, however every day I am inspired by the strength and courage of teenagers fighting cancer and their determination to beat it.
It's been wonderful to work closely with Margo on Runway on the Runway this year, to see the schools take on all kinds of fundraising activities to raise money, to see the generosity of companies supporting this event and to see how important this event is for everyone involved, in particular those young people having had or still going through cancer.
Hiya! I`m Bern.
This is my first time working on Runway and I debuted on the catwalk myself at the recent Maggie's triumphant fashion fundraiser last year. My talent lies in creating videos, pictures, poems and anything else that we can use to get our event circulating around social media.
Two years ago I could proudly boast that I had not been near a doctor for 42 years. Such is the indiscriminate nature of cancer however, that within those two years I have had my left eye and surrounding tissues removed, radiotherapy, and undergone extensive reconstructive surgeries, including having a cranial skin-expander implant. There isn't really much you can do about it when you only have one eye and a false boob on your head for 12 months but I am glad to say that I am recovering and proud to be a part of this Teenage Cancer Trust event.
Hi, I'm Sharon Oldfield.
I have always enjoyed co-ordinating fashion shows and events. I met Margo 5 years ago and this is my 3rd Runway on the Runway show. I am really excited to be part of this event once again and support Teenage Cancer Trust.
Over the past 5 years I have been involved with a number of wonderful events for Teenage Cancer Trust and I have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with some remarkable people. I hope all the models have a wonderful day and all the guests enjoy this incredible event.
Leigh Anthony Eaton was born in Stockport, 1979. He was brought up in a very musical family; his Mum being a professional singer & Grandad playing in various jazz bands.
In 2003, Leigh & his twin brother, Paul, opened LP studios. It has ran successfully for 14 years now & continues to do so.
This venture enabled Leigh to branch out in many other areas of the industry, including working as a technician for the iconic Manchester band, The Inspiral Carpets, & throughout the years has gained lots of experience with other bands on the Manchester scene.
Leigh continues to produce current, successful musicians from his studio in Stockport.
Dianne Lynn has been in the events industry for 25 years she was co-founder of the Taylor Lynn Corporation, a high profile event management Company that produced numerous high profile celebrity and corportate events. For the last 7 years Dianne has been The Event Co and devoted more time to helping with Charity events, she has been involved with the production and management of Runway on the Runway since its conception.
Additional Team Members:
- Nicola Metcalfe - Backstage Manager
- Dan Schofield - Production Team