Meet the team

The day-to-day operations of Ladybridge Connect are overseen by Danny Baker, our Centre Manager. In terms of governance, the Board of Directors hold strategic responsibility and represent the partnership. Three of the Directors are connected to Ivy Church and there is one each from Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge Cricket Club and Cheadle Hulme Lacrosse club.

To find out a bit more about us, please see below.

Brockbank foundation presentation of check to Ladybridge Connect
John Carlow
As centre manager, John leads the day to day management of the site, its buildings and the Ivy Café, and is the first point of contact for any enquiries. He is passionate to help achieve the full potential of this partnership to make a real difference to the lives and wellbeing of local residents and visitors to Ladybridge Connect.
Ann Ball
Ann has lived in Bramhall for 17 years and has been a member of Ivy Church for over 5 years. A teacher by profession with over 30 years of experience, Ann works for Stockport’s Learning Support Service working alongside schools and children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Ann is passionate about helping to build a community hub that will see children and their families thrive within the area.
Simon Clarke
Simon brings to the board over 40 years of playing and coaching sports experience at the Ladybridge site, helping to connect the sports clubs with the community, growing participation and engagement. Simon has a strong network locally and uses his commercial experience as the current Cricket Club Chairman to ensure the club raises and invests its finances effectively, whilst harnessing the support and skills of the membership.
Duncan Woodward
Duncan is a digital entrepreneur, beginning his career back in 1996. He’s currently founder and MD of a Digital Consultancy and Conversion Rate Optimisation agency based in Manchester. A local lad and Cheadle Hulme Lacrosse member for over 30 years, he brings to the board a business education from the Oxford Saïd Business School, a connection with his local club, a community focus and an entrepreneurial approach to value and progression for all stakeholders.
Keith Nelson
Keith trained as a Chartered Accountant and has 30 years of commercial experience and over 10 years as a non-executive director of a charity. Keith lives in Cheadle Hulme and been a member of Ivy Church for over 25 years. He brings to the board commercial, financial and not-for-profit experience along with a passion for the local community.
Rob Jackson
With a background in the charity sector, and now working as a Director of an adult health and social care organisation in Greater Manchester, Rob is a resident of Cheadle Hulme and a Trustee of Ivy Church, responsible for all matters finance and buildings, as well as chairing the Ladybridge Connect board.