Hi my name is Steve Boyd, Commercial Director, and when I am not working at BeST I race Rebels Stock Cars around an oval track with around 40 like-minded people all over the UK. My best achievement to date is to win the East Coast Championship in 2013. If you ever go racing come along and say hello.
Shelley Hobbs – Manging Director Lost in Singleton Maize Maze – No sat nav in sight
Aside of being thoroughly dedicated to BeST most days and nights, I am also a keen activist in my spare time. My family and I love nothing more than getting out and about in the great outdoors; exploring new sites and adventures. Camping is one of our favourite pastimes which allows the family to have quality time and partake in outdoor pursuits. Of course this is weather dependant as we have experienced some extreme conditions on the Gower Peninsula. Our new addition to the family is Eric! A 6 month old Beagle with a very mischievous persona. Eric loves walking with his new family and experiencing new sites and smells – He's also a real adventurer! School holidays allowing the family also love to experience foreign travel; our latest adventure being Thailand – an amazing journey!
Tim Bray – Housing Officer
My name is Tim Bray, I work as a Housing Officer covering the eastern side of the country...my main interest is music... listening, playing & watching it... punk rock is my weapon of choice.
Marlene Wride – Chief Financial Officer
I like coffee, Prosecco, cheese, and yoga. But not necessarily in that order and not at the same time. I get to enjoy two of these in the workplace.
My interests outside of work help me to de–stress. I enjoy socializing with friends in trendy places pretending to be young, with Prosecco of course. This is usually followed by toast with lots of melted cheese to soak up the Prosecco at two in the morning.
To balance out my lively social life, I practise yoga during the week and drink copious amounts of water.
Andy Bate – Head of Property Asset Management Department
Hello, my name is Andy Bate and when I'm not heading up the Property Operations division within BeST you can find me taking part in local running events and obstacle courses or climbing the mountain ranges of Alicante in Spain. I also enjoy property renovations in my spare time and can often be found cheering on Manchester City and listening to classic rock or regularly attending music festivals. I'm also a keen Sci–fi fan and can be found at local sci–fi and gaming conventions.
Adrian Evans – Housing Department
My name is Adrian Evans and I currently work in the Housing Department for BeST.
In my spare time I like to play computer/video games and also visit the cinema with friends.
I also enjoy visiting art galleries and producing my own artwork at home.
Andy Bowler – Head of Development
Hi I'm the Head of Development for BeST Housing.
I enjoy most sports, especially rugby and if the weather is good I'll be out on my favourite toy (pictured).
Eric – The Beagle
Hi my name is Eric and my role at BeST is to keep my mum Shelley a little less stressed for the sake of all the staff at BeST. I love going out for walks and getting loads of fresh air but I do hate those silly jogs that I am forced to go on in the rain just to keep her fit.
I wouldn't have got lost in the Maze at singleton as I would have cocked my left leg regularly to aid a speedy exit to the ice cream van (for a non – sweetened ice lolly of course).
Lewis Wright – Accounts Assistant
Hello, my name is Lewis Wright and my role as an Accounts Administrator. I also have a part time job at Build a Bear Workshop in Trafford Centre as I love the kids that come in and have worked there for over a year now starting as a Summer temp. I like to play football for my football team and go to the gym in my free time as I have a lot of fun doing them both. I love socialising with my friends and always plan to see them as much as I can. However, I am a Liverpool fan so I get slated a lot even though they are the best team in the world.
Cath Richardson – Purchase Ledger
I am part of the BeST accounts team. When I am not working, I spend most of my free time on my allotment looking after my fruit and veg. This year I have grown potatoes, red and white onions, artichokes, asparagus, various beans and salad leaves. The blackcurrant's and gooseberry's are now in my freezer waiting to be turned into jam.
I have a greenhouse full of tomatoes and chilli plants, there are also two very large cucumber plants. I am a member of the allotment committee and help to raise money for our funds. We turn our old garage into a vintage tea room.
Matthew Fay – Housing Officer
Hello! My name is Matthew Fay and I am the Head of Housing for BeST. A keen animal lover and as you can see from my picture, a Koi Carp Whisperer. I´m very passionate about the arts and love anything to do with music, reading, writing and painting; I am currently learning to play piano, a lifelong dream of mine.
Casey Willis – Maintenance Coordinator
I’m Casey and I work in the maintenance department for BeST.
As well as BeST, I work for Lifeways as a support worker and enjoying spending time with the ladies I support.
I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have an older brother, Chad, he is the funniest person EVER! (when he is in a good mood) Chad has brain damage and learning difficulties but this doesn’t stop him from living his BeST life! We love football and both have season cards for Middlesbrough FC. UP THE BORO!!! (see picture: Me, Chad and his friend Shaun).
In my spare time, I like to read and write. I also like to keep active and enjoying cycling and going to the gym. I am also a keen explorer and love to go on adventures. I enjoy going abroad and used to live in America where I studied at the University of Illinois.
In 2011, me and my mam opened a social club (Revo fun nights) for adults with additional needs and it has been running successfully since!
Thomas Murray – Compliance Co–ordinator
My name is Thomas Murray, Compliance Co–ordinator, and when I am not working for BeST my hobbies consist of betting and watching sports/TV. My favourite sports are UFC, football and horse racing. My favourite TV programme to watch is South Park.
Kevin Appleby – CEO
Having been introduced to the public service sector in the early 1990´s, I began as a mentor in a Local Authority Social Enterprise. Whilst gaining further knowledge and experience related to Support and Funding until 2010, I ended my days in the public sector as a Local Authority Finance Deputy. I have spent the last 7 years in the private sector focused on the provision of Supported Housing having had the “BeST” concept thoughts and “lightbulb moment” in 2009.
In my spare time, myself and my wife go swimming at a local health club, we have been building up our strength and stamina over the last 5 months so we can now swim a kilometre a day. We recently challenged ourselves to swim a mile in a day which we achieved and then went home and slept for a couple of hours before Sunday dinner!! We also really enjoy walking together. We often go to Llangollen and other parts of beautiful North Wales to challenge ourselves on foot ….(when its sunny !!). We have 3 children, one of which one has flown the nest to begin his life and his career. Two are still at home and we have enjoyed holidays together abroad and in the UK, we always tend to look for the sunshine though!!
I play the odd round of golf, sometimes I enjoy this, other times this is a walk with some sticks in a bag. More often than not when I play Steve (Pablo) Boyd, who is BeST´s Commercial Director, he takes the £1 …. !!
Ellen Sherrard – Development Assistant
Hi, I´m Ellen Sherrard and when I´m not working as the Development Assistant at BeST I enjoy napping extensively and spending some time with my cat, family and friends.
Helen Bolton – Maintenance Coordinator
My name is Helen, when I am not working at BeST I like to socialise with friends and spending time with my family! I have a young son called Oscar and Chihuahua called Milo.
Jane Beer – Housing Officer
My free time is spent walking the countryside failing to identify various birds and wild flowers. Holidays usually involve travelling in our old T25 campervan around the UK and mainland Europe.
Liam Shotton – Maintenance Coordinator
My name is Liam, I have 3 lovely children Reece (13) Ezra (2) and Caleb (3 months). I'm a big lover of films and video or pc games and most things comic related. I can solve a Rubik's Cube in under 2 minutes, there's usually one on my desk if you need proof. I'm also filled with useless information usually only relevant in a pub quiz.
Georgia Dawson – Office Administrator
Hi my name is Georgia. When I'm not working at BeST I enjoy spending time with my cats, Stevie, Flash and Barry. I love family time and going on long walks with my friends!
Timi Adebote – Management Accountant
My name is Timi Adebote (Management Accountant). When I am not working for BeST, as a professional drummer I like to engage myself with sitting on my personal drum set compiling and composing new beats. Active member of the RCCG church choir. This keeps me very busy and occupied.
I am someone with a bubbly personality. Always happy and love to make others happy. I am someone who is a delight to be around and very optimistic.
Alan Winstanley – Head of Repairs and Maintenance
Hi, my name is Alan and I am the Head of Repairs and Maintenance here at BeST. I have many years experience
within the building trade and maintenance. I have worked within the social housing environment
some time. I am highly motivated as is my team who ensure we provide an excellent maintenance
service to our tenants and customers. Outside of BeST I am a dedicated family man who enjoys the
simple thing in life like going to the cinema and theatre and holidaying in warm climates.
David Sykes – Quality Officer
Professionally I am responsible for ensuring any repairs or refurbishments to our properties are kept to a very high standard so our customers are happy to call them their home.
In my private time I enjoy fishing primarily for carp and cat fish. My personal best catfish weighed in above 100lb and carp was 34lb but I hope to better this. When not fishing I have a large family with 2 beautiful grandchildren who keep me entertained and busy away from work.
Slavi Genova – Credit Controller
My name is Slavi Genova. I work as a Credit Controller in BeST. I like to spend my free time with my 12 year-old son and read books.
Jay Johal – Housing Officer
My name is Jay Johal, I have joined BeST as the Housing Officer for the Midlands.
I have 2 wonderful sons who try to keep me on my toes. I have worked previously as a Support Worker and Housing Officer with various organisations including local government.
Cooking, listening to music, playing sports, swimming and DIY are just some of the things I enjoy when I get time to myself.
Margarita Chapman – Sales Ledger
I am from Lithuania originally. I suspect you opened google maps to see where it is. I do not blame you. Fun fact - Gatwick airport have more people traveling in one summer day at the airport than currently living in my country, 2.5 m (minus 1 now I've left to be precise).
I am a Sales Ledger Clerk. Somebody said that my job is boring, but I am passionate about what I do.
My husband named me ‘’Mrs. Talk-a-lot’’ after he spent a six hour journey with me and my Aunty in the car. He said there was no space to insert a word into our conversation.
Most of the time I am nice, but I have my ups and downs like everybody else. Love the summer, love the countryside and glamping in our caravan.
Georgina Cockram – Project Compliance Manager
I began my employment at BeST on 7th January as Compliance Project Manager, having been attracted to its charity status. I am RoSPA Level 5 Diploma Qualified and a graduate member of IOSH, with over ten years-experience in the strategic implementation of occupational health and safety in a wide variety of industries including logistics, waste management and landfill, warehousing and consultancy services for compliance.
I met my partner James three years ago and between us we have six children (thankfully only my two live with us right now!) five of whom, where born in March. James has three born on the same day!
We love walking and visiting historic places of interest, going to gigs and festivals. We generally drag the children along with us, which they love having been sufficiently indoctrinated into liking the same music! I like to read and collect Booker Prize Winners (not because I am a book snob, but because time is limited, and they are a guaranteed good read!)
I also have an unhealthy obsession with Jason Momoa. Too much information…?!
Hannah Mansfield – Revenue and Benefits Officer
My name is Hannah Mansfield, I am 23 years old. I moved to Greater Manchester around 7 months ago, I am originally from Derbyshire. I decided I wanted a new challenge and a fresh start. I spend a lot of time with my partner, I love to go shopping and socialise with my friends.
Luca Porta – Rent Administrator
My name is Luca, I’m a passionate, optimistic and dedicated person who takes up responsibilities with
utmost enthusiasm and see to it that I complete my tasks in time. I’ve a great amount of
perseverance to achieve my goal. My optimistic and planned approach in things I do is what driving
me towards my success.
Always loved playing football as well as watching it on TV. Now I play for Urban Bubble in a very
competitive business league and me and my team have been achieving great results, I also like to
listen to music and socialize.
Romaan Basar – Accounts Administrator
My name is Romaan, I joined BeST on November 11th 2018 and have loved it ever since. Everyone is truly amazing here and it doesn’t feel like you’re at work when you’re surrounded by family. With my confidence and “heads I win, tails you lose” attitude alongside my driving skills, it shows that I’m a car enthusiast as well as an Accounts Administrator.
I am well and truly an outdoor person, proven by my mum saying “you’re never home”. From mountain biking to rock climbing to signing my life away deep sea diving, I’m ready to make memories and experience it all. Some of the best memories I’ve made have been at BeST in such a short period of time, and I’m almost guaranteed loads more to come !!
Patricia Mokhberi – Head of Revenue and Benefits
My name is Patricia Mokhberi and I am Head of Revenue and Benefits (essentially dealing with tenant’s rent accounts and rent increases).
Outside of work I am family orientated, and I like to make frequent trips around the UK (where my children live) and to the Netherlands, visiting extended family members. This is particularly important as my passion is genealogy. I have 4500 in my family tree so far and growing. I intend to compile a family history book to leave to posterity. I enjoy travel, gardening, and socialising with friends. The Scottish Highlands, Yorkshire, London and Durham are my favourite places, as I have local connections to these places. Ireland, The Norwegian, Fjords and the US are on my travel list.
Mario Daniel – Revenue and Benefits Officer
My name is Mario Daniel and I joined BeST in October 2018 as a Revenue and Benefits Officer and I have since loved every minute of it. I am a family orientated person, I like to travel and learn about new cultures and meet new people. My hobbies are football, swimming and volleyball. I am interested in politics, policy making and diplomacy.
William Fay – Revenue and Benefits Administrator
Hello, my name is William Fay, I have been at BeST several times over the years in the summer months. I am now permanently employed here as the Revenues and Benefits Administrator. I love it here at BeST and I have made many close friends.
I am an avid lover of the outdoors and I am a qualified SCUBA diver, I have dived inside a sunken ship and on a coral reef. I spend most of my time either socializing with my friends and spend most of my time with my best friend which happens to be my girlfriend.