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 likeminded 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 pendant as we have experienced some extreme condition 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!
Laura Jane Mangan – Mangan Housing Officer
Hi, I am a Housing officer for BeST, covering the West area. I enjoy fell walking in the countryside. My hobbies are ballroom dancing and have taken part in championship competitions.
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.
Cameron Furlong – Accounts Manager
Hi I am Cameron Furlong Accounts Manager when I’m not working for BeST my life revolves around being Active and Promoting Health and Fitness.
How I do this is by either attending the gym, playing football (5,6 and 11 a side 3 days a week) and working in my own shop called Health Kicks which is based in Sale.
I also coach and manage a local football but due to other commitments I'm going to be stepping down as manager.
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 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
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 – Invoice Clerk/Voyage Handler
My name is Adrian Evans and I currently work in the Housing Officer department for BeST.
In my spare time I like to play computer/video games and also visiting the cinema with friends.
I also enjoy visiting art galleries and producing my own artwork at home.
Andy Bowler – Head of Housing & Development
Hi I'm the Head of Housing & 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 job role is that I am 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 the 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.
Holly Millington – Accounts Assistant
My name is Holly, I am an Accounts Assistant. When I'm not working I like to spend time with my friends and family. The thing I love the most is food.
My favourite foods are milky bar yogurts and salt and vinegar crisps. I have experienced some problems with the salt and vinegar crisps from Morrison's, I bought some and they were ready salted. You can imagine the devastation and this has happened twice….
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 & veg. This year I have grown Potatoes, red & white Onions, Artichokes, Asparagus, various Beans & salad leaves. The blackcurrant's & gooseberry's are now in my freezer waiting to be turned into jam.
I have a Greenhouse full of Tomatoes & Chilli plants, there are also two very large cucumber plants. I am a member of the allotment committee & help to raise money for our funds. We turn our old garage into a vintage tea room.
Phillippa Bevin – HR and H&S Officer
Hello! I´m Pip and am an avid cyclist and would–be explorer! I cycle to work rain or shine (mostly rain), and enjoy climbing mountains and exploring new places.
I volunteer as an Apprenticeship Ambassador for Greater Manchester and am currently studying for my Level 5 CIPD!
It is my fondest wish to one day have a puppy and call it either Stella or Lincoln.
This photo was taken during my commute to work when I had to go through a dark wood every day before I moved house. It had been grim, dark and raining about 2 minutes beforehand and the clearing looked like another world.
Matthew Fay – Housing Officer
Hello! My name is Matthew Fay and I am one of the Housing Officer´s for BeST coving the North and Midland properties. 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
Hi, I´m Casey and I’m a Maintenance coordinator at Best. I´m a Ginger Geordie (apparently – I´m actually a Smoggy – T–T–Teessider). I never shut up and find myself entertaining. I just somehow graduated the University of Manchester in summer 2016 with a 2.1 in International Management with American Business Studies. I also studied at the University of Illinois and felt like I was living in an American college film for the whole year! Frat parties, sororities, red cups, beer pong, cheerleaders, college football and basketball – the lot! I opened a social club for adults with disabilities with my mam in 2011 and it has been running successfully since.
Louis Beaver – Compliance Officer
My name is Louis and when i´m not working I enjoy running and taking part in running events. I also have a passion for Manchester City and love travelling to watch them play away (home games are too quiet for me!). I go to the gym quite regularly, although this is not something I particularly enjoy due to the passion people seem to have of looking at themselves in every mirror available....!! I´ve become a boxing fan in more recent times and I am loving watching the rise and success of Anthony Joshua. Oh and I also don´t mind the occasional pint........or 6!
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 & 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, of which one has flown the nest to begin his life and 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 family and friends. I also work weekends pouring pints in a small pub Friday and Saturday nights.
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 round the UK and mainland Europe.
Liam Shotton – Maintenance Coordinator
I've been married 4 years to my wife Natalie and we have 2 sons Reece 11 and Ezra 6 Months
I'm a big lover of films and video or pc games and most things comic related. I support Man United and enjoy going to old Trafford to watch games
We've spent 2 years renovating our house which had storage heaters and polystyrene tiles when we moved in and looked like a 30's Blackpool B&B we've managed to get most of it sorted with a few jobs left. And I can solve a 3x3 Rubik's cube in under 2 minutes