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Jm

Head of Fundraising & Partnerships

I was born in Islington, London and brought up in Merseyside. Despite growing up in a tough and challenging environment I managed to progress at school and graduated at university. My career then led to successfully running a leading London fashion company with a multi-million-pound turnover per year, with over 80% export.  I then made the bold, yet life changing move to focus my career in the voluntary sector by working with, supporting and setting up vitally needed youth organisations. I am passionate about empowering young people so that they can achieve their aspirations, whilst improving their health and lifestyles, no matter what their abilities. I love sports and throughout my life have done an extensive amount of voluntary work. Additionally, I have over ten years’ experience as a governor/director at John Warner School in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

Being the Head of Fundraising for Pro-Action, I am the chief instigator in attracting funding, growing strategic partnerships with youth organisations, statutory sector and businesses to achieve our development targets and strategic objectives.  For over 12 years I have set up and sustained award-winning projects that have transformed the lives of the young people and the communities they live in. I share my life experiences by giving motivational talks with the Prince's Trust, to help inspire young people to maximise their potential.

I have a professional yet humorous approach to life and I can speak four different languages, plus Scouse! I am a lifelong Arsenal fan and season ticket holder for 30 years, despite growing up on Merseyside. However, my guilty pleasure is supporting Tranmere Rovers to maintain my Merseyside connection!

To get in touch with John, email john.manitara@pro-actionherts.org or call 07827 947 674.