MDC’s new Senior Managers and a farewell to John Hesketh


A warm welcome goes out to Manchester Deaf Centre’s new Senior Managers, Mark Woodall and Claire Holland, who have taken over from John Hesketh. John recently left MDC to take up new job with Bolton Deaf Society. Mark and Claire are two of our existing staff members and are job-sharing the role. Both are Deaf and bi-lingual BSL–English and have previously worked in Project Management roles with MDC.


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About John Hesketh

A fond farewell and many thanks go to our outgoing Centre Manager John Hesketh, who has been involved with MDC since January 2019, initially providing support with identifying and applying for grant funding. In November 2019 he stepped into the role of Interim Centre Manager when the role became unexpectedly vacant. This role became permanent in April 2020.

John Hesketh

John brought with him an eye for detail, excellent organisational and communication skills, and a wealth of experience from working in community-based organisations. He has a great passion for positively impacting people’s lives through his work. During his time with MDC, he initiated many creative projects and attracted the project funding needed to make them happen. For example, a successful bid for National Lottery funding was made, which provided 3 years of funding for our popular WAITE project; and a bid to the Prince’s Trust Future Workforce scheme to fund our successful Get On Project for 16–25 year olds.

John also managed MDC throughout the Covid restrictions, a situation which presented many challenges. He worked tirelessly to enable MDC to survive financially during what was a very difficult period, particularly due to a heavy loss of core income from room hire and interpreter bookings. John will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in his new role and look forward to some fruitful options for working in partnership with Bolton Deaf Society going forward.

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