Board of trustees


Michael Stuart

Michael is a Senior Business Analyst working at a leading broadcaster for the past 2 years, supporting productions with technical (software) and workflow solutions. Michael has consulted on key business changes to engage with the organisations audiences within his role.


Previously, Michael was a HR Professional with over 8 years experience working for a major retailer delivering on HR Policy and Procedures, coaching staff, and recruitment of new talent, whilst leading HR change.


With a wealth of business change and a strong knowledge of HR Policy and Procedures, Michael is eager to support Our Room with his knowledge and experience. Michael also brings experience of corporate fundraising from his retail HR experience, supporting a number of charity partners across Manchester. Michael is committed to making a positive difference in the community, working as part of a team to deliver the goals of the Charity.

Imogen Blood

Imogen Blood

Imogen is a social worker turned researcher. She started out working in hostels and then as a drug worker in men’s prisons, where she first experienced creative approaches working alongside TIPP.


She went on to work as a researcher at NACRO and the University of Salford, then as an Equality & Diversity consultant at EW Group. In 2009, she set up her own social research consultancy, Imogen Blood & Associates which carries out research and evaluation projects on housing, homelessness, social care and arts-based approaches for central and local government, housing associations and charities.


Most of these projects involve listening to groups people who do not always get heard, and working to change policies and services in response to these.


Hayley Speed

Hayley is the Assistant Director of akt, the national LGBTQ+ homelessness charity were she manages the regional and digital services delivery teams. Hayley has worked in the VCSE sector for over 20 years primarily working with rough sleepers and sex work communities.  
Previously Hayley has been a Trustee of National Ugly Mugs, and managed and delivered services including outreach, needle exchange, sexual health, advocacy and case work. She is also a Clore Social Fellow in Homelessness funded by the Oak Foundation. 
Paul Pandolpho

Paul Pandolfo

Paul Pandolfo works for Shelter and is the programme manager for Inspiring Change Manchester, which is part of the National Lottery Community Fund’s Fulfilling Lives  programme. ICM is testing new ways of involving people who have experienced disadvantage and multiple needs in the design, commissioning and delivery of services, and with evaluation and peer research. Its goal is systems change and it has pioneered innovative work around building partnerships, employing people with lived experience on traineeships, Housing First, mental ill-health and homeless and a Women’s Voices movement.


Before this Paul held a variety of leadership roles, most recently as a Probation Assistant Chief Executive with strategic responsibility for young adults, youth transition and alternatives to short custody. He has also worked as a substance misuse commissioner with a local authority, in a contract management role with regional government and in the health education field. He is social worker trained and has a strong belief in partnership development and community and citizen-led responses to addressing social issues.