Our Ambassadors

  • Steve Bartlett

    At just 23-years-old, Steve Bartlett heads up a team of more than fifty young creatives at Social Chain, growing huge social trends, and is recognised as one of the most powerful influencers on Social Media.


    He has turned Social Chain into a multi-million-pound business that has been recognised by The Drum as Social Media Agency of the Year in 2015, and Prolific North as the Best Large Digital Agency of 2016.

  • Simon Calderbank

    Simon owns Big Knows, a business growth consultancy, geared to providing a fresh and inspiring approach to winning new business. He also works alongside i2i’s Michael Finnigan as a Performance Coach.


    Simon’s son Joe has experienced first-hand the care and attention of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital so the opportunity to give something back was too good to turn down.


    He relishes the challenge to lend his experience, expertise and philanthropic nature for the charity.

  • Gary Chaplin

    Gary is a HeadHunter with nearly 25 years recruitment experience, almost 20 of which have been in executive search. Gary has become well known as a leading Executive Search figurehead throughout the UK.  .


    Gary joined the charity team as an ambassador in 2013, following care his daughter received at the hospital.  He has organised and taken part in a number of fundraisers to help make a difference including Bike Rides, Runs, White-Collar Boxing and Banger Races. 

  • Richard Gahagan

    Richard was born in the North West. Initially a sales & marketing professional, he fell into the world of recruitment.

    In 2006, Richard launched Adam (WeAreAdam), one of the UK’s leading and fastest growing Digital Marketing & HR recruitment and talent businesses.

    Richard is a devoted father, whose activities revolve around his children’s hobbies and pursuits; he became an ambassador as the cause was close to his heart and he wants to help in as many ways as possible. 

  • Salim Uddin-Khandakar

    Salim was born in Mancheser and has worked for British Airways, The Guardian Media Group, KISS FM, Galaxy 102 and Smooth Radio. In 2002, along with his wife Beverley, he set up Salutions; publishing titles such as Didsbury Magazine, Hale&Bowdon Magazine, Bonus Sapor and MediaCity Magazine.


    As a proud father of three, Salim aims to support Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as an Ambassador by introducing the charity and its objectives to his superb network of connections across the North West. 

  • Lord-Lieutenant Mr Warren J Smith JP DL

    Warren is a retired businessman, a justice of the peace and was appointed High Sheriff in 1997/8 and Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 2007.

    As Lord-Lieutenant his priorities include veterans, social exclusion, poverty, health and the welfare of young people.

    In his role he supports and encourages the charitable sector and has over 40 years’ experience as a volunteer and fundraiser, locally, regionally and nationally. 

  • Barry Lowe

    Born and raised in Marple, Barry is founder and managing director of San-iT Ltd. With over twenty years of IT knowledge and expertise, Barry setup up San-iT in 2007, which he manages alongside fellow director and wife Louise.


    Barry is a proud father of two and has helped raise money and awareness for numerous local causes; he is now committed to helping create a real difference at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity in his role as Ambassador.

  • Geraldine Vesey

    Geraldine Vesey is a director of award-winning communications and PR company, SKV Communications.  With over 20 years in the industry, Geraldine has worked both in-house and as a consultant to public and private sector organisations.  She is currently advising government departments such as the Food Standards Agency, National College for Teaching and Leadership, UKTI on regional communications and reputation management.


    Having previously worked with the charity, Geraldine is looking forward to helping the team raise awareness and support. 


  • Jon Woodall

    Warrington born, Jon has worked in the digital industry for over 15 years. Jon founded Space 48 in 2008 which won Big Chip Digital Agency 2016. In 2015, he was listed in the '42 Under 42’ by North West Insider.


    Jon founded developer conference, Mage Titans, which has so far been held in Manchester, Milan and Austin.


    Jon is a proud daddy and husband and hopes his enthusiasm for new ideas can benefit fundraising efforts at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

  • Paul Yates

    Paul, a digital entrepreneur from Manchester, first formed online marketing agency Just Search in 2004, enjoying global success. Paul now co-owns Manchester-based Huddled Media, a vibrant app and website development agency. Fronting a team of digital experts, Paul's role is varied, bringing something new and exciting every day. When he isn’t working, he’s a devoted father to his two children.


    Paul admires how supportive the children’s hospital is in ensuring their patients and families have access to the best possible treatment.