Our People

HDT has a small but committed team consisting of: a financial Consultant, Mandy; 6 core members of staff; Tony, Mandy, Alison, Dave, Sharon and Sarah; an Advisor and consultant Team Manager, Julie; and a resident artist Rachelle. Here they are:

  • Mandy Coleman


    Mandy Coleman is the Consultant at HDT. She has previously worked in senior finance positions for a number of companies of varying sizes and sectors. Mandy is a keen gym goer, loves to travel and ride horses and often combines the two. She has a reputation for baking a mean pear and almond cake!

  • Tony Prescott

    Projects and Operations Manager

    Tony Prescott is our Projects and Operations Manager. He has vast experience of the Telecommunications sector. Eager to give something back, Tony is currently involved in a project to look at improving the Community Hall in Hollins Green. He is also a keen sportsman, having played both football and rugby for local teams, and is a big Manchester City supporter.

  • Mandy Eccles

    Communication & Heritage Co-ordinator

    Mandy Eccles is Comunication and Heritage Co-ordinator for HDT. She used to work in the voluntary sector as Pre-school Supervisor. Since 2010 she has been Chair of the Friends of Hollinfare Cemetery and is also a committee member of the Rixton-with-Glazebrook Community Plan Group. Mandy loves to spend time with family and friends and enjoys walking, gardening and dancing.

  • Alison Blackwell

    Finance Assistant

    Alison Blackwell is HDT’s Finance Assistant. She is secretary of the Rixton-with-Glazebrook Pre-school and her golf club and enjoys volunteering for a number of community groups. When she’s not in work, Alison can usually be found on the golf course, but most of all loves spending time with her family.

  • David Taylor

    David Taylor

    Operations Assistant

    David Taylor is the Operations Assistant. Previously David ran the family electrical business in Irlam for over 30 years. His interests include travel, wildlife and wildlife photography. David also enjoys voluntary work and is currently the Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Irlam.

  • Sharon Piggin

    Admin Assistant

    Sharon Piggin is our Admin Assistant. She previously worked at Rixton-with-Glazebrook Pre-school and is an active member of the Rixton-with-Glazebrook Community Plan Group. Sharon was instrumental in steering the ‘Shine the Light’ project through to completion, to gently up-light Hollinfare War Memorial. Sharon is a keen baker, knitter and tap dancer and enjoys walking, exercise, watching films and gardening.

  • Sarah Murray

    Marketing Assistant

    Sarah Murray is a Marketing Assistant – bringing young and fresh ideas to the team. Sarah is Irlam born and bred and has already had a lot to do within the community from voluntary work to campaigning work. In her spare time Sarah enjoys action sports, her passion for the sport is what pushed Sarah to start the 'Save Irlam Skate Park' campaign in 2015, which resulted in a brand-new professional level skate park being built in spring 2017. Sarah is also quite savvy when it comes to technology and loves playing about with a camera.

  • Julie Thompson

    Julie Thompson

    Advisor and Consultant Manager

    Julie Thompson is an Advisor and Consultant team manager to HDT. She worked for 25 years in the public sector in Warrington and Bolton developing and managing Children's Services, spending 10 years as Assistant Director. Julie likes skiing and spending time with her family.

  • Rachelle Cleary


    Rachelle Cleary is a talented local artist who delivers our I C Art programme in Irlam and Cadishead. As well as her unique artistry, Rachelle brings great enthusiasm, research skills, knowledge of the area and a love of history to her work. When not covered in paint Rachelle loves to get out and about on her motorbike or walk her dog Jess, who features in all her major artworks.