Our People

Wirral Ark is made up of our clients, staff, and dedicated volunteers, as well as our Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer.

All of these people contribute their skills, experience, time and dedication to enable us to work with the homeless and vulnerable people that we support.


Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive is the principal advisor to the Board of Trustees and is responsible to them for ensuring the delivery of Wirral Churches’ Ark Project’s objectives.

The Chief Executive is Aydin Djemal.

Financial Controller

Our Finance Team is headed up by Merril Grundy, Financial Controller, who remains responsible for all financial and payroll functions of the organisation. This includes producing and monitoring the annual budget and reporting to the Board of Trustees on our financial performance.


Merril is supported by a Payroll & Finance Officer, Jane Melling, who assists with the key functions and smooth running of the department. Jane also manages Housing Benefit matters, ensuring that all relevant documentation is prepared and submitted to the local authority.

Board of Trustees

Wirral Churches’ Ark Project is governed by a Board of Trustees, drawn from the local community and matched where possible to the skills set required for effective governance.


The Board of Trustees meets on a monthly basis to receive reports from the Chief Executive Officer, Financial Controller and the Service Delivery Manager.

The Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive report yearly to our members at the AGM.


The current Board of Trustees is as follows:


  • Reverend Robert Nelson (Chairman)
  • Peter Ashley-Mudie
  • Derek Hughes
  • Norman Jones
  • Ian Cubbin
  • Mel Godfrey


Areas of expertise amongst current trustees are strategic planning, supported housing, HR, legal, management, finances, networking and fundraising skills.

Support Staff

We are privileged to have strong, professional and committed staff teams working across our services. Within our service we have the following:

Services manager
Charlotte Swann, heads up our dedicated team of support workers. Managing the team of Support Workers and Night Project Workers, who asses and engage with individuals who present as homeless at Mary Cole House.

Support Workers
Our dedicated team of Support Workers have a case load of clients that they support on a day-to-day basis. Once a client enters our service, they are allocated a Support Worker, whom is the first point of contact. The Support Worker works with the client to create, agree and develop a support plan and record their outcomes and review progress in achieving their goals. They offer support and guidance to ensure that clients are accessing relevant care services, including drug, alcohol and mental health services. They ensure that clients are supported to achieve independent living through proactive support and linking in with relevant agencies and services.

Alison is our dedicated Receptionist and offers a friendly and warm welcome to all client’s, staff and visitors to Mary Cole House.


Activities Project Worker
Alison Thompson manages our training facility, the Irene Kennedy Centre, from which training and practical courses are run for the benefit of current and ex-client’s. Practical sessions  such as cookery, poetry, Yoga, crafts and photography are held, as well as courses in IT, English and Maths are offered in partnership with the homeless charity, CRISIS Skylight. Alison also coordinates activities and trips outside the training centre, including theatre trips, Go-Karting and music gigs.

Volunteers and Supporters


The work of Wirral Ark would be impossible without the generosity of our teams of dedicated and skilled volunteers. Volunteers provide cooking and administrative assistance, and help to raise funds for the organisation through bag packs and fundraising days.



Our members pay a small annual fee, which helps to support the work of Wirral Churches’ Ark Project.

This enables individuals or, in the case of corporations, an appointed representative, to:
* Influence the work of Wirral Ark through formal involvement at general meetings.
* Nominate persons to act as trustees and elect or re-elect those nominated.
* Question the trustees regarding the Annual Accounts and the Trustees’ Annual Report.
* Receive all documents such as the Accounts and Annual Report that are statutorily required to be sent to members.
* Receive the Association’s quarterly newsletter.

If you would like to become a member please contact enquiries@wirralark.org.uk.