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 quarterly to receive reports from the Chief Executive Officer, Financial Controller and the Services Manager.

The current Board of Trustees is as follows:

  • Ian Cubbin (Chairman)
  • Peter Ashley-Mudie
  • Andrew Roberts
  • Gill Ferris
  • Norman Jones
  • Ian Roughley
  • 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
Charlie Eldred, heads up our dedicated team of support workers. Managing the team of Support Workers and Night Project Workers, who work closely with individuals that access our services.

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.

Activities Coordinator

Paul Rowlands manages our training facility, the Irene Kennedy Centre, from which training and practical courses are run. Practical sessions such as creative writing, arts and crafts, photography, gardening and a Friday afternoon movie on the IKC projector. There are also courses in IT, English and Maths – all offered in partnership with the homeless charity, CRISIS Skylight. Paul also coordinates activities and trips outside the training centre, including helping clients engage with our Dinghies project along side Barry Miller, museum trips, local walks, five a-side football and helping the service users organise their very own trip away called “The Big Day Out”. 

During the Covid-19 Lockdown, some of our service users were unable to leave their supported accommodation and so Paul helped organise and run the distribution of packages to our vulnerable clients who were in need of essential food items. 

Paul creates our very own newsletter each month, which gives a monthly update on the service at Mary Cole House and anything related to the organisation.

Volunteers and Supporters