Elaine Griffiths MBE

Elaine Griffiths MBE

As a graduate in Food Science and Nutrition, for over 20 years Elaine’s professional career was in the Food Industry where she held senior positions with Ess Food UK, Sara Lee UK and Country House before establishing her own successful sales and marketing consultancy.

She relinquished her career to champion the salvation of the Monastery.

Elaine is co-founder and Chief Executive of the Charitable Trust that has raised over £10 million to save and restore Gorton Monastery and found a sustainable new use for the future of this previously endangered World Monument site. The experience of delivering the Monastery project over the past 21 years has turned Elaine into a passionate advocate for sustainable communities and heritage led regeneration. She is also a Director of the Monastery Manchester, the social enterprise company that operates the restored heritage site as a corporate, cultural and community venue.

Elaine was awarded an MBE for services to heritage in 2007. With its permanent education, training, health and well-being facilities the Monastery delivers innovative community projects where new approaches and models of care in health, skills and employability can be shared.

Other voluntary, mentoring and advisory positions included board membership of the Princes Trust in Cheshire, Chair of Manchester Cathedral’s Council for 5 years, Community Action Network, the Shared Health Foundation and the Global Links Initiative as well as acting as adviser and consultant to numerous charitable projects and heritage building preservation trusts across the UK.

Ray Hanks

Ray Hanks

Ray worked for three of the Top 10 Ad Agencies in the UK, and was Managing Director of the biggest specialist agency in Europe with billings of £40 million.  As Head of Creative & Digital Industries at the North West Development Agency, he set up the team to help secure the BBC’s relocation and the creation of the iconic MediaCityUK in Salford Quays.

Ray is an award-winning business adviser (Institute of Consulting – Best Business Growth) for creative and digital businesses, including advertising agencies, film and TV specialists, and was part of the record-breaking business support initiative in England’s North West, impacting on £511 million of sales and 5,300 jobs.  He has trained over 1,500 people to set up their own businesses, was Interim Director of the Northern Net Innovation Programme, a trained assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service reviewing underperforming NHS clinicians, has trained all of the lawyers and claims specialists for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS Resolution), is an alumnus and Member of Court of The City University London, and an External Adviser for The University of Salford.

Having worked closely with David Dickinson and David Oliver for many years, Ray is committed to the pursuit of change for good, through innovative thinking and creative collaborations.  He is an adviser to Creative Life at The Monastery, which incorporates The Monastery Studios offering green screen film production facilities.  The services include the outstanding photography of Mark Copeland, drone filming with 4K video and high-resolution images, augmented reality services bringing still images to life and a suite of magical products featuring pictures that talk.

The collaboration with Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins resulted in the creation of the NeuroFiles project, an ambitious media programme highlighting how neuroscience impacts on everything we do. Over twenty videos have already been filmed and produced at The Monastery Studios. It is a perfect fit for the wider ambition and philosophy of Unlike Minds.