Co-op members

The co-op is a group of dedicated collective members who take care of the day-to-day running of Partisan, including office management, event coordination, finances and licensing issues. Most members of the co-op are volunteers, but it includes five paid part-time coordinators. Find out about our current co-cop members below.

Paid coordinators:

Sophie (she/her): I’m Partisan’s Venue and Licensed Events Coordinator, which means I work with our Events working group to curate music events in our basement space, although at the moment of course everything is online! As a member of the co-op, I’ve helped out with loads of different things — from organising members meetings to putting together funding bids. I initially got involved with Partisan through a friend; we went along to a new members meeting and I really loved the vision of this alternative space in Manchester. We initially got involved with the Community Outreach working group, and things went from there.

Rachael Gibbons (she/her): I am from Wythenshawe in South Manchester but currently living in sunny Whalley Range with our lovely cat Fred. I have been a member of Partisan for a couple of years and attended some great events over my time. My current role is Finance and Fundraising Coordinator, where I assist the Finance working group in raising money to keep our lovely space going.

Dandy (they/them): I’m the Finance and Accounts Coordinator for Partisan. I’ve been working at Partisan for just over a year now, and I do all the financial admin things behind the scenes. I love plants, co-ops, and growing veg.

Nathan (he/him): I’ve been involved at Partisan for two years now, originally as a volunteer but for the past two years months as a paid coordinator. My main interests within Partisan are comms, governance , club nights and putting on sparsely attended book talks.

Voluntary members:

Teegs (they/them): I lived in Manchester for five years but now I’m based in Liverpool. My Partisan involvement started by volunteering at workdays and events, then I joined the Events working group, and then I was employed by Partisan on a freelance basis as an Events Coordinator. I have a special interest in live music events, our lgbtqi+ inclusivity, accessibility and governance. I love Partisan because of the way it brings people together and supports a wide range of social justice causes.

Shaun Pitt (he/him): I started as a volunteer at Partisan in Summer 2019 and became a member of the co-op in February 2020. I’ve always been interested in getting new members involved and helping to organise film screenings at Partisan, with the Screenings working group. I also occasionally help out at licensed events.

Lisa (she/her): In 2012, I moved from Germany to Manchester and am currently based in a shared house in Old Trafford. I joined Partisan in September 2017 as a volunteer, mostly helping with cleaning chores and at events behind the bar. I also facilitate the Partisan risograph workshops. I joined the co-op in March 2020 where I mostly get stuck in with funding applications for Partisan. Since May 2020, together with Ciaran and Dave, I am part of Partisan’s directors’ board, and responsible for protecting and growing our project together with the collective and other co-op members.

Issy (she/her): I became a Partisan member in October 2017 but didn’t really get involved until late 2018 when I started organising our first in-house queer night, Fatty Acid! I also help with community outreach — including the amazing Cheetham Festival group — screenings, some comms and most things queer (Fatty Acid, Partisan Pride and tbh our pop-night Friendzone). I joined the co-op in March 2020. Outside of Partisan, I work on making museums more useful for young people and I’ve just been trained up as part of Acorn Manchester’s Member Defence Team!

Imogen Clarke (she/her): I started volunteering at Partisan in Summer 2019, and I joined the co-op right before lockdown — which has been a strange time, but I’m glad to be helping out! I get involved with community outreach, screenings, and general admin bits and pieces as needed.

Finn (he/him): I’m originally from Edinburgh and currently live out Altrincham way. The first time I set foot in Partisan was for the Shanti Celeste/Chekhov/Microdosing night in May 2019. I immediately fell in love with the place, the ideas and the people — a home away from home. Joined the co-op in February 2020 and am most commonly found dancing behind the bar at events.

David Smith (he/him): I’ve been volunteering at Partisan since 2018 and joined the co-op in early 2020. My main volunteering duties at Partisan have historically involved helping out with events and finding uses for my small blue car. I live in Chorlton and since I started coming to Partisan I have forgotten how to dance stylishly and now simply jump around with great enthusiasm. Thanks Partisan!

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