Board Members

Our board is the main group of staff and volunteers who run Partisan. It is responsible for managing Partisan’s finances, supporting staff, governance and making Partisan keeps to its mission!


Nathan (He/Him)

Hi I’m Nathan and I’m one of the paid Coordinators at Partisan. 

I’m responsible for managing space hire, unlicensed events, office users, communications and loads more! I’ve been involved at Partisan now for over four years and I’ve got so much from the space and I’m really grateful for the sense of community, involvement in the local arts, activist and music scenes and opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people.


Lisa (she/her)

Hey I’m Lisa! I moved from Germany to Manchester in 2012. I joined Partisan in September 2017 as a volunteer – mostly helping with cleaning chores and at events behind the bar and designing posters.

I also facilitate Partisan’s risograph workshops! I joined the board in March 2020 where I mostly get stuck in with funding applications to help grow our amazing project.

Laura Lanks (She/Her)

Partisan feels like home to many people and it’s rare to find non-tokenistic and inclusive spaces, but it is exactly that and so much more.

I joined the board at the end of 2021 and it’s a pleasure being surrounded by such kind and creative people. You’ll find me at volunteer inductions where I work closely with Charlie to welcome and support new volunteers. I work in the charity sector and on a weekend you’ll find me cycling, wild swimming or camping in my little van.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more about volunteering at Partisan or just to say hi.

Imogen (She/Her)

I first ventured into Partisan in early 2019 and stuck around because it’s a nice place to be and everybody here is the best. I joined the board in February 2020, and generally just help out where I can!

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 joined the board in March 2020. I love volunteering at our events (screenings, nights, potlucks) and meeting all the super people who share this space.

Charlie (She/Her)

I’m Charlie and I’ve been on the Partisan Coop Board since the end of 2021. I joined after running Crochet With A Cause workshops and getting to experience first hand how lovely the Partisan community is. During the week I work in family support, particularly in joining up services and communities and am big into promoting physical and emotional wellbeing. In my spare time I like to dig around in my allotment, eat noodles and go to gigs. I have felt welcome from the second I enquired about being involved, and have loved meeting loads of new people with different passions and stories

Vivien (She/Her)

Hi! I became a Partisan member when I moved to Manchester in 2017 and have been dossing about since then. I was in the board for a bit in 2018 and joined up again at the start of 2022 – I do some freelance events coordination and in general help out with licensed events.

I’ve put on (and also played at) some live gigs in the past and help run Fatty Acid. I just in general go for the grand assortment of gay stuff here, from Alt Pride to Queer Family Tea to Trans Mutual Aid Manchester!

Interested in joining the Partisan Board? Get in touch at – if you’d like to know more!