The team

The founder members of the GMM:

Jim king

Jim King is a Councillor for Salford City. He also serves in a variety of local roles including as Chair & Director Salford Credit Union, a board member of Salix Homes (serving on the Audit & Risk Committee and the Growth & Development Committee), Chair and Director Salford City Radio, Director of the Co-operative Press and as a school governor. Previously, Jim was Regional Director for the Co-operative Group.

Jim Battle

Jim Battle is a former councillor for Manchester City. He has also served as Greater Manchester Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and the Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, as well as chairing the Greater Manchester Domestic Violence Reduction Board and the Greater Manchester Mental Health Partnership Board. Jim was the Head of the National Housing Federation in the North of England and has played a significant part in the growth of social housing in Greater Manchester. He is currently Vice Chair of Salix Homes and is active in governance in education and the voluntary sector.

Dr julie froud

Dr Julie Froud is a Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. Her research interests include financialisation, corporate business models and the social and economic role of finance. She is a member of the Foundational Economy Collective and her current research focuses on how to support the foundational economy of everyday essential goods and services.

Dr Marianne Sensier

Dr Marianne Sensier is a Research Fellow in Economics and she works for Professor Fiona Devine, Head of Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester. In 2017 Marianne worked for the Industrial Strategy Commission and in 2018 contributed to the Audit of Productivity for the Greater Manchester Prosperity Review. Marianne’s main research areas include: local industrial strategy, inclusive growth, regional business cycles and economic resilience.

Frank Travis

Frank Travis is chair of the Cash Box Credit Union, a member of Mossley Town Council and Chair of the Royal British Legion Ashton branch. Previously he was a councillor for Mossley on Tameside Borough Council. Professionally, Frank was a town planner in community regeneration for Tameside Council.