A Bit of Background

Collaborative Women UK is a ‘not-for-profit’ Community Interest Company founded in Stretford, Manchester in 2014 by Executive Directors Jan Tasker and Grace McCorkle. 

Both Jan and Grace are Housing Practitioners whose combined experience in their field spans some five decades working across the private, public and voluntary sectors. They say:

“ We are Collaborative Women UK. Our organisation was born out of a passion to provide access to safe and affordable housing and to find ways of empowering women to forge their own paths. By working together with our partner organisations and local communities we aim to assist women in identifying and making the most constructive choices for their futures.”

 ‘The Hub’ provides a safe and welcoming environment with workshops that help women to bridge the gaps in their knowledge and empower them to map their own pathways to independence. This community driven project has helped in improving both the health and wellbeing of the women in Stretford and strives to improve their economic and personal futures.


Meet The Team


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Jan Tasker

Co-CEO - Director Of Housing And Business

With us since our founding, Jesse Neimus is one of our veteran team members. They bring their years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.

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Grace McCorkle

Co-CEO - Director Of Community Partnerships And Services

Morgan James joined Collaborative Women with the vision and drive to improve upon our Women Empowerment Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.


Our Board of Trustees


Chair Of The Board

Shuff Tariq

Shuff is the lead Homeless Prevention Officer for Greater Manchester Combined Authority. 
Policy and strategy creation & implementation.


Stretford Women's Action Team

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Collaborative Women. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.


Community Engagement Officer

Lorenza Rizzo

"I have been coming to collaborative women for over 4 years . It has been an amazing supportive group. I have grown in confidence and have also been blessed with amazing friends too! I am looking forward to my role as community engagement officer and being able to support women as I have been supported."