THE HEATONS POST TEAM
Amanda has had a varied career - from managing a Backpackers Hostel in Dublin, to setting up Heaton Moor Market, and now as a co-founder of Heatons Post.
Amanda attributes this variety to a liking for new challenges - the main motivation behind her return to The University of Manchester five years ago to complete a Masters Degree in History.
Amanda’s main passion is travel - having backpacked across the globe in her younger years, she now enjoys adventuring and exploring new places with her teenage daughter.
Mel has been project managing international events since 2011, and life before that involved crewing on super yachts and managing ski chalets after graduating with a Spanish and Linguistics degree.
Now settled in Stockport with her family, she launched a local arts, music and culture festival (Heart Of The Heatons) in 2018 and a local film awards for amateur film-makers (SK Film Awards) in 2019 before embarking on Heatons Post.
She’s ‘officially’ an expert project manager but we’d call her a brilliant doer, the one who makes stuff happen with infectious enthusiasm.
Our music columnist Andy Rayner was born in Heaton Moor at a time when he was fortunate enough to witness the “beat boom” of the 1960s. As a child he was a choirboy and studied piano and viola. As much as he enjoyed classical music, it was pop and rock that really excited him and at the age of 17 he was playing most nights of the week with a Manchester soul band, The New Jason T. Sound. He has been involved with numerous bands since – variously as bassist, keyboard player and singer and still performs with local band The Reactions, who have just celebrated their 20th anniversary. Andy also promotes regular live gigs at West Heaton Tennis Club’s First Friday Nights.
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