People at Networkfour

People are at the heart of everything we do, it's what we're all about. Meet the wonderful team behind Networkfour that together help us to deliver on our mission.

Board of Trustees: Brian Eccleshall, Shirley Mallon, Sam Peacock, Gilbert Pomell
Founder & Project Director: Gary Wicker
Management Team: Gary Wicker, Marie Lister
Safety Officer, Safeguarding Officer: Gary Wicker

Gary Wicker

Gary Wicker

Founder/Project Director

With 24 years frontline criminal justice and vulnerability engagement experience and a diverse portfolio of skilled practice, offender management, drug & alcohol addiction treatment, gun, gang & knife crime, WMP Priority Prolific Offenders and MAPPA 1/2/3 offender engagement and intervention, support, careers advice and guidance skills. Gary currently supports some of our hardest to reach young people and adults in Birmingham’s homeless community providing partnership support to all emergency services, BCC Local Delivery Partnership Groups, SIPOG and all five Business Improvement Districts to develop vulnerable care in Birmingham City Centre and the surrounding areas.  

Brian Eccleshall

Brian Eccleshall

Trustees Chair

BA (Hons) in Mathematics, 1972. PGCE (Further Education) 1973.

Maths & Computing Lecturer in FE with 16+ students until 1994, Church Leadership PT and FT to 1998. Prison Education (across adult male & female, under-18s and Young adults) until 2016. Now retired.

Trustee for a number of charities, college governor, foster-carer, seriously Christian.

Marie Lister

Marie Lister


With over 20 years developing and leading others within FTSE 100 organisations, as an independent coach and facilitator my mission to develop healthy, happy and high performing young people and adults. Experienced at understanding people psychology previous programmes delivered include: Resilience, Personal impact & branding, Effective Communication, Work-life balance, , Confidence, Effective leadership, Difficult conversations, Building Trust & Inspiring others, Parental programmes, Team communication & performance, Emotional Intelligence, Clarity4D (colour) personality profiling.  Offering one to one coaching, group coaching and workshops, client engagements include: schools, charities and organisations such as:  Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Kenilworth School & Sixth Form, Tudor Grange Academy & Hermes.

Shirley Mallon

Shirley Mallon

Trustee and Secretary

Shirley qualified as a social worker in 1976 and enjoyed many years working with children and adults across Birmingham.  During the 90's she was responsible for setting up the social care services for people with HIV and AIDS in Birmingham and gained a national reputation for her work.  Latterly she worked as a senior commissioning manager in both the local NHS and Birmingham City Council that gave her experience of developing services for people using hospitals, people with mental health, physical and learning disabilities and substance misuse needs.  She is also an Executive Trustee with Birmingham Christmas Shelter and has regular contact with a wide range of people who are homeless across Birmingham.  

Volunteers: We Need You

We depend almost entirely on the kindness and commitment of our volunteers. The Birmingham Pastors project particularly is built on volunteering by the good people from faith groups, students, retired folks or anyone (over 18 years old) with a heart for the vulnerable who can commit to at least one four-hour shift per month.

We try to be as flexible as possible to get you rapidly registered, trained up and active. Go on, hit that button!

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Our Partners

Networkfour work with and are supported by a number of partner organisations, including:

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