Duane is Director of Realm Recruitment.

Born in Birmingham, Duane is now an adopted Manc after moving here at 19 to study Law at the University of Manchester.

Duane says: “In my mind I was always going to return to Birmingham after I graduated, but after moving here I quickly realised that leaving wouldn’t be that easy. 8 years on, not only is my career firmly fixed in Manchester, but most of my friends live here too including some I persuaded to move here from Birmingham!”

Duane went straight into legal recruitment after graduating, spending 5 years with a national recruitment agency before setting up his own business with a friend in 2015.

Of Forever Manchester Duane says: “The work Forever Manchester does with mental health groups really interests me and I’d really like to get involved in this in whatever way possible. If through my business I can raise awareness of the ways Forever Manchester helps young people and provide opportunities myself, I’d be delighted. Beyond that, I’m prepared to get my hands dirty and do what I can.”

Duane’s favourite things about Manchester are the music, the architecture, the pubs and the people he’s met and continues to meet.