Chair from September 2017, co-opted board member from June 2017.
Alison has worked in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector for 30 years and has been the Chief Executive of Salford CVS since 2013. Alison is chair of Salford’s Social Value Alliance and sits on a number of key board across Salford and Greater Manchester, including Salford’s Health and Wellbeing Board.
Alison’s background includes founding a successful and large social enterprise in Lancaster, Furniture Matters, which now operates across Lancashire; Alison was founder and Chief Executive for 14 years. Prior to this, Alison worked in Manchester co-operatives for over 10 years.
Previous roles in a voluntary capacity have included acting as Chair of the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester; Vice Chair of George House Trust; and Vice Chair of ICOM (national umbrella body for worker co-operatives). Alison was also a governor of Lancaster and Morecambe FE College for over 10 years.
Alison is a dynamic leader, a driving partner in the development of the Greater Manchester VCSE Devolution Reference Group which is committed to ‘eradicating inequality in a generation’s time’.
Vice-Chair from September 2017 and co-opted board member from June 2017.
Ed is a specialist in user-centred design and brings 10 years of experience across the public, charity, coop and private sectors. Using strategy and insight, digital technology and engaging learning, Ed brings together all the people needed to help organisations deliver products and services that improve lives, are sustainable and have a social impact.
Ed’s work includes being an Interim CEO of a national youth participation charity; training 550 people in one year; launching an award-winning digital service with young people; being the First Chair of Coop Young Members Board; creating a youth-centred strategy for a large, £8bn turn-over, retailer and being a co-opted Youth Advisor to the Co-op Members Council.
Treasurer and Deputy Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).
Matthew has worked at CLES since 2005 and is currently leading the organisation’s work around community wealth building, anchor institutions, and progressive procurement. Matthew is viewed as one of the leading experts on progressive procurement policy and practice in Europe. Around the topic of procurement, he has worked with over 200 local authorities in the UK; given evidence to parliamentary select committees, and is currently working in Preston and Birmingham on a long term basis to enable anchor institutions to maximise their community wealth.
Matthew is also Lead Expert for the European Funded URBACT Programme’s Procure network which is looking to progress procurement processes and practices and harness the wealth of anchor institutions across 11 cities in Europe. Matthew has additionally undertaken work in the United States looking at how cities can utilise their institutions more effectively to address local economic and social challenges.
Matthew Chairs the Greater Manchester Social Value Network (GMSVN). He has undertaken an array of work with the voluntary and community sector across Greater Manchester and is currently leading on evaluation work for the Salford Third Sector Fund Grants Programme. He has been a trustee of VSNW since 2015.
Chief Executive of Young Lancashire
Graham is VSNW’s longest standing board member and has worked in the charity sector for over 27 years at both national and local levels. During this time, Graham has secured investment in the region of £15m from agencies such as ESF, Big Lottery Fund and other grant making trusts. At Young Lancashire he has developed the organisation over the past 20 years into a trusted, effective and recognised brand across the VCSE in Lancashire. Becoming a PQASSO mentor in 2009, Graham has supported over 25 local VCSE organisations to develop their quality assurance systems, enabling many to grow and secure new funding. Graham provides presentations on topic as diverse as “Benefits of Youth Volunteering to young people in the UK” (at the Volunteer of Russia Conference, in Perm, 2016), “Cultural Charity Change – impact on outcomes via the shift from grants to contracts” (at the NVCO Conference 2016), and “Taking the Long View: measuring impact – through evidence based tools” (at North West VCSE briefing workshops in 2017).
Ex-Chair of VSNW and Director of People Dialogue and Change.
Dan is a researcher in the field of youth participation, with over 18 years’ experience working with children, young people and families in both the voluntary, public, and academic sectors. He is currently a Director of People Dialogue and Change (VSNW Associate member) and an Associate Director at the University of Central Lancashire’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation.
Prior to this, Dan worked for nine years in youth work at Youth Focus North West and Cheshire County Council. Before that, he started his career with a variety of voluntary sector and community arts organisations in Stoke-on-Trent. (Dan is adamant that Stoke is spiritually, if not technically, a northern city).
Chair of CPRE Lancashire
Nick began his career as a Probation Officer in Brixton and then worked for five different Local Authority Social Services Departments, before retiring as Director of Social Services in Sefton. Since leaving Sefton, Nick has developed particular skills in the process and practices of Governance of National and International public services (MPhil in Local Government), having worked in a number of former Soviet Union countries negotiating for and developing community services for vulnerable children and closing down huge children’s institutions. For a year, Nick was also CEO of an international children’s charity and briefly an OfSTED lay inspector.
Currently, Nick chairs the Lancashire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Crosby High School Cooperative Learning Trust. As well as being a VSNW Board member, Nick is also on the Board of Crosby Housing Association, Nature Connected (Liverpool’s Nature Partnership), Emmaus Merseyside, a social enterprise offering work and accommodation for people who are homeless, and Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership. His particular interest for the last 10 years has been the development of Nick’s local communities of Waterloo and Seaforth and, more recently, grappling with the long term implications for communities given the reduction of local public services. Nick is a director of Waterloo Town Team, a member of Crosby and Waterloo Coastal Community Team, and a member of the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens.
Nick also has 6 grandchildren who live in Preston, Stockport and New Brighton.
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