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.
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.
Director of Dave Packwood Consultancy
Dave has worked within the voluntary sector for nearly 30 years, with positions in small local voluntary organisations, regional organisations and large national charities. He has a BA and MA in Youth Work as well as a Diploma in Management Studies and is a qualified Performance Coach. Dave also held the role of the Chief Executive of Youth Federation Cheshire for 12 years, growing that organisation from four staff and a £100,000 turnover to 36 staff and a £1.2 million turnover. Since 2011, Dave has worked part-time for Barnardo’s as their Business Development Manager specialising in consortia and partnership development. In 2011, he set up Dave Packwood Consultancy Limited and has provided management consultancy, training and organisational development for a wide range of clients including UK Youth, NCVO, NCB, NCVYS, NYA, MACC and a number of Manchester-based organisations and charities, as well as acting as grant assessor for Children in Need and Cheshire Community Foundation. Dave has attended the Foundry Church Widnes for 12 years and has been a member of the leadership team, a trustee and the Safeguarding Lead.
Chief Executive at Halton and St Helens VCA
Sally is currently a Board member at the Saints Community Development Foundation, VOLA, the VCSE sector learning alliance for the Liverpool City Region, Vice-Chair of VS6 the Liverpool City Region VCSE sector partnership and is a Non-Executive Director at Bridgewater Community NHS Foundation Trust. She is an Institute of Directors (IOD) certified Company Director and a Local Government Improvement and Development Accredited Partnership Peer. Halton and St Helens VCA is the local support and development organisation providing advice, information, support and practical services to charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in St Helens and Halton. It offers such support to help create a strong local civil society sector that makes a positive difference in the lives of local people and communities. Since the merger VCA is now connected with more than 2500 groups, charities and organisation in the two boroughs.
You can view our accounts for year ending March 2018 here.