Previous work: Folasade has over 5 years of frontline expertise working with marginalised communities across homelessness, advice and mental health projects. As an alumnus of TenYearsTime’s 2027 scheme, Folasade’s experience in grant making has centred around championing lived experience within the sector, engaging with grass roots organisations and local charitable trusts and foundations.
Other interests: Folasade is also passionate about mental health and is currently study a diploma in counselling skills.
Other Interests: David is co-director of S2LR Ltd, a consultancy specialising in strategic social action and philanthropy. When not working, he enjoys walking the dog on the beach and the moors, reading, cricket, art, theatre, jazz (and other music), eating, cooking & helping make a difference in his local community. He is Chair of Local Trust, a trustee of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in his adopted home town of Scarborough, a trustee of CaVCA, the community development agency for the east of North Yorkshire, and of Toynbee Hall in East London.
Gilly is a Trustee of Rosa, the UK’s only Women’s Fund and is a founding trustee of Tonic Living – a fresh approach to older LGBT housing and care. Gilly was awarded an OBE for services to tackling Domestic Violence in 2007. She has a particular interest in refugees and migration and is a long-time foster parent to an unaccompanied minor from east Africa.
Since 2011, Heather has been working as a freelance consultant and facilitator with housing associations, supported housing, and community-based organisations, as well as charitable trusts and foundations. She undertakes evaluations, provides interim management and advises on and facilitates organisational change and strategic development. Recent assignments have included: interim chief executive at the Building and Social Housing Foundation (now World Habitat); supporting the merger of LIFT and Crisis to form Crisis Brent; and interim management of economic justice and migration programmes at Barrow Cadbury Trust.
Previous work: As a former chartered accountant, Chris has worked in the charity sector in both financial and general management roles. He also has experience working for grant-making trusts, which includes leading the Racing Foundation in its formative years. He has a Masters degree in Voluntary and Community Sector Studies from Birkbeck, University of London.
Other interests: Chris is currently undertaking a PhD on volunteering in sport.
Visiting Research Fellow
Previous work: Marilyn has been carrying out research in the voluntary sector for many years, first from within the sector at the Community Development Foundation and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and then, until 2009, as an academic at the Universities of Bristol, Brighton and the West of England. Publications include “Public Policy in the Community” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and (with Alison Gilchrist) “The Short Guide to Community Development”, now revised for a second edition with Policy Press (2016).
Other interests: Marilyn is a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also Chair of the Research Advisory Group for NCVO, serves on the Editorial Boards of the Community Development Journal and Voluntas, and is a trustee of Involve.
Previous work: Richard’s experience in a range of senior roles within national and local voluntary sector organisations informs his practical and problem-solving based approach to research. His professional experience is underpinned by an MA in Anthropology of Development, an international perspective that informs his work and interest in sustainable development.
Other interests: Since 2008, his work as an independent consultant and Director of Just Ideas Sustainable Solutions Ltd. has focused on research and evaluation in the voluntary sector particularly examining outcomes frameworks for community organisations, formative evaluation processes and participatory approaches to evaluation and learning.
Previous work: Over the past seven years, she has carried out primary research and literature reviews to support work on community assets, collaboration, capacity building and social investment as well as the governance of small organisations.
Other interests: Rebecca is currently undertaking a review for a regional third sector infrastructure organisation about the way they collect and make best use of data. She also volunteers for a children’s charity, helping to organise monthly, running-based activities that inspire healthier, happier and more confident children.
Previous work: She has worked in the voluntary sector since 1998. Previously Miranda was Associate Director and Head of Qualitative Research at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) thinktank, where she led work on understanding public attitudes to policy change and was head of IPPR’s flagship programme on the role of government and public behaviour change. Miranda published widely at IPPR and as media spokesperson regularly appeared on most news channels. Before IPPR, Miranda worked in Voluntary Service Overseas’ advocacy team for several years, working on policy and campaigns on HIV.
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