Tina Barnes, Grants Manager, Seafarers UK
Tina Barnes began her role as Grants Manager at Seafarers UK in June 2017. Since that time she has made a significant contribution to the development of evidence based grant-making to support the health, safety and welfare needs of the UK’s Fishing Fleet through her work on the ‘Fishing For a Future’ research report.
Tina began her career in the civil service as a credit union regulator. Her support for credit unions as local mutual financial services caused her to cross over from regulation into a policy and advocacy role at the Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL) and then onto a similar role at the World Council of Credit Unions in the USA.
After credit unions, Tina moved into money advice. As Citizens Advice’s national Financial Inclusion Fund Programme Manager she led an annual £18m Government funded programme aimed at improving access to free debt advice in England and Wales.
Prior to joining Seafarers UK held a grant-making role at Macmillan Cancer Support where she led a team of caseworkers to process more than 700 individual grant awards every week.
Simon Bottery, Kings Fund
Before joining The King’s Fund in September 2017, Simon spent almost 10 years as Director of Policy at the older people’s charity Independent Age, researching and campaigning on issues including care home quality, unmet needs for care, social care funding and the social care workforce. He was vice-chair of the Care and Support Alliance in 2017.
Simon has wide experience in policy, communications and journalism, including as Director of Communications at Citizens Advice. He has also worked for ActionAid, in the commercial sector for Guinness and in BBC local radio.
Ben Collins, Director of Services, Relate
Ben Collins joined the relationships charity Relate in February 2017. As Director of Services, he holds responsibility for national standards across its adult, young people and family services; for service development; and for practitioner development and training. Prior to joining Relate, and having qualified as a social worker in the early 1990’s, Ben has held leadership roles in policy, commissioning and service development, working within both local authorities and a number of national charities. He has specialist knowledge in relationships, user engagement, safeguarding, complex needs, mental health and young people at risk.
Graham Hockley, Maritime Charities Group (Chairman)
The Maritime Charities Group (MCG) has appointed Commander Graham Hockley RN as its new Chairman upon the retirement of Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN.
Commander Hockley was elected to this new role on 30 April, which he will continue as an independent after his retirement from his position as Secretary to the Corporation of Trinity House later this year. At Trinity House he oversees the management of Trinity House’s two charities—the Corporate Charity and the much-larger Maritime Charity—and the diverse fraternity of men and women from across the maritime sector that comprises the Corporation.
The MCG—established in 2003—exists to identify gaps in maritime charitable grants and maximise the use and impact of the resources available to maritime charities, by encouraging best practice, sharing information on grant applications and funding, promoting the harmonisation of grant-making procedures and jointly funding projects and research that will create an overall benefit for maritime charities and their beneficiaries.
One example of the group’s recent successes has been the commissioning and publication in 2017 of the Navigating Change report, a review of the UK maritime welfare charity sector; the report presents the key findings of a major research project reviewing the needs and demographics of UK maritime beneficiaries and the support offered by the UK maritime welfare charity sector. The report covers the ups and downs of the period 2005-15 and looks to future challenges through to 2050.
Mick Howarth, Welfare Manager, Nautilus Welfare Fund
Mick has been the Welfare Manager at Mariners’ Park in Wallasey for over 7 years. Prior to this he had a career working in Adult Social Services, specialising in developing accommodation and services for older and disabled persons. After a degree in Economics and Social Policy, his career started in Rochdale, where he was seconded to complete his Social Work qualification and an M.A. in Social Work. His last role was Assistant Director for Adult Social Care with Cheshire West and Chester Council, where he led the development of the Council’s Extra Care Housing strategy. He has co-authored two Case Studies for the Housing LIN, one describing the development of the Trinity House Hub at Mariners’ Park. He is also co-author of a Social Work Best Practice Guide. Outside of work Mick is a lifelong Wigan Athletics supporter so he well knows about life’s ups…..and downs !
Dr. Paul A Jones, Liverpool John Moores
Dr. Paul A Jones is a Reader in the Social Economy and he heads up the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion (RUFI) in the Faculty of Education, Health and Community at Liverpool John Moores University. RUFI undertakes academic, action and evaluative research in a wide range of areas related to the development of financial services for lower and moderate-income households, money and debt advice and credit union development. He has published widely in the field of financial inclusion and credit union development and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences in the field of the social economy.
Deborah Layde, Grants Director, Seafarers UK
As Grants Director at Seafarers UK, a charity that helps people in the maritime community by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families, I have focused on need which last June resulted in the publication of our Fishing for a Future research and recommendations. This was backed up by events attended by Fisheries Minister George Eustice MP; Dept. of Transport; fishing industry bodies; fishermen, small and large-scale; funders and of course key partner Fishermen’s Mission. I am passionate about collaboration and learning from those who directly support our seafarers in order to ensure that our grants, large and small, have maximum impact.
My previous charity work includes operations and fundraising at Media Trust, Small Charities Coalition, Work Foundation and UK Youth. Until 2017 I was Chairman of Eleanor Palmer Trust, an organisation founded in 1558 which currently provides 72 sheltered housing units and a 32 place care home in North London. In the private sector I worked for 9 years as a main board and operations director of a successful employee owned childcare business (46 sites in my time) implementing performance related pay for our 1,500 staff. In my first job I worked directly for design guru Sir Terence Conran and worked directly for him for 8+ years – inc the initial development of Butler’s Wharf, adjacent to Tower Bridge, from a former P&O warehousing site to a mixture of commercial, residential, retail and museum developments.
I am passionate about the voluntary sector and love to network to learn, develop, grow and link people together. My Father was a Captain in the RN; my Mother is Cornish born and bred and her cousins were either fishers or RNLI volunteers (Penlee’s Solomon Browne) so my links to the sea, and all who work on her, are strong and steeped in disaster.
Mandy Lindley, Director of Relationships and Funding, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
Mandy Lindley was appointed as Director of Relationships and Funding at The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in August 2015 and is tasked in leading a comprehensive understanding of need, demonstrating impact and achieving world class grant making for the RNRMC.
Her previous role was with Portsmouth City Council as the Third Sector Partnerships and Commissioning Manager as well as Senior Programme Manager commissioning services for health and social care. Her role aim was to promote a vibrant and sustainable voluntary and community sector and to provide leadership for the Third Sector agenda for the city which included working with Ministers and Central government departments.
Mandy also served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service before moving to the Voluntary and Community Sector with 15 years’ experience of working with volunteers in the field of children and families support.
Professor Keith Moultrie, Director, IPC
Keith has led the IPC team as director since 2008. He has many years’ experience of leading organisational development, evaluation, service improvement and implementation projects, as well as management and practice in the public, not-for-profit and independent sectors.
Since joining IPC in 1998, Keith has undertaken a wide range of projects. Most recently, he has worked directly with the Department of Health and the Department for Education, the Welsh Government, the Care Quality Commission, the Scottish Joint Improvement Team, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales plus many local public and independent health and care organisations across the UK.
Keith has written a large number of papers, articles and reports. His particular interests include how commissioning, partnership, quality and performance improvement can enhance the quality, relevance and effectiveness of public care provision.
Patrick Nash, Enterprise Values
I accidentally stumbled into social enterprise aged 22 and have been at it for 40 years. I have started up 12 organisations working in vegetarian food, renewable energy, mental health, education and most recently the UK’s largest provider of charity helplines. Successes include building Scotland’s first eco-village, creating the UK’s first national counselling service for schoolteachers and bringing together some of the largest armed forces charities to create the Veterans Gateway.
Frustrated by working for charities dependent and grants and major gifts, I have spent the last 20 years working with charities to create successful, profitable enterprises that deliver services to people facing challenging circumstances including poverty, debt, mental ill health and more. I am passionate about the vital role that business and enterprise can play in solving big problems including inequality, mental ill health and the climate emergency.
These days I work with organisations, often charities, who want to transform from ‘not for profit’ into ‘not for loss’. I teach social enterprise; coach leaders, help organisations set up new products and services; secure customers, funds and investment and more.
Cordelia Osewa-Ediae, Green Park
Cordelia is a Senior Consultant at Green Park’s Diversity and Inclusion Practice. Her role involves working with a portfolio of clients from all sectors so they are better placed to develop and embed inclusive strategies and policies.
An Adaptive Leadership consultant, she is a member of Harvard’s global Adaptive Leadership Network. She has designed and led the delivery of leadership development programmes for the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the National Grid and the University of Greenwich. The pilot she developed for the MPS saw 80% of attendees achieving promotion upon programme completion.
Cordelia is a Clore Social Fellow and her Fellowship research report highlighted the role workplace inclusivity plays in enabling social integration. In the past, she has acted as an adviser to the London Metropolitan Police’s ‘Police Now’ programme and the University of Greenwich’s ‘Brighter Futures’ campaign.
Her previous roles have also included successfully leading a nationwide strategic review project at the UK’s largest children’s charity, the NSPCC. As Operations Director at a youth charity, she led over 150 responsible business initiatives involving seven UK universities and a wide range of organisations including Standard Chartered Bank, Cabinet Office, Barclaycard, EY, PWC, Lloyds Register and State Street Global Services.
Cordelia is an accredited Action Learning Facilitator and possesses an ILM development award in Social Return on Investment. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA).
Clare Scherer, Director, RN&RM Children’s Fund
After a career as a Lighting Engineer in the Theatre I moved to the Charity Sector in 2004.
In 2005 I was approached by Julie Stokes, Clinical Psychologist and Founder and The Duchess of Richmond & Gordon, President of the child bereavement charity Winston’s Wish. They wanted me to help raise the funds to open a West Sussex branch of the charity. Winston’s Wish is a Charity for bereaved children founded in 1992 and was at that time offering direct support to families in Gloucestershire with National reach through its helpline. West Sussex health professionals, social services and other providers had identified a clear need within the County for support and thus the second County branch was formed. We were successful in opening the West Sussex branch and I became General Manager of Winston’s Wish in West Sussex, a member of the Senior Management Team of Winston’s Wish and Head of Major Donor Fundraising nationally.
Until 2014 I was also a consultant to many other charities (including the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund) helping them to develop their strategic plans particularly, in the case of smaller charities, with regard to their fundraising strategies.
In 2014 I joined the full time staff at the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund as the Assistant Director and in May 2018 I was appointed as the new Director and, having developed and consolidated the team, I am now, together with the Trustees, carrying out a Strategic Review of the Children’s Fund.
Dr Catherine Walker, The Researchery
Dr Cat Walker has worked in the UK voluntary sector for the last 20 years, from running small community organisations to working with two of the leading infrastructure bodies in the sector: Charities Aid Foundation where Cat was Head of Research from 1999-2006, and Directory of Social Change where Cat was Head of STEAM (Sector Trends Evidence Analysis & Metrics 2010-2015). In between these roles Cat has worked as a freelance consultant furthering the collective body of knowledge which the voluntary sector relies on to make effective decisions for future best practice. She is also an experienced and involved Trustee of a number of charitable organisations.
Cat is an outstanding and experienced freelance researcher with particular expertise in the funding environment for the UK voluntary sector. She is passionate about evidence-led social change for a better society.
Lysanne Wilson, Merchant Navy Welfare Board
Whilst teaching English in a girls’ school in Kenya in the early 80s as a VSO volunteer, Lysanne decided to change the direction of her life and follow the career she wanted rather than using her French and German degree to get a job. She trained as a physiotherapist at Guys Hospital, specialising early on in Paediatrics. She then spent several years working in the community and hospitals in South London, as well as overseas in developing countries.
Frustration at the lack of ability to make meaningful changes in service provision led her into managing and developing health and wellbeing services, which she did for many years in London and again in developing countries. During this time Lysanne led, delivered, transformed and reviewed a variety of services both adult and children’s, in several settings, including acute, community, Public Health and GP practices.
Having been made redundant during the Lansley reforms, Lysanne decided to work in the voluntary sector, having had experience during her work overseas of both large international and smaller local charities. Four years at YoungMinds followed, joining Seafarers Hospital Society in August 2017.
Lysanne has always been committed to reducing inequalities by improving the life chances and health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society, whether they be living in remote villages in Uganda, fishermen in the UK or disabled children in Southwark or Palestine. She knows this is only possible by working collaboratively across organisational boundaries, putting the needs of the beneficiaries at the centre of what she does.
Julia Whyard, Senior Consultant
Julia brings extensive experience of working in business planning and development roles across the public, voluntary and commercial sectors including an NHS foundation trust, a social sciences institute and a European network of financial advisors.
After working as consultancy projects manager at Oxford Brookes University – where she developed and supported significant changes in knowledge transfer activities – Julia joined IPC in 2006. She has led and delivered a range of projects across adults’ services including the development of integrated locality teams to support vulnerable older people at risk of hospital admission, workforce development programmes to facilitate cultural change, reviews of quality assurance arrangements, and tools for national residential care providers.
Julia’s particular interests lie in training and support to enable practitioners to overcome the everyday challenges of working across traditional professional and organisational boundaries. She is skilled at developing robust quality assurance arrangements in the care of vulnerable older people, reducing complexity and duplication, and thus giving staff more time to provide compassionate care.
Jan Williams, The Silver Line
Jan Williams has had extensive experience in the charity sector, with a career spanning the past 25 years driving forward several causes which exist to support older people. Having initially worked as a regional fundraiser for Help the Aged she went onto become National Development Manager for the organisation’s community alarm service. Jan then moved onto a role at Age UK, operating its national corporate volunteer telephone befriending service.
Jan has since joined The Silver Line, the UK’s only 24/7 confidential helpline, for older people suffering from loneliness and social isolation, where she spearheads its Group Telephone Friendship Service. Managing regular conference call groups on behalf of Seafarers UK, the RAF Benevolent Fund and other organisations to ensure that older people are less lonely and isolated throughout the UK.
Prior to working in the charity sector, Jan had a successful career in HR.
Penny Wilson, CEO, Getting on Board
Penny Wilson is CEO of trustee recruitment charity, Getting on Board. Penny started her career at the Association of Charity Shops and Barnet Voluntary Service Council. She then became Head of Community Affairs at the University of Cambridge where she oversaw large public events like the Cambridge Science Festival, promoted volunteering by students and staff and ran a grant-making scheme for local charities. More recently, she was Director of Partnerships for The Brilliant Club and CEO of disability charity, Styleability. At Getting on Board, she works with large companies and government departments to support their staff to become trustees, and with charities to recruit trustees more effectively. She has been a trustee of several charities herself, currently of The National Migraine Centre and Cambridge Student Community Action.
Dr Aideen Young, Evidence Manager, Centre for Ageing Better
Aideen Young is an Evidence Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, a position she has held since 2016, on completion of a Masters degree in Ageing and Society from King’s College London. At Ageing Better, she has worked on the Strength and Balance programme of work as well as Transitions in Later Life and the Mid-life MOT. She has written on the barriers and enablers of community contributions and about attitudes to ageing using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. She is currently managing a research project concerned with getting older carers back into work and is researching age-related conditions with a view to developing Ageing Better’s programme of work on healthy ageing. In her previous life, she worked as a protein crystallographer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine following a PhD in Chemistry from New York University. She solved the structure of several MHC Class I molecules involved in the immune response. She has also worked as a medical publications professional, in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, deep vein thrombosis, smoking cessation and Parkinson’s disease, for several major pharmaceutical companies.
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