Trustee – Vice Chair
“I have been involved in youth work and community development for about 40 years – initially in and around Manchester then in Plymouth and the South West since the 1990s. After qualifying as a youth and community worker I worked in Runcorn New Town, then Rochdale and Manchester local authorities. I moved to Plymouth to work as a lecturer on the youth and community work courses at Marjon, then as Principal Youth Officer in Plymouth once the city became a unitary authority.
I ran the Regional Youth Work Unit at Learning South West from 2003 to 2016, based in Taunton and supporting youth work in voluntary, public and social enterprises across the wider South West and providing training, networks of practice and impact evaluations. We also co-ordinated UK Youth Parliament across the region and helped public bodies find ways to support young people to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives.
Now semi-retired but still engaged in youth and community work, I co-ordinate the South West Youth Impact Network, working with Centre for Youth Impact to develop skills in impact and outcomes measurement in the youth and community sector. My recent work in this area includes training organisations on developing their ‘theory of change’ and supporting them to design effective evaluation frameworks.
I live in Plymouth and want to rebuild my links with community-based organisations in the city. I’ve always been interested in the concept of time-banking and look forward to working with TimeBank South West as a Trustee”.