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Deputy Chief Officer
I have over 21 years experience of volunteering and working in the local Voluntary and Community Sector in Cheshire West. My current role as Deputy Chief Officer at Chester Voluntary Action brings me into daily contact with our members that range from community groups and local charities through to larger regional I am passionate about the Voluntary and Community Sector, the difference it makes, the potential it has and know that in an increasingly challenging environment the role charities play in today’s society is more important than ever. I have a personal interest in charities that champion inclusion, as this where my career started as a support worker in a men’s homeless hostel in the 1990’s.and national charities. Through my work at CVA and the experience I gained as a trustee I have extensive knowledge of the local Voluntary and Community Sector both on an operational and strategic level.
Chief Executive Officer
Currently the CEO of Furness Carers based in the South West of Cumbria and I have over 22 years experience of working in the Voluntary and Community Sector. I have been in my current role since 2004 and have experience of representing at local, regional and national level in supporting the role of Carers. My drive, passion and aims are to ensure all unpaid Carers in Cumbria are able to receive appropriate high quality support with their caring role and I am able work towards this in partnership with the four other Carers organisations in the county which make up Carers Support Cumbria, together we have a strong voice and have a long and established track record in delivering successful support to the Carers of Cumbria.
Partner - Beever and Struthers
Sue has a wealth of experience, having focussed in the specialist sector areas of charities, social housing and education for over 15 years. She has worked with clients at local, regional and national levels and currently works with a number charities in the north west including; The Gaddum Centre, The Co-operative College, The Jewish History Museum, Manchester Pride, Z-Arts, Birtenshaw, The Booth Charities and Contact Theatre.
Sue is very experienced in providing support to clients for the accounting treatment under the new UK GAAP accounting regime. She enjoys providing training and sector update sessions for clients on various topics and also supporting CFG in their regional events. She has also been an independent member of the Audit Committee at a multi academy trust.
Community Development and Partnerships Manager
Scott Smith graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Masters in Science Communication. During his MSc, he created an awareness campaign for the PSP Association, a charity supporting those affected by a rare neurological condition. Scott’s campaign was launched at the Houses of Parliament which then spread across the UK and beyond. Scott now supports around 50 voluntary stroke peer-support groups from across the North West. He is also involved in creating awareness of stroke, through local and regional events. In his spare time, Scott volunteers at the PSP Association and at his village’s local Heritage Centre.
BARONESS HELEN NEWLOVE
The Victims Commissioner for England & Wales
Baroness Newlove was a community campaigner and set up Newlove Warrington after the murder of her late husband Garry Newlove who was kicked to death by a gang of youths outside the family home in 2007. The Baroness Newlove of Warrington, came to prominence in 2010. David Cameron appointed her as community champion for active and safer communities. Lady Newlove was appointed Victims’ Commissioner, in 2012.
Naomi is a translator, mediator, enabler and fixer. She is a bridge-builder. In business, bridge-builders are essential. Co-Founder of Tech North Advocates and a consultant working with tech and digital business Naomi was named in the Maserati 100 in 2015 – a definitive list of business leaders who actively support the next generation of entrepreneurs. She is also a TEDx speaker and mentor. https://www.technorthadvocates.com.
Regional Recruitment Manager (Third Sector)
Based in Manchester, Amelia supports third sector organisations across the North West to find talented, skilled people with particular specialisms around fundraising and development, marcomms and regional senior executive opportunities. Working with a wide range of charities and not-for-profits across the region from large nationals with a regional presence right through to local community, grass roots level, she has been a trusted partner of charities, Arts and heritage organisations, the Higher Education sector, environmental causes and those championing social welfare for many years. With huge energy and enthusiasm for the significant value added by the third sector, Amelia is an active fundraiser and volunteer in her spare time.
Simone Roche is founder of NorthernPowerWomen, Managing Director of Events 1st, Co-founder TEDxWhitehallWomen and Director of Women 1st. Simone is the driving force behind Northern Power Women, which will support the drive to close the economic gap between north and south and create a northern powerhouse of jobs, investment, prosperity and bright futures. Simone’s passionate about connecting people and bringing about positive change. She is the driving force behind not-for-profit initiative Women 1st, which aims to transform the face of boards in the visitor economy and support women who aspire to senior leadership roles. Her work encompasses everything from curating events such as the annual Women 1st Conference, Shine Awards and TEDxWhitehallwomen events to meeting inspirational people from across the visitor economy to promote gender diversity and support women in business.
After starting her career in the not-for-profit sector, Ruth launched RMS in her back bedroom 25 years ago. She has grown it to become one of the most highly regarded marketing agencies in the region. Working predominantly with privately-owned businesses, professional practices and household brands, Ruth’s talented teams of PR pros, designers, copywriters, digital marketers and web developers all work together to help clients thrive. Over the years, Ruth has advised several not-for-profit organisations about their marketing communications and has delivered some truly life-changing campaigns.
Connecting Charities with Businesses
30 years experience working at senior director level in a number of businesses, working with SME, 3rd sector, public limited, private and private equity ownership. I have led businesses in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia I have been a Business Coach and Mentor to a number of local SME business leaders. Currently working as a Business Connector in Cheshire East for a charity Cheshire Connect, matching skills and expertise of local businesses and professionals, kindly offered for free, with the needs of the voluntary and community sector. I have a passion to create successful and sustainable local voluntary organisations, working in partnership with local businesses.
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