I co-founded CS in 2010 working from the kitchen table and with experience in youth work, theatre set building, teaching and what its like to be a broke single parent. Fellow founders Dom Thomas, Chris Jockel and I were introduced to Inclusion Guru Philip Douch, who gave us confidence to be led by values rather than service provision – and this still guides my choices every day.
Between funding bids and spreadsheets I am mostly and mainly pre-occupied with system change, where our beleaguered sector must have more power to create and maintain the critical function it has for people and communities. It needs to be connected and sustained as a whole ecosystem rather than a collection of functions, with fairer distribution of resources, inbuilt capacity for learning and sharing of effective practice, and more equally shared risk.
I want to see boldness and innovation, including tech solutions, in how we research and develop community led action; for better processes of decision making that help overcome inequities and allow all voices to be heard, and for coproduced inclusive evaluation that produces meaningful data that underpins how money is spent and on what.
I live in the hills of Eastcombe with two cats and a very nice fella.