Our Chair has had three distinct and very different phases to his career segments commencing with fourteen years in the RAF as an Air Traffic Controller (1972 to 1986) followed by a sixteen year stint in the commercial sector (1987 to 2003) at senior level across many changing business sectors including time as a Chief Executive Officer followed by thirteen (and still counting) years in the UK public sector initially as a Senior Civil Servant in HM Treasury and latterly as a NHS Director both substantively and as a self employed contractor.
Faz is an experienced management accountant. His skills include: leading and developing group reporting, cost analysis, improving management information and has strong systems and technical knowledge across budgeting, forecasting and accounts consolidation. Following a strong career within the Financial Services sector, and having taken a work sabbatical, he has acted as a Business Mentor to a variety of commercial start-ups and voluntary causes.
Former Head of Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission with particular interest in health and social care, local government and participation. Previously she managed special projects at the Disability Rights Commission and prior to this directed RNIB post-16 education and employment services. Emily has held various trustee roles, including President of the National Federation of the Blind, and ran as parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Sutton and Cheam at the 2015 General Election.
IT Director for Barclays Bank with 23 years of business and technology experience across Finance, Healthcare and Consultancy. Darren has worked in a variety of technology leadership roles for Barclays, IBM, PwC, Misys and the NHS and has spent time working in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is based in Cheshire where he is also a passionate supporter of technology entrepreneurs and building the northern technology ecosystem. With loneliness and social isolation increasing in society, Darren is interested in how technology is a contributing factor, but could also provide solutions to help address.
Felicity is a founder of an executive coaching business. Previously, she has been a coach and senior manager at Sainsburys Supermarket Ltd. Her skills include business performance and leadership coaching, creating and delivering change programmes, strategic thinking and project delivery. In 2017, she completed a MSc in Organisational Development at Metanoia Institute, using her dissertation project to explore the interconnection of the quality of our working relationships with performance, growth and well-being.
David has been working with marginalised communities throughout his career and it is this which drew him to the position of trustee at Community Network. He has worked on neighbourhood regeneration programmes leading on community development work to galvanise individuals who traditionally are not represented in decisions. He is a fundraising, sustainability and business planning consultant specialising in supporting community/voluntary groups to address social deprivation. Recently he has designed major innovation programmes to meet challenges associated with ageing – including those tackling social isolation.
Michael trained as a GP and worked in the NHS as a partner for 15 years in Ascot, Berkshire. Formed General Medical Clinics PLC, which provided open access primary care to employees, free at the point of need and paid for by the employer. Expanded the business to provide 10 clinics across London before being sold to HCA, an American healthcare group. Having returned to live on a farm in Lancashire, worked as a locum NHS GP for a variety of practices in the area and was Clinical Lead for Emergency Planning at East Lancashire Primary Care Trust. Currently exploring LIveChat technology as a way of helping ease the NHS recruitment problems and improve access for patients.
Beth manages Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF’s) grant programme for small charities aimed at improving their resilience and increasing the number of donors giving to charities for this purpose.
Originally from a corporate background, Beth has held responsibility for governance and process within a charity, and led on the development and implementation of a quality assurance programme for voluntary organisations aimed at improving their organisational effectiveness and the quality of their youth participation.
Sara works as an HR Manager, heading up the generalist HR team at Hotel Chocolat. Her career to date has allowed her great exposure to a variety of people, resources and best practice, and taken her through various HR roles across three very different organisations; Sainsbury’s as a large corporate environment, NHBC, a smaller, non-profit distributing organisation, and finally Hotel Chocolat – an owner led, commercially focussed business.