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Reaching People Mission Statement
“To improve the circumstances and quality of life for people, especially those who are most disadvantaged and/or have health problems, by working in partnership to deliver innovative solutions to support them to make confident choices, form positive relationships and reach their full potential.”
Gaynor is a highly experienced not for profit leader with a proven track record of managing and supporting people, teams and organisations to create, shape and deliver change projects and programmes. Gaynor has worked in charities for over 30 years, principally working with young people in a range of sectors; in youth homelessness with Centrepoint as Hostel Manager and Alone in London as Deputy Director, Learning disability with Macintyre Care Residential School as Interim Director, Parenting with Parentline Plus and in Mental Health with Young Minds as Director of Participation.
Gaynor was the CEO of Alone in London and set up the first homeless family mediation service in the country in 2000. After 10 years she led on the merger with a larger national charity that secured the advice and counselling service for young Homeless people.
She returned home to Leicester to be a full time carer and then secured the CEO position at Apex Works in 2010.
Gaynor extended the Support, Learning and Job offer of Apex to include projects that work with Homeless people and those with a Learning Disability. She consulted with service users to choose the right 6 job sectors for them and practise labs were set up that enable service users to practice, learn, gain skills and experiences that would lead to a more fulfilled, healthy and ideally happier life.
Sadly, due to funding restrictions, Apex closed its operations on 31st Dec 2015.
Gaynor has been a Trustee for a range of organisations over the years including: Connections at St Martin’s, the Homeless Network, Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance and Cardboard Citizens. Gaynor is the Vice chair of Centra care and support charity in London and is Chair of Reaching People in an independent capacity.
Dave Ahlquist– Business Development Manager, Tower Hamlets Community Transport
Peter Davey – Chief Officer The Bridge
Peter’s work in the not for profit sector spans many years during which time he has undertaken work for a diverse range of organisations including Greenpeace, the RNLI (Lifeboats) and Citizens Advice. He has worked in the advice sector for over 20 years and has been Chief Officer at The Bridge for 15 years.
Peter has a strong track record for collaborative working and has been involved in developing a number of high performing partnerships across Leicestershire and the sub region. He describes himself as being a “joiner upper” and likes to think and work strategically whilst empowering his team to deliver high quality services for the most disadvantaged in society. He has a passion for social justice and is driven to making a difference to individual lives and communities.
Kathryn Burgess – Executive Director, CALS
I have been involved in the field of social welfare law advice since 1980, during which time I have worked as an adviser, supervisor and manager, before taking on my current position as Executive Director in 2000. I am a Trustee of Advice UK, the co-ordinating body for independent advice providers in the UK.
I have always looked for new opportunities and our organisation was the first not-for-profit agency in Leicester/Leicestershire to contract with the Legal Services Commission; I lead the successful bid for the East Midlands Money Advice Partnership, which has 25 delivery partners across the region and for which CALS is the lead agency managing an annual budget of almost £3m. CALS has established a Community Interest Company to support its long-term sustainability as a free social welfare law advice provider.
I enjoy identifying and pursuing opportunities for the development and improvement of social welfare law advice services, and passionately believe in the role of the not-for-profit sector in delivering these services. Recent changes within the sector involving partnership and collaborative working with other providers covering a range of areas of work is new, innovative and exciting, which is why I believe in Reaching People’s potential to make a difference. Even after so many years in this field, my enthusiasm remains.
Tony Cusack – Emerald Centre
Peter Davey – the Bridge
Amanda Hack – Independent
Miriam has over 30 years working in the engineering sector for major multi- national companies including Dunlop, Hunting Plc and BBA Plc – achieving positions as Commercial Director, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer.
Miriam also has a long record with the charitable sector with15 years experience as a non-executive director for a variety of charities; in health, supporting adults with learning disabilities, credit union etc. The largest of these charities has a turnover of £55m.
She was recently elected to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, taking on duties including Finance portfolio holder, ICT and children’s services.
Joanna Fleetwood-Smith – the Y
Joanna is a dynamic, highly skilled and experienced professional manager and leader, having managed and developed a number of community based organisations and services across the cultural, education and young person’s sectors in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and the South East Wales region. Joanna is grounded in, and passionate about, the importance of developing good quality practice and sustainable business models within the Voluntary and Community Sector that strive to increase the life chances of our young people and their communities. Joanna is someone who likes to inspire change and innovative development by encouraging and empowering teams; this has resulted in many years of influencing policy, risk management and managing effective change processes.
On a personal level Joanna is a keen advocate of the arts and creative sector, alongside having a passion for all things outdoorsy and making novelty celebration cakes!
Sujata Sabharwal – Giving World
As an experienced and proven social entrepreneur Sujata has a successful track record of creating social impact through innovation and persistence. Along with her sister Rama, Sujata has established and run a successful charity for the past 14 years, along the way establishing projects, securing major national revenue streams (Lottery and Dept of Health), building partnerships and creating continuous social impact.
With her ability to innovate, develop new ideas and make things happen, Sujata focuses on delivery assembling and motivating teams towards common social objectives.
Along with Rama, Sujata won a Leicester First Leadership Award in 2009; Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Award (2009); were finalists in the Guardian Charity Awards (2009); Unltd Social Entrepeneur Award (2010); Commended by the Beacon Fellowship (2010); and winner of a Santander SEDA Catalyst Award (2015).
She is a member of the University of Leicester, School of Management’s External Advisory Board
Angie Wright – b-inspired
Angie Wright has been the Chief Officer at b inspired since 2012.
b inspired is a Community Business in Leicester; a charity with a wholly owned trading company that is the successor body to the highly successful regeneration programme “New Deal for Braunstone” (2000 to 2010). With a large asset base (of £2.5 million, trading primarily in commercial and residential letting) b inspired is a growing business, expanding its range of training, apprenticeship and employment services to provide even more social return and impact to its local community.
Previously, Angie has been a Programme Manager on large scale regeneration programmes in Leicester including New Deal for Communities, Sure Start, Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative and Children’s Centres. Angie also worked in Local Government for 14 years managing grant programmes including e.g:
Angie graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Communications .In her spare time she enjoys cooking, dog-walking and playing the Ukulele!
Jenny Hand – LASS/Well for Living
I began my dedicated role as CEO of Reaching People in July 2017, having previously held this position one day a week under a management contract with LASS (Leicestershire Aids Support Services), alongside my role as CEO of LASS.
I have a long track record of supporting and developing partnerships, setting up CEO support networks and leading on partnership and consortia bids.
I am committed to continuous improvement across the voluntary sector and in managing change to make a difference. I intend to continue to be a lead Ambassador for Reaching People and to raising our profile, promoting the value of partnership membership with and on behalf of others. I truly believe that this can and will make a difference to all of our current and future service users across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
I have an active interest in social policy, equality, partnership, leadership and management of change. I am an active member on many local and regional boards/groups and until recently was a regional member of the NCVO Assembly and Chair of One East midlands Health steering group.
Away from work, I am on the Board of Leicester Symphony Orchestra – where I spend some of my spare time playing the cello.
Reaching People aims to facilitate the joint delivery by its members of contract, business and funding opportunities. We have developed strong working relationships with strategic partner organisations based across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and have delivered some very successful contracts:
2013 – June 2016 Six Reaching People member organisations came together to deliver comprehensive advice and guidance support to service users recovering from drug and/or alcohol use as part of the Leicester Recovery Partnership programme.
2013 – late 2016 Reaching People members were key deliverers of the Moneywise programme, making financial expertise more accessible to those in need.
The new Moneywise Plus programme, delivered from October 2016, builds on the success of Moneywise and now assists people not just with financial advice and information but also in becoming more confident with using digital technology to help with money management and job search.
The Board of Trustees is working with members to build on the framework of existing contracts to bring their wide expertise and knowledge to help more people across the city, county and Rutland.