Reaching People – Board Members
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Gaynor is a highly experienced not for profit leader with a 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 carer for her Mum. She then become CEO at Apex Works, where she 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. Gaynor is now MD of mindfulness community intreat company. She teaches mindfulness practices to a wider range of people; is a mindfulness coach for senior and emerging leaders and advises on mindful change management projects mainly within the Charitable sector.
Gaynor has been a Trustee for a range of organisations over the years including: Connections at St Martin’s, Homeless Network, Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance and Cardboard Citizens. For 9 years Gaynor was Vice Chair of Centra care and support . She was co-founder of Reaching People and is now their independent Chair.
CEO Eric Waweru
Bio to follow shortly.
Business Development Manager, Locality UK (Independent Trustee)
Dave had an involvement as a member in the early days of Reaching People and now sits as an independent trustee. With over 15 years’ experience in the social enterprise and charity sectors, he has led on the setting up and leadership of two social enterprises and on organisational change programmes for two more. He has provided business support to organisations and individuals notably through posts with UnLtd and Community Action Network (CAN) and across several volunteer roles. He is able to draw on this combination of ‘hands on’ and advisory experience in his current main role as a Development Manager for Locality UK.
Emerald Centre (Member Trustee)
Tony has worked as a professional youth and Community development worker in the voluntary sector with more than 30 years of experience, managing community programmes working with all age ranges. Tony also has a level 5 Management Leadership qualification and has worked for the last 12 years managing the Emerald Centre and its successes.
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.
Mandy (Wardle) Wardle-McLeish
Chief Executive of the Community Health and Learning Foundation.
Mandy is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a registered Specialist in Public Health with nearly 30 years of experience in Public Health gained in local authorities, the NHS and now in the voluntary community and social enterprise sector (VCSE). She has worked at local, regional and national levels with a particular interest in reducing health inequalities .She is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Public health and the RSA.
Mandy took over as CEO of the Community Health and Learning Foundation in 2017. CHLF works to reduce health inequalities by working to Improve the health literacy of the health and care system and to empower people to protect and improve their own health and wellbeing.
CHLF develop and provide provide consultancy, resources and training for organisations, professionals, and community development programmes for communities.
Tracey has extensive experience as a strategic, operational and development manager with experience of successfully coordinating and managing the activities of various departmental teams within the public library service ensuring that the service was delivered in line with that expected of a statutory public service.
By working in close partnership with the voluntary sector and trustees Tracey has played a key role in ensuring the successful transfer of a significant proportion of the county libraries in to voluntary sector.
Tracey has also been successful developing external partnerships and attracting external funding to support the introduction of work clubs into the Library service ensuring accessibility to job searching for all unemployed people within the county
Susan is the CEO of Vista; a local, independent charity providing advice, support and care to people affected by sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
After around 20 years working with and in the NHS, mostly commissioning local and community services, Susan did a short stint in the private sector in a role she describes as ‘translating for the NHS’ and then worked at the Department of Health before realising that the real magic happens in the third sector.
Having worked her way all round the table, Susan believes that working together effectively, bringing people together around common needs and goals, achieves genuine and lasting change and it is this that has kept her in the Charity sector ever since. Like all good CEOs, Susan knows she has to have an odd hobby or interest so she flies kites with an international display team that has taken her to fields and beaches around the world!
Eric is the Chief Executive of the Centre Project a local charity that supports vulnerable and socially isolated people in Leicester. He has over 18 years of working in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) sector and has been a trustee/director in several organisations, including serving as the Co-Chair of Leicester and Leicestershire Citizens and the current chair of One Roof Leicester a charity that provides accommodation, support and advice to people who are homeless, destitute refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerably housed in Leicester.
A qualified accountant Eric left the private sector in 2003 to join the voluntary sector. He is still passionate about charity accounting and holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting and Financial Management (DChA) and MSc in Voluntary Sector Management.
Eric is delighted to be joining the board of Trustees of Reaching People, and relish the opportunity to be a part of such a dynamic organisation and hopes he can utilise his knowledge and experience to support the local VCSE in Leicester and Leicestershire.