AnthonyChief Executive
Anthony is the Chief Executive at Participate and has fifteen years’ experience of supporting social ventures through direct support and engagement of the private sector. He has strong local and national peer networks and a track record of partnership working and dissemination of best practice in this field. Anthony has worked directly with hundreds of new and growing enterprises and has established award winning support programmes.
GemmaBusiness Manager
Gemma is Business Manager at Participate and has extensive experience of working in community development, business development and economic development roles. Gemma is responsible for project development, fundraising, bid writing, organisational policy and procedure and contract management. She has twelve years project management, fundraising and procurement experience and is a PRINCE2 practitioner.
RachelEnterprise Coach & Team Co-ordintor
Rachel is an Enterprise Coach and business for good team co-ordinator in the Business for Good team. Rachel has a strong background in supporting and empowering people to achieve in life and business. Rachel has experience of setting up business incubation space, delivering business support and developing high profile engagement activities.
LukeBusiness Engagement Lead
Luke is our Business Engagement Lead. He is responsible for the delivery of our Good Team Building volunteering days and engaging new businesses, new community groups and new volunteers. He has over 11 years’ experience of working in the community and creating the right atmosphere for social action to take place.
JillYouth Social Venture Co-Ordinator
Jill is our Youth Social Venture Co-ordinator and is responsible for the development and delivery of our youth citizenship programme. The programme supports primary school children to develop their own ideas for social change. Jill is a former primary school teacher and has experience of setting up a successful social venture to address a need she identified in her own community.
WajSenior Enterprise Coach
Waj is our Senior Enterprise Coach. He provides a positive and enthusiastic approach to enterprise coaching. He works with local entrepreneurs to inspire them to fulfil their business goals. Waj is lead coach for the Business for Good West Yorkshire programme, supporting individuals, groups and organisations in Bradford as well as leading the coaching team.
JessMarketing, Events and Admin
Jess is our Marketing, Events and Admin co-ordinator, also with the Here4bdcc team. Her role involves spreading the word about the partnership by assisting with Marketing and Admin, as well as helping with events. She is a visual creative who enjoys using photography and videography to help tell stories.
ZakeriaEnterprise Coach - Business for Good, West Yorkshire
Zakeria is an Enterprise Coach, specifically focussed on supporting enterprise in the Manningham Mills Hub . A project working in partnership with Equality Together (funded through Esmee Fairburn over 5 years) to create a community led enterprise hub in Manningham.
RobEnterprise Coach - Business for Good, West Yorkshire
Rob is an Enterprise Coach in the Business for Good programme. A project that’s working across West Yorkshire to support socially focussed businesses to grow, sustain or start. Rob supports individuals, groups and organisations in Wakefield and Kirklees.
PaulEnterprise Coach - Business for Good, West Yorkshire
Paul is an Enterprise Coach in the Business for Good programme. A project that’s working across West Yorkshire to support socially focussed businesses to grow, sustain or start. Paul supports individuals, groups and organisations in Leeds.
KatherineEnterprise Coach - Business for Good, West Yorkshire
Katherine is an Enterprise Coach in the Business for Good programme. A project that’s working across West Yorkshire to support socially focussed businesses to grow, sustain or start. Katherine supports individuals, groups and organisations in Kirklees and Calderdale.
Ewan is an Associate and works as a consultant on organisational development for established social ventures; providing coaching and board facilitation around action planning and communications strategy. Ewan has a background in enterprise coaching and EU project management. He is an accredited and peer reviewed Solution Focused Coaching practitioner and avid user of Service Design tools.
Tony works alongside our team as an associate. Tony was previously the CEO of a multi million pound community anchor organisation and brings a wealth of experience and skills to the team.


Susan has recently retired from the property industry and is passionate about helping local communities. She has recently become Chair of trustees for Keighley Creative and a long standing member of Soroptimist International of Yorkshire . Susan is well networked and is keen to further develop Participate’s reach and impact.
WarrenVice Chair
Warren is Chief Executive Officer of Sports Chaplaincy UK. He is also trustee of a number of charities including being Chair of the Bradford Bulls Foundation. He is a skilled and resourceful leader who loves to help people and organisations succeed. Warren is not just passionate about what we do, but how and why we do it. He has over 25 years of leadership experience crossing a wide variety of sectors.
Ali is an independent consultant working in the charity sector and currently contracted in an operational role for a national health and social care charity. Ali has business development and communications experience gained in the finance and voluntary sectors. She has a great record of building teams, quality improvement, optimising costs and delivering the highest customer service standards.
Michael is a Finance Manager with extensive experience in a variety of sectors including the third sector, construction, manufacturing, transport and environmental services. He specialises in bookkeeping, management accounts and business planning. Michael is one the founder trustees of Participate.
After spending a career working in sewage (literally on occasions), Geoff ‘retired’ to run his own company in leader/manager training. He’s passionate about community participation and co-creation of solutions to challenging problems. He is also a trustee of The Aire Rivers Trust and a school governor in several schools for many years.
Paris previously worked at Participate and is now pursuing a career in Retail Media & Marketing. She has a real interest in the work Participate does to benefit the community and wants to be able to offer advice on spreading awareness of this! She specialises in social media, marketing and design. Paris is also interested in learning more of what it takes behind the scenes to run a charity.
New Starter – more to come!