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.
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.
RachelSocial Venture Co-ordinator
Rachel is Social Venture Co-ordinator and responsible for Participates new-start programme and delivery of Social Venture School. 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.
LukeSocial Action Co-Ordinator
Luke is our Social Action Co-ordinator. He is also 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.
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.
Susan is the Manager of a large Shopping Centre in Leeds and brings a strong understanding of the commercial and private sector to the team. Susan is well networked and is keen to develop Participates reach and impact. Susan is also joint chair of Business Against Crime in Leeds, a member of Soroptimist International of Skipton in Craven and a Dementia Friends champion.
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.
Andy is a Manager at Unltd, a national organisation that finds and supports social entrepreneurs. He has wide experience of coordinating local services in deprived areas; developing partnerships between residents, public services and politicians. Andy was a founder trustee of Participate and the first Chair.
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.