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New faces to the England Committee

4 February 2014

In this blog Dharmendra Kanani, England Director welcomes new members to our England Committee.

Today we are welcoming Jane Robinson, Chief Executive of Gateshead Council; and Dr Charlie Howard CEO of MAC-UK, to our England Committee – responsible for deciding how we spend our share of Lottery funding in England to bring about People Powered Change and support communities and those most in need.

Jane and Charlie join the Big Lottery Fund at a really important time as we begin looking at our strategic framework and planning for the coming years. They bring valuable experience of voluntary, community, social enterprise and the public sector to the role, as well as new insight into how communities in need can develop their own solutions with the right kind of support.

Charlie Howard

Charlie Howard

Dr Charlie Howard trained as a clinical psychologist at Canterbury Christchurch University. Charlie is also a peer reviewer for the Home Office Ending Gang and Youth Violence Team, an Ashoka Fellow and an honorary lecturer at University College London.

Charlie said “My experience has taught me that communities hold solutions – our job is to come alongside and to listen. I also know that we have to find ways of authentically working together across sectors and agencies: voluntary, private and statutory coming together to share what each does best.”

Jane Robinson joined Gateshead Council as Assistant Chief Executive in 2005. Having previously worked primarily in the cultural sector, she was appointed as Chief Executive in 2012. She is Chair of the Chief Executive’s Group for the emerging Combined Authority for the North East area, Clerk to the Police and Crime Panel and Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear. Nationally, she sits on the Advisory Board of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives).

Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson

Her non-executive appointments include the Tyne and Wear Community Foundation, Newcastle University’s Development Trust and North Music Trust.

Jane said “Through my role as Chief Executive of Gateshead Council, I am very aware of the challenges facing many communities, but I have also been privileged to see what can be achieved by working with those communities and the positive and lasting difference it can make to people’s lives.

“I believe the Big Lottery Fund is uniquely placed to make a difference across the country and I am delighted to be part of the committee that will oversee its future direction and delivery.”

We are sadly saying goodbye to long-standing members Alan Billings, Geoff Wilkinson and Danny Silverstone who have made a valuable contribution to our England Committee.

Nat Sloane, England Chair said “I want to thank them for all their commitment, passion and the wealth of experience they have brought during their tenure and wish them well for whatever challenge comes next. Geoff, Alan and Danny have really helped shape our thinking and funding during a time of significant change. It’s great to welcome Jane and Charlie, they join us at an exciting time as we begin to think through our approach to funding for 2015 and beyond.”

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