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Tim Davies-Pugh

Tim Davies-Pugh

Interim CEO

Tim’s involvement with Power to Change began at its inception, where he supported the trusts setup whilst working at The National Lottery Community Fund. 

Impact & learning

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Director of impact & learning

Stephen leads our work using learning and evidence to develop the sector to recover, grow and deepen its impact. He is passionate about supporting organisations to develop innovative responses to 21st century challenges.  
Fergus Arkley

Fergus Arkley

Digital innovation manager

Fergus was initially a programme manager, developing our strategic programmes, until moving into a market development role. He is now responsible for supporting community businesses to strengthen their digital capabilities to adapt and thrive.
Saiam Alam

Saiam Alam

Data Administrator

Saiam provides support to the data team in developing Salesforce and improving data processes. He is also responsible for ensuring data is recorded and uploaded correctly onto Salesforce.

 

Maj Amin

Maj Amin

data officer

Maj is responsible for the day-to-day management of Salesforce. He works closely with the rest of the team to improve and develop Salesforce, as well as providing training.
Shubi Choudhury

Shubi Choudhury

Data Manager

Shubi manages our data management and leads the team to improve and develop Salesforce.

 

Chloe Nelson

Chloe Nelson

Impact & learning manager

Chloe previously worked in the third sector on a range of impact and evaluation projects. She is responsible for ensuring we capture insight, impact, and learning about our work and the impact of community businesses.
Suzanne Perry

Suzanne Perry

Impact & learning officer

Suzanne ensures we produce quality research which benefits the community businesses we support and explores how we can help improve the places people live in. 
Rey Saributh

Rey Saributh

Impact & learning team officer

Rey supports the impact and learning team. She is passionate about sustainable community-led development, changes that enable a fair and inclusive society, minority rights, and migration. 
Edward Walden

Edward Walden

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager

Edward has worked on digital transformation and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), with a current focus on leading the DEI work.

Strategy & programmes

Susie Finlayson

Susie Finlayson

Head of Strategy and Programmes

Susie leads on our climate action programme and works with partners to explore the role of community businesses in the future of the sector.
Sarah Dennis

Sarah Dennis

Programme delivery officer

Sarah supports the new market opportunities workstream for community businesses including the leadership programme and our developing climate action fund.
Nicola Wylde

Nicola Wylde

Programmes manager

Nicola is responsible for the Community Shares Booster and Trade Up programmes. She previously worked at Co-op in the community and membership teams.

Kate Higgins

Kate Higgins

Strategy & programmes team officer

Kate supports the director of strategy and programmes to have oversight of the team and relevant workstreams. 
Ed Howarth

Ed Howarth

Programme delivery manager

Ed manages the capabilities workstream, which will provide support to community business leaders to adapt to, and thrive in, the new normal. 
Mike Lloyd Jones

Mike Lloyd Jones

Programme delivery officer

Mike works on the capabilities strengthening workstream, identifying ways for community businesses to develop their skills and capacity.
Alex Steeland

Alex Steeland

Programme Improvement Lead

Alex focuses on new market opportunities for community businesses. She has experience in grant fund management, partnership development, community energy and research.
Will Walker

Will Walker

Climate action manager

Will is responsible for our community energy programmes and developing our strategy on climate action. Will has 15 years’ experience in the local climate and energy sector and is passionate about community power and climate justice.

Policy & communications

AILBHE MCNABOLA

AILBHE MCNABOLA

Director of policy & communications

Ailbhe’s role is to make the case for community businesses. She leads engagement with central, regional and local government to create more supportive environments for community businesses.
Natasha Bright

Natasha Bright

Communications manager

Natasha leads on all aspects of communications. She has worked in the third sector for several years and is proud to have worked for organisations that are helping those in need, tackling inequalities and doing social good.  
Summer Brooks

Summer Brooks

Communications officer

Summer works across external communications, digital marketing, PR and social media. Summer is passionate about environmental and social issues and was the first scholar to receive the Crispin Aubrey Legacy Fund when she was a journalism student.
Danielle Cohen

Danielle Cohen

Local economies manager

Danielle works in places to enable the community business sector to flourish as part of the local economy. Before joining Power to Change, Danielle was deputy CEO of a central London BID.
Bonnie Hewson

Bonnie Hewson

Place-based investment manager

Bonnie oversees our place-based work. For the past decade, she has worked with community-led projects & enterprises focused on community resilience. 
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson

Communications officer

Nicole works across external communications, digital, PR and social media. Nicole has several years of experience in third-sector communications and external engagement.
Natasha Ley

Natasha Ley

Communications manager

Having worked for The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and the Audit Commission, she has a wealth of experience delivering high-profile integrated communications campaigns. 
Nick Plumb

Nick Plumb

Policy & public affairs manager

Nick works across a range of policy and public affairs projects, helping to make the case for community businesses and the policy change needed to support them. 
Jenny Sansom

Jenny Sansom

Policy officer

Jenny’s background includes a wealth of experience in voluntary sector management, nature conservation and community development. 
Josh Westerling

Josh Westerling

Public affairs officer

Josh works on political engagement and across several policy projects to influence local, regional and national decision-makers.
Natalie White

Natalie White

Places officer

Natalie supports the delivery of a range of projects focused on advocating for community business and improving market conditions.

Finance & operations

Samantha da Soller

Samantha da Soller

Director of Finance & Operations

Samantha leads on all financial and operational aspects to support Power to Change in achieving its strategic goals. She has a wide-ranging professional experience, having worked for financial institutions, a political party and a policy institute.
Kemi Alabi

Kemi Alabi

Finance Officer

Kemi joined Power to Change in 2022. She has extensive experience in transactional finance, having worked in the charity and not-for-profit sector all her career.

Steve Gallagher

Steve Gallagher

Procurement manager

Steve oversees how we procure and contract with our delivery partners and award funding. He has over 30 years’ experience of grant funding and contract management.
Stella Helps

Stella Helps

Head of finance

Stella oversees our financial operations. She has been in the not-for-profit sector all her career and is passionate about ensuring resources are used to their best effect. 
Ricky Mitchell

Ricky Mitchell

Finance Manager

Ricky previously worked at Locality where he started as a volunteer and became finance officer, working alongside the finance manager producing management accounts.
Uju Maduforo

Uju Maduforo

Operations manager

Uju has overall responsibility for office and IT functioning across our three offices. Uju has worked in finance and operations management roles for the not-for-profit, private and intergovernmental sectors.
Sarah McCall

Sarah McCall

Procurement lead

Sarah works to ensure we adhere to our obligations and policies in procurement of grants services, GDPR and internal audits. Sarah supports colleagues with the procurement of services.

People & governance

Nicola Fuschillo

Nicola Fuschillo

Director of people & governance

Nicola joined Power to Change in 2018. She has over 15 years’ experience working in HR in the not-for-profit and public sectors. She has a degree in politics and a MSc in human resource management.
Jason Mckenzie

Jason Mckenzie

Governance & strategy manager

Jason joined Power to Change in 2018 and ensures that we adhere to all governance requirements. He is the liaison for the board of trustees and is responsible for monitoring the organisation’s performance.
James Sabala

James Sabala

People & governance officer

James joined Power to Change in 2020 and supports on all HR and recruitment initiatives. He also provides the leadership team with administrative support. He has over 10 years’ experience of working in administrative roles. 

Board of trustees

Léonie Austin

Léonie Austin

Léonie Austin is director of marketing and communications and a board member at NHS Blood and TransplantShe is also a member of the Government Communication Service Board, a government communication service diversity and inclusion champion, a coach and mentor. 
Sam Berwick

Sam Berwick

Sam is the chairman of Thetford Academy, chairman of the Foundation and Growth Committee at Pilotlight, and a trustee of Campden Charities. He dedicates his time assisting third sector organisations become more effective in alleviating disadvantage. 
Sarah Gorman

Sarah Gorman

Sarah is the CEO of Edberts House in Gateshead. She began 11 years ago as the only employee and has built a team of around 40 paid staff and 50 volunteers, initiating change through community housing & social prescribing.
Ian Hempseed

Ian Hempseed

Ian has been a partner at Hempsons since 1997 and heads their charities and social enterprise team. Ian has a wide range of experience in the field of charity, governance and commercial law looking after charities, social enterprises and public service mutuals.
Stephen Howard

Stephen Howard

Stephen has held a number of different executive and non-executive roles including chief executive of Cookson Group plc and chief executive of Novar PLC, and most recently chief executive of Business in the Community. 
Melissa Mean

Melissa Mean

Melissa works across urbanism, the arts, technology, and public participation. She is the founding director of We Can Make, a community-led housing programme which is part of Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol.
Dai Powell

Dai Powell

Dai has been chief executive of Hackney Community Transport since 1993, leading the organisation as it has grown by more than a hundredfold – from a small community transport provider into a national social enterprise. Dai is also a board member of Big Society Capital.  
Jess Steele

Jess Steele

Jess has nearly 30 years’ experience as a local community activist and entrepreneur in Hastings. She specialises in supporting ambitious local projects to rescue and repurpose the most challenging of precious buildings across England and Wales.
Christopher Stephens

Christopher Stephens

From 2011 to 2016, Christopher was chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission. In 2016, he was awarded a CBE for services to the Judiciary. Prior to this, he was a member of the Senior Salaries Review Board and a civil service commissioner.