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Ailbhe McNabola – Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Ailbhe McNabola – Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Ailbhe McNabola is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Her role at Power to Change is to make the case for community business.
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Ailbhe’s role is to make the case for community business. She leads engagement with central, regional and local government to create more supportive environments for community businesses, and working with the COO she ensures that the day-to-day operation and management of the organisation is well managed and delivering to a high standard. She oversees and supports the Portfolio Management Team and Policy and Insight Team.
Alexandra Steeland – Organisation Services Manager

Alexandra Steeland – Organisation Services Manager

Alex is responsible for leading on the operational processes and policies, ensuring they are compliant, meet the needs of the organisation and underpin our culture and values.
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Alex is responsible for leading on the operational processes and policies, ensuring they are compliant, meet the needs of the organisation and underpin our culture and values. She also oversees IT management and data protection and ensures a safe and well-equipped work environment for colleagues.
Anne-Marie Harris – Trustee

Anne-Marie Harris – Trustee

Anne-Marie has nearly 30 years’ experience in finance and strategy, spanning corporate finance and impact ...
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Anne-Marie has nearly 30 years’ experience in finance and strategy, spanning corporate finance and impact investing, helping launch businesses to deliver societal change, and being a trustee for several international charities which work to alleviate global poverty.
Chloe Nelson – Insight Manager

Chloe Nelson – Insight Manager

Chloe leads on the implementation of a strategic plan to curate the evidence base of Power to Chnage, identifying ...
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Chloe leads on the implementation of a strategic plan to curate the evidence base of Power to Chnage, identifying key research areas and methodologies to capture new data and evidence. She carries out analysis on our rich evidence base, ensuring the wider team has the data and evidence needed to demonstrate our priorities.
Danielle Cohen – Associate Director for Portfolio Management

Danielle Cohen – Associate Director for Portfolio Management

Danielle builds important partnerships for Power to Change, manages the decision-making process for our ...
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Danielle builds important partnerships for Power to Change, manages the decision-making process for our investments, and ensures strong project management of our portfolio so that the learning from our investments is closely linked to our policy development and future activity.
Deepa Shah – Trustee

Deepa Shah – Trustee

Deepa is currently the People Director, Group and Global Functions for Bupa and brings to the role over 15-years ...
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Deepa is currently the People Director, Group and Global Functions for Bupa and brings to the role over 15-years of diverse experience in human resources across a number of sectors as well as expertise in speaking about and embedding diversity and inclusion into organisations.
Edward Howarth – Associate Director for Strategy & Culture

Edward Howarth – Associate Director for Strategy & Culture

Ed provides leadership to the organisation driving the changes needed in how we operate, and developing our ...
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Ed provides leadership to the organisation driving the changes needed in how we operate, and developing our learning and culture. He’s responsible for the processes for horizon scanning and identifying and generating income generation and co-funding activities across the organisation.
Hardev Virdee – Trustee

Hardev Virdee – Trustee

Hardev is the Group Chief Financial Officer for the Barts Health NHS Trust, managing a £2b trust with 24,000 ...
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Hardev is the Group Chief Financial Officer for the Barts Health NHS Trust, managing a £2b trust with 24,000 staff. Hardev’s non-executive career includes Council Member for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and Chair of the NHS National Finance Academy.
Ian Hempseed – Trustee

Ian Hempseed – Trustee

Ian has been a partner at Hempsons since 1997 and heads their charities and social enterprise team. Ian has a wide ...
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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.
James Sabala – Strategy and Culture Manager

James Sabala – Strategy and Culture Manager

James is responsible for leading on all people and culture processes and policies, ensuring that we remain a ...
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James is responsible for leading on all people and culture processes and policies, ensuring that we remain a supportive, generous employer with a culture focused on learning and collaboration. He has over 10 years’ experience of working in administrative roles.
Jess Steele – Trustee

Jess Steele – Trustee

Jess has nearly 30 years’ experience as a local community activist and entrepreneur in Hastings. She specialises ...
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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.
Jessica Craig – Policy Officer

Jessica Craig – Policy Officer

Jessica works with colleagues and external partners to ensure we have well-informed and developed policy positions ...
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Jessica works with colleagues and external partners to ensure we have well-informed and developed policy positions and strong relationships with central and local government.
Jodie Roe – EA to CEO and Executive Team

Jodie Roe – EA to CEO and Executive Team

Jodie supports the leadership team at Power to Change and ensures the effective functioning of the board, ...
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Jodie supports the leadership team at Power to Change and ensures the effective functioning of the board, committees and the leadership team.
Josh Westerling – Policy Manager

Josh Westerling – Policy Manager

Josh works on political engagement and across several policy projects to influence local, regional and national ...
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Josh works on political engagement and across several policy projects to influence local, regional and national decision-makers. He develops new policy thinking, creating compelling policy ideas and positions to engage and influence in order to increase funding and support to community businesses.
Kate Higgins – Portfolio Manager

Kate Higgins – Portfolio Manager

Kate oversees our capabilities programme Powering Up, and also oversees our Community Tech programmes. Kate is ...
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Kate oversees our capabilities programme Powering Up, and also oversees our Community Tech programmes. Kate is interested in how digital tools can enable community enterprise, empowerment and ownership.
Kate McKenzie – Portfolio Manager

Kate McKenzie – Portfolio Manager

Kate oversees and manages the delivery of a portfolio of activities in order to deliver our investments, and she ...
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Kate oversees and manages the delivery of a portfolio of activities in order to deliver our investments, and she engages with community businesses and other funders to identify opportunities where Power to Change should act to achieve our vision.
Kemi Alabi – Finance Officer

Kemi Alabi – Finance Officer

Kemi has extensive experience in transactional finance, having worked in the charity and not-for-profit sector all her career.
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Kemi has extensive experience in transactional finance, having worked in the charity and not-for-profit sector all her career.
Léonie Austin – Vice Chair

Léonie Austin – Vice Chair

Léonie Austin is director of marketing and communications and a board member at NHS Blood and Transplant. She is ...
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Léonie Austin is director of marketing and communications and a board member at NHS Blood and Transplant. She is also a member of the Government Communication Service Board, a government communication service diversity and inclusion champion, a coach and mentor. 
Louisa Comber – Communications Officer

Louisa Comber – Communications Officer

Louisa works across the organisation to deliver external communications: telling the world about community ...
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Louisa works across the organisation to deliver external communications: telling the world about community businesses and their impact on people and places.
Matt Fazal, Portfolio Manager

Matt Fazal, Portfolio Manager

Matt oversees and manages the delivery of a portfolio of activities in order to deliver our investments, and she engages with community businesses and other funders to identify opportunities where Power to Change should act to achieve our vision.
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Melissa Mean – Trustee

Melissa Mean – Trustee

Melissa works across urbanism, the arts, technology, and public participation. She is the founding director of We ...
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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.
Natalie White – Portfolio Manager

Natalie White – Portfolio Manager

Natalie oversees and manages the delivery of a portfolio of activities in order to deliver our investments, and ...
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Natalie oversees and manages the delivery of a portfolio of activities in order to deliver our investments, and she engages with community businesses and other funders to identify opportunities where Power to Change should act to achieve our vision.
Nick Plumb – Associate Director for Policy and Insight

Nick Plumb – Associate Director for Policy and Insight

Nick provides overall direction for our policy development and influencing work. He manages relationships with ...
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Nick provides overall direction for our policy development and influencing work. He manages relationships with stakeholders across policy, business, academia and other sectors, leads on our external affairs, with particular attention paid to our connection to community business, and provides overall direction for our communications activity, championing community business and building Power to Change’s profile.
Nicola Fuschillo – Chief Operating Officer

Nicola Fuschillo – Chief Operating Officer

Nicola Fuschillo sits on the Executive Team as our Chief Operating Officer and ensures operational resources for Power to Change, with expertise in HR and experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors.
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Nicola works as part of the Executive Team, who collectively sets the strategic direction of Power to Change and ensures that it has the operational resources to deliver on it's strategy. She oversees and supports the Organisation Services Team, the Strategy and Culture Team, and the Finance Team. Nicola 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.
Nicole Johnson – Communications Manager

Nicole Johnson – Communications Manager

Nicole provides strategic and operational communications support to colleagues across Power to Change and leads on ...
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Nicole provides strategic and operational communications support to colleagues across Power to Change and leads on our stakeholder engagement strategy. She plays a key part in our external communications by acting as the lead for our website and social media, along with PR and marketing.
Rachael Dufour – Impact & Learning Officer (Maternity Cover)

Rachael Dufour – Impact & Learning Officer (Maternity Cover)

Rachael supports the Insight Manager by managing a portfolio of research and evaluation contracts and grants. She ...
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Rachael supports the Insight Manager by managing a portfolio of research and evaluation contracts and grants. She previously worked in social impact evaluation in the higher education sector.
Rey Saributh – Portfolio Officer

Rey Saributh – Portfolio Officer

Rey supports the Portfolio Managers with the delivery of a portfolio of activities to deliver our investments, ...
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Rey supports the Portfolio Managers with the delivery of a portfolio of activities to deliver our investments, providing administrative support and carrying out analysis and research. She acts as the first point of contact for external partners, supporting the Portfolio Managers to identify opportunities where Power to Change should act.
Ruth Keenan – Strategy and Culture Officer

Ruth Keenan – Strategy and Culture Officer

Ruth plays a key part in ensuring that we remain a supportive, generous employer with a culture focused on ...
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Ruth plays a key part in ensuring that we remain a supportive, generous employer with a culture focused on learning and collaboration. Ruth has many years of experience working for community organisations in Bristol, in HR and administrative roles.
Sarah Gorman – Trustee

Sarah Gorman – Trustee

Sarah is the CEO of Edberts House in Gateshead. She began 11 years ago as the only employee and has built a team ...
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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 and social prescribing.
Stephen Healer – Finance Manager

Stephen Healer – Finance Manager

Stephen is responsible for managing the day-to-day finance activities, ensuring that finance policies and ...
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Stephen is responsible for managing the day-to-day finance activities, ensuring that finance policies and processes are followed, efficient, effective and user-friendly and that they reflect legal and tax requirements.
Steven Gallagher – Associate Director for Organisation Services

Steven Gallagher – Associate Director for Organisation Services

Steve provides leadership to the organisation through legal compliance and operational excellence, driving Power ...
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Steve provides leadership to the organisation through legal compliance and operational excellence, driving Power to Change towards a culture of empowerment and accountability. He also ensures effective risk mitigation, and streamlined operations, ultimately enabling Power to Change to make a meaningful impact in supporting community businesses.
Tim Davies-Pugh – CEO

Tim Davies-Pugh – CEO

Tim Davies-Pugh, Chief Executive, provides strategic leadership for Power to Change and its dedicated staff, having been involved since its inception during his time at The National Lottery Community Fund.
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Tim is accountable for the overall strategic leadership of Power to Change and its team of skilled and committed staff. Tim’s involvement with Power to Change began at its inception, where he supported the trust’s set–up whilst working at The National Lottery Community Fund.
Tony Burton – Chair

Tony Burton – Chair

Tony has worked in various leadership roles including the National Trust, CPRE and the Design Council. He also ...
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Tony has worked in various leadership roles including the National Trust, CPRE and the Design Council. He also founded Civic Voice. His non-executive roles include The National Lottery Community Fund, Friends of the Earth, CPRE London, TCV, mySociety and Greenspace Information for Greater London.