David Bryan MBA FRSA is a management consultant, specialising in organisation development. He works mainly within the public sector but has a lengthy history of working and representing the voluntary sector. Currently, he has engaged in Board and Management development within the NHS.David has also had several roles within the arts sector including a producer of dance and theatre. He played a central role in the delivery of equality and diversity training within the Arts Council and their client’s groups. He was for several years on the board of NCVO and an advisor on Race to the Home Office. He is a director of Onyxarts Foundation and a governor of Dunraven School.
Stuart has been working in television for more than 20 years, helping the creative community generate and realise value from their ideas. He has turned that ethos into a business in the form of Greenbird Media, a company created to provide business, commercial and pastoral support to talented creatives, and to help them grow their own businesses. Greenbird is an incubator and accelerator for independent television producers. We’re currently supporting and invested in Tuesday’s Child Television, Crackit Productions, Handsome Productions, Rumpus Media, Riverdog Productions, Big Light Productions, Hello Halo Productions, Gobstopper Television and Pi Productions, with more to come…
Will has more than 16 years experience of management, delivery and innovation in the non-profit and public sectors in the UK and overseas. He recently designed and delivered a growth strategy for an evidence-based behaviour change NGO, raising $18m. He is a specialist in strategy, partnership and programme development, innovation and business development. He also set up a charity at the age of 20 and a social enterprise running mentoring programmes in Kenya. Skilled at working with a wide range of people and at bringing insight and clarity to complex issues Will is a real asset to WWM.
Abbi Agana is current Director of Business excellence at Peabody. An experienced mentor, leader, (PRINCE2 practitioner) and Six Sigma. With 12 years of Programme, Operational and Strategic Management experience. Specialising in Complex Change Management. Adept at Strategic Business Transformation, utilising a range of tools to ensure that Change is anchored and embedded into the fabric of the organisation.
Chris Hix (Treasurer)
Extensive strategy, planning, business, finance and accounting experience in two central government departments, the NHS, Lloyds TSB and Unilever; commercial management experience in the UK and abroad; experience on board level responsibility. Specific expertise includes public sector finance and business management, programme and project management, developing and introducing portfolio management, strategy, planning and monitoring systems, and team building.
Experience working for a public affairs consultancy and engaging in the public policy process. Board level responsibilities including management experience overseeing five members of staff. Excellent knowledge and academic and practical experience of UK and EU politics, parliamentary procedures and the policy and legislative processes. Excellent understanding of the charity sector.
Debbie Cowley (Deputy Chair)
Experience at Chief Executive and senior level in Voluntary Sector. Establishment of strategic relationships for Action for Prisoners’ Families (APF) with Dept. for Education and Dept. of Health; maintenance of strategic relationships with Ministry of Justice. Establishment of accredited qualification for work with prisoners’ and offenders’ families with government backing and local take-up
Major contribution to the establishment of National Occupational Standards for Work with Parents. Lead the establishment of the Commissioning Toolkit – Working with Parents and Families – database of evidence-based interventions. Staffing restructures, alteration of Articles of Association and office relocation. Establishment of robust financial management and internal and external reporting procedures at APF
A driven and commercial astute HR Director who has delivered proactive HR service and strategic leadership within fast paced and international environments. A reputation for designing and implementing large-scale change, restructuring and continuous improvement initiatives in complex and demanding environments. Multi-sector experience with a track record for tangible business impacts’
Joe was appointed in January 2004 to establish and launch the initiative to improve the leadership of local government among both officers and members. The partnership bodies supporting the launch included the (then) ODPM (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister), Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, Audit Commission, the (then) IDeA and the Local Government Association and others. The initial role was to take this from an idea to launch and beyond. Joe had to work with all three major political parties and achieve their buy-in for the project. He also created the governance arrangements for the body and recruited the core team.
Mary Gibson (Deputy Chair)
2015-current Member Board of Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund
2014-current Trustee of St Michael’s Fellowship
2013-current: Advisor/Trustee to 2020 change / South Central Youth SAV
2001-current: Referral Order Panel Member Wandsworth Youth Offending Team
2009-current: Referral Order Panel Member Lambeth Youth Offending Team Management Board of Lambeth 20’s
Dr Yansie Rolston
A Systems Change Advisor, Trainer and Facilitator with strong leadership and advocacy skills working with corporate, government and civil society organisations and stakeholders both nationally and internationally. I have considerable experience working across age groups and diverse abilities providing technical advice and support, and strengthening organizational capacity using theory of change methodology. I am an academic and practitioner contributing to improving physical, mental and social wellbeing and a speaker at conferences and empowerment workshops internationally.