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Jenni Jones's picture
Location: Wirral

Elected Board Member of COLtd 2016


Chief Executive Officer of Wirral Development Trust

Jenni joined the Trust in 2010 on a work experience programme. Due to her dedication and innovative approach to work she was appointed as a full time member of staff to take responsibility for Wirral’s first mobile Job Club.  Soon after Jenni was...

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Sacha Bedding's picture
Location: Hartlepool
COLtd Director, COLtd Member

I am currently the Manager of small, but effective, estate based charity in Hartlepool.  We have managed two Cohorts of four and two individuals from other organisations during the programme and subsequently employed two Organisers.  We have also embedded community organising principles and practices into the Dyke House Big Local of which we are the Local Trusted Organisation.

I believe...

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Laura Ward's picture
Location: Stockport
COLtd Director, COLtd Member, Senior Community Organiser

Laura joined Starting Point in 2012 as part of the Community Organiser programme. She is now in charge of all our volunteer activity and is working toward the Investing in Volunteering standard. As part of the Community Organiser Inspration Network, Laura project manged one of the first Community Organiser Volunteer Training programmes in the country and is trained in the Art of Hosting. In...

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Jose Barco's picture
Location: Bristol
COLtd Director, COLtd Member, Senior Community Organiser

Hello. I'm Colombian, but have been living in Bristol since 2009. I love Bristol and its multicultural diversity, creativity is in the air here, and being a musician I have found much inspiration and support here. In 2011 I was a student on the Shift Bristol Practical Sustainability Course, in which I learned a lot about organic horticulture, climate change, green building etc, also group...

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David Symes's picture
admin, Team
Location: Portland
COLtd Member, COLtd Staff Team, Senior Community Organiser

Development Officer for The Company of Community Organisers (COLtd)

I live, work and grew up on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Community Organising has had a massive impact locally and will continue to do so into the future. Portland was one of the piloted areas for training new volunteer organisers. These pilots will hopefully be one of the ways we ensure future growth of the CO...

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David Kirkwood's picture
Coco Member, Organiser, Team
Location: Tottenham
COLtd Director, COLtd Member, Senior Community Organiser

I am on of five trainee Community Organisers (corganisers) working in Tottenham, North London. Since starting as a corganiser, I have been out meeting people in Tottenham and Haringey, finding out what issues matter to them in their area and working with new and potential community leaders to take action where they think it is needed. I am now working as one of the first Digital Organisers,...

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Nick Gardham's picture
admin, Expert, Organiser, Team
COLtd Member, COLtd Staff Team

Nick is the Chief Executive Officer at The Company of Community Organisers. Having spent 4 years working on the Community Organiser Programme Nick has now been tasked with the responsibility of building and sustaining an independent body that can continue to nurture and support the development of community organising across England and further afield. 

Prior to working in the field of...

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Terri Overland's picture
Coco Member, Organiser, Team
Location: Dudley & Shropshire
Associate Network Member, COLtd Director, COLtd Member, Senior Community Organiser

I am just entering my third year as a Senior Community Organisers and also after 5 months of Mentoring two Trainee Community Organisers based in Telford.  Ive also covered work in Telford and in the Black Country Area. I  aim to work with local communities to listen to ideas, build networks and support people to tackle the local issues. I believe as a qualified Community Organiser, following 2...

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Louise Peden's picture
admin, Coco Member, Organiser, Team
Location: Cambridgeshire
COLtd Member, Graduate Community Organiser

Hi I was a Community Organiser in the first cohort listening to and working with the great people in the Abbey area of Cambridge. After graduating from the programme in 2012 I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work on setting up and developing the Company of Community Organisers. My roles include operational and project management, more recently I’ve been leading on the Community...

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