Steering Group Members


Martin_AllmanMARTIN ALLMAN - Cumbria County Council
Martin has worked for Cumbria County Council since 2005. His current role is Economic Programmes Manager and he previously occupied various roles in the Environment directorate. Prior to this, Martin worked in various environmental, education and training roles in Manchester, Cheshire and Norfolk for public, private and third sector organisations. He gained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Environmental & Resource Sciences from the University of Salford and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Manchester. He is a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management.
Sarah BoyleSARAH BOYLE - Impact Housing
The majority of Sarah’s career to date has been in Social Housing. Initially with the London Borough of Richmond and currently she is the Social Enterprise Manager for Impact Housing Association. She works to develop social enterprise business with customers at the centre. The business includes County wide re-use projects and communities and Community hubs. Both prioritises and supports Cumbrian people. All services aim to provide training, work experience and employment opportunities. Sarah also has experience of Foyers and social enterprise business that sits within them.
bob_clarkBOB CLARK - Northern Fells Broadband and CREA
Bob is former CEO of the Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency, with wide ranging experience managing multi-million pound projects. He served in a national capacity as Regional Director of the NFEA, a Director of the Rural Service Network and as a member of CRC Rural Business Finance Forum, in addition to many local roles, including Director of University of Cumbria, Cumbria Renewables Panel, CART, Appleby Heritage Training Centre and a trustee of a number of charitable organisations. An agriculturalist by training, he continues to farm in partnership with his wife and son on a small upland farm in the northern fells.
phil_daviesPHIL DAVIES - Community Energy Cumbria
Phil Davies is a founder and director of Community Energy Cumbria Ltd and Burneside Community Energy Ltd, established in 2015 for the benefit of the communities. Phil has previously served as the Social Enterprise Manager for Impact Housing Association and currently works part time as the Low Carbon Manager for Cumbria Action for Sustainability. In 2013, Phil’s work on combining European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund programmes in west Cumbria was recognised by EU ministers as an exemplar of best practice.
phil_daviesSUE GILBERTSON - Cybermoor Ltd
Sue has been involved in the social enterprise sector for 15 years, initially through her involvement with Cybermoor, the Alston based community broadband co-operative. During this time, she has also helped setup and supported many other local social enterprises, including the Community Gym facility. Sue is currently a Director and Treasurer of Alston Moor Community Transport, which operates a County Council Community Wheels minibus. Sue has been involved in delivering the County Council’s social enterprise support contract for 10 years and currently coordinates the programme on behalf of the CSEP.
SYLVIA GRAINGER - University of Cumbria
Sylvia has worked in enterprise support for over 26 years, initially in Northumberland where she was a Business Adviser, using knowledge and skills developed working in industry. Sylvia went on to manage 6 business advice centres in her role as Director of Enterprise Services before leaving Northumberland to join the University of Cumbria in 2012. Living in Cumbria, Sylvia has a positive ‘can do’ approach taking an active part in enterprise and the development of skills.
Daniel HeeryDANIEL HEERY - Cybermoor Ltd
Daniel is founder and CEO of Cybermoor, a community broadband co-operative based in Alston. Daniel has provided support, advice and mentoring to rural social enterprises for the last 12 years and has worked with a wide range of social enterprises. He was a Cabinet Office Social Enterprise Ambassador from 2008 to 2010, raising the profile of the sector across the UK and was Cumbrian representative on the Board of Social Enterprise NW. He is also a founder member of INCA and the Community Broadband Network, both co-ops operating in the field of broadband provision.
Cumbria Woman of the Year Award Rachel Holliday from Egremont S76431.jpgRACHEL HOLLIDAY - Time to Change (West Cumbria)
Rachel is founder and director of social enterprise Time to Change (West Cumbria). She strongly believes that we can tackle homelessness and poverty ourselves within West Cumbria. Since 2013 Rachel has secured over £500K of funding to convert the former Egremont police station into Calderwood House, an 11 room homeless hostel. Rachel won Cumbria Social Entrepreneur of the year 2015 and the High Sheriff Community Shield. Rachel was also named Cumbria Woman of the Year 2016. Rachel believes that investment in homelessness works and she is living proof.
viv_lewisVIV LEWIS - SECOD
Viv has worked for the last 20 years in the rural social enterprise and co-operative development sector. In the early 2000's, she led and managed a project to deliver support and advice to rural social enterprises in Cumbria. Viv now delivers this work through SECOD which itself is a co-operative consortium, helping to create new social enterprises, co-operatives and partnerships and support existing ones to build their capacity and make a real contribution to social and environmental justice.
Quentin MerrittQUENTIN MERRITT - Wingspan Consulting
With his co-director, Guy Huxtable, Quentin has helped to deliver several support programmes for Cumbrian social enterprises over the last decade. He has extensive experience of helping both new and existing SEs on a wide range of issues including legal structures, business planning, strategic development and funding. Previously, he was a member of the Social Economy Forum (the precursor to CSEP), worked on Voluntary Action Cumbria’s Enterprising Communities programme and was a Project Manager in the University of Cumbria’s Business and Community Enterprise Unit.
rob_randellROB RANDELL - Chair
Rob Randell is currently Partnership Chair and was previously Manager from 2009 to 2014. He represents social enterprise and the wider third sector on both Cumbria LEP's Private Sector Advisory Panel and the Shadow ESIF Committee and is an Executive Member of Solway, Border & Eden LAG. Rob worked previously in a variety of senior roles in the private sector.
Dianne currently works in the nuclear sector as a Social Impact and Communications Manager for Balfour Beatty on the BEP Project. Her career has spanned education, self-employment, civil service and private sector. An advocate of Lifelong Learning she gained a Business Management degree from UCLan in her 40's and is currently studying for a Masters in Corporate Social Responsibility with Robert Gordon University. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, Independent Board Member of Copeland Community Fund and part of the Management Team on Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster. She is passionate about making a difference in local communities and sees social enterprises as a key sector to make this happen.
andrew_shekellANDREW SHEKELL - Laurie Brewis Trust
Andrew is a founder member of the Laurie Brewis Trust, which runs the Heathlands Project in Carlisle. A Registered Nurse in learning disabilities and adults, Andrew has worked in a variety of roles. Having run a Nursing Home after qualification, he spent a number of years in the Wigton/Solway area, first in the community hospital and then as Community Manager. Following a move to Commissioning for Carlisle PCT, Andrew joined the Glenmore Trust in 2005 retiring in 2018. Since then he has been involved in a number of initiatives and charities.
Lorrainne SmythLORRAINNE SMYTH - Action for Communities in Cumbria
Lorrainne has been Chief Executive of ACT since 2012. Prior to this she worked as Strategic Policy Advisor/Community Programmes & Performance Manager for Cumbria County Council. Lorrainne previously worked for ACT from 1993 to 2007 as Development Team Manager. She has worked extensively with parish councils, village halls, graduate apprentices, and undertaken project development and delivery with communities throughout Cumbria. Lorrainne has also held management positions in private sector training and development companies, local authorities, and third sector organisations.