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Alison Seabrooke

Leadership and consultancy in a range of policy areas:

SASH (Safe and Sound Homes)
Interim chief executive for an organisation that provides vulnerable young people with a safe and stable place to stay, when they have nowhere else to go and supports their often complex needs. Providing leadership and strategic direction to the senior team in readiness for the permanent postholder. (November 2019 – )

Groundwork West Midlands
Interim chief executive reviewing the operations and opportunities of one of Groundwork UK’s federated trusts. Change management to deliver a sustainability strategy. (December 2018 – October 2019)

Visiting Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
From 2014, speaker and participant in the annual convening of leaders engaged in multiple aspects of urban spatial and human development (BUILD – Bilbao Urban Innovation Leadership Dialogues), leading to a Fellowship. Includes collaboration with the European Foundation Centre on moving from ideas to action focusing on effective partnerships. (January 2019 – )

Sutton Coldfield Town Council
A review of the health and wellbeing needs of residents of Sutton Coldfield and recommendations on the priorities for community development and investment. Followed by a review of their Community Grants Scheme and training on grant management and administration for elected members and officers. (May 2018 – June 2019)

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Radioactive Waste Management (RWM)
Providing strategic and practical advice to a UK public body and BEIS on a community consent-based approach to a nationally significant infrastructure project. (July 2016 – November 2018)  

BBC Children in Need
A review of its UK grant-making and grant management processes; recommendations to the board endorsed and implemented. (February 2017)  

NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan
Reviewed neighbourhood and community-led, non-clinical approaches to health and social care across rural and urban areas in a Midlands county, for their STP submission. (July – November 2016)  

Trustee IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) 2019

Trustee ASDA Foundation 2012 – 2019

Community Development Foundation (CDF)
Between 2005 – 2016 I was chief executive of CDF. Originally established in 1967 as a non-departmental public body (NDPB) and charity, its role covered all four nations, working across policy, practice, research, evaluation, programmes and consultancy. I led CDF’s work building its business portfolio and partnerships, converting it to a social enterprise in 2011, achieving operational efficiencies and delivering £ms grants programmes and support at a community level. This covered multiple policy areas, working with all sectors and delivered by a highly collaborative and productive staff team.

The articles below provide an insight into some of my interests and experience.

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Guardian Society Profile April 2016

This isn’t the end for local activism
The head of the axed Community Development Foundation on how local organisations already hit by cuts will have to pick up the slack.

BUILD Bilbao October 2016

Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues
From September 16-19, 2015, BUILD convened over 100 civic leaders and urban practitioners from GMF’s network in the U.S. and Europe to discuss strategies for leading transformative change in cities for BUILD's second annual convening.


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