Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2017 

“Growth Through Collaboration”

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Thursday 19th October 2017, 9am-4pm

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC)
Cambridge Rd, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 1RR

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The ‘Growth Through Collaboration’ conference will feature local, regional and national guests speakers, a range of good-practice workshops and a funding marketplace.

Sefton CVS would like to thank Rathbone Greenbank Investments for sponsoring this year’s Annual Conference 2017.

“Having worked with the team at Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in a professional capacity, I and my colleagues at Rathbone Greenbank Investments are delighted to both support and sponsor the 2017 Annual Conference, especially given the theme for discussion – “Growth though Collaboration”
– Nick Roe-Ely, Investment Director, Rathbone Greenbank Investments, Liverpool.


Debra Allcock Tyler
Chief Executive, Directory of Social Change (DSC)

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dscDebra has been the Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change (DSC) since 2001. DSC exists to support charities to serve their communities and their causes and reaches around 15,000 charities a year through its work.  She was the founder Chair of the Small Charities Coalition. She was a member of the Charity Commission’s SORP Committee for 7 years.  She is a Fellow of the RSA and a member of the Royal Institution.

After a brief stint in the private sector Debra has spent most of her career in the charitable sector in leadership roles in campaigning, policy development, sales, product development, media relations and training.   She is a mentor to a number of CEOS and Chairs of Trustee Boards.

Debra is a renowned authority in the field of leadership and governance in civil society, an internationally published author, including the seminal It’s Tough at the Top, a guide for chief executives. She writes ‘The Last Word’ column for Third Sector magazine which reaches around 123,000 people per publication.

Her first volunteering role was at the age of 16, in a local hospice, helping the staff with basic duties such as cleaning and changing beds.

Nick Roe-Ely
Investment Director, Rathbone Greenbank Investments 

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Nick Roe-Ely began his investment career after university in 1981 with Tilney & Co, in Liverpool, where he spent 24 years. He joined Rathbones in 2011 after spending time as head of asset management with an investment boutique and with JO Hambro Capital Management in London.

He graduated with honours in History from the University of Cambridge and is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.  Although Nick specialises in the management of private clients, trusts, pensions and charities he is also an experienced US and global equities fund manager, and contributes to the Rathbone Investment Process being a member of the International Equities Committee. Nick heads up the Rathbone Greenbank Investments team based in Liverpool.



Rae Brooke
Chief Executive, Community Foundation for Merseyside 

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As Chief Executive, Rae has overall responsibility for the strategic development, financial management and performance of the Foundation. Developing and building sustainable relationships with existing and potential donors, community groups, third sector members and regional stakeholders in the public and private sector. She has over 27 years senior management experience gained in both the private and public sector. During her career she has engaged in market development and business growth initiatives for Littlewoods Pools, Volvo Truck and Bus, Northwest Regional Development Agency, KPMG, Hill Dickinson LLP and the Community Foundation.

She has been involved in the successful delivery of change management initiatives, managed successful teams in the implementation of business development strategies for a broad base of sectors, influenced and won multi million pound investments from overseas multinationals including US Airways, Bertelsmann, Compal, JP Morgan and Bank of New York.

Rae studied Business and Finance at De Montford University, the Chartered Institute of  Marketing Diploma at Salford University and undertook a Harvard Business School Programme for Senior Executives. During her tenure at the NWDA Rae was seconded to Chicago, USA, targeting high growth technology sectors emerging from the US looking to establish a European base. Working with regional partners, UKTI and the consulates to attract global inward investment to the North West of England.

Rae’s father was a Barnardos orphan which greatly influenced her decision to enter the charitable sector in the later stages of her career. She is humbled by the inspiring individuals she meets during her visits to community groups in the region and feels very privileged to work alongside them for the benefit of our communities.

Jeff Scales
Head of Services (North), Locality 

Related imageImage result for locality logoJeff has worked in both the community business sector and the public sector over the last 22 years. Jeff has a strong track record supporting collaboration between VCS organisations as well as supporting partnership working between the VCS and Local Authorities. He has led on multiple collaborations that have resulted in the establishment of VCS consortia to deliver contracts as well as supporting collaborative approaches to underpin asset transfer projects – from Local Authorities to community organisations. Jeff has previously led on European funded social enterprise business support programmes across the Northwest region, involving the establishment of a regional VCS consortium to deliver a multi-million, five year programme of social enterprise support.

Tony Cahill
Executive Director, First Ark Group


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Tony is an experienced business leader, having operated across a diverse range of market sectors, delivering successful products and services contracts to a variety of public and private sector organisations.

Having led the Commercial and Social growth ambition for the First Ark Group for the last five years, Tony set up First Ark’s first structured Social Investment Fund in 2016 and is currently leading the  development of a wider basket of funds to meet the diverse investment needs to support the development of a strong social economy.

Conor Cross
Funding Officer, Big Lottery Fund 

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This session will provide an overview of the current Big Lottery Fund programmes and opportunities, with details of how your organisation can get involved. In addition to this workshop, Big Lottery Fund staff will be available throughout the day for one-to-one discussions with local groups.their value in tackling health inequalities as a Greater Merseyside combined authority begins to develop.

Lorraine Webb (CEO, The Venus Centre) & Paul Garner (Excel Housing)
Sefton Supported Housing Group 

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Lorraine Webb was originally a Youth and Community Worker with a creative slant and has worked in Sefton for over 25 years. She has worked for Venus for 22 years, which is a Charity supporting children, young people and families, delivering holistic services that support equality, justice and life development opportunities. Lorraine is very passionate about the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector, in particular regards to the massive contributions made at grass roots levels in our communities.

P Garner CVS conference picPaul Garner is the Director of Business Development at Excel Housing Solutions. Excel is a Registered Provider operating across Liverpool and Sefton regions specialising in the delivery of supported housing options to individuals at risk of becoming homeless.

He has in excess of 25 years working within the Supported Housing sector including 10 years as the Housing Manager with the Merseyside Probation Trust.

In recent years Paul has played an active role in the formation of two successful housing Consortium’s;  the “Liverpool Accommodation Based Support Consortium”, which is a partnership that operates homeless services across  Liverpool Local Authority and the “Sefton Supported Housing Group”, which  is a collaboration that delivers homeless services in Sefton Borough. Membership of both consortium’s includes a number of locally based specialist housing providers and has proven successful in securing a number of key homelessness contracts.


At this year’s Annual Conference, Sefton CVS are pleased to host a Funding Marketplace in the main Lakeside Suite from 9.30am – 1pm. 

Delegates will have an opporutnity to browse the marketplace and speak to a wide range of funders and grant-makers including…

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First Ark

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Key Fund
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The Charity Commission

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