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TL;DR - A personal web presence.

Seriously, don't take it too seriously.


I've long been a senior strategist in the Voluntary and Community Sector (read: Charities & not-for-personal-profit organisations) in the UK, with particular emphasis on improving wellbeing for service users/ clients/ customers = people who we help.

I've been Chief Executive of several mid-size charities: my first in Birmingham thirty-odd years ago, more-recently another working with and for older people across Berkshire. I've even done my time with the Public Sector for the local Library Service

So, I'm really pleased to now be working for the excellent inVOLve Community Services as their Trustee Recruitment & Liaison Officer, looking to help voluntary and community organisations in Bracknell Forest & Wokingham Borough with their governance and trustee recruitment.
At last being part-time, in partial-retirement, slobbing-about in the garden is probably enough for me, as any future work-wise I don't want to travel into London and would stay south of the Thames, as well as remain a Trustee of RAN.

...that keeps me in this tourist town

Born south of the Thames in London, I studied Architecture in Portsmouth until the radical housing movement of the 1970s grabbed me, fired my politics and my voluntary work with communities.

My paid career took off with Adventure Playwork, followed by youth work management, then community development including assisting a Pakistani education organisation, dabbling in ICT strategy for a national housing charity, Chair of a Children's Trust (while they still existed), CEO with an older people's organisation and later for a charities-support organisation in the Midlands.
Along that path I acquired a MBA from the University of Birmingham, looking at social capital and connected communities, long before these days of always-connected social media…
That's all in far too much detail on LinkedIn.

Adventure Playground fun



Outside of the Voluntary Sector, I have intense passions for music - currently from Elvis Costello to Willis Earl Beal and Martha Wainwright via Damien Rice, Bombino, Ásgeir Trausti and Captain Beefheart - cooking, cheese, cycling, cricket and chianti, although not in that order.



It's always best to contact me via LinkedIn, where I'd probably respond within a day or two or three…
or you can try mike at mike dash allen dot org dot uk


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