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TL;DR - A personal web presence.

Seriously, don't take it too seriously.

I'm a senior strategist in the Voluntary and Community Sector (read: Charities & not-for-personal-profit organisations) in the UK, with particular emphasis on improving health, social care and 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 one working with and for older people across Berkshire.

I'm currently working a fixed-term contract supporting library services with their volunteering development, and which seems to have gone quite well thanks to the willing citizens of Bracknell Forest.

After that, who knows: retirement, partial-retirement, consultancy, slobbing-about in the garden? I know with all that geography about in Berkshire, I don't want to travel into London and would like to 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 work including with a Pakistani education organisation, dabbling in ICT strategy for a national housing charity, Chair of a Children's Trust (when they still existed), CEO with an older people's organisation and later for a CVS (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, The National, 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 you can try mike at mike dash allen dot org dot uk

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