logo of the Mike Allen personal interweb page

TL;DR - A personal web presence/launch site.

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 health, social care and wellbeing.

I'm currently Chief Executive of Age UK Berkshire, based in Reading and covering the whole County from past Newbury across to Slough. I'm still a bit confused by all that geography but I know it's all south of the Thames.

...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, 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.
That's all in more 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, Ásgeir Trausti and Captain Beefheart - cooking, cheese, cycling and Italy, although not in that order.

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

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