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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 can help...

I've been Chief Executive of several mid-size charities: my first in Birmingham thirty-odd years ago, most-recently one working with older people in Berkshire.

I'm currently working a fixed-term contract supporting library services with their volunteering development, although the very idea of that seems to have rattled a few people…
Once that programme is firmly in place, I would be interested in a different or challenging role, albeit not necessarily at Chief Executive level or full-time. All that geography in Berkshire tells me I don't want to travel into London and would like to stay 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 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, 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 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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