Our Panel of Collaboration Experts

We are delighted to announce our amazing panel for the discussion about "Creating a Culture of Collaboration". We have a broad range of perspectives including partnership working between charities, corporate partnerships and internal collaboration and skills sharing too.

Karen Mellanby - Mind

At Mind Karen is the Director of Networks and Communities, working with the nationally affiliated network of 140 local Mind organisations and oversees a range of programmes that promote good mental health services in communities, in partnership with others. Karen is also involved in the ground-breaking Time to Change anti stigma and discrimination movement. 

Karen has over 25 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector. Prior to joining Mind in 2013, Karen managed national programmes in supporting effective community led development and enterprise at Locality. Karen also oversaw the Collaboration Benefits programme, a national capacity building programme for voluntary and community sector on supporting collaboration which ran from 2009-2012. Read more: the Mind website or connect on Linkedin.

Lauren Young - TalkTalk

Lauren Young heads up Corporate Social Responsibility at TalkTalk and works to help more people enjoy the benefits of the digital world, safely and securely. Before joining TalkTalk in June 2016, she led the UK Sustainability programme at Bupa for almost three years, during which time she introduced a new community engagement strategy, ensuring it aligned with Bupa's purpose and was embedded within teams across the organisation. Lauren has also worked for a number of charities and spent six years at Cancer Research UK, where she specialised in corporate fundraising - her highlight being part of the Tesco Charity of the Year 2012 team that raised £12.6 million. Connect on Linkedin.

Amy Burton – Diabetes UK

Amy Burton, Digital Engagement Manager at Diabetes UK, has worked across teams to help develop digital skills. She has worked in the sector for over 4 years in organisations large and small. Keen to help encourage collaboration and understanding of digital for staff, volunteers and those outside of the charity sector she often shares top tips on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Lynda McCullagh – RSPB  

As Head of Corporate Partnerships at the RSPB, Lynda is focused on driving forward conservation through working creatively and collaboratively with the private sector. Drawing on her background in marketing, Lynda has worked closely with brands at ZSL and WaterAid to achieve business goals through NGO partnerships. These relationships have spanned a variety of partnership formats including event sponsorship, global cause related marketing campaigns and employee engagement. Connect on Linkedin.

Richard Sved – St Albans Funding Network

Richard Sved is the founding Director of 3rd Sector Mission Control and is an NCVO sustainable funding consultant. He has worked and volunteered in the charity sector for 25 years. He previously led the fundraising function for two national charities and has in recent years been interim head of fundraising at Girlguiding, Epilepsy Society, Education Support Partnership. He advises charities on fundraising, communications, strategy and governance. When not doing that, he blogs regularly about the charity sector, and fundraising in particular, often from a slightly leftfield perspective, at his 3rdsectormissioncontrol website or connect on Linkedin.

Timings (arrive anytime):

5.30pm - Welcome & drinks (open networking)

6.15 - 6.30 - Icebreaker networking activity

6.45 - 7.10 - Collaboration Activity (small groups)

7.20 - 8.00 - Panel Discussion - Creating a Culture of Collaboration

8.00 - 8.25 - Open Networking

8.30 - Close (feel free to go off the pub)

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There are a few spaces left at the event on Monday 31.10.16. Read more and book your place

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