This breakout session will look at the impact of community wealth building: alternative ways to measure that impact and how we can use anchor networks to increase it.
Ellie Radcliffe (chair) is a Senior Researcher for CLES, having previously developed diverse experience across the third sector, with a career rooted in a passion for social justice. Ellie delivers research, membership, policy and consultancy work at CLES, and has particular interests in community organising, environmental breakdown and new municipalism. She is an experienced facilitator and her work prior to her time at CLES included hosting spaces where people with lived experience of homelessness could engage with policy-makers around decision making.
Benjamin Barr is a Professor in Applied Public Health at the University of Liverpool. His research focuses on using natural experiments to evaluate the health inequalities impact of local and national social, welfare, economic and health policies. He has a particular interest in research that enables local government to promote health equity by addressing the social determinants of health. His recent research has included assessing the health inequalities impact of NHS resource allocation policy and evaluating the impact of multiple local authority, NHS and community initiatives.
Brian O’Neill is the Director of Development and Enterprise at Enterprise North West, a leading enterprise agency that specialises in business support, economic development and social enterprise development in the North West of Ireland. He previously worked for an American multinational engineering company, fulfilling a number of roles prior to joining Enterprise North West. He is actively involved in the economic development agenda across the North-West, and, to support ongoing wider engagement with enterprise stakeholders, he has held a number of strategic positions within local, regional, and national bodies and organisations.
Conrad Parke is Birmingham Anchor Network Co-ordinator at CLES, where he has supported the Network to develop innovative projects in a number of functions, most notably in procurement and workforce. He worked alongside Birmingham and Solihull NHS Trust, Birmingham City Council and Pioneer Housing to develop the I Can project, which supports housing association residents into NHS roles. As well as his role at CLES Conrad supports two neighbourhoods that have received Big Local funding in Birmingham and Solihull.
Sarah McKinley is the Director of Community Wealth Building programs for The Democracy Collaborative, working out of Brussels. Her focus is on building transatlantic partnerships to develop new community wealth building models and learning exchanges to advance the democratic economy in the UK, Europe, and the US. She has managed the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, a multiyear initiative supported by the Northwest Area Foundation, assisting ﬁve organizations in Indian Country to create social enterprises and employee-owned companies.