Leading the charge – building local coalitions for a community wealth building fuelled recovery

Plenary session 10.50am – 12pm

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Following on from our opening keynote, the remainder of the opening plenary for this year’s Community Wealth Building Summit will explore the question of who is best placed to take the community wealth building movement forward in places. The community wealth building movement is being pioneered by different anchor institutions from different sectors, appropriate to the context of their places. This panel debate will bring together leaders from these different sectors to discuss some of the work they have been able to push forward and to explore the mechanisms and motivations for more collaborative working between anchor institutions on community wealth building.


Sarah Evans is Commercial Director of the Wales Co-operative Centre and an independent policy and research advisor for the social business sector.

Alison McKenzie-Folan is Chief Executive of Wigan Council. She has 30 years of experience in various roles in local government, the civil service and the NHS. She was previously Deputy Chief Executive at Wigan Council, where she had responsibility for a range of services and developed the council’s Deal for the Future strategy. 

Donna McLaughlin is Director of Social Value at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust. She joined the NCA in April 2017 as Chief Officer for Oldham Care Organisation and then as Alliance Director for Oldham Cares, bringing together health and social care services in Oldham. 

Sam Scharf is Director of Housing and Customer Services at C&C Housing. He joined C&C from housing provider Orbit Group, where he was Director of Communities and Sustainability. Sam is a member of the board of advisors for the Centre for the New Midlands, and has focused on social investment in housing as part of a role for Big Society Capital. 


Tom Lloyd Goodwin is Associate Director for Policy at CLES. Since completing his PhD in political theory in 2009, Tom has worked with numerous organisations across local government, academia, the NHS and the voluntary and community sector. He has delivered an array of local economic development and health policy projects, focused on addressing poverty, fostering social inclusion and promoting public health. Tom brings expertise in political theory, political economy policy and implementation research to his Associate Director role.