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Roli Barker - Group Chair

Roli is a Director at The Big Life Group and trustee at The Lowry. Before moving into the charity sector, Roli delivered international projects for corporate and not for profit organisations.

During her career, Roli has led community engagement projects across the UK for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a project to transform private renting in Greater Manchester.

Gill Brown

Gill is the Deputy Chair at Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Previous roles include governing body member for NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group and chief executive for Healthwatch Lancashire. Gill has also had a number of years’ experience of working in the NHS in a variety of clinical, research and board roles.

Bridget Groarke

Bridget is Co-founder and Director of Commercial Compass Ltd, a business and management consultancy.

Bridget has strong legal experience, and has previously held a number of influential roles including Head of Corporate and Legal for the Co-operative Group Ltd and Legal Counsel EMEA for Intervoice Brite Ltd.

Abdul Jabbar MBE

Abdul is a Councillor and Cabinet member for Finance and Corporate Resources at Oldham MBC.

He brings expertise in financial strategy, corporate governance, and financial performance to the board along with a passion for delivering outstanding services for our customers.

Keryn Jalli

Keryn is a Community Safety Manager for Cambridge City Council.

She is an experienced Safer Communities professional, with a 10-year record of successfully delivering multi-agency partnerships and projects covering issues such as the resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees, ASB, hate crime, gang violence and domestic violence.

Melvin Kenyon

Melvin brings a wealth of knowledge from his prior executive roles in both the private and public sectors along with substantial risk management experience.

Melvin currently also serves as a non-executive director of Ongo Homes and he is a member of Nottingham Trent University’s Audit & Risk Committee.

Evelin Matley

Evelin is a retired former senior banker who spent more than 25 years of her career specialising in lending to the social housing sector, most recently at Santander UK PLC but also with BNP Paribas.

Her previous experience was also gained in private finance initiative project finance.

Tim Ryan

Tim is director of Volute Ltd, a digital development agency which creates websites, apps and learning management systems for Universities, NHS and private sector organisations.

He is a Registered Architect and previously had a career in social housing property development.

Annabel Todd

Annabel is a banking and lending specialist with an MSC and BSc in Banking Practice and Management and is a Fellow of the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Annabel spent most of her career at RBS but is now Business Development Director and runs the North West office for BREAL Zeta, who are a specialist funder lending money to local and global businesses.

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