Sheila Thornton, Chair
Before retirement, Sheila worked for Milton Keynes Council and within the local voluntary sector, having previously spent over 25 years as a teacher. Volunteering as a parish councillor and with the local Fawcett Society also ‘keep her out of trouble’. This is her third year as Chair of the Board.
Gamiel is vice-chair of CA: MK as well as being on the Board of MK Parks Trust and being in great demand for the work he delivers through his company, Diversity Marketplace, a specialist consultancy that provides a ‘one stop shop’ for equality, diversity and inclusion. Gamiel brings his enthusiasm and positivity to every occasion and CA: MK benefits greatly from his networks.
Sola is our Treasurer. Currently the minister in charge of Kings Court Chapel, Milton Keynes, Sola has a wide range of experience in finance management for a variety of public, private and voluntary organisations and describes himself as a ‘commercially aware charity leader’. He works closely with our CEO and Finance officer to oversee the accounts and financial procedures.
Many people in Milton Keynes know of Roger because of his work recording audio and filmed interviews to capture the history of the city and its communities. Roger is still an active player at the Living Archive, and in community activities in Wolverton, constantly finding new ways and opportunities to involve residents in schemes that develop their skills and strengthen community spirit.
As the Project Manager of MK Food Bank, John has a deep knowledge of the challenges and struggles of daily life for many of our residents. John used to be a civil servant and his eye for detail, and grasp of national issues is of great benefit to CA: MK.
Lisa has lived and worked in the city for many years, across the communities of MK, in particular with young people, in and in the field of safeguarding. She is a champion of community radio as well as a presenter. The Board benefits greatly from her experience of managing people, as well as her proactive and creative approach to dealing with challenges.
Working for The Parks Trust on events management and community engagement is Julie’s day job. We are thrilled that she has become a recent recruit to the Board because of her commitment to the city and her ideas on how open spaces can be vibrant and well-used. Julie has worked alongside CA: MK on many projects and knows the organisation well already.
Diane is a town planner who has lived and worked in Milton Keynes for over 17 years. She believes that constructive and effective community engagement is a key part of the planning process and has worked with CA:MK over many years on the development of new growth areas, including the Western Expansion Area. Through her previous role in the Development Plans team at Milton Keynes Council, Diane has a good understanding of the many challenges and opportunities that the area faces and what role CA:MK can play in supporting communities through these over the coming years.
For a very long time Milton Keynes has been home to Danny Conway, and he has contributed hugely to the strength of the community through his years working in the community and social services for MK Council. Danny’s passion for helping people to help themselves has resulted in initiatives such as Moorlands Family Centre, Springfield Youth Club, bringing the Family Group Conference model to MK and of course working with Community Action MK (or MKCVO as it was then) to launch the Community Mobiliser service.