Danny Conway, Chair – standing down as a Chair in October 2021, but remaining a trustee
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.
Diane Webber – taking on the role of our Chair in October 2021
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.
Gavin Gager, Treasurer
Gavin has broad experience in treasury management, property management and equity investment portfolios, bringing a wealth of financial expertise into his treasurer role with CAMK, alongside his extensive experience of supporting a number of community-based projects across Milton Keynes. Gavin works closely with our CEO and Finance Manager to oversee the accounts and financial procedures.
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.
Lisa has more than thirty years experience working with communities in both a voluntary and professional capacity, with 17 years in Milton Keynes working alongside parish councils and a variety of partner organisations. Lisa believes strongly in ensuring local communities are involved in local decision making, having been involved in the development and adoption of neighbourhood plans in Milton Keynes. Lisa has worked alongside CAMK on a number of projects to empower and involve local communities.
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’.
June has years of experience as a volunteer coordinator, supporting the work of Moorlands Children’s Centre and Community Centre in Beanhill and has a City & Guilds qualification in volunteering. June has supported the Community Action: MK’s past Community Mobiliser work in her capacity as a local resident/ volunteer and has a breadth of experience, and passion for working with/ and supporting the community-led action in her neighbourhood and across Milton Keynes.
Anthony Lands works full time as a Primary School PE teacher on the Lakes Estate and is a part time football coach for Milton Keynes Dons. Anthony is very passionate about supporting the young people within his community. He has shown this real commitment to his neighbourhood by being involved with the Lakes community for over a decade. This started in his teenage years when volunteering through the Community Mobiliser Programme set up by Community Action: MK when it was called MKCVO.
Recently stepped down…
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. We would like to thank Roger for all the support and skills he shared with us during his trusteeship at Community Action: MK.