At Community Action: MK, we deliver a wide range of community focused activities and projects. Our team is diverse and flexible, with varied skills and a lot of expertise. Hear them describe what they do in their own words:

Clare Walton, Interim CEO

Having worked in the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes for 16 years, I have unfailing belief in the power of three things: people, curiosity and cake. Committed to ensuring Community Action: MK provides the very best services to the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes, I bring a wealth of experience, a dedication to collaboration and the ability to pose challenging questions to my role as Interim Chief Executive of Community Action: MK.20170419_143915

Robbie Macpherson, COO

I am in charge of operations – making sure we deliver what we agreed with our funders. This means supporting our Contract Leads to ensure delivery is on time, to quality and cost. I also supports some of the contract work directly and love to help people connect our different contracts so they have an increased impact. My interest in Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Psychology explains why I am involved with Community Action: MK.

Jeanette Hyde

If you have an idea about voluntary activity that you want to see in your community I can give you advice about how to get things started, I also give governance advice to existing groups. In addition I am a funding advice worker so I can meet with you to help you get ready for funding, I run searches for funders which are appropriate for your activities and projects and can also support the development of those applications. All support is offered on a one to one basis, just call or drop us a line to make an appointment. 

Debbie Leaskrsz_1img_1369

As Operational Lead: Volunteering and with 16 years experience, I support local charities and community groups with advice on best practice in Volunteer Management, including recruitment and retention of volunteers.

I also meet with potential volunteers and support them in finding the most suitable volunteering role. Need more information or advice? Then get in touch to arrange an appointment.

Shona Driscoll

As part of the Support, Development & Volunteering Team at Community Action MK, I run the weekly Drop In session where I give Advice & Guidance on volunteering to members of the public. I also offer 1:1 appointments. Please call me if you would like further information. 

Jessica MacKinnon

I am a Community Development Team Member for Community Action: MK and support MK:Smart and citizen innovation, the Community Action Platform for Energy (CAPE) and Big Local Conniburrow. Although new to Milton Keynes, I am passionate about working with communities to explore their ideas for innovation and environmental sustainability. I also send out two monthly newsletters: Citizen Innovation (looking at citizen-led initiatives in Milton Keynes) and beyond and Growth Gossip (an update on new communities in Milton Keynes and other housing and community innovations).

Allison Carlton

I have taken on the role of Community Mobiliser and Funding Development Worker working primarily on the Oakridge Park development and other identified areas. I have extensive knowledge of community engagement previously working within the health sector as a Communications and Engagement Manager and more recently have worked within Milton Keynes supporting the disabled community.  

IMG_0959Samantha Coster

I am currently the Project Administrator on the Physical Activity Volunteering Project which aims to increase Volunteering and Physical Activity across Milton Keynes.

I also assist with the secretarial duties of the Homelessness Partnership Group. I originally started with Community Action: MK as a Volunteer.

Julie Webb

My name is Julie and I support a number of projects as part of the Community Engagement Team. I have worked in Milton Keynes’s voluntary and community sector for over 12 years, and at CA: MK for 5. I love working for the organisation as it gives me the opportunity to support a huge range of people to take action and make a real difference in their communities.

Josan Race

My name is Josan and I am the community mobiliser for the new expansion areas, this includes. The East, Broughton and Brooklands, Tattenhoe Park and Kingsmead south, and the West, Whitehouse and Fairfields.

IMG_1412Anna Klis-Davies

I am a member of the Community Engagement team and a former Community Mobiliser for Beanhill. I currently work on our citizen innovation projects, which include MK:Smart and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy. I am also supporting the work of local initiatives, such as the MK Futures 2050 and MK Community Energy Alliance. I feel really passionate about sustainability and community engagement, and have really enjoyed working on some very exciting projects covering these areas in Milton Keynes!

Tracy Whitmore

I have been with Community Action:MK for ten years. I started as a Community Mobiliser and have worked in various estates across MK. Currently, I am working as Deputy Office Manager with Works For Us for three days a week. The other two days are taken up as Strategic Lead for the Community Car Service and Project lead for Volunteer Training. I also develop new policies and procedures and I am the organisation’s Safeguarding lead.