Who We Are

Who we are

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Karen Garry is a community engagement professional with over 20 years' experience of working with people, groups and organisations in the community, voluntary, and public sectors. She has a passion for engaging people in decision-making and employs a range of facilitation skills to encourage communities to identify their own needs and solutions. She believes engagement must be meaningful and adhere to core principles that allow people to have real influence. Karen is a qualified trainer, action learning set facilitator and Associate Member of The Education & Training Foundation who designs bespoke training workshops, research, evaluation and engagement processes.

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Polly Goodwin is a consultant, trainer and coach with extensive voluntary sector experience gained over the last 25 years. She has practical experience of leading and managing organisations, both as a CEO and Chair, and experience of working with boards particularly around governance, leadership, organisational development and strategic planning. A trained coach, facilitator and mentor, Polly is able to ensure that the potentially difficult conversations often associated with organisational change and development can be conducted in an open way through the creation of neutral non-judgemental spaces and skilful facilitation and negotiation.

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Angus McCabe is a community development specialist and academic who has over 25 years' experience of work in play, youth, community development and informal education settings.He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre and University of Birmingham where he leads research with grassroots community groups that are 'Under the Radar'. Angus has expertise in community mental health and wellbeing, homelessness and children and young people's services.

Merida has a number of associates who bring additional expert knowledge and experience to the team and help us provide creative and dynamic responses to your needs.

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Dr Ruth Wilson is an equalities consultant specialising in education, carrying out research, training, and consultancy, mainly for public bodies and the voluntary and community sector. She is also a Bell Foundation Associate and a registered member of the Institute of Equalities and Diversity Professionals (IEDP) where she has been a board member since December 2011.Ruth provides training, advice and guidance on equalities, covering the full range of protected characteristics identified in The Equality Act 2010.

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Vicky Redding is a facilitator, trainer and governance specialist who uses dialogue approaches to organisational development. She delivers participatory research and evaluation working with a wide range of organisations, groups and communities in both urban and rural environments. Vicky also offers stratgeic support to voluntary and community sector infrastructure agencies on commissioning and engaging with public sector commissioning bodies, for instance throught the VCS Compact and in Mental Health.

Our work is informed by our shared values. We believe in social justice, equity and tackling inequalities and we offer integrity and independence.

Our approach is rooted in practice and informed by theory, it is participatory, creative and solutions-focused.

You have the ability to understand the needs of the client and respond appropriately. Ability to establish good working relationship. You are very approachable and good to work with.
Manager, Sandwell PCT