Melanie is leading Big Society Capital’s work to support social enterprises to engage with social investment. Formerly Chief Executive of Social Enterprise West Midlands CIC, Melanie led it from a publicly funded project to a sustainable social enterprise through four years of trading and growth. With a background of 20 years in retail Melanie has also deployed her commercial skills to run her own consultancy working with community organisations and charities to raise funds and to look at new ways of sustainable income generation. Outside of her day job Melanie supports the sector in other ways and is the Social Enterprise Champion for Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and Chair of Governors at a rural primary school in Leicestershire. Melanie is a trustee of NAVCA, the only national membership body specifically for local sector support and development organisations in England. Members share knowledge, experience and best practice.
“I have tracked the transformation of Changes from start up, grant dependency to a drive towards becoming a sustainable social enterprise through the entrepreneurial development of a range of traded services. All this never whilst losing sight of the recovery community that is at the core of Changes UK’s impact.I am keen to see how my networks and experience can provide support as Changes UK continues on its journey”.
Named as one of East Midlands’ most dynamic entrepreneurs Rob is co founder of 200 Degrees Coffee, a speciality coffee roaster and wholesaler with shops in Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Leicester Cardiff, Lincoln and Nottingham with further plans to expand nationally. Rob was instrumental in supporting Changes UK set up our first coffee shop Changes Coffee, holding our hand from day one offering both his financial, professional and personal support, along with the knowledge, skills and experience of his team throughout. Rob has remained a close critical friend of Changes UK since and is a valued corporate partner. He says; “Some things I’ve got right, lots I’ve got wrong. Although painful at the time it’s the mistakes that build us and enrich us. If I can help Changes UK avoid some of my mistakes I’ll be delighted!” Rob lives in Nottingham with his wife and three children. He loves cricket as do his children, he thinks he’s funny by his children don’t!
“Changes UK helps to fight some of the most difficult issues we face in society. I’ve been so impressed with the team and their passion since the day I first met Steve and Nic a few years ago. The impacts of addiction are so devastating and far reaching well beyond the individual, to support such a fantastic and dedicated team feels absolutely the right thing and a privilege to do. The free to access element of Changes UK is vital to support some of the most vulnerable in society. It’s a great organisation working for a great cause”
Retiring recently following 29 years as a journalist for the BBC, Bob was a regular face reporting on the nightly regional news programme Midlands Today covering numerous high profile stories including terrorist trials, the riots of 2011, General Elections, HS2 and the Coronavirus pandemic. He particularly enjoyed bringing human interest stories to the programme. He also made a number of walking and cycling series reflecting his passion for the countryside and the great outdoors. Bob also worked as a director on the popular rural affairs programme Countryfile working alongside John Craven and the team. Bob has a number of interests including running – he’s completed four marathons in London and New York. He is a keen cyclist, enjoys walking and plans to complete a number of the UK’s long distance footpaths in his retirement. If he can find the inspiration and discipline, he will also attempt to achieve a long cherished dream of writing a book.
“I’m happy to support Changes UK as through my work I’ve witnessed the transformative effect the charity’s work has on people struggling with addiction.”
Jamie is currently the Group Procurement Director for Pure Gym Group and brings a broad range of experience across operations, procurement, commercial and contract law having worked in a number of business and sectors throughout his career. Passionate and very much a people person, Jamie looks to help, support and mentor both in and outside if the workplace where he can. Residing in Nottingham with his partner he likes to spend time walking his three dogs, travelling, watching movies, gigs and music, and spending time with friends and family.
“Having recently been introduced to Change UKs, and with addiction to drugs & alcohol being very close to home for me, both personally and people around me, I am in a place where I am very keen to give back and support such a great cause.”
Deputy Data Protection Officer
Veolia UK and Ireland
Henry is a data protection professional, working with Veolia, UK and Ireland. He genuinely loves the field of data protection and is committed to spreading that “joy” wherever he goes. As a member of our Advisory Committee, Henry provides advice on data protection, privacy and information governance.
“I first encountered Changes UK when I came to conduct a supplier audit, I instantly fell in love with the work Changes UK does and the energy with which everyone does it and wanted to get involved from to start”
I retired in 2018 following a long career in marketing and sales roles in banking, then payment and fraud prevention systems. My final 10 working years were with the National Lottery Community Fund, the largest distributor of Lottery funding to good causes. In my personal life, I’ve been married for 38 years, with a daughter and granddaughter. Our latest addition to the family is a Jack Russell puppy!
“One of my objectives in retirement was to take a Trustee or Advisory role with a charity. I knew about Changes UK from Trustee Mike Allen, my near-neighbour, and was impressed with their work, ethos, and ambition. After meeting Steve and Nic, I offered to volunteer in whatever way my experience could be of benefit. I’ve worked on a few successful funding bids, supporting the great work Nic does. I’m impressed and motivated by the work Changes UK does, and the difference it makes to people’s lives, and proud to play a small part in its continued success.”
DR NICOLA BURGESS
Reader of Operations Management
Warwick Business School
Nicola is Reader in Healthcare Operations Management at Warwick Business School and Course Director for the Foundation Year programme, teaching on a number of programmes and across all levels (MBA, Masters and undergraduate), as well as professional settings. Nicola’s research activity has primarily focused on healthcare, conducting a number of formative and summative evaluations of improvement initiatives within healthcare settings around the world. She is currently leading the national evaluation of the NHS partnership with Virginia Mason institute which is due to conclude in 2021. In May 2020 the evaluation was extended to capture how a systematic approach to quality improvement shaped the operational response of NHS hospitals to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicola also serves in an advisory capacity on NHS program boards and acts as a reviewer for several academic journals. Nicola has published widely in world leading journals such as Journal of Operations Management, Human Resource Management, European Journal of Operations Research, British Journal of Management and the British Medical Journal. In her spare time Nicola enjoys relaxing with her husband, three daughters and two dogs!
“I have worked with Changes UK on a number of occasions and with each interaction I am moved by the passion and the commitment of every staff member and service user past and present. Changes UK offer a lifeline to those that are struggling with addiction, but they have also proven a remarkable capacity for transforming lives. I am honoured to be able to support Changes UK to continue their immensely important work”
Nick has a wealth of experience in the field of addiction services beginning his career 35 years ago as a volunteer with Birmingham Drugline, a Turning Point project where he went on to manage the service. 10 years later he moved over to the NHS, primarily as an addiction clinical manager.
Today Nick is an inspector for CQC. (Care Quality Commission). His interests include hill walking, cycling and music.
“I first heard about Changes UK while taking part in a sponsored walk to the summit of Mt Snowdon in 2010. On this walk I met two very inspiring people in recovery. They told me of how much Changes UK was helping them. They spoke so highly of the help they were receiving that I made a commitment to finding out more. I met Steve shortly afterwards and he has always impressed me with his vison for recovery. Changes bring hope to many people who thought there was no hope left to be had. They are an essential component of treatment services in Birmingham and I am proud to be associated with them.”
Tobias was called to the UK Bar in 2001 and has been practicing as a barrister for around 20 years. With extensive experience in property, landlord and tenant, general civil and commercial litigation along with a masters degree in intellectual property law he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Tobias is known to be a versatile and pragmatic advocate who always remembers to keep clients best interests at heart.
“I’ve been in recovery for over 25 years and will actually be celebrating 25 years continuous clean time in March this year. I am keen to support Changes UK as I benefitted significantly from the opportunities I was given through charities with a similar ethic as Changes UK and this is a good opportunity for me to give something back myself. Being in recovery for so long I have given legal advice related to recovery in a lot of different settings and I think that I am thus well equipped to assist Changes UK in a variety of different matters.”
A qualified ACA previously trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers with over 20 years’ experience in finance, operations and risk management, Stephen’s roles often move from finance focused to strategic operational thinking in order to move an organisation through positive change.
A keen athlete, Stephen has competed in the London Marathon, various triathlons and the most torturous yet cycling Lands End to John O Groats in 9 days through high winds and torrential rain raising funds for MS, a disease his Father has lived with for 20 years. Stephen is also a UEFA B license qualified football coach, the manager of Bingham Town FC Mens Reserves team and coaches his two sons football teams.
He also owns Venture Learning an Alternative Provision School set up to support Key Stage 3 and 4 students.
“I was introduced to Changes 18 months ago and supported them during a period of change. I was immediately drawn to their passion and purpose. I hope I can bring some value to an amazing group of people and support the organisations journey to achieving its goals”
...of those in recovery with proven outcomes. More people in stable accommodations, reduction in criminal behaviour and more people enjoying and embracing life.
Let the journey begin.