EVENT: 4th November 2021 – Amplifying the voice of the VCSE sector: Action Hampshire’s AGM

Amplifying the voice of the VCSE sector: Action Hampshire’s AGM


You are warmly invited to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 4 November.

Our new Interim CEO, Kate Shurety, will introduce the event, focusing on the importance of having a strong voice in the sector during times of external change and challenge, as well as being led and informed by the voices of those with lived experience.

  • We have an exciting range of speakers with local, regional and national perspectives:
  • Professor Patrick Vernon OBE. Patrick is a campaigner, cultural historian and author of 100 Great Black Britons campaign. He led a successful campaign for Windrush day, a national day acknowledging the migrant contribution to UK society,[which was officially backed by the government in 2018. Patrick is currently Associate Director for Connected Communities at the Centre for Ageing Better, Equality and Diversity Adviser to Lambeth Council, Chair of Citizens Partnership for Healthcare Investigation Branch (HSIB) and Senior Associate at OLMEC.
  • Judith Davey. Judith is CEO of The Advocacy Project who support marginalised people through advocacy and user involvement to speak up, understand their rights and make meaningful choices about what happens in their lives. A resident of Hampshire, Judith is also a member of the board of the Abbotts Ann Community Land Trust which is seeking to bring affordable housing to the village. Judith has served a number of charities, public sector and healthcare organisations and was recently recognised by IEra WomenLeaders as one of the ten most inspiring leaders CEOs of 2021.
  • Ian Loynes. Ian is CEO of Spectrum Centre for Independent Living CIC in Southampton and is actively involved with several other organisations controlled by Disabled People. He was a Trustee for the National Centre for Independent Living; and has been a Trustee of Disability Rights UK since they formed in 2012. Ian is passionate about the Social Model of Disability, the importance of a strong and vibrant Disability Movement, and the development of User-Led Organisations and has served on a number of influential bodies, locally, regionally & nationally. Ian was a commissioner on the Southampton Fairness Commission, served on the Independent Living Scrutiny Group (Office of Disability Issues) and co-founded SENDPO (the South East Network of Disabled People’s Organisations). Ian is currently a member of the Independent Living Strategy Group, a national network co-ordinating Independent Living strategy nationally and led by Baroness Campbell of Surbiton.
  • Leah Campbell, Action Hampshire’s Head of Charitable Services, will be presenting the next steps following the launch of the Covid edition State of the Sector report (you can book onto the launch event here)
  • You will also have the opportunity to network with other delegates during break out sessions
  • There will also be a chance to hear about what the Action Hampshire team have been up to over the last year and members will be able to vote on key issues.

We will be holding the meeting via Zoom, so sadly no pastries this year, but do bring a cuppa and a biscuit with you!

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