The Team

Liz Tapner  
Chief Executive Officer

liz-tapnerLiz is the driving force behind Selnet and has been responsible for developing it into the major infrastructure organisation that it is today.

A chartered business adviser and business mentor, she has extensive experience of business support programmes having worked for, and with, local authorities across the North West throughout her career. She specialises in finance and accounts and is able to support clients in all aspects of financial planning.

Liz’s main role as CEO is to ensure that Selnet can deliver on its contracts and that the business is sustainable for the long term. To do this, she works closely with the board of directors to make sure that the whole team pulls in the same direction.

Liz is perhaps best known in Lancashire as an advocate for the social enterprise sector and regularly undertakes speaking engagements and media articles to promote the work of local social businesses. She represents Lancashire as a sub-region of the North West.

Liz was recognised as one of the UK’s social enterprise leaders in 2017 when she was awarded one of the First Honorary Social Enterprise UK Fellowships.


Andrew Glover   IT & Web Services Coordinatorandrew

Andrew has been with Selnet since 2008, his skills and knowledge have grown as the organisation has developed and he remains an invaluable member of the Selnet team.

Andrew developed the concept for SelWeb, Selnet’s web hosting service to ensure that members could access web resources for their business at a realistic cost. He continues to work with SelWeb customers to train, develop and support them to maintain and further develop their company websites.

Additionally, within his current role he maintains a Selnet web presence across all operational activity. Andrew administrates Selnet board and the two main events in the Selnet calendar – the Annual Awards and AGM. He supports members and partners with web-based and IT concerns and works across all programmes supporting the team’s delivery. He is responsible for all electronic systems and is able to troubleshoot and fix most any operational difficulties.


Tracy Worden   Contracts Support Officer

tracy-wordenAfter mainstream education Tracy attended university to study politics, philosophy and religion and brought a wealth of experience in administration gained as a front-facing civil servant in a benefits office when she joined Selnet in 2012.

Tracy has excellent communication and interpersonal skills and, in addition to her contract support role, works as an administrator in the Selnet office. She will generally be the first person you speak to when you give us a call.


Alice Williams   Network Co-ordinator

alice-williamsAlice joined the team in February 2013. As Network Co-ordinator she facilitates the Selnet member network, keeping in contact with our members and sharing important news from across the sector, regionally and nationally. She also manages training, events, marketing and communications for Selnet and its programmes as well as anything else that comes up!

Alice has a strong background in marketing, events and PR in the public, private and third sectors and came to Selnet from the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside.


Lynn Trickett   Contract Quality Manager

lynn-trickettLynn joined the team at Selnet following 13 years as a professional business advisor delivering business support on behalf of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and BWD Borough Council. She remains an employee and senior manager of Bootstrap Enterprises Blackburn half of her working week and will continue to be involved in the delivery of accredited qualifications to the professional advisor market at level 5 & 7 and the delivery of professional advice.

Lynn is passionate about best practice and adds value to the team by bringing business advice skills to Selnet to further compliment the expertise of this growing organisation. She is delighted to be able to work with so many Social Enterprises and individuals who give so much energy and commitment to the community and make such a difference.


Donna Sadler   Partnership Manager

donna-sadlerDonna has recently joined Selnet from Regenerate Pennine Lancashire where she took responsibility for four large projects, three European funded, with a total budget of £7m. She has an honours degree in Business Administration and is a qualified Prince2 Practitioner.

Donna is a strong supporter of networks and believes much can be achieved within the VCSE Sector by organisations working collaboratively.

In terms of internal processes within organisations, she has extensive experience of audits to European level and has many examples of best practice. She also has considerable experience in bid writing and developing continuation strategies for projects that are coming to the end of a funded period.


Jan Calderbank   Project Lead Officer

jan-calderbankBefore joining Selnet, Jan was employed by Community & Business Partners CIC for 10 years, working to develop and manage projects for disadvantaged adults and children. Jan set up and managed the Energy Zone, one of the first asset transfers in the country, a community venue in Blackburn with Darwen, offering a wide range of training, support, opportunities and inclusion for marginalised individuals. She has an impressive record on delivering successful programmes funded by all the major third sector funding bodies.

Jan is a highly motivational manager and looks forward to applying her skills and experience in her work as Project Lead Officer on the Building Better Opportunities projects managed by Selnet.


Alison Davies   Project Lead Officer

alison-daviesAlison has a background in managing European funding programmes, regeneration and external funding gained over a 15-year career working in local government in Great Manchester and Lancashire. She then moved into the VCSE sector building up strong networks and prior to joining the Selnet team worked for Disability Advice West Lancs, based in Skelmersdale.

She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and over her working career she has gained valuable experience and knowledge within the business and public sector and their funding regimes.

Alison brings these skills and experience to work with the Selnet Building Better Opportunities team and embraces the challenges in working with the diverse partners as Project Lead Officer working across the BBO projects.


Amanda Sumner  Monitoring and Compliance Officer

Amanda joined the team in December to work on the Building Better Opportunities projects, and she brings with her a wealth of experience within funded projects focusing on helping people back into work such as New Deal, Response to Redundancy and Study Programme.

Amanda has a strong background in the education sector, adopting several roles including tutor, assessor, internal verifier and safeguarding.  She is passionate about enabling young people to overcome barriers, gain qualifications and ultimately move into jobs.

Amanda has a keen interest in quality assurance and enjoys finding ways to make the customer experience a valuable and consistent one. She enjoys working with delivery partners and building great relationships.


Nina Cowell   Administrator

I joined the team in January 2017 as project administrator for Building Better Opportunities. I come from a background in primary teaching and supporting children with special needs. Before this I spent many years in the retail sector where I picked up a variety of skills but most importantly customer service.

I am usually the first person you will speak to on the phone, help you out with VIEWs, meets and greets you in the office and makes you a cuppa!



Courtney Wright   Accountant

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