Selnet’s Board of Directors

Selnet Directors as of our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 26th November 2020

Please click on a directors name for further information:



David Allen
Recycling Lives

About Dave
David is a key member of the leadership team at Recycling Lives – an organisation that blends recycling with social welfare.  Dave’s experiences have given him a true understanding of social businesses as well as the commerciality of a big business and brings a strong belief to Selnet about the needs of the third sector working with private businesses.



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Zed Ali
Lancashire Equalities

About Zed
Zed has a passion for improving outcomes for marginalised communities which falls under the legal framework of Equality and the Race Relation Acts. She has worked in the public sector for 20 years and in the VCFS for 5 years, and has the credentials and the support of both sectors. Lancashire Equalities is positioned uniquely to provide voice and representation for new, micro and small BME groups. Zed is well versed on issues relating to poverty and economic inequality, and is experienced in relation to policy, practice, legislation & evaluation.



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Alistair Clarke MBE (Vice Chair)
Tick the Publicity Box

About Alistair
Alistair is a chartered business advisor and professional marketer as Director of Tick The Publicity Box CIC – a community interest company established in 2008 to aid social enterprises and charitable groups to raise awareness through marketing, PR and events. A former radio news editor, Alistair hosts Selnet’s annual Enterprise in Society Awards which recognises and celebrates the very best of the sector across Lancashire. He is a regular deliverer of business support programmes and initiated a very successful Social Prescribing project in Blackpool. He has worked as a consultant to Selnet for a number of years and has advised a large number of social enterprises to start-up, incorporate and grow their businesses. Alistair was recognised in the 2020 New Years Honours list with an MBE for Services to Social Enterprise in Lancashire.



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Paula Gamester
Sewing Rooms

About Paula
My work has taken me to many places around the globe, and have set up businesses both here in the UK and in other countries. I became involved with the social enterprise sector over 10 years ago when I founded Connector Media and The Sewing Rooms. I am passionate about Social Enterprise and am proud to be part of a global movement that is putting People and the Planet First. I currently am part of the Well Skelmersdale Vision Team that has just brought the School for Social Entrepreneurs to Skelmersdale and am an Ambassador for Well North.

In November 2019 Paula was recognised for her impacts in advancing the social enterprise sector when she was awarded the title of Social Enterprise Champion at Lancashire’s Enterprise in Society Awards. As an experienced businesswoman who brings entrepreneurial flair, knowledge and commitment to the sector, Paula’s leadership secured national recognition in 2020 when The Sewing Rooms was awarded the Social Enterprise Resilience Champion award and was listed within the UK’s SE Top 100 Index.




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Graham Jones (Chair)graham
Bootstrap Enterprises

About Graham
Graham is Chair of Selnet, a founder director of the organisation, he currently has line management responsibility for Selnet’s Chief Executive. In the social enterprise world, Graham is the Business Manager at Bootstrap Enterprises in Blackburn. Graham is an active social enterprise champion with a wealth of expertise and experience within the sector, he is passionate about the need for charities and social enterprises to work co-operatively and deliver superb services to local people.



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Lucy Hamlin
Spring into Action

About Lucy
Lucy has worked in the private and voluntary sector for a number of years, and now works across all areas at Spring Into Action to drive the organisation forward. She is passionate about providing meaningful activities for those with learning difficulties to allow them to reach their potential and excel. As a long-standing member of Selnet, Spring Into Action have a vision of an inclusive society in which those with learning difficulties can fully participate. Their key aims are to provide access to safe, regular, affordable activities, remove barriers to access mainstream services and provide volunteer and employment opportunities. In becoming a member of Selnet’s board, Lucy is keen to support Selnet to better understand the needs of people who are disproportionally affected by society due to their disabilities.



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Linda Markey

About Linda
In a previous life I had my own restaurants in England and abroad and latterly a dance studio. I started work as a youth & community worker and obtained my a BA (hons) Degree from St Martins College Lancaster at the grand old age of 50. I have 30years experience of working with children, young people and families in the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre.

I managed the Millennium Volunteers Programme for 8 years setting it up from a standing start when it was first introduced to Blackpool in July 2000. Previously I had worked at the Tate Gallery Liverpool as their Community Curator working with disadvantaged groups across Merseyside. I undertook research, and delivered high quality community& training events, ranging from talks and workshops to conference and symposia, for Tate Liverpool visitors, coupled with Community Exhibitions in collaboration with the communities I had worked with.

I have also delivered Community Development training and Youth Work training for Blackpool; Fylde College after I gained my teaching qualification from the same college. I am a volunteer myself with My Town Tiggers a local charity that supports children and young people with autism. I am a Trustee of the Claremont First Step Centre Blackpool, Streetlife Homeless Charity Blackpool & Trustee Blackpool Council for Voluntary Youth Services. 



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Suzanne Murray
Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside

About Suzanne
Suzanne is the Development Manager at Groundwork CLM. Groundwork is a charitable trust that has been working to build more sustainable communities since 1984s by helping people and organisations to create better neighbourhoods, build their skills and job prospects, and live and work in a greener way.

Suzanne brings to the board a strong working knowledge of the sector, different third sector contracting requirements and externally funded programmes.



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Mohammed T Sidat MBE
IMO Charity

About Mohammed
Mohammed is a founder director of the IMO Charity based in Blackburn. He founded this charity in 2006 and joined the charity as Director of Operations in 2018. Prior to joining the charity, he has worked in Local Government, Prison Services and the NHS.

Mohammed is an active community and a grassroots champion with a wealth of expertise and experience within the sector, he is passionate about the need for VCFS sector and a special interest in working with the BAME and Non-BAME communities in delivering superb, cost effective and holistic services.

In October 2020, Mohammed was awarded an MBE for charitable services to the community.



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Dawn Welham

About Dawn
Dawn is an award-winning project manager and Chartered Business Advisor with a passion for social enterprise and cross sector collaborations. She has been working in Lancashire in support of the social enterprise sector since 2009 and became a Director of Selnet Ltd in January 2012, representing the interests of waste and environmental social enterprises. Her professional experience builds on formal qualifications including a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Business. 

In 2017 Dawn joined the Selnet team as our Network Coordinator and maintains a position on the board. Dawn leads on Selnet’s communications, programme brand compliance and bid writing. 



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Amanda Walton
Veterans in Communities (VIC) 

About Amanda
Amanda has been working for Veterans in Communities since 2018, and having a strong commitment to the ethos of the business and the members, she was quickly promoted to Chief Executive.  VIC activities are open to veterans and members of the local community alike with an aim to help reduce social isolation, improve self confidence and self-esteem, improve mental and physical well-being and promote a sense of belonging. Since her time at VIC, Amanda has successfully secured both the Bronze and Silver Awards of the Employer’s Defence Recognition Scheme; recognition of their role as advocates for those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, and their commitment to ensure they are treated fairly.


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Ann Marie Wrigley
New Era Enterprises (E.Lancs.) Ltd

About Ann Marie
Ann Marie is a founder director of Selnet. She has worked in the social enterprise sector for over 30 years at first in fair trading and then at New Era Enterprises (E. Lancs.) Ltd. where her responsibilities have included project development, bidding for funds, planning and delivery. Ann Marie is a qualified social enterprise business support worker and has an MA in social enterprise.


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