Selnet’s Board of Directors

Selnet Directors as of our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 7th April 2022

Please click on a directors name for further information:




David Allen (Chair)
Recycling Lives

About Dave
Dave is Managing Director for two of the divisional businesses operated under the Recycling Lives Group. The businesses, Recycling Lives Compliance Services and Recycling Lives Environmental Services, are commercial business operators that work alongside the Recycling Lives Charity. We provide physical material and work opportunities through which the charity is able to support people on their various outreach programmes.

Recycling Lives Charity gives marginalised people the opportunity to gain life skills, work skills and ultimately paid employment. The charity aims to change lives through offender rehabilitation, residential support, and food redistribution. Partnerships are a key aspect of the charity model, we work with partners across all sectors and help prisons, businesses, and charities to create lasting change:

  • Working with communities to reduce crime, homelessness, and poverty
  • Partnering with prisons to reduce reoffending by supporting offenders
  • Working with businesses to demonstrate their values through recruitment
  • Supporting charities to reduce running costs by providing quality food

Recycling Lives is a national business which very much has its home and head office in Lancashire. We actively engage with and support local third sector organisations to be able to handle a variety of waste types to increase their income generating potential. We have a number of projects within Lancashire and beyond, where we support social enterprise.



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Alistair Clarke MBE
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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Lynn James-Jenkinson
Pathways Associates CIC Ltd

About Lynn
Lynn is a qualified Social Worker and has management qualifications.

Lynn has worked in the public sector for over 30 years, starting her working life supporting disabled children in mainstream school and as a support worker supporting people with a learning disability relocate from Long Stay hospitals across the North of England to homes of their own with they support needed to achieve that. Lynn has always enjoyed working closely with people with learning disabilities and their families to support them to live the lives they want to live.

Lynn brings her experience, knowledge and passion about people’s rights to her role. Most importantly Lynn has 6 children of her own and understands the issues affecting disabled children and adults and their families from a personal perspective.



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Graham Jones graham
Travel Assist 

About Graham
Graham is a founder director of Selnet.

He 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 (Vice Chair)
Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside

About Suzanne
Suzanne is the Development Manager at Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside. Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire & Merseyside is both a charitable trust and a social enterprise that has been working to build more sustainable communities across Cheshire and Lancashire since 1985 and Merseyside since 2012. They do this by helping people and organisations to create better neighbourhoods, to build their skills and job prospects, and to 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. She has experience of developing successful partnerships and securing funding that has provided additional services and provision in some of the most marginalised communities in Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside.




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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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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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Courtney Wright
PAC – Positive Action in the Community

About Courtney
Courtney is a Chartered Certified Accountant and owner of an Accountancy practice based in Lancashire. Starting as a work experience student at SELNET, she now has over 10 years experience of all things business and financial within the not for profit and third sector.

Also working as the head of Business and Finance for a local charity – Positive Action in the Community, Courtney recognises the importance of social enterprises and the impact that they have within local communities.


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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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