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Meet the Policy and Influence Team



Claire Tomkinson
Strategic Lead: Collaboration
My role involves increasing collaboration and new ways of working between voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations and colleagues in health and social care. My main areas of work include facilitating Community Explorers in partnership with Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and local organisations, and looking at a systems leadership approach in South Manchester in partnership with community partners and University Hospital South Manchester. I’m passionate about building relationships and making connections across sectors to bring together diverse groups of people capable of working together to make a change. I also have a particular interest in asset based approaches and recognising that amazing things happen in communities every day that are consistently overlooked and undervalued.


Karen Dyson
Policy and Influence Team Manager
As well as managing the overall work of the P and I team, my role includes looking at how and where the sector is represented in the city, how we are consulted and involved in decision making processes and how Macc can support organisations that are involved in this work.  I’m also involved with Macc’s internal developments such as the Equalities Working Group and Amplify, which looks at our communications. I work on projects and campaigns such as the Big Alcohol Conversation and coordinating Macc’s responses to sector consultations.


  Nigel Rose
Strategic Lead (Commissioning)
My role is about influencing the way that public bodies carry out commissioning – how they involve voluntary sector organisations and their beneficiaries in planning, designing and carrying out services. The underlying principles that guide my influence work are community development, co-production and co-design, social value and strength-based approaches to personal care. My key connections, apart from with voluntary sector organisations, are with public sector commissioners and procurement departments. I have worked in many voluntary sector organisations in both paid and unpaid roles including Manchester MIND, Refugee Action, Greater Manchester Immigration Unit, Chorlton Refurb, and Green Chorlton.
  Helen Walker
Policy & Influence Worker
I provide communications and administrative support to the Policy and Influence Team. This includes organising the Voluntary Sector Assembly events and network meetings, updating the Manchester Community Central website with policy news, and tweeting from the @PolicyVoiceMacc Twitter account. I also produce the Policy and Influence Shorts policy update and the quarterly Policy News. I work with colleagues on projects such as Sharing Our Wellness and run story training courses. 
  Anna Tate
Policy & Influence Development Worker 
Danielle Conway 
Health and Care Development Worker
My role centres on creating spaces where collaborative and trusting relationships can develop between VCSE sector organisations and our colleagues within Health and Social Care. To achieve this, I believe that we have to take a creative approach; one that focuses on our shared values so we are better able to work together as equal partners across the system. The ultimate aim is to work alongside a diverse range of people to explore how we can make tangible, positive change to improve health and care outcomes for the people of Manchester. If you are interested in hearing more about what I am working on at the minute you are most likely to find me at our Community Explorers Meetings that take place across the city. Drop me an email or come along and say hello!