The V21 Team.

 

 

The Vision 21 team is headed by three young directors with a wealth of experience in community consultation and research, engineering social change, building successful organisations and fostering productive partnerships. This core team is backed by an impressive network of associate consultants and companies who can be deployed for specific client needs.


SIMON DANCZUK, who manages Vision 21, is a former media relations officer and research co-ordinator The Big Issue in the North. He has also worked for Opinion Research Corporation International, Bolton Bury Training and Enterprise Council, and as a research assistant in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University. Simon is an elected member on Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and has written on a variety of employment, training and regeneration issues.


ANNE McNAMARA is a joint proprietor of The Big Issue in the North and chairman of its Trust. She has an excellent knowledge of local governance, regeneration, the welfare state and addiction issues. Anne has been chair of Manchester Drugs Reference Group, sat on the Drug Action Team, has sat on a number of local regeneration forums and is currently developing an early years initiative. She has written and spoken widely on a number of social exclusion issues.


RUTH TURNER is the other proprietor and chairman of The Big Issue in the North and a founding trustee of its charity, The Big Issue in the North Trust. Ruth won the Young Mancunian of the Year 1997 award, is a director of Sustainability North West and Aurora - a new North West think tank. She has written extensively on social and political issues, appears regularly on radio and television, and lectures on social issues throughout the world.


DR. KINGSLEY PURDAM, is the principal researcher for Vision 21. His background is in economics, political participation studies and frontline service provision to vulnerable groups. He has taught at both Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University. He has recently completed a 15-month national study concerning the Human Rights Act 2000 for the Home Office.


HELEN BIDWELL, a researcher for Vision 21, was previously an Urban Planning Assistant for planning, urban design and architecture company Taylor Young. An MRTPI accredited Town Planner; Helen's expertise includes regeneration, town planning, urban design and community consultation.


Vision 21's network of associates includes:

Prof. Roger Penn: is professor of Economic Sociology and Statistics at Lancaster University.

Gerald Davies: is a former director of housing at Cardiff and former chief executive of the new unitary authority, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Paul Richards: is a communications consultant, journalist and author, with a wealth of experience in local government, the voluntary sector, and business.

Jon Chell: is a researcher and consultant in community development and the creative industries.

Jennifer Reynolds: has worked for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, the Department of the Environment's Local Government Research section and, currently, One plus One the marriage and partnership research charity.

Dr Tim Crabbe: Tim is currently Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport and Leisure at Sheffield Hallam University.

Dr Adam Brown: Adam is a research fellow at the Manchester Institute for Popular Culture.

Prof. Stanley Henig: was until recently Head of the Department of Politics and European Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, having previously been the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Studies.

Dr Franco Bianchini: Franco is director of the Cultural Planning Research Unit at De Montfort University.

PH Research Services Ltd: This fieldwork company was established in 1992 and has a long track record in conducting home and street interviews, telephone interviewing, recruiting for and organising group discussions, and in data processing.


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