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.
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.
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
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.