Trustees

ARVAC is currently looking for people to join the board of trustees and help run the organisation. To apply, please send an email to Nick Ockenden on info@arvac.org.uk briefly outlining your background and why you would like to join the board.

  • Jurgen joined ARVAC in 2005 and served as Trustee in various positions such as the editor of the Newsletter, the website administrator, vice Chair and Chair. Jurgen has in depth knowledge of the voluntary and community sector and has recently co-edited the prestigious Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (2016). With over two decades of experience in applied research his largely interdisciplinary work has a strong focus on participative approaches and public engagement. After working for voluntary sector organisation such as RNIB and the Institute for Volunteering Research, Jurgen now works at the University of East Anglia, School of Health Sciences continuing his collaborations across the academic, public and voluntary and community sectors.

  • Sharon Clancy was Head of Community Partnerships at the University of Nottingham, the unit which promotes and supports community and public engagement, until December 2013. She held his post at the University for 6 years. Prior to that, Sharon was CEO of Mansfield CVS for 7 years, a local infrastructure charity supporting all third sector organisations in Mansfield, North Notts. She also led on user and carer engagement prior o becoming CEO, within health and social care structures, and set up the national network Involve for similar posts within the third sector. Before that she was a Senior Lecturer and Education Advisor in disability issues at Sheffield Hallam University, working with SKILL, the National Bureau or Students with

    Disabilities, both nationally and internationally, as well as working extensively in the third sector. In 2011 she completed an MA thesis focusing on the role of the university in promoting social justice through student activism and public/community engagement, for which she won the annual Eaton Hall prize. A Cambridge graduate in English Literature, Sharon has since moved into the fields of psychology and health and social care, third sector leadership and community engagement and has taught in these subjects within Higher Education. Her current PhD is examining short-term residential adult education in war period, with the Shropshire the post Adult Education College at Attingham Park (1948 – 76) as its primary focus. This is a synthesis of her previous research interests and personal background. She is currently a trustee with ARVAC -and with the Raymond Williams Foundation.

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