Profile of Vince Bailey

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Social accounting and auditing experience

I was introduced to social accounting in 2002 whilst working as a community consultant for All Saints Action Network (ASAN) a Wolverhampton based Development Trust by its then CEO Mike Swain who was seeking to build awareness and the undertaking of social accounting in the West Midlands.

I was the lead person for managing ASAN’s social accounting cycles from 2003 through to 2007. This involved working with and advising ASAN staff on the most appropriate consultation and data capturing methods and managing the cycle to ensure that time schedules were met.

I helped to organise and deliver social accounting developmental work in the West Midlands in 2004/5, including a Seminar: "So you're a social enterprise? Prove It!"' in April 2005. In partnership with SAN and on behalf of ASAN I organised and coordinated the first West Midlands Social Accounting Cluster (WMSAC) which ran in 2005/6.

I trained as a social auditor attending a SAN 3-day social accounting and auditing master class in the West Midlands in 2005. I was a panel member on a number of social audits including, Black Country Housing Association, Bloomsbury Cyber Junction, North Smethwick Housing Development Trust and Jericho Community Business Ltd. I shadowed chairs at two panels and chaired the Sheffield Mencap and Gateway Social Audit Panel 2011.

My Background

I started my career in engineering and also spent a few years as a member of an artistic and commercial screen-printing cooperative. I have worked within the West Midlands voluntary and community sector both in a employed and self-employed capacity since 1998 as a Community Consultant and have been involved in numerous local and regional projects carrying out community and social research, community development and training, preparation of funding applications, feasibility studies, event organisation and management and various voluntary & community sector commissions.

As a Community Programme Officer for Wolverhampton New Deal I assisted local residents and the community and voluntary sector in the development of effective projects and encouraged and facilitated the participation of local people and groups in the local decision making structures.