SAN Board Members



 Matthew  Lanham, Chief Executive of the Neuro-  Muscular Centre in Winsford, Cheshire has been been re-elected as Chair and Liz Allen as Vice Chair following the 2018 AGM. We are pleased to welcome Lynn Sbaih and Karen Smith to the Board.

Matthew Lanham (Chair)

Matthew has been Chief Executive of the NeuroMuscular Centre for 6 years. He has seen the charity grow and develop hugely in this period. NMC has more than trebled the number of service users it supports and doubled its turnover to £800k this year.

NMC began more than 20 years ago, founded by a teacher and a physiotherapist who passionately believed that the bleak future (notably lack of therapy services, accessible training and support) faced by youngsters with md moving into adulthood needed to be addressed. They set up the user led centre to provide ongoing specialist physiotherapy, training and employment.

NMC has embraced the Social Enterprise movement and is held as an exemplar of charity’s trading with the public and private sector. NMC has won numerous national and regional awards including Best Social Enterprise 2008. More than 50% of NMC’s income is from trading activity.
NMC has completed Social Accounts for each of the last 4 years and remains enthusiastically committed to using this powerful measurement tool.

Matthew is active in the Social Enterprise sector locally and regionally (a Director of Social Enterprise North West and of the Cheshire and Warrington Social Enterprise Partnership) and has particular expertise in the Social Accounting field. He is also active in Disability networks locally.
Matthew has previously held senior operational management roles in the Royal Mail before taking this radical career shift – latterly he was Area General Manager for much of the West Midlands and central Wales. He lives with his wife and 2 teenage children in rural Shropshire.

Liz Allen (Vice Chair)

A Partner in The Connectives, Liz is known for transforming creative ideas into realistic deliverable solutions which grow company value and contribute to social changes. Liz has a comprehensive track record of creating and developing social enterprises. She has worked with enterprises to deliver public services, grow community assets and contribute to the sustainable economic regeneration of marginalised communities.
Her reputation for creating social enterprise activity that delivers change in communities, for managing such activity and for delivering highly effective social impact measurement has earned Liz respect across all sectors. Liz has a deep and broad experience of community based economic regeneration with a local, regional and national perspective. She has worked at the coal face as well as leading and establishing enterprises and systems which enable others to deliver and bring about change. Liz is a Director of SAN.
Liz has led initiatives which tackle social exclusion with practical solutions; using a collaborative approach between public, private and community sector organisations to improve the employability of individuals, increase the economic activity of communities and create lasting and effective community based economic regeneration.
Liz has completed a first degree in Business and Leisure Management and a masters degree in Social Enterprise. She is a qualified and experienced social accountant and auditor with excellent knowledge and proven practise in the field of social impact reporting. Liz is a strong proponent of corporate social responsibility encouraging clients to find effective ways to tell the story of their social, economic and environmental impact. Non-Exec Directorships & Memberships include Director of the Social Audit Network, Chair of 42nd Street, Deputy Chair of Liverpool Students Union, Fellowship of The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Associate of the Social Impact Analysts Association.

Anne Lythgoe (Treasurer)

Anne Lythgoe is the Manager of Policy and Partnerships at Salford City Council, where she takes a lead for corporate policy, social value, links with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, as well as supporting the operation, governance and business planning of Salford's Health and Wellbeing Board. She is currently part of a small team leading a programme of reform around social value across Greater Manchester as part of the GM Devolution arrangements, led through commissioning and procurement in Health and Social Care. She is also proud to be part of the Salford Social Value City initiative and GM Social Value Network.

Having also worked as a local government auditor, Anne was the Finance and Evaluation Manager for Charlestown and Lower Kersal New Deal for Communities partnership in Salford, where she led a comprehensive programme of evaluation and learning from the elements which make effective place-making.

Originally training as a Landscape Architect, Anne has over 25 years experience in regeneration, community engagement and social enterprise initiatives initially in North-East England, before joining Community Technical Aid Centre (CTAC) in Manchester, where she managed a Government-sponsored programme which centred on sourcing local evidence from the third sector towards the success of national regeneration interventions. Whilst at CTAC she ‘discovered’ social accounting and audit, preparing three sets of social accounts and supporting SAN learning programmes.

She has published several articles and papers about evaluation, particularly focusing on the practice of social accounting and audit, is editor of the SAN newsletter and Treasurer of the Social Audit Network.

Lisa McMullan

As Development Manager, Lisa works across The Women’s Organisation’s sites in Liverpool and Manchester, developing projects and partnerships at local, national and international levels.

Lisa has a wealth of experience in women's enterprise support and European projects, built throughout her career, initially as a Business Advisor and Trainer, at local enterprise agencies and Business Link Merseyside. From here she joined Liverpool City Council to manage an ESF project to support women's entrepreneurship that went on to be selected as a model of good practice by the European Commission.
Following this, Lisa became a self employed Business Advisor & Economic Development Consultant, successfully delivering contracts in the fields of women's enterprise, European project management and evaluation.

Lisa has worked with and supported The Women’s Organisation [formerly Train 2000] since its inception as a partner, associate and as a Manager, working to ensure contracts were delivered successfully and quality services were provided for women entrepreneurs.

She has also worked in EU programme management, spending for 2 years in the Managing Authority for the Northern Ireland / Ireland ERDF INTERREG programmes before returning to the North West to take up her most recent position at The Women’s Organisation.

Lisa has over 10 years experience of social accounting and audit, having gained accreditation in 2000. Since then she has prepared social accounts for Train 2000, assisted and delivered training to a wide range of community based organisations across the UK to support them with their own social accounting and audit processes. Lisa is an experienced social audit panel Chair and is working with Social Audit Forum Nepal to develop its own guide to social accounting and audit.
Lisa has a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship from Stirling University.

Sean Smith

Sean was as a lecturer in further education for 18 years and has been self-employed since 1999 working with a range of Third Sector organisations and social enterprises on funding applications, organisational development and preparing business/social enterprise plans.

He has been active in community development and regeneration in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands with a strong personal and professional interest in housing and social housing tenants. He was a correspondence tutor for Unison on their HNC and Professional Diploma housing courses for 13 years; worked with tenants on the Birmingham stock transfer options; and set up Estate Agreements and Estate Walkabouts for tenants in Wolverhampton which were adopted across the city.

He prepared Local Action Plans for local neighbourhood network groups in Wolverhampton and chaired a local network group in the area where he lives. Sean was a local resident community member of Wolverhampton New Deal for Communities (NDC) Steering Group and the Chair/Convener of Wolverhampton NDC Housing & Environment Theme Group responsible for coordinating the development of the delivery plan objectives.

He has worked with a number of temples in Wolverhampton and Birmingham and was an Executive Committee member of a Black Caribbean run housing association for 13 years. He is currently a member of the Wolverhampton Ethnic Minority Council and completed a number of research assignments for Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum.

As an international project manager in F.E. Sean obtained European funding to manage projects in Russia, Poland and India.

Sean became an auditor in 2005 and has chaired several Social Audit Panels. As an active member of SAN West Midlands he has facilitated – with SANWM colleagues - a number of Master classes and Prove Improve and Account (PIA) Workshops and Impact Measurement seminars in the East and West Midlands and London.

He is interested in social media marketing using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ to market social enterprises, voluntary and community groups and local businesses and is a member of the Local Business Marketing Guild.

Sean has a degree in History and English and a PGCE.

Dr Dave Furze

Dave has 30 years’ experience in social entrepreneurial work in: development and empowerment, neighbourhood regeneration, supporting social enterprise and in social impact measurement. He has worked in a wide variety of situations and contexts ranging across urban, rural, affluent, deprived and faith communities. The key focus of his work has always been to gain people-centred engagement, participation and involvement in order to maximise community empowerment and the development of wellbeing and social capital.

He has worked across the statutory, voluntary, community and faith sectors. Spending ten years working in local government, Wycombe District Council, eventually as Community Development Team Leader, developing community planning, coproduction service design, older people’s action groups, arts based empowerment projects, crime and antisocial behaviour interventions. In close collaboration with Bucks New University was involved in research on small area statistics, the impact of community development interventions on crime and anti-social behaviour and developed a foundation degree in community development. Prior to this he spent 7 years working in inner-city Manchester with young people at risk; pioneering a relational youth work model of practice in Harpurhey, North Manchester, one of the most deprived neighbourhood in the country and in Moss Side and Old Trafford.

Since 2008 he has run his own Social Enterprise consultancy, Footprints and is a director of Community Transform, a social enterprise working in High Wycombe and Southern Buckinghamshire. He is also involved in establishing the recently launched South Buckinghamshire Community Bank (credit union).
He first became interested in measuring social value, social impact and social accounting and audit, while working in East Berkshire and Slough assisting local public service commissioners and third sector groups to manage the transition from grant-aid to commissioning contracts and adapting to the changing landscape of civil society. Here he realised that in order for there to be a more level playing-field when competing for contracts the third sector need to invest more effort in demonstrating their social value; which is at times undervalued and often goes unheard.
He is chair of trustee of Churches’ Community Work Alliance, CCWA, Chair of Beyond Difference the interfaith network for The Chilterns and a board member of Social Audit Network. He gained accreditation as a SAN social auditor in 2014.
Originally he trained as a materials engineer, has a PhD in Tribology and worked as a research scientist in Nanotechnology at Brunel University for 6 years.

Lynn Sbaih

Lynn is the Founder and Managing Director of Give2Gain CIC which supports private and social enterprise businesses to connect, work together and measure their social impact. She has an NHS and university teaching background and has worked in clinical, teaching and senior managerial roles in acute and community settings, both in the UK and Middle East. She has a proven track record in transformational change as well as building relationships and partnerships across the public, private, voluntary and social enterprise sectors.

Lynn believes all organisations are made up of people with varied and diverse talents. All of which can be used to make a difference to their local communities. This led to her setting up the Stockport Accounting for Social Good Network, a social movement of local groups and organisations working together to develop their social accounting skills. She also seeks to raise the profile of social value in communities via her networks and connections in the Greater Manchester Social Value Network and the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network.
Lynn has a PhD and MPhil and is also a trained ethnographer. She is the Chair of Stockport Total Advocacy Trust Ltd.

Karen Smith

Karen is the Director of Turn Up the Value Ltd, supporting organisations to maximise their Social Value. She has a background in Neighbourhood Management and Environmental Policy and has a proven track record in using a collaborative approach to build relationships across the public, private, community and voluntary sector. Experienced in working with communities and businesses across Greater Manchester, Karen is a passionate believer that by focusing on the strengths of individuals, communities and organisations, we can achieve social change.

Karen is engaged in supporting the growth of Social Enterprise and is a founder member of Bolton’s Social Business Collective. She currently partners with the Woodland Trust to develop opportunities for social enterprise at the Smithills Estate in Bolton. She seeks to raise the profile of Social Value and Social Enterprise through her active involvement in networks and partnerships at a local and regional level including the Bolton Social Value Partnership, Greater Manchester Social Value Network and Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network. Karen supports organisations to measure their social impact and is a keen advocate of Social Accounting as an approach to enable organisations to identify, celebrate and build on the Social Value they create.

Karen has a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in European Environmental Policy and regulation. She is a Director of the Give2Gain Community.