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Board of Directors

Each year at our AGM, SAN Members elect people to act as directors of the company. These directors act in an unpaid capacity on behalf of all SAN members to steer the work of the Network. 

Our current Directors are:

Liz Allen 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 VCSE Accord Lead at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. She is a founder member of the Greater Manchester Social Value Network, and currently part of a small team leading a programme of reform around social value across Greater Manchester as part of the GM Devolution arrangements. 

Having worked previously 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, co-authored a chapter in the recent book ‘Generation Impact’, is editor of the SAN newsletter and Treasurer of the Social Audit Network.


 Lisa McMullan Vice Chair

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Lisa’s work focuses on building entrepreneurial capacity by providing advice, training, project development and evaluation support for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial organisations and those working to support them.  

As Director for Development & Consultancy at The Women’s Organisation  Lisa works on a portfolio of projects that support would-be entrepreneurs, small business owners and social enterprise leaders.

Lisa’s areas of expertise include:

  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Education: Designing & facilitating professional development for enterprise educators working in education

  • Enterprise Development: Small business and social enterprise planning and development 

  • Women’s Enterprise: Adviser and promoter of women’s entrepreneurship

  • Evaluation: Applying social accounting and audit principles to design and undertake a holistic approach to evaluation activities to include social, economic and environmental impact

  • European & International Projects: Project development, management and evaluation


Lisa has been practising SAN’s social accounting and audit methodology for over 20 years, within The Women’s Organisation as well as supporting other organisations with training and consultancy services to undertake their own social accounting and audit processes. Lisa is an experienced Social Auditor and provides verification services for W+ Standard, a women’s empowerment standard being applied to development projects across the world.

Dr Dave Furze


Dave has 35 years’ experience in social entrepreneurial youth & community work in development and empowerment, neighbourhood regeneration, supporting social enterprise and 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 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. Before 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 Moss Side and Old Trafford.

Since 2008 he has run his own Social Enterprise consultancy, Footprints and is a Trustee of Community Transform CIO (charity no: 1186368), working in High Wycombe, Aylesbury and across Buckinghamshire. In Aylesbury working in partnership with Aylesbury Garden Town as Community Development & Liaison on Community Projects. 

He first became interested in measuring social value, social impact and social accounting and audit in 2010, 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 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, a past chair of Beyond Difference the interfaith network for The Chilterns. He is a board member of Social Audit Network and 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.

Marie Banu Rodriguez

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Marie Banu Rodriguez holds significant leadership roles in the social sector.  Currently, Marie holds the position of full-time Director at the Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM)  in Chennai where she plays a pivotal role in driving social initiatives and management practices. She is also the Director of Social Audit Network, UK and a Social Auditor. She has recently authored a Guide on Social Impact Assessment which has been published by Social Audit Network UK.
Marie is a member of the Institute of Social Auditors of India (ISAI), incorporated under the aegis of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a Self-Regulatory Organization recognised by SEBI.  She has also obtained accreditation as an SROI (Social Return on Investment) and Social Value Trainer from Social Value International.
Marie has conducted social audits/social impact assessments for 50+ CSR projects in India. Her expertise is further utilized as a resource person for the Master Class in Social Accounting & Audit and Social Impact Practitioner Training conducted by SAN India in both India and the UAE.
Throughout her career, Marie has worked with renowned organizations such as DANIDA (Danish International Development Agency), OXFAM InternationalOXFAM IndiaActionAid India, among others. From 1999 to 2005, she led fundraising efforts for OXFAM India and managed international and national media relations for OXFAM International's South Asia Tsunami response program, in collaboration with various OXFAM affiliates worldwide.
With a Master's degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management, along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Marie possesses a solid academic foundation. Her expertise extends to multiple domains, and she has authored several books and research publications.
Marie is as a member of the Global CSR & Philanthropy Committee of the Della Leaders Club  the world's first business platform.
Her outstanding contributions to society have earned her prestigious recognition, including the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship 2014-15 and the Karmaveer Chakra Award. The latter is a global civilian honour presented by the international confederation of NGOs (iCONGO) in partnership with the United Nations.

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