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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:

Matthew Lanham Chair

Matthew is Chief Executive of The NeuroMuscular Centre (NMC), a charity and vibrant social enterprise, based in Cheshire, providing a vast range of opportunities, support and treatment for those affected by neuromuscular conditions like muscular dystrophy. 

Matthew has led the NMC since 2005 and it was in 2006 that the organisation first embraced Social Accounting and Audit. He was trained in the methodology by the great John Pearce – the widely loved and respected “godfather” of Social Audit. This inspirational introduction into Social Accounting and, the very obvious benefits for the organisation, meant it soon became embedded in how NMC did things.

NMC has produced Social Accounts for each of the last 14 years and undergone a full independent Social Audit in each of those years. The published NMC booklet is acknowledged as a benchmark and provides inspiration for many.

Matthew became a Director of SAN in 2010 and has been Chair of SAN for the last 5 years.

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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.

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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.

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Lisa McMullan

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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

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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.

Karen Smith

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Karen is the Director of Turn Up the Value, supporting organisations to measure, maximise and celebrate their social value contribution. With 20 years experience of working with communities and businesses across Greater Manchester, Karen has a proven track record in using collaborative approaches to build relationships across the public, private, community and voluntary sector. Karen is driven by a passionate belief that positive action, collaboration and a focus on what’s strong can create a kinder, fairer and more sustainable world.

 

Karen is engaged in supporting the growth of the Social Enterprise sector in Greater Manchester and is a founder member of Bolton’s Social Business Collective. She is currently engaged in working with the Woodland Trust to develop opportunities for social enterprise at the Smithills Estate in Bolton. She is actively involved in networks and partnerships which champion social value at a local and regional level including the Bolton Social Value Partnership, Greater Manchester Social Value Network and the Greater Manchester Local Access Partnership. 

 

Karen has been a member of the Social Audit Network since 2017 and is a keen advocate of social accounting. She delivers Prove, Improve, Account Training on behalf of SAN, has facilitated a number of SAN Roadshows and regularly uses a social accounting approach in her consultancy work.

 

Karen has a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in European Environmental Policy and regulation. She is a also a Director of We Be Kids CIC.