We are a growing team of committed individuals.
Alison’s professional career spans public health policy and leadership. In 1998, following a post-doctoral position at IARC in Lyon France, and a role as policy coordinator at Kings College London, Alison was appointed Associate Director at the UK Health Forum. This was followed by a two-year secondment to the Department of Health to lead the development of the cross-Government physical activity strategy before her appointment by the North West Strategic Health Authority in 2007 to establish and lead the social enterprise Our Life. Since 2015, Alison has been a freelance consultant, and she is currently Interim Chief Executive of the UK Health Forum, a national charity.
Alison has a PhD in Cancer Research and a Masters degree in Public Health. She is a fellow of the RSA, and is a trustee and deputy chair of Breast Cancer UK.
Graduating from the University of York with a degree in Linguistics and Education, Julie first worked at The Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham where her pool of languages increased to 5. She then moved to Hong Kong for a number of years, where she got involved in charity work and found that working with children and young people, in particular, was rewarding and inspiring.
A change of career on her return to the UK took Julie into Kent County Council, one of the largest local authorities in the country. After 13 years in senior management, Julie took the opportunity to move into the charitable sector as a consultant working with multiple charities and bidding and leading on some large commissioned services including an emotional well-being service for all young people in Kent, parenting programmes, NEET, youth provision, breastfeeding campaign, maternal mental health campaign, community budgeting and Talent Match.
Julie began her journey with Social Sense to lead the development of Mindfulness for the children’s workforce in Kent, working with schools, voluntary and community sector, HeadStart Kent and the local authority.
He is a serial entrepreneur with a relentless passion for building products that create significant and measurable social impacts, particularly within the youth sector. Gary has co-created multi-award-winning programmes in the areas of Social Norms, Social Action, and Social Marketing.
Striking a balance between disruptive innovation and evidence-based approaches, Gary’s work has seen Local Authorities, CCGs and Police Forces realise significant Social Returns on Investment (SROI) in the areas of Alcohol, Smoking, Violent Crime, Domestic Abuse, CSE, Cyber Abuse, Self-Harm, Anxiety and Stress.
While his focus is now on advising other VCSEs and developing new and existing behaviour change programmes and technologies within Social Sense Ltd, Gary retains a keen interest in supporting direct delivery through establishing key partners and helping the CIC to prove its social value/ROI.
He is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A social anthropologist by training, Chris is Chair of the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network, an Assembly Member at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Northern Soul network of social enterprises. He is also a member of the Greater Manchester Devolution VCSE Reference Group, the Salford Health and Wellbeing Board, Salford Social Enterprise City and Salford Social Value Alliance. Chris advises or works with several regional and national bodies on social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Reece has worked in various aspects of the business and in 2016, managed the local partnerships for the CTZN programme.
At the end of 2016, Reece also became a trained Bid Writer and now leads on bid writing for public and private sector funding. This involves scoping, coordinating, preparing/submitting bids, and business growth proposals in line with the business growth strategy.
In 2017, Social Sense won a competitive tender to deliver Mindfulness Training across 9 districts in Kent over 4 years. Reece wrote the tender and designed the project with the support of Gary and Julie Stones.
Reece undertook the new role of the Programmes Manager for the HeadStart Kent project.
With the creation of Social Sense Community, Reece moved over to the CIC as the full-time Programmes Manager, leading on the Mindful Me, Change Up & RU Different programmes, securing new funding to take these programmes into new areas of the UK.
In his free time, Reece is an eager traveller, enjoys socialising with his partner and friends, and loves to get involved in global news and politics.
Adam then moved into business management for Children’s services, before moving to Social Sense in January 2018.
Adam became aware of Social Sense from a previous job and when a job role came up with Social Sense, he jumped at the chance to join the team.
Adam joined Social Sense Community as the Business Development Manager and will be working to grow the business through funding opportunities, bids, tenders and partnership networks.
In his spare time, Adam likes to play football with his local team and go to the gym. Adam is also an avid listener to music and often goes to gigs to see new, up and coming music.
In 2009, Jayne took up the role of Office Manager with Our Life, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Manchester, which focused on engaging with communities and empowering them to improve their Health & Wellbeing in a wide range of ways.
Later becoming Business & Finance Manager, Jayne was involved in all areas of the business from Board support, Finance Facilities & Office Management.
Jayne joined Social Sense in October 2017 in the role of Administrator but then moved across to Social Sense Community in the same position in January 2018. As part of the role, Jayne will be responsible for general admin, providing programme support to Reece & Julie and overseeing finance and HR. Another significant responsibility of the role is managing the board’s diary and minuting all board meetings.
In her spare time, Jayne is enjoying being a mum to a young boy, spending time with her family and friends. Jayne also attends lots of funk and soul gigs, locally, nationally and internationally after Working in local breweries including ‘The Cream of Manchester’ Boddingtons Brewery, Whitbread PLC & Robinsons Brewery. Following the sad closure of Boddingtons Brewery, Jayne spent ten years spending the last twenty years organising them.
With a background in behavioural psychology, teaching, events management & experiential learning, KS uses reflective questioning, aspects of CBT and youth trends to help young people make sense of their world. His current projects include:
- Member of Commission on Gangs & Serious Violence: Working with WM Police & WM Police & Crime Commissioner to develop relationships between businesses and those at risk of offending to divert young people towards sustainable careers rather than crime;
- Children in Care: training children in care to stage their own Children In Care Awards;
- Youth Networking: Helping young people to crowd source amongst each other to develop their communities.