Judging panel

Clare Wightman

Clare Wightman, CEO of Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire Ltd
The help that charities give can be of two kinds: it can be a revolving door of services or it can be the gateway to a life strengthened by hope, insight, a sense of purpose, and good relationships. Clare has tried to ensure Grapevine is the latter not the former. Her particular interest is working in a way that develops and connects networks of local people for mutual help and support.

Kate Stanley

Director of Strategy, Policy and Evidence at the NSPCC
There may be people who work in the social sector who want to do harm but I’ve not met them. We want to change things for the better. But good intention was never enough. We can’t afford to take it for granted that because we want to do good, we will. This project is exciting because it will help us to identify the projects, the ways of working, that really do deliver on those good intention to make life better.

Lynn Mumford

Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Mayday Trust
During four years at Mayday Trust developing a whole new way of working with people experiencing homelessness, the Personal Transitions Service (PTS), I’ve had a great insight into what it takes to deliver good help. Our new delivery approach required radical organisational change and a call for wider cultural and systemic change in order for our work to be truly led by the individuals and not by systems or processes. Alongside other delivery organisations we are building movement for change across the country to spread strength based approaches through the PTS and challenge the wider systems so they work for people going through the toughest of times. I understand that good work isn’t always shiny and polished and that the best work is often messy and unpredictable. I’m really excited to hear the vision, courage and bravery of organisations going outside of the norm to deliver what really works for people and brings about lasting impact and change.

Rosie Mockett

Policy Manager, Big Lottery Fund
Rosie is part of a team responsible for the design and development of their new England Portfolio 2016-21. These changes are part of an organisation-wide transformation to fulfil our ambitions to put ‘People in the Lead’; the title of our strategic framework. We are supporting the development of the Good Help Programme post-launch, bringing together a community of practice to investigate what this means for practitioners, funders and commissioners, and policy makers.

Rob Eyres

Founder, Telford After Care Team (TACT)
TACT was founded in 2012 by Rob who himself experienced 20 years of addiction. During his recovery Rob became aware of the lack of support available for people in Telford like himself. Rob set up TACT initially on a voluntary basis with a small amount of funding to help run a SMART Recovery Group and a Gardening Group. This provided people in recovery an option to do something new and prevent them from returning to their old lives. The main aim of TACT is to assist people in recovery from using drugs or alcohol. This is achieved by helping to improve their health and wellbeing and supporting them to lead productive and fulfilling lives so that they can once again be valued members of the community.

Dan Sutch

Co-Founder and Director, CAST
Digital technology is the most powerful and flexible tool we have available to us, one that offers huge potential if we can design and use it effectively. Ensuring the design of digital services focuses on creating Good Help, is critical in ensuring we can harness the potential of digital to create social value.

Brendan Doyle

Learning & Development Manager for User Voice
As an-ex offender working within the criminal justice system I am able to use my experience to encourage and develop our staff to support others currently in the system. The work we do at User Voice highlights the good and bad support/services that are being provided by prisons and CRCs and allows end users to create and present solutions to the decision makers. I am passionate about the inclusion of service users in the design of services and want to ensure that their voice is always being represented. Since my release from my second prison sentence in 2010 I have been lucky enough to work with and support people on probation and in custody. In 7 years I have progressed from being a Volunteer at an alternative to custody project within Essex Probation to Peer Mentor Coordinator and now Learning & Development Manager with User Voice where i am now responsible for the ongoing development of our staff and volunteers.

Richard Wilson

Director, Osca
Rich is Director of Osca, and has been in post since 2012. Under his leadership the organisation has made a number of key interventions to improve the performance of the UK social sector. He is currently working as an adviser to the WHO and until 2015 he was a UN Adviser working in the Middle East. In 2004 Rich was appointed as the first director of the charity Involve, which became a leading centre for public participation research, innovation and policy-making. He is a people power specialist who has written many publications on the subject and regularly blogs for the Guardian. He is a Clore Social Fellow.

Esther Flanagan

Programme Manager, Nesta Health Lab
Esther works in Nesta’s social health team and has been helping to lead the Good Help programme. She is excited to gather more practice-based evidence from ‘good help’ programmes across different sectors and shine a light on the great work that is already happening. As a clinical psychologist she has a strong interest in understanding the psychological and relational drivers of behaviour change. Esther helps people who experience chronic pain and mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, trauma and depression. She believes that ‘good help’ is applicable to any human interaction where people are giving or receiving help.

Christina Cornwell

Chair of judging panel, Director, Nesta Health Lab
Christina leads Nesta’s work on nurturing and growing effective approaches to support people’s health and well being. This includes supporting promising innovations to develop and scale, using social movement insights and evidence to champion people and community powered approaches to health and care, and working with people to find new ways to address the big health challenges of our time. Christina has worked in and around health and social care throughout her career, and seen how the system so often gets in the way of ‘good help’ and inadvertently sustains ‘bad help’. She has been inspired by the ‘good help’ pioneers we have met so far and is excited to join them in building a movement to spread ‘good help’ throughout our social programmes.