About Alan Chapman

Alan Chapman became a consultant following re-location to North Lancashire, after extensive support and development work in the voluntary and community sector since the late 80s.

Between 2001 and 2007 he was manager of Chester Voluntary Action (formerly Chester Council for Voluntary Service) a charity providing practical assistance to local voluntary and community groups. This was preceded by more than 10 years at Liverpool Council for Voluntary Service, where roles included Field Worker and Field Services Manager.

He also has wide ranging experience as a trustee which has included Deputy Chair of Liverpool Citizen Advocacy, Chair of Knowsley Start and trustee at Voluntary Sector Northwest, Chester CAB, Chester and Ellesmere Port YMCA and a director of Learning Together Cheshire and Warrington.

Alan’s background has given him a deep sense of the value and diversity of voluntary and community organisations as well as the many challenges faced by the sector.

Practical Support
Alan has worked with staff, trustees and volunteers from a wide range of organisations including small, self-help and community-based groups, black and minority ethnic bodies and larger voluntary organisations providing services.

He has considerable experience of one to one, group work, facilitation and training including: setting up new groups, organisational development, funding, business planning, governance, managing change, working with trustees, compliance, managing and developing staff and project management.

He is also experienced in developing and organising voluntary and community networks having helped establish and run a number of forums in Chester and Liverpool.

This has given him a clear understanding of the need for good communication and open, purposeful consultation and involvement processes.

Management and Funding
Alan knows first-hand the pressures faced by many organisations in a changing environment. He is experienced in managing staff, drawing up and managing budgets, working for trustees and developing organisational plans and finances.

He has a track record of success in securing funding from a wide range of sources including: National Lottery, charitable trusts, local authorities, health authorities, ChangeUp and the Home Office.

He was a member of National Lottery Charities Board Northwest Regional Advisory Panel 1999-2001 and has advised public bodies on developing their funding including West Cheshire Funding and Procurement Panel 2006-07. He is experienced in negotiating and managing public sector grants and service level agreements.

He also played a leading role in developing Chester’s Compact arrangements, including preparing the district’s Funding and Procurement Code with partners.

Alan has worked extensively in a partnership environment in Liverpool and Chester including Local Strategic Partnerships and a range of health, social care and regeneration bodies. He acted as a link between the voluntary, community and public sectors and championed the interests of voluntary and community groups.

He also took a lead role for sub-regional governance development work for the Cheshire and Warrington ChangeUp Consortium of infrastructure bodies.

Alan has a strong commitment to working for a vibrant, diverse and independent voluntary and community sector.

References are available upon request.