A network event to consider:  “Sustaining excellence for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Cumbria & North Lancashire”.


Dynamic, transformative change is happening in and to the Voluntary and Community Sector. The ability to anticipate, adapt and thrive is crucial to continue supporting and enabling positive outcomes for individuals, families and communities. This one day event seeks to bring together practitioners, managers and leaders from across the network to –

  • Consider the opportunities that change creates
  • Share best practice for sustaining excellence in the sector
  • Create an understanding of what “success” for the sector looks like


A cross sector panel will open the day discussing what success in the sector might look like and share their ideas of how we can sustain a first class voluntary and community sector.

Using innovative conference formatting, the day’s agenda will be given to delegates to decide and drive. You will form small working groups around focussed topics of discussion chosen by and of particular interest to you, within the overall theme of “Sustaining excellence for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Cumbria & North Lancashire”.

Confirmed panelists so far:

Lorrainne Smyth, speaker at the Lorrainne Smyth, CEO ACT (Action with Communities in Cumbria)

Lorrainne was appointed as Chief Executive of ACT in 2012. Prior to this she worked as Strategic Policy Advisor/ Community Programmes and Performance Manager at Cumbria County Council where she advised on community engagement and inclusion. Lorrainne's background is in community development, specialising in rural communities. Between 1993 and 2007 she worked at ACT as the Development Team Manager, taking responsibility for a variety of projects. She has also held management positions in private sector training and development companies, local authorities, and Third Sector organisations, placing an emphasis on shared learning and the development process.

Angela Jones, speaking at the Building the Future eventAngela Jones, 
Assistant Director Economy & Environment with Cumbria County Council

Angela has worked in Local Authority for nearly 20 years in a number of unitary, metropolitan and County Councils. She has responsibility for a wide range of Council services including economic and community development, countryside access, infrastructure development, waste management, regulatory services and flood risk management.  Following December 2015 Floods Angela lead the Community Flood Recovery and is Chair of the Community Flood Recovery Group, working with over 40 third sector and voluntary organisations.  She has an interest in photography, loves the outdoors and has been an ALP mentor for 3 years.


The day has been mostly funded by the FCSCT as part of their Aspiring Leaders Programme. An innovative Community Leadership Programme delivered in partnership by The Brathay Trust, University of Cumbria and Common Purpose.

Individuals and organisations directly involved with the programme will have a funded place.

Colleagues from across the sector and those with an interest in community development within the statutory and private sectors are also warmly invited to attend at a nominal cost of £10.

If you have a question or would like any more information contact us by email here or phone us on 015394 33041

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