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David Ward
David Ward

David Ward

VCSE Observer

For the last 20 years David has worked in the community sector.

As CEO for Commsortia and the manager from 2012 till 2020. Commsortia is a consortium of Voluntary sector organisations whose purpose is to assist them in tendering for and delivering large or complex contracts. He also supported MK Consortium through its early formation and has done similar support work in Oxfordshire, which is at an early stage.

At the same time David worked as the  Deputy CEO for Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire(VIN), who provide business support and volunteering management expertise for charities and social enterprises (VCSE sector)across Northamptonshire with specific responsibility to develop strategy and development for the VCSE sector.

Whilst at VIN he authored and produced the ‘State of the Sector’ report for Northamptonshire and wrote the VCSE elements of the NHS forward plan for Northamptonshire, one element of which, Social Prescribing is now being taken forward by Public Health and the CCG with other partners into a countywide model.

Previous work in the VCSE sector has included, managing a Citizens Advice Bureau, running a consultancy business supporting charities with funding, governance and restructuring and managing the predecessor to Healthwatch, and being involved with the development of the Healthwatch legislation.

Prior to working in the VCSE sector, David worked for Sainsbury’s Homebase for 22 years as a manager in stores and then in the Head Office leading a Merchandising team and projects.

Currently David volunteers for Towcester museum and the Northampton Samaritans and reviews NHS research proposals for the National Institute for Health Research ARC East Midlands.

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