Partnerships, Pipelines and Participation  POSTED BY Fiona Jones, September 2019 


Adding Business Value Through 3rd Sector Recruitment 

Slough Aspire and The Institute of Directors announce an exciting new partnership to promote the value to business of working with the charity sector 
On Tuesday 1st October Slough Aspire and the Institute for Directors launch their partnership event “Partnerships, Pipelines & Participation: Adding Value Through 3rd Sector Engagement”, which brings together inspirational speakers with real life case studies to share the benefits to business of engaging with charities and other non for profit organisations. The event will present a new perspective on why business should build partnerships with the region’s growing third sector. 
Speakers already committed to the event include Dr Shaun Davis, Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability Royal Mail Group, David Clare, Business Development Manager, Habitat for Humanity GB Homes, Tessa Kelly, Head of Income Generation, Habitat for Humanity GB, Rachael Burt, Managing Director, Learning to Work and Samina Hussain, Partnership Manager, Slough Business Community Partnership. 
The Agenda starts at 8am with a networking breakfast allowing our audience to make some new contacts before hearing Fiona Jones introduce our speakers from 8:25. Following presentations and discussions between our speakers and the audience, attendees will be able to speak with a variety of third sector partners who will be exhibiting at the event from 10-11am; giving businesses the chance to forge new partnerships themselves. 
Highlighting the importance of this partnership event, Fiona Jones, Chief Executive of Slough Aspire, said “Whether you term it Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Impact or just making a difference for your local community, the business rewards in terms of recruitment, staff engagement, supply chain growth and public perception are huge. We’re delighted to be partnering with the Institute for Directors on this event and expanding the reach of our work to their membership.” 
Meet our Speakers: 
Dr Shaun Davis, Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability Royal Mail Group 
A Chartered Fellow of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, a Fellow of The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of The Institute of Directors Shaun has a wide portfolio of responsibilities across the Royal Mail Group; his responsibilities include safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability. 
Shaun holds five Masters Degrees; an MA in Leadership & Culture Change, an MBA, an MA in Marketing & Innovation, an MSc in Workplace Health & Wellbeing and an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management. He also holds a Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring his research having explored the relationship between coaching, well-being and organisational culture. 
In 2019 Shaun was awarded The REBA (Reward & Employee Benefits Association) Vanguard Award for outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing. 
A published author, in a number of respected journals and practitioner publications, Shaun can be followed on Twitter at @DrShaunDavis and on LinkedIn at 
Tum Kazunga, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Great Britain 
With a background in marketing and digital communications, Tum has worked in both the private and humanitarian sectors in the UK, and Africa. 
Tum has over 15 years of experience in the development sector, building innovative and transformational fundraising programmes for a number of NGOs, including FARM Africa, Action Against Hunger, and Right to Play. 
Appointed as CEO for Habitat for Humanity Great Britain in 2018 (Having joined the organisation as Head of Income Generation in 2016), Tum has brought an entrepreneurial and ambitious approach to leadership, which has transformed fundraising within the organisation, including a holistic approach to building new partnerships with potential corporate supporters. We recognise that our overseas volunteering programme sets us apart from other NGO’s leading to a deeper than normal level of employee engagement, and huge opportunities for our partners to boost employee morale, and recognise and reward team members. 
David Clare; Business Development Manager, Habitat for Humanity GB Homes 
David is the Business Development Manager for Habitat for Humanity in London. Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. To achieve this they build homes, partnerships, communities and networks all around the world. David is also a qualified architect who has many years’ experience in commercial, private and voluntary sector organisations. 
His role for the charity involves finding suitable UK projects, project managing the design process, and forming partnerships which bring together funding solutions to deliver homes and community projects that make a difference to people’s lives. The ethos of the charity is to empower and engage different sectors of society, including volunteers, in solving local housing and community needs. His passion is to see lives enriched through the catalytic power of HFH’s projects towards fulfilling and meeting local vision and need. 
Fiona Jones; Chief Executive, Slough Aspire CIC 
With a career spanning corporate graduate recruitment, public sector human resource management, training and development consultancy and social enterprise leadership, Fiona brings 20 years of experience of bridging the gap between the private, public and third sectors to this event. After time spent working in The Netherlands, Japan and Mexico in Human Resources and international education, Fiona returned to the UK to complete her MA in Intercultural Communications with International Business while working as a Business English and Career Coach. 
Over the last ten years she has been working in the field of employability, taking a human centred approach to supporting young people and adults to develop the skills they need to achieve in work and life. In 2013 she launched the Aspire Centre as the base for Slough Aspire CIC; an award winning social enterprise that enables the local talent pool to develop skills relevant to local business. In 2018, Fiona was named as one of the 50 Game Changer Champions for the Thames Valley for her work supporting start ups and early stage innovators in Berkshire. A committed volunteer herself, Fiona supports local CIPD committees, homelessness charity fundraising and is a trustee for Berkshire Women’s Aid.. 
Jez Allsup, Partnership Officer, Duke of Edinburgh Award 
Jez was educated locally and, after working briefly for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, joined the Metropolitan Police Service at the age of 18 ¾. During the later part of his Police career he specialized in investigating gang related shootings and was part of the Met's Operation Trident; engaging with young males in Youth Offending Institutions including Feltham and Aylesbury. 
On leaving the Police Service Jez joined the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as an Operations Officer and is based at their HQ in Windsor. Jez in working on various projects including increasing participation from young people in custody. He is also responsible for promoting DofE programmes to young employees in SMEs. The DofE has successfully worked in partnership with larger businesses for some time and he wishes to replicate the benefits of DofE programmes to both employee and employer within SMEs in the Thames Valley area. 
Richard Collins, Director, CSR Accreditation UK 
As an experienced brand strategist Richard has pursued a passion for helping companies in the public, private and third sector to promote their brand reputation and CSR activity. Richard founded Ecobrand in 2011 which specialises in brand reputation and went on to establish the UK’s only CSR Accreditation Scheme. He is VP for the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce ‘Bucks’ Council, a member of the Society of Leadership Fellows and a Trustee for Heart of Bucks – Community Foundation. 
Rachael Burt; Managing Director, Learning to Work 
Moving straight from a role in Costa Rica & Nicaragua with Raleigh International, Rachael easily transferred her skills from the commercial world and youth development work into local educational needs in Berkshire when she joined the management team of East Berkshire Education Business Partnership in 2007.  
She was instrumental in the transformation of the organisation from East Berkshire EBP into ‘Learning to Work’ in 2012 and has held the CEO role for 4 years, specialising in development events for young people, linking education with local business with a focus on preparing young people for the world of work. Key focus being Employer Engagement for Education. Consistently creating and developing new initiatives to deliver in Schools & Colleges for over 20,000 students each year. Rachael is also a Director of Slough Aspire and a Governor for local secondary school, Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy. 
To book a ticket for the event please visit or for more information contact Slough Aspire on or 01753530146. 
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