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On Wednesday 28th October ella launched in Merseyside. We were joined at Everton Football Ground by over 20 leaders of charities and social enterprises from across the North West of England.

ella speaker Ken Allison kicked off the meeting with a thought provoking session on Employment Law. This was followed by a members session discussing issues, challenges and opportunities relevant to the sector. The meeting was hosted by Steve Taylor Smith, ella’s Development Director (North) who comes from the Wirral, is a prolific coach and has worked alongside charities across Northern England for many years.

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Speaker Ken Allison                                                                        Chair Steve Taylor Smith

We were also delighted to be joined by ella Group 3/10 member Claire Hyde who is the Deputy Chief Executive of NYAS. Claire said a few words about her time with ella that we wanted to share with you;

“There has never been a more challenging time in the charity sector with adverse publicity around fundraising activities and the controversy surrounding Kids Company. ella is helping me to develop and in turn the organisation to develop to withstand the challenges and see them as opportunities. Having been an ella for a few months now I have a growing circle of support and cannot emphasise how valuable both this and the coaching sessions are. For me, ella is an absolute lifeline”

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ella Member Claire Hyde, Deputy Chief Executive of NYAS

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Steve Taylor Smith, ella forums Development Director (North), Stephen Raynor, the Deputy Chief Executive of Everton in the Community and Brian Chernett, Executive Chairman of ella forums

We would like to thank Everton in the Community for supporting this meeting, enabling the organisation to launch in such a prestigious Liverpool venue; the day was attended and greatly supported by Stephen Raynor, the Deputy Chief Executive of Everton in the Community.

The next Liverpool meeting is being held on the 25th November and we look forward to hearing how the Group progresses. Anyone who is interested in learning more or joining the Group should email stevets@ella-forums.org or call Steve on 07942 862585