Right2Work Board of Directors

The Right2Work team draws on the wealth of experiences and expertise that our people have gained from careers in the third sector, employment services, education and private sector businesses.

Everyone is capable of ‘wearing many hats’ and all get involved with the day-to-day activities of the various Right2Work programmes and initiatives.

We are always keen to hear from anyone who would like to join us and, at present, we are looking to recruit a new Board member who shares our vision and has the energy and time to give.

The Board is the catalyst for the direction of the organisation and is made up of a small group of Directors that bring specific skills. The current skills we are looking for include marketing and business development.

If you have the skills and experience that may compliment our existing team and enhance the services Right2Work offer, then we’d love to hear from you. Call us for a chat  on 01539 735025 or please send an email telling us about yourself, and your current CV to: enquiries@oakleatrust.co.uk

Governance of Right2Work

All directors of CICs have a primary duty to advance the community purpose, in addition to their other responsibilities as company directors, as laid out in the Companies Act 2006 and Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 and Regulations 2005. Stakeholder involvement is therefore essential for the company to learn and understand how it is meeting community need and how it can improve and develop.

To find out more on the roles of directors at CICs are required to undertake, have a look at this document produced in 2015 that outlines their responsibilities etc.

Governance for Community Interest Companies

As of January 2021, the Right2Work Directors are as follows below:

Dr Jane Sullivan - Chair, Right2Work

Dr Jane Sullivan (Chair) – ‘a critical friend’ to R2W

After graduating from university Jane was a research biochemist for 15 years working on many different disease targets including those causing cancer, heart disease, obesity and rheumatoid arthritis.

Jane has achieved three degrees: a BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry, an MPhil (Masters in Philosophy) and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy).

After a gap year travelling with her family around Europe she settled in Cumbria and retrained to become a further education teacher.  Jane has taught and managed many different curricula and multi-million pound departments and college campuses.

What Jane admires: Those who are not bigoted and can see the world with inclusive eyes and demonstrate this viewpoint in every aspect of their lives.

Suzie Grainger, Right2Work

Susie Grainger – developing aspiration

Susie (seen above giving Right2Work Youth Futures a tour of Lowther Estate) has a background in forestry and environmental studies, and she has worked, contracted and taught in these fields. She is keen to facilitate a network of organisations across the north of England that link together to provide all of the missing links for young people looking forwards into employment.

She has a passion for combining her people skills with practical outdoor skills to encourage others into the outdoor work sector. She’s a familiar face at Lowther Estates near Penrith as part of her work through the Ernest Cook Trust.

What Susie admires: Anyone who actively improves their life through their own determination and actions

Clive Wigley Right2Work

Clive Wigley – leading from the front

Clive qualified in nursing specialising in learning disability and mental health.  He gained a Diploma and Certificate in Higher Management and has experience within care, housing and management.  He has worked for a number of local authorities and national charities and is Chief Executive of Right2Work’s parent company, The Oaklea Trust.

As Chief Executive of the Trust, Clive has the delegated task of managing the day to day business of the company.  He has responsibility for financial control and strategic planning for the organisation.

Clive is a qualified football coach and enjoys managing youth teams within the County League. He is also Treasurer for Appleby Deanery and local Parish Church Council.

Clive is Secretary to the Board of Right2Work and a Company Director.

What Clive admires: Those who make a difference to people and communities.

Andy Blackman, Director, Right2Work

Andy Blackman – all about supporting potential

Andy (seen above giving a tour of R2W to teachers from Kenya) has had a lifetime career in education, 20 years as a primary school teacher in Leicester, 20 years as Headteacher of a Cumbrian Primary School and 12 years as a Governor of a Kendal primary school.

Since retirement Andy has made frequent trips to Eldoret, Kenya to support the development of a school that serves Open Arms International orphanage village.

Andy was elected to Kendal Town Council in 2014, serving as Mayor of Kendal during 2017- 2018. He is currently Chair of the ‘Kendal in Bloom’ Committee which aims to ensure the Town of Kendal looks attractive for residents and visitors alike.

What Andy admires: People who are able to stand up and speak out for issues of justice, fairness, equality and goodness.

Susan Wigley – strategic thinker

Sue graduated in Politics and Psychology from Keele University and has worked as a graduate manager in the retail sector, a civil servant advising on marketing and recruitment for employers and at senior management level within the charitable sector.  She has established a proven track record in operational and strategic planning.

She has a Professional Diploma in Management in the Voluntary Sector from Leeds Met. University and Diploma in Process Excellence (ISO9001:2000)

Sue holds an Executive Director role at Right2Work CIC and is an Operations Director at The Oaklea Trust Registered Charity

Sue is also a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Cumbrian Diocesan Board of Finance.

What Sue admires: Compassion and empathy; a sense of humour and charismatic leaders.

Phil Shea, Right2Work Director

Phil Shea – working towards a kinder world

Phil’s background is education – a degree in teaching with a professional emphasis on SEN (Special Educational Needs) and includes an Advanced Diploma in SEN and an Advanced Diploma in Human Givens Psychotherapy.

He was a secondary school teacher of SEN and English for 24 years then took a role as a psychotherapist followed by a brief job as a Learning Mentor. Phil then went on to be an Advisory Teacher for Looked After Children for 8 years before retiring. He now has a very small training consultancy around children in care.

What Phil admires: Those who rise above what they might have otherwise been and the highly creative (this extends to myself working on playing the piano – badly!)

Chris Harris – has the right track record!

Chris has spent his career encouraging people to make the best of their lives, whatever their ability or circumstances.  After gaining a BA (Hons) degree in History and a PGCE from the University of Leeds more years ago than he now cares to remember, he became a teacher – something that he enjoyed for 22 years – before spending almost as long as Regional Director of a university based educational charity, promoting careers for young people in STEM based industries, through internships and programmes.

Alongside his “day” job, he spent over 30 years as a Territorial Army officer, travelling all over the Globe, retiring in the rank of Colonel. Out of the blue, he then found himself joining the Scouts for the first time in his life, as Regional Commissioner for the North West of England, officially opening several toilet blocks along the way. Five years ago, Chris became a Trustee of our parent company, the Oaklea Trust and became its Vice Chair last year. He has also been a Magistrate in Lancashire and Cumbria for 22 years.

What Chris admires: Good leaders – those that are effective & engaging. Chris himself readily admits to a desire to ‘live a little more’ – R2W is the place to be then!

What is a Community Interest Company?

Right2Work is a community interest company (CIC).

This is a type of company introduced by the UK government in 2005 under the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.

As a social enterprise, a community interest company is a business with primary social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business, or in the wider community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

CICs tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues and operate in all parts of the economy. By using business solutions to achieve public good, it is believed that CICs have a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.