The Communities Prepared staff team is based at Groundwork South and has extensive experience in delivering community engagement projects.
Programme Manager, Hannah Baker, has twelve years’ experience working in sustainability and environmental policy within the charity and university sectors following the completion of an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. In this time she has successfully managed and delivered a range of high profile European, national and local programmes covering energy, water, waste, transport and green spaces. She has been managing Communities Prepared since October 2018, and is also Groundwork South’s Area Programme Manager for the West of England.
Senior Project Officer, Nick Drew, manages the programme’s longer-term development plans. Nick comes from a sustainability background and has been involved with initiatives from the community scale, through to regional level, and up to UK-wide. Located in the North West, Nick brings with him experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders in his previous role as coordinator of Liverpool City Region’s ‘Year of the Environment 2019’. In recognition of that, Nick was recently awarded the prestigious “Environmental Champion” award for 2021 by the Liverpool Echo.
Senior Project Officer, Richard Hood, is part of the programme’s delivery team, focusing on community development and training. He brings with him a background in flood resilience and management, water rescue operations, incident management and operational procedures. Over a number of years he has worked with American and UK emergency services, the Environment Agency, volunteer responder groups and communities to prevent, manage and recover from flooding.
Senior Project Officer, Jane Burt, is part of the programme’s delivery team, focusing on community development and training. Jane is an environmental adult educator, environmental justice activist and monitoring, evaluation and learning practitioner. She has worked across a range of sectors, including water resource management, civil society inclusion and strengthening, biodiversity and climate change, gender and stakeholder engagement.
Senior Project Officer, Finn Woodhill, is part of the programme’s delivery team, focusing on community development and training. His previous roles of teaching, research design and community development have spanned social housing, geography education, community festivals, employability, health & social care, and environmental sustainability. Finn has an MSc in Human Geography from the University of Bristol with specialisms in research method design and community-led change.