John has worked creatively and persistently in support of voluntary and community organisations and charities for many years. This includes starting up (or developing) and winning funding for enterprises still thriving: a housing co-operative, a new build community run children’s nursery, a community amateur tennis club etc. He has excellent skills in assessing the state and capacity of organisations and in helping them generate appropriate fundraising and organisation development strategies and in writing effective funding applications. One of his passions is the importance of learning and skills to people. Part of his work has been to work to develop and sustain a small, national charity representing and supporting providers of learning and skills to people experiencing disadvantage.