David Brocklebank spent 20 years in the technology industry in a variety of roles and technologies including digital rights management, optical storage and multidimensional modelling. Ten years ago he moved into the social sector as CEO of Guidestar Data Services, a data specialist on the charity sector which sowed the seeds of what would become his second career.
He is currently a trustee of Tree Shepherd, Executive Director of the Venture Partnership Foundation, and Chair at Alquity Transforming Lives Foundation.
Margaret Pierre has been the Director of High Trees Community Development Trust in Tulse Hill, South West London since 2009. The Trust runs a multi-purpose centre and is a community anchor and hub which is concerned with the social and economic development of the community. Services are delivered at the Centre, and at various locations in Lambeth, including children’s centres and at an Adventure Playground managed by the Trust. High Trees has the distinction of being the first community organisation in the UK to deliver the award-winning Apps for Good course.
Faced with the changing financial and funding climate which is a difficult and challenging space for charities, Margaret has led the organisation through a number of changes to make the organisation robust and sustainable and vision led, not funding led, to enable High Trees to continue to deliver important and much needed services.
Margaret’s passion and drive is to support people to achieve their potential no matter where they are in life’s journey. She is an experienced leader and manager. She has been described as an inspirational facilitator and is a gifted coach and trainer with many years experience of working with people in one to one, small and larger group settings. Margaret is the proud mother of five adult children and five grandchildren.
Simon Hall is a very experienced senior leader who is passionate about improving people’s lives through better services, providing opportunity, creating and regenerating places and neighbourhoods. He has substantial project management and delivery experience and worked with a wide range of communities across a range of sectors and using a wide variety of methods.
His specialties include creating opportunity and new business connections in community and urban regeneration, resident involvement and worklessness programmes. He has been involved in managing community facilities, and working with multiple partners including Local Strategic Partnerships, public and voluntary sector groups.