Ann Hindley has more than thirty years’ experience in community development for the voluntary, community and faith sectors. She has worked independently for over twenty years providing practical support and advice from the initial research stage to testing the feasibility of a project through to management of the project as it becomes a reality. Ann also has a substantial amount of experience organising events for voluntary and third sector participants and of carrying out community consultations, and project evaluations.
Ann specialises in work around community buildings, faith matters and rural issues. She worked as Regional Co-ordinator for Community Matters across Yorkshire and the Humber for three years, supporting organisations involved in managing community centres and continued working for them as an associate until 2016 latterly on Community Asset Transfer contracts. Both through Community Matters and independently, she has supported a number of community building projects, including churches and mosques.
Her faith related work has involved a piece of research for Sheffield Faith Forum and East Midlands Churches Forum and development work for Lincoln Industrial Mission.
Rural community development is her real passion; the subject of her recent PhD was ‘Women’s Role in Rural Community Practice’. Ann’s clients have included:
- The Countryside Agency;
- Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council;
- Rural Action Yorkshire;
- North Yorkshire and York Forum;
- Peak District Rural Deprivation Forum;
- Northumberland Uplands LEADER Local Action Group.
These contracts have varied from transport research to mapping exercises to project evaluations.
Ann also has a long training background and can deliver training in community development and voluntary sector management. She is a member of the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning.
Ann is a member of the Trustee Board of the Wharfedale Foundation and is a member of the LEADER Local Action Group in Northern Lincolnshire. She is also a member of Apple of Your Isle, a local apple and pear juicing co-operative, encouraging people on the Isle of Axholme to turn their surplus fruit into juice.