VSSN is run largely by an elected Steering Group and Associates, mostly through voluntary effort, helped by a part-time Executive Officer.

Main contact

Ann Hindley, Executive Officer
Tel: 01724 710819
Address: VSSN Office, 11 Commonside, Crowle, North Lincolnshire DN17 4EX


Our Trustees (a.k.a. Steering Group members) and their particular areas of responsibility are as follows:-

  • Ali Body, University of Kent (Partnership events)

    Alison Body is a Lecturer in Philanthropic Studies, with the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent. Previously having worked in senior management positions across the voluntary and public sector, including positions of fundraising, business management, commissioning and strategic development, she is particularly interested in the relationships between philanthropy, voluntary action, the third sector and social policy. Recently she has published work on commissioning, the role of philanthropy in education and the co-production of public services. She teaches a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on the voluntary sector and philanthropy.

  • Carolyn Cordery, Aston University (Treasurer)

    Carolyn Cordery (Treasurer) Carolyn is a Professor in Accounting at Aston University and her research focuses on voluntary sector organisations' accounting and accountability, including charities and sports clubs. She is particularly interested in how these organisations are resourced (by donors/philanthropists, grants, contracts, volunteers, etc.) and the resource constraints that cause many of these organisations to be financially vulnerable. She recently moved from New Zealand where she was a member of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board from 2011-2016 and New Zealand’s Lotteries Community Sector Research Committee for a similar period.

  • Jane Cullingworth, University of Glasgow (Co-Chair)

    Jane Cullingworth is a third year PhD student in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her research explores the relationship between the state and the third sector in Scotland with a particular focus on the impact of the sector’s active participation in governance networks such as Community Planning Partnerships. Jane’s research is rooted in her involvement in community-based organisations over the past thirty years, most of which was in Toronto, Canada.

  • Christopher Damm, Sheffield Hallam University (Web officer)

    Chris is a Research Associate at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. He works on a range of research and evaluation projects in the broad area of public service delivery, particularly by voluntary sector organisations. Particular research interests include the impact of state funding on charities, employment services, and social finance. Chris specialises in quantitative methods, including data visualisation, data management and econometric modelling.

  • Chris Dayson, Sheffield Hallam University (Annual Conference)

    Chris Dayson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University, where he has worked since 2008. Chris's research focuses on the role of voluntary and community sector organisations in public service delivery, particularly around the transformation and integration agenda in local government and statutory health services. He is currently involved in a senior capacity in a range of research and evaluation projects for local and national public sector bodies, voluntary sector organisations and charitable funders. Within SHU Chris also manages the University-wide interdisciplinary Centre for Voluntary Sector Research.

  • Jon Dean, Sheffield Hallam University (Membership and external relations)

    Jon Dean is senior lecturer in politics and sociology at Sheffield Hallam University. His research focuses on inequalities within the voluntary sector, particularly related to youth volunteering. He has also completed research investigating the representation of homelessness, the role of emotion in charity fundraising appeals, and the symbolic power of charity. He teaches across a range of subjects but with a focus on charity and the community sector. Much of the rest of Jon's work focuses on critical reflexivity, and the use of creative qualitative methodologies. Jon has worked in volunteering sector in both the public and voluntary sectors.

  • Angela Ellis Paine, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham (Co-Chair)

    Angela Ellis Paine is a Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre of the University of Birmingham. She has been involved in research on and with the third sector for many years and her primary research interests are in volunteering and participation. She was previously director of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Further details at

  • Rob Macmillan, Sheffield Hallam University (Ex-officio, VSR representative)

    Rob Macmillan is a Principal Research Fellow at CRESR – the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. He is involved in two ESRC-funded research studies: ‘Change in the Making’, a qualitative longitudinal study of change in voluntary action, and ‘Discourses of Voluntary Action’, examining debates about the role, position and contribution of voluntary action in the 1940s and 2010s. Rob is also an editor of VSSN’s journal Voluntary Sector Review. Further details at

  • Linda Milbourne, Birkbeck College, University of London (Day conferences and Secretary)

    Linda has worked as a researcher and lecturer in higher education since 1998, focusing on social policy initiatives and hard-to-reach groups, and leading postgraduate programmes and research in voluntary, community and youth studies at Birkbeck, University of London. She is also an associate of the Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham, and a member of the editorial team of Voluntary Sector Review. Her recent research concentrates on changing social welfare relationships, exploring autonomy, compliance and resistances among civil society organisations. Linda has over 25 years experience of public and voluntary sector organisations, including as a manager, trainer, voluntary sector trustee and active campaigner.

  • Vita Terry, Open University

    Vita Terry is a Senior Researcher at The Institute for Voluntary Action. Previously she worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, Open University. Her research interests are on the role of the voluntary sector delivering public service provision, especially small and medium sized organisations, and around organisational behaviour. More broadly she is interested in researching migration, integration, and issues around ethnic minority communities. Vita enjoys adopting different qualitative methods to co-produce research, including ethnography, visual methods and film-making. She has a long standing interest in volunteering, in the latter years as a trustee of a small local HIV charity and at a multi-purpose play space.

  • Mike Woolvin, Cairngorms National Park Authority (Annual Conference)

    Mike is Volunteers Coordinator at the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), and also coordinates the Active Cairngorms Health Walks Programme in and around the National Park. He has a history of engagement with volunteering and the voluntary sector spanning both practice and research. He has been involved with volunteer coordination in the environmental conservation sector in both Scotland and England, and for 13 years has volunteered in this field. As a researcher based at SRUC, the University of Dundee and the University of Stirling he has been involved with work focusing particularly on the experiences of volunteers and geographical variations in volunteering and the voluntary sector.

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