Meet the Strategic Board

Cordell Ray, Chief Executive of CCP (Chair)

Cordell’s background is in community development and he is currently CEO of CCP, with a mission to prevent homelessness, strengthen families and promote independence and rights. Driven by a desire to create positive social impact, he firmly believes we can all add value by doing something extra, every day that will create a fairer and richer society for all.

In addition Cordell is a Director of Aspire Gloucestershire, Cheltenham West End Partnership and the Child and Family Learning Trust as well as being a school governor for two primary schools. He enjoys spending time with his family and being actively involved in the local community.

Tracy Clark, Chief Executive of Young Gloucestershire

Tracy is a JNC qualified youth worker and has been CEO of Young Gloucestershire, which is a county wide youth work organisation inspiring young people, since 2010. Tracy, who also holds a position as trustee of Ambition, gained her MBA in 2009. Before working for Young Gloucestershire Tracy was CEO of a YMCA in the North East of England.

Norman Gardner, CEO of North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice

Norman Gardner is an internationally experienced finance director. He joined the Gloucester & District Citizens Advice Bureau as a volunteer and became chief officer in 2013. During Norman’s stewardship the Citizens Advice services in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and more latterly The Forest of Dean, have merger into one organisation covering the North and West of the County, bringing improved access to both general and specialist services to clients as well as greater financial resources to the organisation. Norman is also a trustee of the Gloucestershire Community Foundation.

Emma Griffiths, CEO of Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Emma is CEO of Gloucestershire Counselling Service which is a county wide charity providing high quality affordable counselling to children, families, adults, couples schools and workplaces. GCS are also a training organisation and train counsellors to post graduate level. Prior to working at GCS, Emma has worked intensively at a therapeutic community for children at both residential care and senior management level. She then went on to re-train as a teacher and has taught Health & Social Care, Leadership and Management and Early Years. Emma is part way through an MBA, this combined with her varied experience of the VCS in Gloucestershire led her to wanting to be involved with the Strategic Board.

Jenny Hopkins, Director of Penleaf Ltd

Jenny was CEO of Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) from 2008 to 2018, during which time she led its transformation into one of the most vibrant and highly respected charities in Gloucestershire today. Having previously always worked in the private sector, she considers her ten years at GDA to have been the most rewarding and at the same time challenging of her career. The experience of running a not-for-profit organisation has left her, she says, with a burning passion to help re-define the role of small and medium-sized charities. Specifically, her ambition now is to share what she has learned in order to raise awareness and provoke debate, and through that play a part in the future sustainability of other SME not-for-profits. She has a particular interest in business planning and strategy.

Jenny is a director of a new consultancy supporting SMEs in the not-for-profit sector. She lives in the Cotswolds with her partner and they have two grown-up daughters.

Ali McGuckin

Ali has broad experience both as a clinical specialist in the NHS and also in IT, primarily delivering solutions to NHS healthcare providers in the secondary and mental health sectors.

She is also a Trustee for Lydcare, a small charity based in Lydbrook delivering  a Voluntary driving service, Lunch Clubs and Wellbeing and Benefits Advice to those in need  within the Forest of Dean. Her main responsibility is to establish new channels of funding to support our benefits advisor ensuring that all recipients receive their correct benefits entitlements.

Ali is keen to support the move to the delivery of care and wellbeing provision for all citizens within Gloucestershire utilising both statutory, voluntary and social enterprise partnerships.

David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership and a non-executive director of Gloucestershire Enterprise and the South West Investment Group.

David was previously Director of Enterprise & Innovation at the University of Gloucestershire, Managing Director of a start-up training company, and Business Development Manager at the University of Bristol and Liverpool John Moores University.  David has a passion for football, kayaking, skiing, and mountain climbing.  He is a trustee of the Summerfield Trust. He lives in the south of the county and is married with two children.

Diana Billingham, Gloucestershire County Council

Diana Billingham is a non voting member of the Strategic Board.  She represents Gloucestershire County Council where she is Lead Commissioner (Prevention) Public Health.

To find out more about Alliance Strategic Board meetings, visit the Board meetings page.