I4P Governance


I4P Management Team:

I4P Director: Prof Jo Crotty
I4P Associate Director (External Relations): Dr Victoria Foster
I4P Fellow (Research and External Funding), Prof Claire Parkinson
I4P Research & Enterprise Administrator: Danny Harkness

I4P Committees:

  • I4P Strategy Group: The University has established an internal Strategy Group to provide both oversight on the operational practice of the Institute and facilitates cross institutional working where appropriate.
  • I4P Members’ Group: The Members’ Group brings together convenors and members of the different research clusters associated with I4P, alongside the Director, Associate Director and I4P Fellow.
  • I4P External Advisory Group: I4P has an Advisory Board of external members and who have been asked to act as a ‘critical friend’ both to the Institute in particular but to the Edge Hill community of practice as a whole.
  • I4P Annual General Meeting: An annual forum where all University staff are welcome to attend. The focus of the meeting is setting the Institute’s thematic priorities for the year ahead. The Director will offer a review of the year, and I4P members will be given an opportunity to report the key achievements of their relevant centres, groups and networks..

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Strategy Group

Strategy Group

The I4P Strategy Group provides both oversight on the operational practice of the Institute and facilitates cross institutional working where appropriate.  The Director of I4P is an ex-officio member of the University’s Research Committee and reports to the Committee on the work of the Institute on regular basis including the submission of an annual plan which both outlines the forthcoming work of the Institute as well as reflecting on the previous year.

Terms of Reference for the I4P Strategy Group:

  1. To set the strategic objectives for I4P on a four year cycle
  2. To report these to the University Research Committee
  3. To recommend the four year plan to the External Advisory Group
  4. To review the yearly strategic objectives for I4P on an annual basis
  5. To reflect on the progress made annually with the EAG
  6. To receive reports from the Director on the work of I4P
  7. To meet at least three times a year.


  1. Chair: PVC (Research) Prof George Talbot
  2. Secretary: I4P Administrator,  D Harkness
  3. I4P Director: Prof Jo Crotty
  4. Dean of FAS (or nominee)
  5. Dean of FHSC: Seth Crofts (or nominee)
  6. Dean of FoE: Dr Helen O’Keeffe (or nominee)
  7. Director of the Research Office: Dr Nikki Craske
  8. I4P Associate Director (External Relations): Dr Victoria Foster
  9. I4P Fellow (Research and External Funding), Prof Claire Parkinson

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External Advisory Group

External Advisory Group

The I4P External Advisory Group provides an external reference point for the University to review, reflect and to develop both its strategic objectives and to respond to new developments in both policy formulation as well as implementation. The Advisory Group is drawn from a wide geographical, organisational and professional background and colleagues have been invited to be members on the basis that they are acting as our ‘critical friends’ in this initiative.

Terms of Reference for the I4P Advisory Group are:

  1. To support and promote the strategic aims of the Institute;
  2. To provide advice and guidance to the Steering Group on the economic, social, political and demographic factors which shape public policy;
  3. To act as a critical friend to those leading the operational development and implementation of the Institute;
  4. To stimulate discussion and critical thinking about future developments;
  5. To inform the Work Schedule including the Seminar / Workshop Series;
  6. To meet at least twice a year. 


  1. Chair: Nick Ewbank (Nick Ewbank Associates, Director)
  2. Vice Chair: Lynda Brady (PVC Student Experience and University Secretary)
  3. Ex-officio: Dr John Cater (University Vice Chancellor)
  4. Ex-officio: Director of ICE, Prof Martin McQuillan
  5. Ex-officio: Director of Research for PGMI, Prof Sally Spencer
  6. The Strategy Group (see list on the I4P website)
  7. External Members (see list below)

The I4P External Members:

CHAIR: Nick Ewbank (Nick Ewbank Associates, Director) Nick is one of the UK’s leading authorities on creative urban regeneration. He was the founding Director of the culture, education and regeneration charity The Creative Foundation and, with the philanthropist Roger De Haan CBE, steered the ground-breaking project to revitalise Folkestone from its inception in 2001 until 2010. Prior to his work in Folkestone, Ewbank was the Director of Devon’s leading arts centre, Exeter Phoenix Arts and Media Centre, for seven years. From 1988 to 1994, he was Director of the Old Bull Arts Centre in Barnet, North London, establishing its reputation at the time as one of London’s most innovative arts centres.

Nick founded NEA in 2010 and has led on all its projects. He has developed NEA’s distinctive brand of research-led consultancy, which combines a strong theoretical approach, rooted in social capital theory and the social model of health, with pragmatic, locally-based solutions that often make surprising connections and inspire clients and partners to see new opportunities. He lectures for a number of universities and regularly contributes to conferences and symposia in the UK and abroad. Although he is happy enough to work away from the sea, he has particular penchant for UK’s coastal towns and is passionate about the role that culture and creativity can play in their regeneration as great places to live, work and visit.

Dr Gideon Calder (Swansea University) Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences.

Richard Caulfield (Association of Colleges North West, Director) Richard has been Regional Director of Association of Colleges North West since 1 December 2014.  Prior to taking up this role Richard was Chief Executive of Voluntary Sector North West for 7 years, a regional umbrella body for the voluntary sector.  Prior to that, he has held a number of senior roles in both the voluntary and private sectors, including time at the National Union of Students.  Richard is also a Chair of Governors at a primary school and until recently a lay member South Manchester NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Mary Cloake (CEO The Bluecoat Liverpool)

Dr Marisa de Andrade (University of Edinburgh) Marisa is a Lecturer in Health, Science and Society at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Health in Social Science and Associate Director for a new Centre in Creative-Relational Inquiry launching in late 2017. She has significant expertise in health policy and practice with a focus on inequalities using traditional and innovative methodologies. As PI and researcher on several grants funded by Cancer Research UK, NHS, Public Health England, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control amongst others, her applied research critically investigates private-sector involvement in policymaking alongside bottom-up community-driven approaches in the policy formation process. Her current ESRC Impact Accelerator project ‘Measuring Humanity’ is changing the way health and inequalities in community settings is understood and ‘measured’ through creative community engagement; informing policies on equality, community empowerment, poverty and sustainability; increasing understanding of how solidarity is linked to health and equity; and changing attitudes about ‘what is evidence?’ when humanistic approaches are advocated in policy and practice.

Warren Escadale (CEO, Voluntary Sector North West) Warren has worked for VSNW for the last three years supporting third sector engagement in a broad range of policy agenda having developed direct, targeted contact with over 2,000 groups; the current emphasis is localism, equalities, commissioning and economic development.  In addition to managing VSNW’s research work, he currently contract-manages a number of specialist regional third sector networks: environment, volunteering, employment & skills, children & young people, and equalities. In the past he was seconded into Government Office to advise on LAA negotiations, was the third sector lead on development of a regional compact and third sector engagement in developing the regional strategy.  Prior to working at VSNW, Warren worked at NAVCA for 10 years. There he supported third sector partnership with local authorities and was also a qualified NAVCA Quality Award assessor of local third sector support agencies.

Liz Harding (CEO, Youth Focus NW) Liz has worked at Youth Focus NW (formerly the North West Regional Youth Work Unit) since late 2003 and is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the Unit along with the operational management. Working in a number of youth work organisations over the past 30 years in urban and rural settings and in the statutory and voluntary sectors has given her a broad base of experience.  Retaining a passion for youth work and in particular Youth Voice Liz advocates for it at every opportunity.  As part of her role Liz develops and maintains strong relationships with local providers and regional and national partners.  Liz has worked with a range of cultural and health organisations to both promote good practice of young people’s participation and to develop further the voice and influence of young people on a regional level.  She supports Youthforia, the youth led North West Youth Forum and works with the British Youth Council supporting UKYP and other voice intiatives.  Liz grew up in Dorset, has lived in Manchester for the last 30 years and chairs two community based youth projects in South Manchester.

Carrie Jackson (Director of the England Centre for Practice Development) In September 2013, after 7 years of heading the Department for Nursing & Applied Clinical Studies, Carrie became Director of the England Centre for Practice Development, a national centre for research, evaluation & innovation located at Canterbury Christ Church University. Carrie’s passion is for strong partnership working to co-produce knowledge for practice that is sustainable and inclusive of multiple stakeholder needs and she has undertaken a number of consultancy projects focused on developing whole systems approaches to organisational development and transformation, encouraging culture change skills at the front line to promote sustainable change within organisations. She has worked for over 25 years on programmes that have promoted this ethos in the UK, Malta and New Zealand. Carrie is a member of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC), sits on the Editorial Board of the IPDJ, and is a Visiting Professor of Nursing at Buffalo State University, New York. She holds several honorary clinical academic fellowships with NHS Trusts.

Neil McInroy (CEO, Centre for Local Economic Strategies) Neil is CEO of CLES – UK’s leading member and research organisation dedicated to economic development and local governance. In all of CLES’s work, the need to ensure an economy works for the good of local people and social inclusion is central. Neil has an academic background in economic geography. However, over the last 20 years has gained multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills and experience having worked extensively in the UK and more occasionally in Europe, Asia, US and Australasia. He has a regular column in New Start Magazine, and is a frequent blogger on the Local Government Chronicle pages. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Manchester, and on the editorial board of Local Economy. He chairs the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group.

Greg Mitten (West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Services, Chief Officer) Currently the Chief Officer of West Lancs CVS and a lay member of West Lancs NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Greg’s experience covers senior management and voluntary positions in the voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS), public and private sectors.  All of these roles have been based on delivering change at individual and organisational level, helping to create partnerships that achieve positive social impact.  At Well Skelmersdale, his role involves encouraging the conversations that will build partnerships between many different organisations. In particular, this means listening to, encouraging and connecting the gifts, capacities and skills of the individual community members and organisations to ensure Well Skelmersdale is grown from the street up.  Greg is passionate about lifelong learning, equality and the opportunity for individuals and communities to realise wellbeing through education, enterprise and self-determination. Meeting people through his work, social connections, travel, books, media and film feeds his learning.

Michael Salla (Everton in the Community) Michael is Everton in the Community’s Health and Wellbeing Manager and was instrumental in the Club’s recent ‘excellence’ status from the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. Everton in the Community is an independent, registered charity operating on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis, which is affiliated to and supported by Everton Football Club.

Liz Tapner (CEO SELNET – Social Enterprise Network Lancashire) Liz is the driving force behind SELNET and is credited with developing it into the major infrastructure organisation that it is today. The chartered business adviser and business mentor has extensive experience of business support programmes having worked for, and with, local authorities across the North West throughout her career. She specialises in finance and accounts and is able to support clients in all aspects of financial planning. In 2012 alone, Liz was able to steer Selnet into securing over £1.2m of support funds for the third sector in Lancashire. Liz is perhaps best known in Lancashire as an advocate for the social enterprise sector and regularly undertakes speaking engagements and media articles to promote the work of local social businesses. As Selnet is one of the five sub-regional partners that form Social Enterprise North West (SENW). Liz represents Lancashire as one of the directors on that board and is vice chair.

Professor Duncan McTavish – Announcement

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Members' Group

Members’ Group

The Members’ Group brings together convenors and members of the different research clusters associated with I4P, alongside the Director, Associate Director and I4P Fellow.

The Terms of Reference for the Members’ Group are:

  1. To form knowledge exchange based working groups to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes that go beyond the campus boundary that reflect I4P thematic priorities (set annually).
  2. To collaborate through peer reviewing research proposals.
  3. To work towards developing and sustaining a community of practice.
  4. To meet at least twice a year (one to be the Annual General Meeting).

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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

An annual forum where all University staff are welcome to attend. The focus of the meeting is setting the thematic priorities for the year. These thematic priorities will drive both knowledge exchange projects undertaken by I4P member working groups, and inform the annual RITA award process. The Director will also offer a review of the year and I4P members will be given an opportunity to report the key achievements of their relevant centres, groups and networks.
Core members include: the I4P Director; the Associate Director; the Research Fellow.

Terms of Reference for the I4P Annual General Meeting are:

  1. To set the thematic priorities for the year.
  2.  To establish knowledge exchange working groups based on these priorities.
  3. To receive reports from the Director and I4P associated research groups, centres and network.
  4. To meet once a year.


  1. Chair: Director of I4P, Professor Jo Crotty
  2. Secretary: I4P Administrator, D Harkness
  3. Members of the Strategy Group
  4. I4P members
  5. All those supported by I4P during the year and open to all members of Edge Hill University

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