How charities can collaborate with business for mutual benefit

Date: Wednesday 24th January 2024
Time: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Location: Shoosmiths, The XYZ Building, 2 Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AZ
Cost: Free
Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity
Member Event
Wellbeing & Wellness
It’s only relatively recently that ESG has risen to the top of the business agenda, but charities have “purpose” built into their DNA. Increasingly businesses are collaborating with charities as equal partners to tap into their insights, skills and networks for mutual benefit. Find out from listening to three charities how they are helping businesses to increase their impact for good.

About the Speakers:

Robert Nieri Legal Director -

Robert is a charity lawyer guiding trustees on charity law, governance and regulatory issues, supporting charities in their work and at all stages of their journey: establishing new charities, incorporating existing organisations, advising on collaboration or merger issues.

He also advises business clients and philanthropists on setting up their own foundations and on their dealings with charities, in the context of the increasing prominence of “ESG.”

Rebecca Friel CEO and Co-Founder - Odd Arts

Rebecca Friel is CEO and co-founder of Odd Arts (2004)  Odd Arts uses theatre to address inequalities & increase opportunities for people facing disadvantage and discrimination. Rebecca sits on the National Arts Alliance advisory group, and in the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Expert group.  Rebecca was awarded an MBE for Services to Education and Communities in Manchester.

Deborah Murray Executive Director - Groundwork Greater Manchester (GGM)

Deborah Murray is Executive Director of Groundwork Greater Manchester (GGM), a community and environmental charity, where she began working in 2011.  Prior to this she has 15 years previous experience of public sector planning and regeneration, working with public sector organisations throughout the North West of England both as an employee and consultant.  Deborah has driven the development of GGM’s approach to strategic business partnerships which are always built around shared impact goals. She is passionate about people and their connection with place; energised by the power of authentic multi sector partnership working; and committed to working with partners to deliver positive social impact and lasting change for Greater Manchester’s communities.

Dolores Panetier Head of Employment Partnerships - Only a pavement away

Dolores is Head of Employment Partnerships at Only A Pavement Away, a charity supporting people at risk of homelessness and prison leavers into employment within hospitality. Before joining the charity sector, Dolores worked in the hospitality industry in London and abroad for many years, which allows her now to strengthen the link between hospitality employers and the community.

Dr Fran Darlington-Pollock CEO - Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity

Dr Fran Darlington-Pollock is CEO of Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity. Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity is an independent charity who believes homelessness has no place in Greater Manchester. To make that vision a reality, they bring businesses and communities together to raise funds that can help tackle homelessness and end the need for rough sleeping. Fran is also Chair of The Equality Trust. Before moving fulltime into the charity sector, Fran was an academic researching and lecturing on social, economic and health inequalities.

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