It is with regret that we today announce the resignation of Gary Stannett MBE as our CEO. Gary is one of the founders of Active Communities Network and has led the organisation for twelve years from a small grassroots charity to the international organisation it is today.
Gary has decided that it is time to seek out new challenges in his professional career, and the trustees will now seek to recruit a new CEO to help us take the organisation forward in the coming years.
Active Communities Network was founded as a grassroots sport for development charity in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark in 2007 using a £100 donation for equipment as its starting point.
In over the subsequent 12 years the organisation has grown substantially, turning over in excess of £2,000,000 per year since 2010 and establishing offices in Portsmouth, Manchester and Belfast as well as London.
The organisation has also led a number of national consortia programmes across the UK on behalf of funders including the Premier League, Asda Foundation and the Home Office. We currently have active partnerships in Birmingham, Newport and Hull.
In developing our offer to communities, and partner organisations, we have also developed a full accredited training package from level one short courses to a full degree course at the University of Gloucester, underpinned by the publishing of a library of independent research and impact reports – we currently have two ongoing research projects underway focusing on our work in Manchester and Belfast.
Internationally we have worked with the British Council to share this learning and training in countries as diverse as Pakistan, India, South Africa, Hong Kong and the Lebanon, and have supported the development of local NGO’s to work as our partners in South Africa (ACN South Africa) and we are currently exploring a similar model in the Republic of Ireland.
The organisation currently has long standing relationships with funding and strategic partners across the statutory, commercial and grant giving sectors – including the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Sport England, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Asda Foundation, the Big Lottery and Belfast City Council among others – providing a solid platform for our further growth.
Significantly the organisation has recently won the Laureus Global Sport for Good Award (2018), the Best Charity and Social Enterprise Award from the Southwark Business Excellence Awards (2018) and The Best Charity and Social Enterprise Award from the Belfast Business Excellence Awards (2018) – reflecting our commitment to both global and local causes.
We would like to put on record our gratitude to Gary for his commitment and innovation in delivering the above and wish him all the best as he undertakes the next steps in his career – and to say thanks also for agreeing to stay in post until the end of the financial year to support us in recruiting and transitioning to a new CEO.
Board of Trustees