Team

mikeDr Michael Leyshon is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. Mike is the principle lead on the Volunteers in Communities project. His research interests are in youth, volunteering and participatory governance. Mike’s expertise on how to affect change in local communities and governance is invaluable for the team.

Dr Michael Leyshon is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. Mike is the principle lead on the Volunteers in Communities project. His research interests are in youth, volunteering and participatory governance. Mike’s expertise on 


Decent piccy of meCatherine Leyshon is Associate Professor of Human Geography at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. Kate’s research interests are in place, community resilience and delivery of elderly health and social care. Kate’s experience of working with health care agencies and voluntary groups brings key practical guidance to the team for delivering impact. But Kate is better known for her exceptional cake baking skills.

Dr Michael Leyshon is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. Mike is the principle lead on the Volunteers in Communities project. His research interests are in youth, volunteering and participatory governance. Mike’s expertise on how to affect change in local communities and governance is invaluable for the team. 


Ian Jones - Volunteer Cornwall

Ian Jones is the Chief Executive of Volunteer Cornwall. Ian’s job is to promote, encourage, and support active citizens through enabling innovation and proactive leadership. Ian is a vital partner in the Volunteers in Communities project. Ian brings an enthusiasm for collaboration along with expertise on the strategic directions in the voluntary sector and localised knowledge around managing volunteers.

Dr Michael Leyshon is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. Mike is the principle lead on the Volunteers in Communities project. His research interests are in youth, volunteering and participatory governance. Mike’s expertise on how to affect change in local communities and governance is invaluable for the team. 


Nigel Clark - Age UKCornwallNigel Clark is the Chief Executive of Age UK Cornwall. Nigel’s job is to improve the well-being of people in later life by providing support, products and services which enable independence, control and choice. Nigel is a key partner in the Volunteers in Communities project. Nigel brings useful professional connections alongside a passion for exploring new creative ways of meeting the needs of people in later life.

Dr Michael Leyshon is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. Mike is the principle lead on the Volunteers in Communities project. His research interests are in youth, volunteering and participatory governance. Mike’s expertise on how to affect change in local communities and governance is invaluable for the team. how to affect change in local communities and governance is invaluabl


Timothy Walker is a PhD student aOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAt the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. His research interests are in risk, multi-stakeholder governance and Participatory Action Research (PAR). As the Knowledge Exchange Fellow Timothy is working from within Volunteer Cornwall and Age UK to help shape practice and ensure research impact.

Dr Michael Leyshon is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. Mike is the principle lead on the Volunteers in Communities project. His research interests are in youth, volunteering and participatory governance. Mike’s expertise on 


lucyDr Lucy Rose is our partner from Creative Data. Lucy is a specialist in developing innovative participatory workshops to understand social issues. Lucy’s role, in the Volunteers in Communities project, is to deliver a series of engagement workshops with Living Well partners, volunteers and clients. These workshops are the method through which we gather data and disseminate research findings.

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12334503_10208176725041649_1786412633_oBeth Nightingale is a third year Geography student at the University of Exeter. She is currently working on her dissertation identifying the barriers and opportunities to delivering coproduction in the healthcare sector, based on data collected from the Living Well evaluation. Beth is writing blogs about the Volunteers in Communities project, coproduction, volunteering, and healthcare delivery, as well as her dissertation findings.

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AlexAlexandra Robinson is a third year Geography student at the University of Exeter. She is currently working on her dissertation which investigates the causes and impacts of isolation and loneliness within the elderly community of East Lancashire.Data for this is collected from a range of interviews with operatives and representatives of Age UK and a number of service users. Alex is currently working on reports on recommendations for community engagement within all areas of Cornwall.

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Max is a third year Geography student at the University of Exeter. He is currently writing his dissertation on sustainable development. Alongside his studies he is working for Volunteers in Communities in the role of head of media and communications. He is experienced within this sector previously building and managing websites, and producing film trailers and music videos.

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Liz Hull is a first year Environmental Science student at the University of Exeter. She is currently working for Volunteers in Communities as a Student Intern. In her role Liz will be looking at the development and management of this website and blogging about the progress of her project.

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