Speakers and Presenters

Dr Edgar. S Cahn

Timebanks USA

Edgar KahnDr Cahn is a Law Professor, author, activist, and former counsel and speechwriter to Robert F. Kennedy. Kind, sincere and compassionate, Edgar has dedicated his life to achieving social justice for the disenfranchised. Eloquent, passionate and with a spontaneous sense of humour, Edgar is renowned for inspiring audiences with a powerful vision of a compassionate and fair society. He is the CEO of TimeBanks USA, a nonprofit organization he established in 1995. Dr Cahn is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the culture of reciprocity.


Elaine Murray - MSP for Dumfriesshire

Shadow Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

Elaine Murray

Elaine was first elected as MSP for Dumfries constituency in 1999. Prior to being an MSP she was a research scientist, an assistant to a member of the European Parliament and an associate lecturer for the Open University. She is married and currently lives in Dumfries with her three children. Elaine holds weekly surgeries in her office and throughout her constituency.. She was re-elected for the new Dumfriesshire constituency in 2011.


Catherine Wilton - Deputy Director

Coalition for Collaborative Care

Simone Boothe Alongside her role as Deputy Director of C4CC, Catherine also leads the ‘Leadership for Empowered Communities Programme’, aimed at helping senior leaders across the public sector explore what they need to do to create the conditions for strong and healthy communities. Catherine was previously responsible for setting up and running the ‘Building Community Capacity’ project at the Department of Health. She has held the post of Interim Director of Connected Communities at the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA) and is an associate of the Centre for Citizenship and Community. Catherine has been an elected member of Reading Borough Council for eight years, holding the post of Cabinet member for Culture and Sport between 2003 and 2007 and has recently set up a Timebank in her local area.


Julie Christie MSc, BA/Dip SW, RMN

Stirling University

Julie Christie

Bio: Julie Christie MSc, BA/DipSW, RMN is a PhD candidate at the University of Stirling researching resilience in the context of dementia and social work practice. She also works as the Dementia Partnerships Lead in East Dunbartonshire Council where her focus is on co-production and citizen engagement. She obtained her MSc in Dementia Studies in 2002 and works as a consultant for the Dementia Services Development Centre, and lectures at the University of Stirling. She has published work on ethical practice in research, acute hospital care, and resilience in the context of dementia. She is a member of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium and the Citizenship and Dementia International Research Forum. She also participates in research and teaching with the University of Edinburgh examining co-production, innovation in the public sector, creativity in co-productive practices and practical example of real world co-production.


Linda Hogan

Social Architect, Trainer, Storyteller - hOurworld

Linda HoganLinda is a Social Architect and Storyteller who was raised in a large family in a small, rural, college town in New Hampshire where the creation and practice of community currency was a valued norm.  Relationships – true social security—are her definition of wealth, and exchanging time with others is her authentic lifestyle
Linda has been a non-profit administrator, community organizer and social architect working in the communities of New Hampshire and Maine for over 30 years. Her stories and skills have been shared around the country at conferences and in living rooms with kindred spirits.
She is a happy founding member of hOurworld, and previously served as both a board member and Executive Director for Hour Exchange Portland and as a consultant to TimeBanksUSA.


David Reilly, Mark McGeachie & Lisa Pattoni - Joint Improvement Team and IRISS

Scottish Community Development Centre,

David ReillyDavid works at the Scottish Community Development Centre who host the Scottish Co-production Network. David recently co-ordinated the co-production of the Scottish National Co-production Conference, attended by over 200 people from across Scotland.  David has worked and volunteered across the community, 3rd and public sectors and currently Chairs Govan and Craigton Integration Network and helps coach the school football team.


Mark McGeachieMark is the National Lead for Co-production and Community Capacity Building with the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) and is responsible for JIT’s work to improve and spread understanding around co-production, working with a range of national and local partners to do so. Mark has worked in a range of roles in welfare-to-work, sport and funding with a significant period working in the third sector, most recently with The Robertson Trust, Scotland’s largest independent grant-making trust. He is also a Board Member of Youth Scotland, advisor to Social Investment Scotland and an External Supervisor for the YMCA George Williams College in London for students completing degrees in community development and youth work.


Lisa Pattoni Lisa is the Head of Innovation and Improvement at IRISS (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services). IRISS improves lives through three interrelated programmes of work which focus on knowledge, evidence and innovation. Lisa is passionate about ensuring that people are at the centre of the design and delivery of care and support and has run a number of innovative coproduction projects alongside those working in health and care.


Philippe Granger

Development Manager

Philippe GrangerFor many years, Philippe has been involved in his neighbourhood and the voluntary sector. Philippe is particularly interested in exploring and developing ways to encourage grass roots initiatives like time banking to build sustainable and intergenerational communities in neighbourhoods. He runs the Rushey Green Time Bank which has received several awards: the ‘Let’s do it’ award from the South London press and Barclays Bank, the London Health Commission award for ‘Outstanding achievements in partnership with the NHS - activities that bring communities together to work with NHS staff to improve health and well-being’, the City of London Sustainable City Award for Access to goods and services for disadvantaged communities’, the Founders Award from Dr Edgar Cahn ‘For pioneers in enlisting the community to co produce health and well being’.

Philippe was appointed as one of the ‘London Leaders 2011’ by the London Sustainability Development Commission to develop his 'Bring and Fix' community and sustainability initiative. He also received an award from the Mayor of London for ‘Outstanding contribution for improving London and the quality of life for London, as well as one in Italy, Lasecondaluna European Award for Lifelong Passions.

He is a trustee of Voluntary Action Lewisham, which is the umbrella organization equipping the voluntary sector in Lewisham and he is also a trustee of London Catalyst, an independent grant making trust established in 1873 to provide funding for charities and not for profit organisations working with people in need in the poorest areas of London Philippe says that “the UK is a beautiful place; it is vibrant and rich because there are many amazing and talented people that have ideas, vision, passion and commitment. For me this is one very, very good reason to stick around and be involved to make London a leading world city and the UK a place of innovation.”


Antonia Baird, Time For Change Lochgilphead

Argyll & Bute Time Banking Network

Antonia BairdBio: Antonia Baird is a time banker who has shared her car, pottery, ironing and getting shopping in her time banking exchanges, and encourages time banking in her family too.  By day she works for Argyll and Bute Council as a Community Development Officer supporting community organisations in rugged and wild countryside.


Claire Tomkinson

Community Development Officer, Ladybarn Community Time bank - Southway Housing Trust

Clacks Youth Time BankClaire moved to Southway Housing Trust to work with local people and establish Ladybarn Community Timebank in 2012 after working in the voluntary sector since 2002. Claire is passionate about Timebanking and using creative ways to enable individuals and local communities to recognise and use the skills, talents and assets that are already available but often overlooked and undervalued. Claire strongly believes that the biggest assets that Housing Providers have are their tenants and has been constantly inspired by the amazing gifts and talents that are being shared in local communities by people who are often placed in situations where they are made to be dependent upon professionals and services, when what they really need is already available within their local community. Timebanking can help Housing Providers meet some of their key objectives around community cohesion and creating safe and welcoming neighbourhoods where everyone can contribute and have a role to play. Claire is an Associate Consultant and the newest Trustee for Timebanking UK and has a keen interest in health, wellbeing and the role of individuals, communities and the voluntary sector in improving health outcomes and enabling people to have an active role in their local area.


Mary Fox

Clacks Youth Time Bank

Clacks Youth Time BankMary Fox is a Team Leader in Clackmannanshire Council’s Youth Service. She helped develop Clacks Youth Time Bank, a partnership project between Clacks Youth Council and Youth Services, which has now been up and running for 9 years. With over 500 young people volunteering in local communities, 1000's of volunteer hours credited through the time bank and 1000's of hours rewarded in training, social events, conferences, outings and more.  Once a programme that was held within Youth Services, it is now encouraging and engaging young volunteers in the third sector, schools and wider community.


Simone Boothe - Community Hubs Coordinator

Rushey Green Time Bank, Lewisham, London

Simone BootheSimone has been working in the voluntary sector for more than 10 years and has been involved in Time Banking for almost as long.
She previously worked at the Greater London Authority (GLA), home of the Mayor of London and London Assembly. During her five years at the GLA, she worked in partnership with Rushey Green Time Bank to develop a Bring & Fix event for GLA staff. Also working on Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme and the 2008 and 2010 Mayoral elections. Most exciting of all, had the opportunity to support the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games from City Hall.

Since January 2013 Simone has been the Community Hubs Coordinator at Rushey Green Time Bank in Lewisham London. Time Banking is a passion for her and helping to make Time Banking accessible to everyone in the London Borough of Lewisham has been a fantastic opportunity. In April 2013 she started piloting the Time and talent online portal for Time Banking with members of her project. Since the success of this pilot she has been helping to roll out of this project across the UK. Not only is this helping to link Time Banks in the UK but it’s given her the opportunity to meet and share information and learning with some of the other fantastic brokers around the country..


Lukas Valek

Czech Republic

Lukas ValekIn his professional life Lukas Valek follows three main directions, at the moment. He is co-founder, manager of voluntary projects, and lecturer in non-profit organization KURO Hradec Kralove (KURO is abbreviation for Culture and Development in Czech language) which aims to promote voluntary experience as a real work and life experience and it supports and organizes cultural and educational events. The second occupation is related, and it is Regional representative for Erasmus+ for region of Hradec Kralove appointed by the Czech National Agency of Erasmus+ programme. As a third occupation can be considered research of non-mainstream ways of economy (related to Ph. D. studies at University of Hradec Kralove), especially time banks. Transdisciplinary of occupations mentioned above is caused also by previous attained education. Lukas obtained bachelor´s degree in financial management and master´s in corporate finance and business. The impact of current economic paradigm reality made him to turn to non-profit sphere to find that both business and non-profits have much to learn from each other. The ultimate result of this is constant search for new issues to be solved across fields, in both theory and reality. To take different points of view it is necessary to see it by own eyes, therefore he lectures and attends conferences in many European countries, and he also lived long-term in Russia, Ireland, UK and Greece.


Audrey Birt MSc, BSc, RGN, Dip HV, Dip Gestalt in Organisations, Cert in Coaching Practice

Coach and Consultant

Audrey BirtAudrey is an experienced Coach and Consultant with a particular interest in health and social care and authentic leadership. She has extensive senior executive experience and was previously the Director for Scotland of Breakthrough Breast Cancer having set the charity up in Scotland and previously the National Director for Diabetes UK Scotland. Audrey was Chair of the Health and Social Care Alliance and was a founder member and is now an Associate Director of the Health and Social Care Academy which is focussed on transformation, learning and connecting the community of health and social care, with a focus on amplifying the voice of lived experience. She is also an Associate Director with Oasis School of Human Relations and has recently published research into workplaces and leadership of the future, called the 7 Principles of the Workplace of Tomorrow if People and Planet Really Matter. She is a fellow of The WEL a transformational approach to health and wellbeing. She has an interest in gestalt in organisations and in mindfulness. Her coaching work is focussed on women in leadership roles especially in political or public life. She is a regular blogger covering leadership, health and social care as well as her personal experience of breast cancer


Natalia Nikitina


Natalia NikitinaPsychologist, alumni of John Smith Memorial Trust Foundation Fellowship program, founder of Time Bank Russia, trainer of the Council of Europe Pool of trainers, trainer of Erasmus plus program of European Commission.



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