The AGM is a member-focused event and Plunkett staff and trustees look forward to welcoming you to discuss some of the most important issues facing rural communities today, and the ways in which community co-operatives can be supported to develop and address them. 

Caroline Mason CBE, Chief Executive of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, will be joining us and looks forward to meeting attendees and answering your questions. 

Before joining Esmée, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and preceding that, Charity Bank. Caroline was also the co-founder of Investing for Good, a social investment advisory firm and one of the first Community Interest Companies. Before joining the social sector, Caroline had an eighteen-year track record of creative and innovative product development in the financial services sector. With Reuters, she managed the global development of real-time news and television services and then pioneered the introduction of web technology products. She also had her own consulting company, working with several financial institutions to develop new business and products including an electronic brokering service and a global wealth management business for a private bank. Caroline is a Board Member of EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association). Caroline is also a trustee of SafeLives, Impetus-PEF, and is on the advisory board of Big Society Capital.

Vidhya Alakeson, CEO of the Power to Change Trust, will also be joining us and looks forward to answering your questions, as well as networking with delegates to hear about inspirational stories from the community co-operative sector.

Vidhya was appointed the Chief Executive of The Power to Change in January 2015. She was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive at independent think tank the Resolution Foundation, and was also the mental health lead for the personal health budgets delivery programme at NHS England. Vidhya worked at the US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. from 2006-2010 and previously worked at the UK Treasury.

Helen Aldis, Manager at The Prince's Countryside Fund, is also joining us on the day and looks forward to meeting everyone on the day.

Helen joined The Prince’s Countryside Fund in April 2014 and oversees its grant giving, research and direct delivery programme as well as engagement with its corporate partners and stakeholders. Previously she worked for a number of London based charities in project management and communications roles writing a number of reports and good practice guidance as well as developing her skills as a facilitator and convenor. Helen grew up on the family farm in Shropshire which has since diversified to include a farm shop and café but now lives in Bedfordshire where she enjoys daily walks in the countryside with her dog.

Caroline, Vidhya and Helen will be presenting on the day. 

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