Graeme works with Just Ideas across research, facilitation and evaluation, and is part of a team developing the way Just Ideas can support people and groups through coaching. He was part of the Just Ideas team that evaluated St Martin’s in the field charity’s strategic thinking, researched the impact new and transient communities have on place-based community development with Local Trust, and facilitated the multi-stakeholder Reading Climate Change Partnership in its strategy development.
Graeme has twenty years’ experience of working in community and voluntary sector leadership in some of the most socio-economically marginalised areas of England. Graeme coaches people working in leadership and management roles in the third sector, and works with the Local Trust as part of their Big Local programme in Camden and Finchley. He has lectured around the world on community development and cultural togetherness, and most recently on the ways the Brexit debate has exposed and put pressure on the society and cultures of the U.K. His doctorate used qualitative research methods to investigate how human identity and agency is expressed in what people do and do not participate in.
Graeme believes that the energy of community development comes from enabling a togetherness of people who are different and similar in all kinds of ways and are seeking to go beyond prejudice or privacy to build something that will enable them, and especially those who are not like them, to flourish.