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Leggat - Community Development - Manchester, UK

Lynn Leggat

Manchester, UK


I was born in England, grew up in New Zealand and came back to England in 1993. I have gained nearly all my qualifications as an adult as I left school at 15, in fact I was only awarded my BSC (Hons) in Social Sciences in 2011.

I have had a varied career that spans the commercial, voluntary and public sectors and I have met a lot of people along the way who believed in me, and gave me opportunities to learn that I might not have otherwise had.

I am now bringing all this learning and experience together in the social enterprise Creating Sustainable Organisations CIC (CSO) which I have set up together with my colleague and good friend Dave Carey and in my company Akasha.

CSO has been set up to offer development and support services to community and voluntary groups and social enterprises and Akasha offers similar support services, together with writing, web editing and workplace mediation services to small and medium businesses.

Both websites are being constructed as I write this so check back in a month's time and you will be able to view them.

I hope you find skills on these pages that fit with what you need.


Community Development


I left Manchester City Council in September 2012 after seven years, five of which were spent in community develop roles. I worked alongside a wide range of community and voluntary groups, mostly as a partner working on their projects and helping them reach their goals, sometimes as an advisor and advocate, often as a funder. I was the conduit between the voluntary sector and senior Council managers when Manchester was developing its Children's Trust Arrangements and I worked with both to ensure that the sector was represented when important decisions were being made. I also worked with individuals within the voluntary sector to raise their confidence so that they could represent their organisation and the local sector.

I managed a front line service that I was responsible for setting up from scratch at the end of 2010, just when the money ran out. I know first hand about the day to day stresses and strains of trying to deliver high quality services with scant resources and high expectations.
I have managed grant programmes, been involved in developing performance management frameworks and helped to develop Manchester's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

Before joining Manchester City Council my experience was mainly in the commercial sector, in banking, finance and leisure industries. I managed my own freelance administration business but got lonely and returned to paid employment to get back to working in a team. After leaving my business I worked in universities in project and advisory roles. I bring all this business experience to my community development work.

Work History

Conciliation Officer

Manchester City Council

April 2007 - April 2011

Resolving conflicts within teams across the organisation.


Current Project

I run a series of courses for businesses via Akasha Consultancy. The list of courses I run can be found on

In my Director role for CSO-CIC I work with my Co-Director, Dave Carey to develop and run courses that give staff within not for profit organisations the skills they need. These are usually based around generating income, fundraising and writing grant applications and tenders. We can also deliver courses on governance, volunteer management or other organisational and business topics but the focus at the moment seems to be on money and how to get it.

Setting up CSO-CIC

Setting up a social enterprise is a large and complex project that has many elements that overlap and are reliant on each other. The need for rigorous planning and attention to detail cannot be overestimated and action plans have to be SMART or progress becomes slow and labourious. I've found that my project management skills are being well and truly tested as I progress through setting up CSO-CIC. It's been good for my confidence and for finding new and innovative ways to solve problems!

As CSO-CIC has been set up to work with not-for-profit organisations, I am also setting up Akasha Consultancy, which is a small, sole trader operated, company that works with businesses. Akasha focuses on working with small and medium sized businesses and gives me the opportunity to use my writing, research and mediation skills in different ways than I can via CSO-CIC.

Current Project

At the moment I'm working on a volunteer recruitment project for Burnage Good Neighbours in Manchester. This has been an exciting project for me because I've had the chance to organise a volunteer recruitment event, and to work with pupils from Burnage Media and Arts College to create a DVD about the service.

Qualifications & Certifications

Certificate in Public Health Promotion

Certificate in Public Health Promotion

BSc (Hons) Social Sciences

BSc (Hons) Social Sciences

Open College Network Mediation Practitioner

Open College Network Mediation Practitioner

Certificate in Social Sciences

Certificate in Social Sciences

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