Alana is passionate about social inclusion and equitable access to education, training, and recognition/validation of work within communities. She has extensive experience of working both at the grassroots and at strategic policy level. Working with a diverse range of people and partners, from community and voluntary sector organisations, local authorities, universities and national community development organisations, Alana takes an asset based, holistic approach to her work.

Key Skills

  • Qualified adult educator and assessor having devised and delivered a variety of highly participative workshops, courses and programmes relating to community development and other disciplines
  • Inclusive working, with particular experience of working within the area of mental health and leaning difficulties
  • Qualified counsellor
  • Organisational development, business planning and project development and delivery within the voluntary, community and faith sector
  • Partnership working in multivarious settings


  • Relationship Manager for the ‘Our Place’ community budgeting programme managed by Locality on behalf of the DCLG
  • Local Trust Big Local Rep since 2011, supporting 5 different areas to develop local partnerships and plans for a ten year resident-led programme offering £1million to each area to improve “quality of life” and make a lasting difference
  • Member of the Sostenga Collective, founder member of the Endorsement & Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB), CDF Associate Trainer, FCDL Associate Trainer
  • A wide range of contracts for local, national and regional organisations as a freelance consultant, including: ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) training for CDF (Community Development Foundation), consulting and reporting on the inclusion of mental health services users for Southampton City Council, developing an outcomes focused performance framework for community based infrastructure organisations, on behalf of the Active Communities Unit
  • Development Manager for Rowner Community Trust, leading on establishing the Trust, ensuring effective involvement of the local community as decision-makers and business plan development
  • Interim Development Manager for Surrey Community Action, managing a portfolio of lottery funded projects, and line managing community development personnel
  • A wide range of roles over an extended period for Portsmouth City Council, from Community Centre Warden, to Community Training Officer
  • English and Humanities Teacher