Debbie Crellin

Debbie Crellin

Debbie’s has 20 years experience in regeneration and community economic development. She established a charity at the age of 20 and at the beginning of her career held long term voluntary positions going onto to later work for a social enterprise (Groundwork) as a senior manager for 6 years and as a director of a social enterprise for 4 years.

Moving into the public sector Debbie managed the Community Investment Fund (capital investment for social enterprise) on behalf of English Partnerships and then moved into Yorkshire Forward. Debbie led for the agency on the development of social enterprise for the region most notably developing the access to finance mechanisms that culminated in the approval of £10.4 million investment in Charity Bank.

Other notable successes was the Debbie’s innovative work with the prison service on developing a new model for employer lead training through which Debbie was able to work in advising the Minister for Justice’s team on employer engagement and partnerships with the prison service.

Before leaving Yorkshire Forward Debbie lead the £11million Renaissance Towns Programme in Scunthorpe and assisted with the £12million Bridlington programme where she managed the design competition for a £5million public realm project.

Debbie has worked as a part time freelancer since 2004 working on regeneration and community development projects. In January 2008 Debbie established Crellin Consulting and has worked on, for example, business planning, and grants research for Social Enterprises and programme management of government funded health and social programmes. Debbie is also a CABE Space Enabler advising on the development of public realm and open space projects.

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison

Paul has worked in Finance and Banking for over 30 years and also has a degree in law. He has been involved in providing finance to businesses and companies of all sizes; from lending hundreds of pounds to new start up enterprises to structuring facilities for some of the country’s largest housing associations.

Paul has also worked for Partnership Investment Finance, a gap fund based in Wakefield, which was responsible for providing finance to SMEs and social enterprises, based in the Objective 2 areas of Yorkshire and the Humber, which could not access funding in the normal commercial market. This included working with SMEs based in Bradford.

More latterly Paul has been working as a consultant in the charitable sector where he acts as Strategic Adviser on Charity Bank’s Investment Readiness Programme and also assesses loan proposals from charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.

Keith Williams

Keith Williams

Keith has over thirty year’s experience of creating and developing small businesses, has business administration qualifications to Master and is an elected Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management.

Between 2005-08 he led the team that undertook a contract to develop social enterprise in North Yorkshire part funded by the ERDF. In a period of a little over two years the team helped in the creation over 100 new social enterprises and supported another 200 young social enterprises. Keith’s social enterprise clients won 4 of the 8 available Yorkshire and Humber Social Enterprise Awards in 2006-07.In 2008 he was asked, by Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber (SEYH), to research into and make recommendations for the support needed to social entrepreneurs in the region. The resulting paper can be found on the SEYH Website.

In 2009, in addition to work with Crellin Consulting, Keith has worked with Just Coffee People (JCP), Leeds, a social enterprise providing training and work for adults with learning difficulties. He provided and implemented a plan to return JCP to profitability in a little less than three months without any loss of provision.

Keith has over seven years experience as a coach and mentor to students at the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Tony Crellin

Tony Crellin

Tony has many years experience working as a manager in the voluntary sector, his most recent roles have required the marketing of events and venues. Due to limited budgets and Tony’s natural flair for graphic design this is a role that he has developed. Tony now undertakes graphics and design on a professional basis.

Tony is experienced in logo design, corporate identification and branding of stationary and publicity material. Also the design and production of high quality, visually attractive leaflets, posters and flyers and the design and printing of business cards etc. Full print ready documents and liaison with printers as required.

Specific examples include: weekly advert designs, advertising flyers, corporate brochures/ information packs. Full colour A5 ‘What on Guides’ including sourcing or taking appropriate photographs, graphics, copy, proof reading, etc.

Recent clients include: Lower Grange Community Association, Bradford - logo design “The Venue', Stocksbridge - production of marketing and publicity materials including corporate branding, adverts, leaflets, flyers, business brochures, etc, consultation and client liaison, project & programme management, and fund raising.

David J Sainsbury – Big Notion (

David has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and is one of only a handful of Microsoft Certified Professional Developers worldwide.

David specialises in web-based applications and has built numerous bespoke website software solutions. Services include: Website creation and management; Interactive web applications; Database management systems; Domain name registration & management; Website & email hosting; Search engine registration & promotion; E Newsletters, online events & questionnaires.

Since 2003 David has delivered over 100 individual development projects, ranging from small, few page websites to complete online software applications. David uses the latest Microsoft technologies to deliver dynamic content management systems; has an in-house developed email newsletter marketing system (Tungsten eDM™) and offers basic or advanced hosting features.