Who we are
WSA Community Consultants is committed to partnership working with colleagues to ensure the best team is involved in delivering on all projects. Some of the core team members are introduced below.
Wendy Sugarman – Company Director
Consultant working on a range of community projects, she is a qualified youth and community worker.
Wendy is Director of WSA Community Consultants and has been established in business for 19 years, with a background in youth and community work prior to that. She has worked as a youth and community worker with young people and adults on a range of projects and initiatives.
She has proven experience in working alongside communities securing representative community involvement and participation. Wendy has worked both in the Voluntary and Statutory sectors. She managed a London-wide Young Women’s Unit for five years, focussing primarily on supporting work with girls and young women in a youth work setting across London.
Vicky Daborn Tedder
Evaluation and Training Manager
Vicky has been working at WSA supporting a range of projects and leading on evaluations. Vicky has a passion for helping communities to understand and use their data, empowering them to evidence and support their work. Vicky came to WSA after completing her PhD brought a passion for grass-roots activities as well as a desire to engage with these in a more practical way.
Vicky has put this into practice by taking active roles in a number of projects, including leading on evaluation projects for Leonard Cheshire, undertaking research for clients including area-based initiatives and development of community plans, and being a key part of the Everyone’s Business evaluation team, leading on the analysis of secondary data, case studies and members survey.
Community Development Consultant
Maher has been working with communities in a variety of roles for over 20 years including outreach, development, engagement, facilitator, trainer, evaluation and much more. Key principles and values to Maher’s work with the communities have been evidence based, developing a framework of impact and outcome (Theory of Change), co-design & co-production. Maher has worked with diverse communities and is committed to enabling the best outcome possible for service users.
In her work, Maher has engaged with variety of stakeholders, from residents, local authority, health authority, business, education institutions and more.
Maher is also experienced in scaling programs and building high profile public-private partnerships to achieve social progress in supply chains, minimize environmental footprint and develop sustainable livelihood opportunities in the UK and internationally. Research interest is in sustainability practices in fashion and garment manufacturing, circular economy – food, textile, garments, green manufacturing, creative industries, participation, collaboration, co-design/ co-produce.
Administration and Communications Co-ordinator
Hana joins the WSA team as an Administration and Communications Officer. Hana has got over ten years of experience working in the professional services industry and brings a wealth of experience in administration and customer-facing roles.
Dr Gillian Granville has a background in national evaluation, having run her own company. Gillian’s background is in carrying out evaluation activities of complex social programmes, specialising in Theory of Change evaluation methodology. This enables programmes to understand what works for which groups of people and in what particular circumstances, and why certain activities produce particular outcomes and what drives those changes. Gillian is committed to developing a culture of learning.
Community Development Associate
Emma completed her degree in Government at the LSE in 2010, and since then has worked mostly in the voluntary and community sector. Emma has experience of working with hard to reach communities: she has worked on pre-employment programmes for NEET young people; set up and managed a housing and welfare benefits advice service; and supported the development of a number of Big Local projects with the residents in Wormholt and White City.
Project Support and Events Organiser
Chetna is a senior event & project manager specialising in PR & Marketing with 18 years’ experience working venue-side and across the commercial as well not-for-profit fields in a variety of sectors from corporate, business and academia to public, research and education as well as within arts, music, community and charity.
Associate with WSA Community Consultants
Associate working on a range of community projects, she is a qualified trainer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Sarah has a long track record working with WSA Community Consultants on a range of projects including capacity building, community research and facilitation and training.
Sarah’s experience and work are rooted the not-for-profit and voluntary sector, with a background in social housing and particular expertise in the community sector and voluntary sectors.
Associate with WSA Community Consultants
Yvonne Prendergast has worked as an independent consultant since 2002, after a career focusing on promoting women’s rights and supporting community development. She brings experience in the public, private and third sectors; has a strong commitment to promoting social justice and draws on her work in the UK, Europe and South Asia.