Community development consultant

Alison Gilchrist

"Alison is a well-regarded expert in community development policy and practice, an experienced practitioner and leading theorist with specialist interests in equalities and networking. She has a rare and valuable ability to combine intellectual rigour with a well-grounded commitment to practice."

Alison Seabrooke, former Chief Executive, Community Development Foundation

Contact details:


Phone: 01539 725 195

Mobile: 07751 601178

I have been involved in community development for more than 30 years: as neighbourhood worker, lecturer, writer, trainer, manager, director, policy advisor and researcher.

My experience and expertise

I have worked at local, regional and national levels, with community, voluntary and public sector organisations. My particular specialisms are networking and equalities practice.

My expertise draws on solid experience of working with communities and  practice research providing me with a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the relevant evidence base and current policy context.

My approach

Community development values are fundamental to how I work with clients and communities, namely:

Diversity     Equality     Transparency     Partnership working     Particiption     Empowerment 

Learning through experience and reflection

In accordance with these values, I make regular donations to two charities who work closely with communities in developing countries. These are currently Womankind Worldwide and Practical Action.