Mayoral Ambassador for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector

Lisa Goodwin has worked in the North East charity sector for her whole career, starting out in a community arts role, before finding the world of general voluntary sector support.

She grew up in a rural part of Northern Ireland, and came to Newcastle in 1998 to study law (but quickly switched to English Literature, which she found a lot more fun!).

She was Chief Executive of North Tyneside VODA for seven years, and Deputy Chief Executive at VONNE before joining Connected Voice in 2019. Connected Voice has been supporting community organisations in Newcastle for over 90 years, and expanded to work in Gateshead six years ago.

Ms Goodwin’s job roles have mostly been about supporting grassroots community action, and amplifying the voices within VCSE organisations.

Ms Goodwin’s experience includes partnership development, income generation for charities, consultation and representation.

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