Avril McIntyre

A community leader with a proven track record.  During her 13 year role as Chief Executive of LifeLine Community Projects, it grew from grassroots to a charity with an annual turnover of £5million equipping people for life and work through a range of services including employability programmes, family support and mentoring.  

Since then, she has led the team at Community Resources, a charity which mobilises people to find solutions to the problems faced in their community.  Based in Barking & Dagenham, initiatives developed by volunteers seek to tackle the issues primarily caused by poverty and isolation.  Seven years on, 3 of the initial projects are now having significant impact; 2 have been replicated nationally.  

Community Resources is the secretariat for BD_Collective, the social sector infrastructure entity commissioned by B&D Council. She is the Chair of BD_Collective and closely involved in working with the Council and other agencies to develop effective partnership across the borough, maximizing the role of the social sector.