Students at Marches School supported by their teacher Lucy Wright (part of our ICA:UK Youth Advisory Group) are working on a dynamic new learning environment project using some handy tips from the ICA YPP programme-

http://marchesschool.co.uk//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=484&Itemid=192

The latest issue #41 of the ICA:UK network newsletter is online today - download it from ICA:UK Network News

Welcome to the ICA:UK staff team to Rachael Huggins, who has just joined us as Youth Participation Programme Worker on a 6-month placement financed by the Future Jobs Fund - see contact us

Just out! See the new Partnership Learning Report from Sightsavers International, reflecting on the development and introduction of their Programme Partnership Policy. ICA:UK supported Sightsavers in this process by facilitating a survey of their partners to assess the current situation, carrying out desk research and assisting with the refining of the policy. We also worked with Sightsavers to develop guidelines and tools to support the implementation of the policy, and to design and deliver the induction process for Sightsavers staff and partners.

Martin GilbraithParticipation & development charity ICA:UK appoints new Chief Executive

ICA:UK, the participation & development charity, is announcing the appointment of Martin Gilbraith as its new Chief Executive with effect from January 1st.

The ICA:UK Board has created this new, single Chief Executive post to bring stronger and more focused leadership to the charity, in order to enable a new step-change in its growth and impact.  Until now the charity has been led by the Board of Trustees and a management team of two Directors.  Jonathan Dudding will continue in his role as ICA:UK’s Director of International Programmes.

Martin Gilbraith has served as ICA:UK’s Director of UK Programmes & Organisational Development since 2004, and has worked with ICA (the Institute of Cultural Affairs) in Britain since 1996.

Martin has already made his mark on ICA in Britain by developing and growing its national programme of facilitation and facilitation training since 1996, by leading its transition to the present charitable company ‘ICA:UK’ in 2000, by establishing and managing its office and staff in Manchester since 2001, and by overseeing and supporting the launch and development of ICA:UK’s Youth Participation Programme since 2004.

Martin has also served on the Board and Executive Committee of ICA International from 1998-2006, as a Trustee of youth development and volunteering charity FOCUS since 2005, and on the management committee of Quaker Congo Partnership since 2008.  He is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator, and he has served on the Board of IAF since 2008 and been appointed incoming Chair for 2010.

Martin earned his MA in Development Administration and Management from the University of Manchester’s Institute for Development Policy & Management.  Prior to 1995 he worked for six years with ICA MENA in Egypt, with the development charity AFRICA NOW in London, and as an international volunteer with ICA India in 1986.

Martin Gilbraith said: "Building on over 35 years of ICA experience in the UK and worldwide, ICA:UK has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence in facilitation & facilitation training, in youth participation, and in partnership & participation in international development.  Our challenge now is to weave these threads together in such a way that they better strengthen each other, in order to secure and grow the impact of ICA’s unique approach to enabling people to bring about positive change - toward a just and sustainable world for all.  I am excited to have this opportunity to lead ICA:UK as Chief Executive through this next phase of its growth and development. I will work to unite and mobilize ICA:UK, and all of our stakeholders and new support as well, behind this goal."

Andy Fitton, Chair of the Board of Trustees, says: "We are very excited about this new appointment.  Martin has demonstrated strong facilitative leadership and management skills, both within ICA and in his volunteer and governance roles.  His extensive experience of ICA’s unique approach, and of working with ICA:UK’s own people and with its partners and clients, will be invaluable.  We are confident that Martin will realise the potential of this new role of Chief Executive, and that in it he will enable ICA:UK to continue to build its reputation and capacity to enable people to bring about positive change in their organisations and communities – whether they be disadvantaged young people in inner-city Manchester, villagers affected by conflict or HIV/AIDS in Africa; or others who are, or aspire to be, facilitators and leaders themselves."

Welcome to the new ICA:UK website! We would like to thank our new website volunteer Simon Keslake for all his expertise, time, and patience over recent months which has made this possible.

This new site is built with open source Joomla software, for 'content management'.  It replaces the old 'static html' site (for those in the know). This had served us well for many years, but probably for longer than any website should!  The first big difference that the new site will make is that we will now be able to add and update content quickly and easily ourselves, and keep the site up to date and relevant.

Initially the new site is largely a replica of the old, and deliberately so in order that visitors will hopefully recognise the site easily and be able to find their way around much as before.  However we hope that you will notice and appreciate the refreshed look and improved navigation (drop-down menus, search facility and site map).  And we hope you will notice and appreciate the updating of content that we have already done - notably the thoroughly revised International pages, and the new 2010 ToP course schedule.  We have been working on a thorough revision of the Youth Participation pages as well, so that will be the next major content update.

The other big difference that Joomla will make is that we will now be able to relatively easily restructure and redesign the site to better meet the needs of ICA:UK and its users, and to add new areas and new functionality to the site over time.  For example, we have plans to introduce an ecommerce area, for online payments for course fees, books & resources; log-in and members-only areas, with social networking forums to replace the present yahoogroups and a searchable archive of newsletters and other resources to download; and ultimately a 'customer relationship management' function that will allow course participants, for example, to log in to download course joining instructions or transfer their booking themselves to an alternative course.

We will use this weblog to let you know what has changed, each time we make substantial revisions, and to let you know what we are planning next.

We very much value your feedback and suggestions as we expand and develop the site over time, to know what is working for you and what is not, and what you would like to find on the site and how you would like to be able to use it.  When you do feed back, please let us know what browser you are using (eg: internet explorer, firefox) as that affects how the site appears.

So, please use the online feedback form, or otherwise contact us in person to let us know what you think!

In the meantime, thank you also for your patience if you do not find everything as you would like or expect to find it...

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