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Meet the Team

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Jess Ball

Community Development Lead

As Project Manager for the People Zones, Jess is extremely passionate about making a difference in communities and loves working with different people.

She believes that local residents are best placed to understand how to make a difference in their communities.

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Lily Thorne

Community Development Officer

As lead of the New Parks People Zone and co-lead of the Thringstone & Whitwick People Zone, Lily is passionate about working with communities and empowering people to play an active role in creating lasting positive change.

Lily also leads on the People Zones Grants fund and is eager to support and upskill community residents and workers, aiding them to build upon their strengths and ultimately take the lead in giving back to and enhancing their communities as a whole

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James O'Connell

Community Development Officer

Community minded and driven to develop integration through active participation, James is committed to building on strengths that exist among local residents across the people Zones.

Residents are the beating hearts of every community and it is important for their voices to be heard, to have ownership of their lives and to be able to play a role for the benefit of everyone.

Leading on the Bell Foundry People Zone and co-leading in Thringstone & Whitwick, James enjoys bringing organisations together with members of the public, as effective collaboration is a powerful tool when impacting sustainable social change.

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