Associates

Over the last ten years, RLK Partnerships has developed a strong team of trusted Associates.

We choose to work with these practitioners because they share our values and are experts in their field. Our Associates help RLK Partnerships to deliver an even wider range of practical support to our clients.

Rosemary set up RLK Partnerships in 2007 to help people and organisations address challenges and change in sustainable ways.

Rosemary could see that many small organisations did not have access to good quality business support. She also knew that public bodies needed help to engage better and collaborate with VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) organisations and SMEs.

Rosemary brings experience and an amazing network from across all sectors. This means that she can join the dots between diverse organisations, and do things differently

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Rosemary has worked for 21 years in the private sector, ten years as Managing Director of RLK Partnerships and 18 years as an Associate Lecturer on Open University programmes including the NHS Leadership Academy and MBA, specialising in entrepreneurship and leadership.

After securing a first class degree in Pure Maths, Rosemary began her career as a computer programmer, building systems for commercial organisations. Over the next 20 years, she progressed into senior management roles in the design, development and manufacture of secure communications systems for central government departments.

Rosemary and Alex created the Liverpool Collaboration Hub to bring organisations together through events, meetings and introductions. Rosemary helped care providers to set up the Liverpool Care Home Partnership CIC so they can work better together.

Rosemary is one of the founding Directors of eHealth Cluster Ltd , bringing care providers, technology companies and public bodies together to drive health innovation for Liverpool City Region.

Rosemary has published reports and practical guidance on procurement and commissioning. She holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the RSA. Rosemary is Trustee and Treasurer of Calder Valley Club.

Rosemary Kay

Since 2007, Alex has been an independent consultant, delivering business and management development support to small businesses on Merseyside, particularly within the VCSE Sector. With over twenty years experience of working with the sector, she is enthusiastic about working with organisations to find practical and realistic solutions that help them develop.

Alex is the Chair of awarding body Open Awards, having been an active board member for many years. She is a Member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, and Social Enterprise UK (previously the SROI Network), and an Associate Member of the Society for Education and Training.

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Specialising in Board and management capacity building, strategic and operational development, and quality assurance and evaluation, Alex is also skilled in practical project development, funding and competitive tendering.

Along with a BSc in Mathematics & Computing, Alex holds several professional qualifications, including the CMI Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring, the Sfedi Business Advisor Award, the ILM Development Award in SROI, and several teaching qualifications.

Alex has worked with RLK Partnerships for nine years, particularly on partnership and collaboration development, and has delivered business support for Mi eHealth Cluster Business Assistance programme, Healthy Liverpool CCG Community Grants Programme, Liverpool Vision Merseyside Business Support Programme, and Liverpool City Council, as well as to several private charitable clients.

Recent Clients include

  • Merseyside Domestic Violence Service
  • Sanctuary Family Support
  • Family Refugee Support Project
  • Valley Community Theatre
  • Liverpool Care Home Partnership CIC
  • St Andrew’s Community Network
  • HomeCarers Ltd
  • Hope Centre, St Helens
Alex Hunter

David is an experienced manufacturing / engineering business management and process improvement professional. He brings a background of site leadership, team development, cultural and operational change, and business turnaround.

David has worked in medical device, aerospace, and electronic manufacturing. He ran the UK division of Accellent/Lake Region Medical, the world’s largest medical device contract manufacturing company, for eight years. David has worked for Rolls-Royce and GEC-Marconi.

As an Associate to RLK Partnerships, David has provided cost planning support to Archiform, helped Digital Creativity in Disability to develop a manufacturing strategy, and helped to develop the supply chain element of Liverpool City Region eHealth Cluster.

David Searle

Bridget loves helping small and social businesses to get their message across, tell powerful stories, win funding and secure new business. She brings experience and specialist skills as a bid writer, bid manager, fundraiser, communications practitioner and copywriter.

Working as an Associate to RLK Partnerships, Bridget has helped a local social business to secure funding through the Lloyds Bank SSE Scale Up programme and further community grants.

Through the Mi eHealth Cluster Business Assistance programme, Bridget has supported a number of technology companies as a bid coach and business writer. She helped these businesses to win more work, investment and awards by reviewing their bid processes, building bid libraries, developing value propositions and writing business plan narratives.

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Bridget worked in housing and regeneration for over 16 years. She delivered communications for large-scale programmes and led bid teams to secure significant statutory funding, contracts and commissions. Bridget also brings experience from a technology start-up, where she developed local, national and international partnerships around eHealth and Smart Cities.

Bridget set up Bridget Waters Consulting in 2015 to support a wide range of clients across sectors. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Certified Foundation Member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (CF APMP), a Pro Member of the Professional Copywriters’ Network, PRINCE2 Foundation qualified and an Associate Member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Bridget Waters

Julie is a qualified accountant (FCCA) with an MBA (Sloan Fellowship) from London Business School. She is passionate about supporting social enterprises by providing finance and management services that help them to develop firm foundations for their business and achieve their vision.

Julie has worked as Finance Director at the Social Investment Business, as Business Development Director at the Scarman Trust, and as an Internal Auditor and Risk Manager at Zurich Financial Services.

Julie has supported many social enterprises, most recently delivering finance and management support to Class Of Your Own Ltd, an innovative and growing education enterprise.

As an Associate to RLK Partnerships, Julie has worked with smaller organisations through the Healthy Liverpool CCG Community Grants programme, helping them to develop financial management systems that suit their size and match their values.

Julie Shorrock

Sharlene brings over 25 years’ experience in project management for large business support contracts including European Social Fund/Skills Funding Agency (ESF/SFA), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) funded projects and programmes.

Sharlene has worked as a Project Manager for Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, RLK Partnerships and Winning Pitch, where she specialised in ERDF claims management and operations project management.

Sharlene set up her consultancy Vital Spirits in 2015 to provide project management and business support to public, private and third sector organisations.

As an Associate to RLK Partnerships, Sharlene helps our clients to develop and manage projects. Applying PRINCE2 methodologies, Sharlene helps projects to run efficiently by establishing core contract processes and procedures. She supports project start-up, compliance, business change management, audit preparation, interim evaluation, funding returns and final contract evaluation.

Sharlene Walton