VSSN - Key Persons


Ann Hindley

Job Titles:
  • Executive Officer

Chris Dayson

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional
Chris Dayson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University, where he has worked since 2008. Chris's research focuses on the role of voluntary and community sector organisations in public service delivery, particularly around the transformation and integration agenda in local government and statutory health services. He is currently involved in a senior capacity in a range of research and evaluation projects for local and national public sector bodies, voluntary sector organisations and charitable funders. Within SHU Chris also manages the University-wide interdisciplinary Centre for Voluntary Sector Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/staff/chris-dayson

Christopher Damm

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Sheffield Hallam University ( Web Officer )
Chris is a Research Associate at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. He works on a range of research and evaluation projects in the broad area of public service delivery, particularly by voluntary sector organisations. Particular research interests include the impact of state funding on charities, employment services, and social finance. Chris specialises in quantitative methods, including data visualisation, data management and econometric modelling.

Diarmuid McDonnell

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre, University
Diarmuid McDonnell is a Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham. His research examines the following topics relating to the voluntary sector: measuring and modelling risk; evaluating regulatory initiatives; understanding accountability incentives; constructing and tracking income profiles; and measuring mission completion. He has methodological interests in the use of administrative data for social science research, data science, and policy evaluation methods

Jane Cullingworth

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • University of Glasgow ( Co - Chair )
Jane Cullingworth is a third year PhD student in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her research explores the relationship between the state and the third sector in Scotland with a particular focus on the impact of the sector's active participation in governance networks such as Community Planning Partnerships. Jane's research is rooted in her involvement in community-based organisations over the past thirty years, most of which was in Toronto, Canada.

Jon Dean

Job Titles:
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Trustee
Jon Dean is senior lecturer in politics and sociology at Sheffield Hallam University. His research focuses on inequalities within the voluntary sector, particularly related to youth volunteering. He has also completed research investigating the representation of homelessness, the role of emotion in charity fundraising appeals, and the symbolic power of charity. He teaches across a range of subjects but with a focus on charity and the community sector. Much of the rest of Jon's work focuses on critical reflexivity, and the use of creative qualitative methodologies. Jon has worked in volunteering sector in both the public and voluntary sectors.

Jurgen Grotz

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Director of the Institute of Volunteering Research, University of East Anglia
  • Senior Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia
Jurgen is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia and the Director of the Institute of Volunteering Research there. Born in Germany in 1963, he received an MA in 1992 for work on disability in China, and a PhD in 1996 from the University of London for work on Chinese Braille. He is an academic and practitioner with 25 years' experience of applied research, working with voluntary associations and volunteer-involving organisations, with a strong focus on participative approaches. As Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research based at the University of East Anglia, he is now in a position to support actively the endeavours of VSSN, in particular by promoting understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research and by providing a voice and a meeting place for voluntary sector researchers in the UK. He is especially interested in helping to support early career researchers and also co-developing scientifically robust ways to show the difference volunteering and volunteering research make, extending VSSN's reach both nationally and internationally.

Vita Terry

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Senior Researcher at the Institute for Voluntary Action
Vita Terry is a Senior Researcher at The Institute for Voluntary Action. Previously she worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, Open University. Her research interests are on the role of the voluntary sector delivering public service provision, especially small and medium sized organisations, and around organisational behaviour. More broadly she is interested in researching migration, integration, and issues around ethnic minority communities. Vita enjoys adopting different qualitative methods to co-produce research, including ethnography, visual methods and film-making. She has a long standing interest in volunteering, in the latter years as a trustee of a small local HIV charity and at a multi-purpose play space.