Our Consortium

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Our Consortium is a team of people who are made up of representatives from local community, art, health and voluntary organisations from across Medway and Swale.

Together they help us make decisions about supporting our local communities through our events and projects.


Dalia Halpern-Matthews – Befriending Programme Manager, Medway Voluntary Action (MVA)




Becky Farley – Community Engagement and Commercial Director, MidKent College


Heather Burgess –  Co-Chair of Medway Arts Forum, Director of Sun Pier House


Stephen Perez – Co-ordinator, Arches Local “Big Local”, Chatham


Kimberley Reynolds – Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, Chair of Medway Cares Charity


Christine White, Director of Swale Community and Voluntary Service (SCVS)


The Ideas Test Consortium also has special observers that attend the quarterly meetings representing the following councils and organisations;

  • Kent County Council
  • Swale Borough Council
  • Medway Council
  • Royal Opera House Bridge 

Specialist Advisor

Gurvinder Sandher, Artistic Director, Cohesion Plus who deliver festivals and outdoor performances in North Kent. They are specialist advisers to the consortium on issues of community voice, diversity, inclusion and social cohesion through. At a time of increased hate crime and a lack of diversity and inclusion in some of our communities, this role is particularly vital.