Posted 3rd March 2023
Social Value UK is delighted to announce that Liam Ronan-Chlond has recently joined our Board of Directors.
We have worked closely with Liam for a number years as a long standing member and Accredited Practitioner, and look forward to all that he will bring to this role.
So that you can get to know him a little better, we asked a few questions.
Who are you?
My name is Liam Ronan-Chlond and I am Head of Engagement & Social Value at Socius.
Why did you join the Social Value UK Board of Directors?
I’m driven by my principles and a passion for social justice.
I have been a member of Social Value UK for almost three years and recently became a Level 1 Accredited Social Value Practitioner.
However, I know I can do more. Applying to sit on the Board to support the work of Social Value UK is a significant step towards supporting a wider global movement for positive change.
I wish to inspire the board and work positively with colleagues to support the growth of Social Value across all sectors – both nationally and internationally – for a fairer future for all.
What are you most excited to see in Social Value UK’s future?
The embedding of social value across the sectors. For instance, more prominent support for social value from Whitehall to Town Halls and from procurement right through to everyday business transactions. We need to go beyond box-ticking and towards a shift in mindset to achieve this.
Is there a particular social/environmental issue that you feel strongly about?
My passion for social justice stems from my upbringing, as the child of a single parent on a council estate in Sheffield. I was lucky enough to benefit from social mobility, partly in thanks to receiving state support, such as Educational Maintenance Allowance.
However, I fear for younger people in this position today because state support has shrunk rapidly and shows no signs of increasing any time soon. Child poverty is on the rise and social mobility is dwindling. From globalisation to climate change, COVID-19 and global inflation; shifting sands have contributed to growing inequality and an increased sense of insecurity and uncertainty for people and our planet.
“I am delighted to have been selected to join the Board of Directors for Social Value UK. It is a privilege to help shape a movement that works so collaboratively to promote positive change across the UK and around the world.”Liam Ronan-Chlond
Posted 3rd March 2023