Nathan Roberts

Nathan Roberts

Band of Brothers, CHAIR

Nathan’s professional career started in the public sector, working for HMRC as a Finance and Risk analyst during and after studying Business Studies and Information Systems at Northumbria University. He then spent a period of time working for private sector in a multinational IT company in a similar role.

In 2000, he changed the direction of his career, shifting into the voluntary sector. His two decades in the sector saw him work for a number of charities (including Raleigh International) before co-founding an organisation called abandofbrothers. The experience of growing a charity from an idea to a multi-regional charity turning over c.400K per annum has given him insight into issues voluntary sectors orgs face at various stages of their development and operations. His 11 year tenure as Chief Exec ended in 2020.

He now works full time in People and Organisation Development, having studied the area at post grad level in 2017. His clients include Novartis, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Daimler and Unilever.

With his partner Lotte, he lives in East Brighton and is now facing what he describes as his biggest challenge – raising three boys who are currently aged 4, 6 and 8 and attending local schools in Queens Park. He is a keen bread baker, tennis player and allotment grower.

He remains as passionate as ever about the capacity for communities to come together and find solutions for the complex problems that exist in our society.

About his appointment to Chair of Community works, he has said:

“It is a great privilege to step up to chair Community works where I have been a board member for the last 4 years. We have many amazing organisations across Brighton and Hove and Adur and Worthing and I am committed to ensuring that we can play our role to support, enhance and showcase the amazing work they do and capabilities they have.

These are challenging times as every UK community wrestles with finding ways to bounce back from COVID, whilst challenging inequality and injustice and becoming truly future fit in evolving our place to be more sustainable, more equitable and more connected. It is my belief that strong infrastructure organisations like Community Work have a vital role to play.”

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