Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Jamie Scudamore

Jamie is responsible for leading our team of staff and associates to support Belong’s members and deliver our mission. He works alongside Belong’s Trustees to ensure we have the strategy, partnerships and resources to make our vision of a more integrated society a reality. Jamie’s previous roles have been focused on local delivery in communities across the UK on behalf of national charities, including as Head of Networks at Mind, Chief Membership Officer of the Scouts and, most recently, as a Director at the Prince’s Trust.

James Williams

Director of Partnerships and Products

James is responsible for widening Belong’s reach and ensuring the Network develops events, products and opportunities to meet the challenges faced by our members. James joined Belong in May 2023 from the Housing Association Charitable Trust (HACT), where he worked as a subject matter expert helping public, private, and charitable organisations to develop their Social Value practice. He was particularly involved in the development of the 2022 version of the influential UK Social Value Bank which was designed to aid organisations in their decision making and in enhanced outcomes.

Speak to James about partnerships, collaborations, membership benefits and funding applications relating to Belong – or any enquiries on how our organisations can work together.

Richard Livings

Operations and Finance Manager

Richard is responsible for the smooth running of the Belong Network, managing the finances, HR, office policies, IT and operation. Richard joined the Belong Network team in December 2023 with a background in managing the growth of successful charities, co-ops and not-for-profit organisations. He was previously Head of Operations for the Fair Tax Foundation and also had the privilege of establishing Sir Bobby Charlton’s landmine charity. He has also worked in project management, business development and contracts roles.

Speak to Richard about all finance and invoicing queries, HR issues and any general office or operational matters.

Andrew Dixon

Head of Policy and Relationships

Andrew works to build partnerships between Belong and a range of different organisations and sectors, and to develop projects and products that help to take forward Belong’s mission to connect people and organisations to build a more integrated and less divided society. He previously worked as a policy and communications consultant and as an Associate to the Belong Network and the Good Faith Partnership. Andy is also a local councillor in Waltham Forest, elected in May 2022.

Speak to Andrew about Belong’s policy work, our work with local government and sports providers or to find out more about Belong’s Local Government and Power of Sport Communities of Practice.

Dr Jeni Vine

Research and Development Manager

Jeni is responsible for all Belong’s research work and leads on consultancy, evaluation, impact assessment training and resource development for our members and wider network. She also leads on Belong’s Shared Ground Community of Practice. Jeni brings over 25 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector and recently completed a PhD. Jeni co-ordinates the Sheffield Cohesion Advisory Group and also convened the Yorkshire and Humber Health Stream of Sanctuary. She is a professional member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychologists and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Speak to Jeni about Joining our Shared Ground Community of Practice, Belong Network’s research, if you are looking for resources to help your work, or if you are interested in an evaluation of your own social cohesion work.

Amy Glendinning

Memberships and Engagement Manager

Amy is responsible for supporting Belong’s current members and all aspects of external communications, branding and engagement for the organisation, including Belong’s annual conference. Prior to joining Belong Amy worked as a member of the communications team at the British Red Cross leading on a project to promote social cohesion in areas of high dispersal for people from asylum seeker backgrounds and a high-profile corporate partnership with Co-op to tackle loneliness.

Speak to Amy about any aspect of your Belong Network membership, to find out about joining the Network and for all external communication and media enquiries.

Alex Fraser

Digital, Communications and Events Coordinator

Alex is responsible for the smooth running of Belong Network’s online events, our social media and website, alongside other external communications, campaigns and in-person events.

Alex previously worked in events and marketing for Selfridges, where working on charity projects such as Marcus Rashford’s ‘In The Box’ campaign piqued her interest in social change and inspired her to join Belong.

Speak to Alex about Belong Network events or sharing your cohesion success stories with our network.

Meet our Trustees and Advisory Panel

You can also learn more about our team of Trustees, and trusted Advisory Panel.