Martin Hartley-Smith joins Spring North senior team

Blackburn-based non-profit Spring North has appointed Martin Hartley-Smith as business development manager.

The organisation, formerly known as The Families and Wellbeing Consortium, works in partnership with a range of
organisations to support the most vulnerable in communities across Lancashire.

Martin has worked in the voluntary sector for 15 years of experience across business development and commercial roles. He will help Spring North fulfil its ambitious expansion plans, increasing partners and delivering additional projects across the county.

Martin began his career with Business Link and developed a specialism in sales and marketing, leading him to set up his own consultancy in 2000. After six years, he sold Linden Marketing and joined Community Voluntary Services (CVS) as marketing manager, bringing his commercial skills to the third sector.

He worked for Child Action NW for 12 years rising to deputy CEO. He said: “I’ve been aware of the work of Spring North for some time and admired the scope of support they provide. From young people who are out of training or employment, to older men who suffer from social isolation or wanting to get back to work. I was particularly impressed with the work they do with refugees who often have a range of skills that are in demand from businesses.

I was particularly impressed with the work they do with refugees who often have a range of skills that are in demand from businesses.

“Spring North also runs a small grants scheme that supports project that can make a difference to small communities. I can’t wait to get started and help grow the network.”

Dave Edmundson, chairman of Spring North, added: “It is great we can attract someone of the calibre of Martin. He joins us at an exciting time, we celebrate our ten-year anniversary this year and want to build our achievements, increasing our remit to support more individuals across our community.

“Martin’s commercial acumen will enable us to support our partners to build their capacity and boost their income, helping us to increase our operations and deliver support to those who need it.”

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