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About Stronger Kent Communities

Stronger Kent Communities (SKC) began as a consortium of organisations, including CVS and Volunteer Centres across Kent, and has evolved into a community interest company to support not-for-profit organisations across Kent in building strong foundations, running smoothly and making connections. We offer the support you need in ways that work for you, covering Structure and Strategy, Funding and Income generation, Marketing and Communications, and Finance.

SKC Board

Our Board is made up of CEOs from Kent based charities; they meet regularly to share their expertise about the needs of the charitable sector in Kent and many of the board members represent SKC on county wide strategic groups.

Keith Harrison

Keith Harrison

Keith is the Chief Executive of Action with Communities in Rural Kent and also works with its national association ACRE on a series of England-wide rural regeneration initiatives too. He is also a Trustee of Kent-based environmental education charity The Bay Trust and an external member of the APPG for Left Behind Areas. Keith has been a Director of SKC since it began.


Jane Howard

Jane Howard

Jane has been CEO of Medway Voluntary Action for 8 years.  Prior to that she worked in further education and adult education both as a teacher and manager with a wide curriculum brief.  Jane also played an active national role working on the Skills for Life Strategy, the national 5 year Adult Literacy and Numeracy campaign. Jane is a Director of SKC.


Alex Krutnik

Alex Krutnik

Alex is the CEO of Canterbury & Herne Bay Volunteer Centre and has been working in the Voluntary and Community Sector, in various capacities, for far longer than even he can remember.


Bethan Peal

Bethan Peal

Beth has been a Director of SKC since the beginning and is the CEO of Ashford Volunteer Centre. She has worked in Kent and Medway for 15 years in the voluntary sector and 10 years in the public sector and has volunteered for a charity that helps young people be the best they can be for the past 20 years.


Kerry Smith

Kerry Smith

Kerry has served as a Director of Stronger Kent Communities since its inception in 2017. With over 35 years’ professional experience working in social housing and the voluntary sector, Kerry has an established track record of working with communities. Currently CEO of Kent Coast Volunteering, Kerry is familiar with the challenges that small organisations face.


Claire Haffenden

Claire Haffenden

Claire is our Chair, working with the Board to develop SKC’s strategic direction, but also providing hands on support and training to many of the groups that use our services, particularly with fundraising.


Sarah Jenner

Sarah Jenner

Sarah is the newest member of our team, she has joined us to manage our finances, run our back office and to support anyone contacting SKC to find the help they need. Contact Sarah.


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