Yvonne Probert

Head of Community Services

Yvonne joined Durham Community Action in 2014 and has over 20 years’ experience as a manager within the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). Yvonne specialises in project management, organisation development and sustainability planning. She is also adept at research, fundraising, stakeholder engagement and community planning. As a member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and Chartered Institute of Management, Yvonne through Continual Professional Development has gained many qualifications over the years to add to her original degree.

Before Durham Community Action, Yvonne was a freelance consultant specialising in supporting VCS organisations and her work as included: Interim Chief Officer at the Ouseburn Trust in Newcastle - managing the property portfolio, staff recruitment, affordable housing initiative and heritage projects; Project delivery with Haltwhistle Partnership in Northumberland - social enterprise,  assets and community development especially around older people’s activities; Working to establish the trading arm Serrac Ltd with Carers Northumberland; Worked on a range of “Big Local” community engagement activities in Bishop Auckland, North Ormesby and Lynmouth ; Supported the Hexham MP to engage with local community and coordinate a resident’s survey in the constituency.

Prior to this, Yvonne was the Chief Executive Officer of Prudhoe Community Partnership for nearly a decade and was responsible for delivering a comprehensive range of economic, social and community based projects within the town and the surrounding communities. She has also been the Local Strategic Partnership Officer for Alnwick, Deputy Director and activities coordinator for Young Cumbria and the manager of a not for profit Leisure Centre in Sunderland.

In her role in Durham Community Action, Yvonne leads on Community Buildings, Social Enterprise, Health and Volunteering. She is coordinating and supporting the staff teams, volunteers and professionals to develop and implement project plans

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Tel: 01388 742043

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