Cliff Allum BA, Ma, PhD, Treasurer & National Officer

Cliff studied at the University of Kent at Canterbury followed by a brief period in local government where he gained a professional qualification in Personnel Management. He then studied for a doctorate at the University of Warwick during which time, in the 1970s, he became involved as a sessional tutor in the WEA trade union studies work and developing the member education programme.

After completing his studies at the University of Warwick, Cliff worked in community education in Coventry before joining the West Midlands Enterprise Board, as Director of a Training and Community resource Centre in East Birmingham. He also worked as a freelance trainer in gender and race awareness.  During this time, Cliff retained his interest and commitment to the WEA through an affiliated trade union, ASTMS then MSF, where he was the Regional Education Officer (a voluntary position). He joined the regional committee and then served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the West Mercia Region, and then Treasurer, serving on the Committee until 2012, when he was elected National Treasurer.

In his professional life, Cliff took on the role of Director of Skillshare Africa (and subsequently CEO of Skillshare International), an international volunteering and development organisation in 1993. He became Chair of BOND (the UK network for UK based international NGOs) from 1998-2004 and President of the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (a Global network of volunteer agencies) from 2002-2008. In addition, Cliff has served as a trustee/management committee member of a number of not-for-profit organisations including ACEVO, a UK based network of CEOs in the voluntary sector. Cliff is currently an Associate Fellow of the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham and writes and contributes on volunteering for development.  He is also a qualified LTA tennis coach and referee.