Supporting members to deliver a collaborative, joined up approach to social value across the public sector

Why Join Today

  • Gain knowledge and tools needed to meet statutory and ethical responsibilities
  • Understand your baseline position and access annual 'health checks'
  • Define what social value means to you and develop a bespoke plan to deliver on your commitments
  • Be part of a vibrant Community of Practice with access to members meetings, forums and events
  • Access to a members platform with a wealth of tools, resources and templates
  • Advice and guidance from leading social value experts
  • Support the growth and sharing of skills within the public sector and wider partners.


For the past decade, the Social Value Act has given public authorities a legal responsibility to contribute to the social, environmental and economic sustainability of their communities, and society as a whole.

The need to adhere to recent legislative shifts in procurement, combined with the NHS’s ambition to become the world’s first net zero health system, has placed social value high on the list of ‘must dos’ for those working in and with health and care systems.

The Social Value Network has been established by NHS Arden & GEM to support systems and organisations in defining and delivering their social value ambitions through membership of a collaborative network with access to expertise, knowledge, tools and resources.

Together we can meet net zero ambitions and achieve community benefits through a social value approach that puts people at its heart.

Our Support

Our social value and sustainability support can be tailored to meet your bespoke needs, reflect where you are in your social value journey and complement your existing programmes of work.

Advisory and Consultancy

Expert social value support from an NHS transformation partner including:

  • Baselining, reviews and audits
  • Developing social value charters and strategies
  • Establishing Themes, Outcomes and Measures (TOMs)
  • Anchor Institute and Green Plan development
  • Virtual or in-person training events for your staff and stakeholders.


Social Value Network

Enabling members to access and share knowledge and best practice through:

  • Members only meetings and events
  • The ‘Vault’ – an online platform to collaborate with colleagues on social value tools, templates and resources
  • Access to social value experts on our Advisory Board
  • Mentoring and peer learning.





Social Value Quality Mark Health

The first UK-wide social value accreditation bespoke to the health sector designed to:

  • Reflect national health and care policy
  • Respond to the needs, challenges and opportunities of the industry
  • Distinguish ethical, sustainable suppliers
  • Verify and recognise commitment to staff health and wellbeing.
  • Independently verify progress against carbon reduction plans. 




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The Team

We are a small but passionate team of people, committed to achieving a fairer, better, greener public sector through pioneering the aims and principles of social value. 


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Becky Jones

Social Value Specialist

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Ariane Nixon

Project Manager

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Daniel Davis


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Marie-Louise Allred

Marketing and Communications




Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board brings together social value experts from across the public, private and voluntary sectors, sharing their experiences to help grow understanding and adoption of social value delivery. 

The Board provides guidance, advice, steer and thought pieces on how we can embed social value to deliver maximum return on investment and benefit to local communities. 


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Alison Tonge

Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation at NHS Arden & GEM

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Ashley Morgan

Head of Members at Social Value Portal

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Dave Sweeney

Associate Director of Partnerships and Sustainability at Cheshire and Merseyside ICS

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Mark Swift

Co-founder and CEO at Wellbeing Enterprises CIC

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Richard Dickins

Managing Director at Social Value Quality Mark CIC

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Shelley Brough

Acting Director of Commissioning and Integration and Social Value Programme Lead at Cheshire East Council

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Sol Tannir

Strategic Account Manager at the Social Value Portal