Senior Programme Manager

Lydia Ragoonanan
Alumnus

Team

Alumni

Join Date

October 2013

What I do

Lydia was a Senior Programme Manager within Nesta's Innovation Lab.  She developed and managed a range of practical innovation programmes.
She worked on a range of social action funds, that explored how social action can best address some of the UK's largest challenges alongside professional and other skilled service provision. 
Lydia's previous work at Nesta includes managing Rethinking Parks and Cities of Service UK programmes and being a coach within the People Powered Results health team.

Biography

Before joining Nesta, Lydia was Principal Strategist for the New Zealand Transport Agency. Other roles throughout her career include Internal Auditor for the former airport operator BAA, Private Secretary at the Department for Education and Skills in UK, Manager of the Leaders' Office in a local authority and Senior Policy Analyst in the Schools Funding team at the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.
 
Lydia is a keen cook, occasional runner, lover of the great outdoors, parent Governor and devoted Mum to her daughter, Oona.
 
Volunteering is good for us, and when done well it makes a measurable difference to other people’s lives too. So how can we help people who are 50 and over make social action a regular habit? The Join In, Stay In fund aims to find out.
Lydia Ragoonanan
Thursday, 22 September 2016
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Heeley Park
Heeley Subscription Society was one of eleven projects supported through the Rethinking Parks programme. The project guide We Rethought Parks: Heeley Subscription Society can be found here together with further information about the team's project.
Photo of glass office in the middle of a park
Park Hack was one of eleven projects supported through Rethinking Parks. The project guide can be found here together with further information about the team's project
Photo of the park in Burnley
Burnley Go to the Park was one of eleven projects supported through Rethinking Parks. The Project Guide can be found here, together with further information about the team's project.