Wil Woan formed his own consultancy in January 2015 after working as a UK Policy Advisor for the Big Lottery Fund. Wil has worked as an assessor, an outreach officer, a policy lead and a manager of a UK wide programmes during his 12 years with the Big Lottery Fund. Gaining first hand experience assessing and distributing funding pots to the voluntary sector.
Whilst working as an assessor, Wil was responsible for collaborating with key stakeholders across the North West. He was involved in the development of a multimillion bids to the PE and Sport sector (NOPES). An initiative led by the New Opportunities Fund; during this time he was tasked with business planning, sustainability planning, and key delivery models of both revenue and capital grants. Writing reports for a UK committee where the largest project was an £8m facility.
As an outreach officer, he was encouraging, supporting, and ensuring good quality bids were received across the North West. Wil has valuable skills and in depth understanding in ‘what makes a good application’ including tactics on evidencing need, consultation, presenting outcomes, beneficiary involvement and managing business sustainability. He also responsible for regional intelligence which was gathered to support decision making. In order to do this, Wil was required to work with various local, regional, and national strategies and policies.
Wil also worked on secondment to the Government to work on the £250m Myplace programme which included designing best practice and best value for investments into voluntary and community sector. Originally a six month post, this was extended to one year and where he was involved in the respected Aiming High strategy.
His policy role back at the Big Lottery Fund led him to hands-on involvement with programme design and development. Wil was involved in the £25m Realising Ambition programme and the £50m Environment programme.
Currently, he’s the Director of Little Bleeders, a charity that supports young people with blood disorders. The charity was set up by professional cyclist and Haemophiliac Alex Dowsett.
He also supports the NOW Project which was created by retired elite athletes Jenny Wallwork and Adam Whitehead who offer young people positive activities across Yorkshire.
Further roles include, Strategic bid writer for the Rugby League Cares where he has secured significant grants for their mental health offer. He’s working with Sported by providing guidance and support in bid writing for sports organisations across the UK. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for Lancashire Cricket Foundation..
In 2016 Wil became CEO of Heart Valve Voice and he currently resides as the chairperson of the valve council for Global Heart Hub and sits on the management committee for Medical Technology Group (MTG).