Leading figures join 'change-maker' Agencia as it continues expansion

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Dec 2018

Leading figures from the crime and health sectors have stepped up to help an East Yorkshire business plan the next stage of its national and international development.

Agencia, based in Hessle, has won a string of awards for projects which have tackled drug use in the UK and anti-corruption strategies overseas.

Now the company, formed more than two decades ago, has recruited a team of experts for an advisory board which is charged with supporting and challenging Agencia as it shapes its future direction.

Big names to have signed up include Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter, and Kath Lavery, chair of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Helen Gibson, managing director at Agencia, said: “We have set our strategic direction, refreshed our brand and invested in our infrastructure to embed our values and attracted an energetic, courageous and inspired team.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter

“Now we want to grow, extend our reach and strengthen our social footprint and we believe that a key step towards this is establishing an advisory board that will constructively challenge and contribute to our strategic direction and enhance our public profile.

“This will enable us to access new networks, markets and energies as we embark on the next chapter of our story.”

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Agencia’s health projects include developing programmes to reduce drug use and painkiller addiction in North Lincolnshire.

Among the successes for the company’s justice experts is an initiative to address corruption, financial crime and money-laundering in Bosnia Herzegovina, and a scheme to help the authorities in Kenya combat corruption and associated criminality.

Kath Lavery, chair of Humber Business Week. (Hull Live)

In 2017 Agencia was named Best Small Business in the UK at the National Family Business Awards.

Ms Lavery said: “All the people on the new board have vital experience in Agencia’s areas of operation and I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.

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“Helen has put together a fascinating group of people each of whom has an incredibly diverse background and we will all get a lot out of it ourselves by working together with such a great company.”

Ms Gibson said: “We describe ourselves as ‘change-makers… transforming lives.’

Kiran Johnson, a founder member of Primary Care Direct. (David Saunders)

“In practice this means being ready to hold faithfully to our values whilst at the same time making money – so we can do more – and transforming the lives of everyone we work with.

“It is useful to have extra heads around the table, bringing additional intelligence and operating as ambassadors for Agencia.”

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Agencia also recently showcased the work of Primary Care Direct– a collaboration of more than 100 health practices managers from across the region.

Kiran Johnson, a founder member of the group, said: “We set up Primary Care Direct because we heard from practices across the Humber area that they would like to have one place to access their business support from.

“We used our contacts to expand Primary Care Direct into a consortium which works nationally with GPs, federations and local medical committees."

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