2014  on.

2021 - I am (in essence) retired, or as my oldest friend has it, reframed! But always happy to share ideas and experience, and might be cajoled into doing an honest day's work every now and then!



Marc is working with the Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS) during 2018. He is undertaking an evaluation of the (2 year pilot) Community Connectors Team's work.

   2014 - 2017

In January of 2015, Marc commenced a three year project working for Alcohol Concern (Cymru) as the Communities Together Project Manager, Fishguard and Goodwick. See http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/Pembrokeshire for more information.

Marc has also been actively involved in the development of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Europe Faculty.


Marc's primary activity during the latter part of 2012 and as we move into 2013 (and beyond) is with Vintage Communities, where he is a Director, alongside of Deborah Klee. Marc and Deborah are utilising the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach in their work with older people.

Vintage Communities worked in 2 areas - Wandsworth (SW London) and Barking and Dagenham. A full account of the Vintage approach, accompanied by a blog detailing the way the work is unfolding can be found on http://www.vintagecommunities.co.uk. We are actively seeking a third demonstrator area in a rural or semi rural setting as we wish to compare and contrast the approach as widely as possible.

Marc has also worked as an Associate with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and he was a key contributor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report 'Widening choices for older people with high support needs' (published January 2013) and available via http://www.jrf.org.uk

Key recent NDTi contracts in which Marc has been involved 

• 2011/12: Leading the fieldwork team for an action research project: Not a One Way Street (funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation) exploring models and approaches of mutual support and reciprocity for older people with high support needs. During the summer of 2012 Marc will be contributing to development of final report and recommendations.

• 2011: Running a visioning and values workshop for Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS)

• 2011/12: Working with colleagues in CSV and the Ageing Well programme to deliver a set of Masterclasses themed on older people as volunteers.

• 2011: Training Needs Analysis for Alabare Christian Care and Support.

• 2010-11: Part of the NDTi team working in partnership with the National Mental Health Development Unit to facilitate a Learning Network, using the Achieving Age Equality toolkit with a focus on older people and mental health.

• 2009-2010: worked as a part of a small NDTi team to deliver a (web based) audit tool which will enable NHS and Local Authority organisations to assess how they are performing in relation to age discrimination, and to determine future actions as they work towards achieving age equality.

• During 2009: worked as part of an expert facilitation team established by NDTi to work with the Department of Work and Pensions and other government departments in designing and delivering a range of consultation events seeking the views, ideas and innovations of older people, in order to inform the final shape of Building a Society for All Ages, the government strategy on ageing.

Employment History

 • 1982 Volunteer worker (development project evaluation) South India.

• 1983 – 92 The Society of St James (a homelessness organisation), Southampton. Several posts, culminating as Chief Officer (87-92). Responsible for tenancy involvement activity, development and maintenance of human resources policy and practice, project development, servicing the Board of Trustees, budgeting, accounting and fund raising for the organisation, representing the organisation to public bodies, community groups and to other stakeholders, and all the other aspects of running a small, but growing charity (10 housing schemes and 32 staff). A particular achievement: overseeing the development and opening of a purpose built direct access night shelter and negotiating with other voluntary agencies in Southampton to allow St James the full allocation of the sector’s housing grant to do so.

 • 1992-94 Southampton and SW NHS Trust, Community Services Manager, Mental Health Services. Responsible for the management of 2 in-patient wards, 4 community based teams, outpatients department and ECT department. Budget accountability for £1.2 million, line management of 22 staff. A particular achievement: being directly involved in the development of multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Teams.

• 1994-2001 Chief Officer (and Company Secretary) of the Resettlement of Offenders Coordinating Committee (ROCC), an umbrella organisation for the voluntary and statutory supported housing sector, with the particular purpose of generating and sustaining partnership and multi agency working. A particular achievement: developing ROCC’s independent (consultancy based) funding and chairing the multi-agency County Accommodation Group which oversaw the strategic development and implementation of Supporting People across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

• 2001 – 2010 Self-employed as a consultant and trainer. Have also worked as an Associate consultant with Tuklo Orenda (Diversity consultancy) and with ROCC. 2009 appointed as Affiliate to the Audit Commission and also as an NDTi Associate. Particular achievements: building a successful consultancy business and setting up an art and photography business.

• July 2009 Marc joined the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) as an Associate, and then was contracted for 18 months to work as a Development Consultant (Older People and Ageing Programme).

• See; www.marcmordey.co.uk for full employment/work history.

Higher Education / professional

BSc Politics and History (University College Cardiff 1981) MSc Equal Opportunity Studies (University of Southampton 1992)

Marc is a member of AMED (Association of Management and Education Development. He has an extensive track record as a Trustee/Director of various voluntary organisations, including MIND and Children in Need. Marc is Company Secretary of a film company and a volunteer member of The Environmental Network for Pembrokeshire. He also helps to run a small art and photography gallery which he and his wife own; www.thestudioatpenrallt.co.uk


Helen Horton, Chief Executive of the Alliance says : " Marc has brought an abundance of knowledge and skills to this task, and his encouraging style of working fits well with the distinct ethos of the acquA accreditation, which combines learning and development with rigorous objective assessment."

Richard Barritt, Chief Executive, Solent Mind, says : "With Marc you get not only a wealth of knowledge and experience of social care and housing across all needs groups, unique credibility with staff and service users, a reflective and exploratory training style, but poetry too." 

Paula Rowe (Knighstone HA) , says : " Marc recently developed and delivered a bespoke training programme for Futures at Knightstone, who provide housing and/or support to vulnerable people, to further our work on empowering and involving our service users. This training was very well received and has helped us to sharpen our day to day practice as well as contributing to our longer term aims and objectives. we particularly appreciated Marc's responsiveness and empathy to staff, and his ability to adapt the programme as it went along. He produced a briefing report for our department at the end of the the programme and this has fed into a report on empowering and involving clients in Futures, and will be the basis of our future strategy."

Rachel Whale of Vanilla Freelance : " It is wonderful to be able to draw upon Marc's skills and experiences within any project. I particularly valued his research expertise when recently conducting commissioner attitude assessment within the mental health field. When working at a distance and to a demanding timescale it was reassuring to know that Marc would communicate well with all involved and that he would deliver quality results on time. Marc's attitude also means he is a pleasure to work with - always bringing positive thinking and a bit of humour."

I am located at:


Penrallt Farm

Newport  Pembrokeshire

SA42 0QE

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