Becky Steel

Project Support Officer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Livesey House, LH213

+44 (0) 1772 89 3662

Subject Areas: Community Leadership

Becky Steel joined the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership in 2011. Becky supports the development of projects, events, and volunteering activity across the University, assisting host organisations and volunteers to find placements and development opportunities to increase their breadth of experience and skills.

Full Profile

Becky coordinates many of the projects and events on behalf of the Centre and has a strong focus on developing links and transferring knowledge with grassroots organisations. As part of this work Becky focusses on engaging the community in the work of the Centre particularly think tank seminars, networks and conferences, held by the Centre’s newly formed International Institute for Community Leadership.

Becky's background is in business development, marketing and PR, she has a range of experience working in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining the Centre, Becky spent a number of years in the voluntary, community and faith sector with a pan-Lancashire focus on developing consortiums and collaborative working arrangements which have now led to the development of active consortia supporting sustainable community development.

Becky is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and was an active volunteer in the Preston Guild 2012 celebrations.


Powell, J and Steel, R (2011) 'Understanding Volunteering from a Social Science Perspective', Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 15, 4.

Steel, R and Powell, JL (2011) ‘Business and the Voluntary Sector in England’, International Journal of Public Administration and Governance Vol 2, Number 1

Powell, J and Steel, R (2011) Aging in Europe: implications and possibilities', Fast Capitalism, 8, 2.

Steel, R and Powell, JL (2011) 'Aging and Volunteer Work: Problems and Possibilities in England', Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 15, 4.


Becky has worked on a number of innovative projects with a focus on analysing business principles and their impact on VCFS and addressing how the shifting landscape of an ageing workforce impacts on employability.

Becky's research/project activities explore the value of volunteering, community cohesions and the development of sustainable communities.