The Compact

The Compact is a voluntary agreement that aims to foster strong, effective partnerships between public bodies and voluntary organisations.

Its principles apply to all relationships between voluntary organisations and public bodies that are distributing funds on behalf of the government.

Many local areas in England also have a local Compact. Local Compacts cover partnerships between voluntary organisations and local public bodies (such as councils, police and fire services, health commissioners). They take the principles of the national Compact and reinterpret them to reflect local circumstances.

Find out more about the Compact on the Compact Voice website.


Essex Compact

The Essex Compact is a written understanding between the Statutory, Voluntary and Community Sectors as to how they will work together. In the development and delivery of public policy and services, statutory organisations and the voluntary and community sector have distinct but complementary roles. All members signed up to the Essex Compact pledge to strive to work with partners to make services excellent.

All members accept the need to communicate with and listen to other partners. Statutory organisations and the voluntary and community sector have different forms of accountability and are answerable to different stakeholders, but common to both is a commitment to integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, leadership and inclusivity. Each organisation which signs up to the Compact is required to appoint one or more Compact Champions whose task is to promote the Compact within their organisation.

The Essex Compact Steering Group offers a Compact Mediation Service to resolve disagreements and complaints between the voluntary and community sectors and the statutory sector which compromise the stated commitments and undermine the spirit of the Essex Compact.

To sign up to the Essex Compact and seek further information please contact the Chairman of the Compact Forum and Steering Group, Canon John D Brown at [email protected]

Download the Essex Compact


Local Compacts

Each local council in Essex has their own Compact group, in order to tailor the agreements to suit their area’s needs.

Area Voluntary Sector Contact Local Authority Contact
Basildon Local Compact Chris Evans, [email protected], 01268 294 781 Mark Bramley, [email protected], 01268 294 115
Braintree Local Compact Rachel Fahie, [email protected], 01376 550507 Councillor Peter Tattersley, [email protected], 07938 930003
Brentwood Compact Kim Anderson, [email protected], 01277 312634
Castle Point and Rochford Local Compact Celia Clark, [email protected], 01268 772 796
Michaela White, [email protected]s.org.uk, 01268 638416
Andrew Lowing, [email protected], 01702 546366
Chelmsford Compact Lorraine Jarvis, [email protected], 01245 351888 Selina Muir, [email protected]
Colchester Local Compact Tracy Rudling, [email protected], 01206 505250 Fay Mathers, [email protected], 01206 282968
Epping Forest Local Compact Jackie Foile, [email protected], 01992 564256 Chris Overend, [email protected], 01992 564247
Harlow Local Compact Jackie Sully, [email protected], 01279 446655
Maldon Local Compact Chris Deer, [email protected], 01621 851891
Southend Local Compact Alison Semmence, [email protected], 01702 356000
Tendring Local Compact Karen Tedder-Ward, [email protected], 01255 425 692
Thurrock Local Compact Kristina Jackson, [email protected], 01375 389 881 Natalie Warren, [email protected], 01375-413954
Uttlesford Local Compact Jacqui Innes, [email protected], 01371 878463