He was the first person in the world to hold a Chair in Social Justice, from 2000.
Secretary of the UK Social Policy Association 1993-7, Executive member 1993-8 and 1999 to 2003, Editor of the Community Development Journal from 1983-1997.
Sat on Editorial Boards of Community Development Journal, Community Development, Journal of Social Development in Africa, Social Policy and Society, Journal of Social Policy and Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Social policy adviser to many national NGOs including Family Service Units, the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations, the Children’s Society, Barnardos, and to National Lotteries Charities Board/Big Lottery Fund, and has been expert adviser to the UN ECOSOC, OECD, DfID and British Academy.
Former member of the Carnegie UK Trust Commission on Rural Community Development.
Frequently gives evidence to parliamentary bodies in the UK and elsewhere, and sits on Advisory Boards to many projects.
Joined the Board of the International Association of Community Development in 1995 and was elected President in 1999, negotiating special UN consultative status.
Member of the academic advisory group for the UK Index of Multiple Deprivation (2000,2006).