Get to know the dedicated team we have working at North Devon Voluntary Services, who together have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the voluntary sector.
Steve has worked as a Youth Worker and Prince’s Trust Team leader and for the Connexions service in South East London. He moved to North Devon to work at North Devon College as a mentor, then moving on to work for Connexions Devon. He has also worked for Headway as a Community Enabler, Westward Pathfinder, and housing associations providing Careers Information, Advice and Guidance.
Hilary has always worked in the voluntary sector. Her first job was PA to the director of a national charity improving access to further and higher education. She moved on to marketing and publicity for arts venues. She helped start the first Home-Start in the Okehampton area before moving to Oxford, where she worked for Volunteer Reading Help, Helen & Douglas House (the world’s first hospice for children and young people) and then OCVA, Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action.
Clare has worked in the voluntary sector for the past 10 years at Torridge Voluntary Services on a pilot project with the health service, and then with Victim Support as Service Delivery Manager for Northern Devon. She was responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, as well as the promotion of the service and fundraising for the area. Clare has been a volunteer over the years, currently as a Dementia Friends Champion.
Tim has worked with Community Transport in Devon since 2005. His roles have included transport coordinator, minibus and volunteer car driver before taking on his current role.
Previously Tim worked for the National Trust as a Bunkhouse Manager on Exmoor and at their Swindon central office as Leadership Development Officer for Working Holiday volunteer leaders. He was responsible for researching and implementing Section 19 minibus permits across the National Trust. As a passionate supporter of the value of volunteers he also regularly volunteers for the National Trust Working Holiday programme assessing new potential volunteer leaders and minibus drivers as a MiDAS Driver Assessor Trainer, a role he has held since 1997.
Jo has worked in the voluntary and statutory sector for most of her working life. She was financial administrator and then co-ordinator of Avon and Bristol Law Centre for 14 years. She then worked at Bristol City Council as an Equalities Officer for four years before moving to North Devon. She has also volunteered in various voluntary sector organisations over many years, lately serving as Treasurer on the Boards of a number of organisations, primarily those working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. For her last three years in Bristol she was a school governor at her local primary school. She continues to deliver Equality and Diversity training on a freelance basis, mostly to people working in the field of mental health.
Prior to 2012, Kirsty worked in a central government department as a Policy Manager in a civil law policy team. In this role, she provided specialist policy advice, acted as the policy representative with key stakeholders and carried out research. She successfully assisted with the development and implementation of new policy proposals which resulted in law reform.
Kirsty has been a volunteer, working most recently at an historic house.
Lyn has been a lifelong volunteer with various organisations, including the Guide Association, village halls, Essex Police and the Wildlife Trust, to name but a few. She has worked for a local authority countryside service in sustainable tourism, including managing a team of volunteers, followed by time as a rural transport partnership officer engaged in community support and development. After a spell as a Tourism Officer in Cornwall, where she helped set up an environmental charity in her spare time, she was a Volunteer Centre Manager for Volunteer Cornwall and a Parish Clerk. Moving back to her native North Devon in 2010 to take up her role at NDVS, she still volunteers regularly with her local church, Rotary Club, a sustainability group, and raising dementia awareness.
What all these letters mean is that Rachel is a qualified management accountant and a qualified internal auditor. Rachel honed her financial skills at the National Exhibition Centre (Birmingham) where she worked for 22 years before moving down to North Devon some six years ago. “Working with charity accounts is quite different to the commercial sector,” Rachel says but has embraced the challenge at NDVS where she provides the financial support to the Trustees and the Staff on various projects. She continues “however it also brings with it a real sense of satisfaction working within a charity and seeing the power of volunteering at work."