North Devon Voluntary Services’ Trustees
Meet the trustees behind the North Devon Voluntary Services
Patrick has worked in management with BP and Spillers, mostly abroad. He retired home to North Devon in 2000 and has been fortunate to volunteer for Citizens Advice ever since, supervising sessions and representing at Tribunals. This, combined with a property and investment portfolio, leaves insufficient time for gardening and fly fishing.
My professional background is in social work. I moved to North Devon in 2001 to work for Action for Children delivering the Children Centre programmes. Early on in this work I came into contact with what was the North Devon Voluntary Service. I much admired the commitment and knowledge of those involved to provide support and advice to help the most vulnerable groups in our communities. So, I got involved. Since 2002 I have served as a Trustee. I have contributed, with my fellow trustees and the committed staff team, to support the organisation as it develops to reflect the changing needs of social policy. As funding, national priorities and local needs have changed we have needed to be flexible and work together to make some tough decisions. It has often been complex and challenging however I have learnt a lot and continue to find it rewarding to be involved. I am proud to play a part in an organisation of integrity and sound values.
From university until early retirement, I worked in various technical and management roles for the same company - IBM. The corporation's initials are thought by some to mean I've Been Moved! I worked in London, then at other locations in the UK and spent a total of 6 years living and working in California, The Netherlands, and Florida. I retired to Barnstaple in 2003, and a couple of years later visited NDVS to volunteer in some capacity. After some seven years I handed over my responsibilities as NDVS Finance Officer and Treasurer. I remain a Trustee of NDVS, and also act as Honorary Treasurer for SCRIBES (SouthWest) C.I.C.
Jon was a Software Engineer and Project Manager. Most of his career was spent in mainland Europe at a NATO international technology research and development centre. Since retiring to glorious North Devon in 2007, he has volunteered in various roles for several local small charities, mainly providing IT analysis and support. In 2008 he trained as a Generalist Adviser at Barnstaple Citizens Advice, held several positions there, but now has a particular interest as a Research and Campaigns Coordinator, focusing on social policy, as well as his normal advising duties. He is interested in human rights in their broadest sense. He joined NDVS in 2008 as an IT support volunteer, was asked to join the trustees a little later and became the chair of the trustees in 2014.