The Baroness Miller was National Chairman and Executive Director of The 300 Group (an all-party group working to get more women into Parliament) from 1985 to 1988 and was Chairman from 1985 to 1988 of "The Women into Public Life" Campaign and Human Rights Advisor to Soroptimist International from 1987 to 1990. In 1989 she was awarded the MBE for her service in promoting the advancement of woman in public and political life.
Lady Miller's public service has included being a JP from 1971 to 1990, Chairman of Barnet Family Health Service Authority from 1990 to 1994, non-Executive Director of the Crown Agents from 1990 to 1994.
She was Chairman of Attend from 1997 to 2003, and was then appointed Vice President of Attend.
Vinod's professional career has included work across the private, public and voluntary sectors both internationally and in the UK. He was recently working with the IT team at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), providing technical support to all of their office staff and network of over 700 charity shops. He is completing a part-time MSc in Organisational Behaviour, conducting a qualitative research project exploring how various stakeholder groups' attitudes and assumptions about technology influence the implementation of IT systems within the BHF. Prior to this, he spent a number of years in various technical positions in the UK and abroad with large corporations, and three years as an English language teacher, which included time in a further education college in Birmingham, where he successfully initiated a departmental cultural change programme to make greater use of the available IT resources in the classroom.
He recently put his qualitative research skills to use at the BHF by facilitating focus groups to consult staff in establishing the internal customer service standards and metrics for the IT department as the team absorbed additional support services back in-house after a number of years of relying on outsourced firms for these functions. He has also been involved in various projects with charities to ensure the effective use of technology within organisations, and is a registered psychometric test user with the British Psychological Society.
Richard is currently a Community Engagement Manager at a national road safety charity, having gained considerable experience within the voluntary and community sector, particularly in providing capacity-building support to small organisations. He has worked in supported housing and homelessness in London, and health and social care policy across the south-east. In recent years he has relocated to Yorkshire where he has been a regional co-ordinator for a mentoring and befriending charity, supporting voluntary services across the region, and now oversees road safety education initiatives in his current role. He has also undertaken a number of voluntary roles, including a position as a committee member for a league of friends in Yorkshire.
Candy is a woman that has shown boundless amounts of energy throughout her volunteering years. Her main interest is in palliative care and this is an area she shows great commitment in.
Candy has known what healthcare was like before the NHS as she had a medical background and from the age of 13 was on an appeals committee for her local hospital. At 22 years, Candy in the height of her nursing career got married. As it was forbidden for married women to work in the profession, she chose to channel her energies through volunteering.
Candy has a disabled daughter and her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. Attend believe her efforts have been extraordinary as she tirelessly puts forward the well being of others before herself. Candy is absolutely committed to the support of patients, staff and visitors connected with the Friends of Stratton Hospital.
Audrey first became involved with the National Association of Hospital and Community Friends in 1977, when she was invited to become a member of Bristol General Hospital’s Committee, and has remained with them until the hospital closed in 2012.
During those years she fund-raised for many projects for the benefit of the patients and the hospital. She then became Chair of the Committee and subsequently became a member of the Head Office Board and Chair of the South West.
During that time she visited many Leagues of Friends in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Bristol, and with help arranged four conferences for the South West.
In 2006 she was appointed Deputy Chairman of Attend, and was also invited to become a Regional Patron for the South West. This was an excellent opportunity for Audrey to maintain her relationships with many hard working members of Attend, without whom the organisation would find it impossible to function.
Neil has spent several years as a volunteer and fundraiser for peer-to-peer support groups and healthcare charities, and is the founder of two significant organisations in improving patient care.
Neil founded Ostomy Lifestyle in 2007, a national charity supporting people affected by all types of stoma surgery. For five years as Chief Executive Neil has grown the organisation to be the broadest provider of professional and impartial helpline support for people with a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.
Ostomy Lifestyles projects have also become internationally important such as their Underwear and Swimwear Show which celebrates body image after serious surgery, and Ostomy Aid, providing millions of pounds in medical appliances for patients in developing countries.
In 2011 Neil founded Patient Choice, a social enterprise providing ostomy and continence devices. Having seen the need for a truly impartial and non-commercial prescription home delivery service for medical appliances he gained support and financial investment from Big Lottery Fund, UnLtd and private partners to set up the service.
Neil's motivation comes from being the patient first hand and seeing where help is needed. He had an early career as a Vehicle Mechanic in the British Army, but was medically discharged in 2002 and experienced several years as a patient of various hospitals, consultants and surgeons.
He is a keen sailor and cyclist, and has extensively studied conservation, sustainability, and permaculture design. In his spare time he is either in his woodland in North Devon, or boat on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
Neil also works as a consultant for other organisations, especially supporting and advising helpline charities setting up and growing multi-channel helplines, becoming more efficient, and finding new social enterprise opportunities.
Debbie started working for Attend in June 2007 as part of the office services team supporting Janet, the Office Services Manager. She has now moved to provide support to the Membership Support team. Her job entails day to day membership enquiries, new membership and membership renewals, producing our e newsletters and updating member details on our database. Debbie also deals with the ordering and despatching of our Freshen Up! courtesy packs.
Before Debbie came to Attend she spent several years working in a Graphic Design Studio and some years with other charities such as The Work Foundation and Centrepoint. Debbie's spare time is spent with friends and family especially her granddaughter, as well as visiting exhibitions, reading, walking.
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Terry and her husband Phil live near Guildford along with two of their five children.
Her career has been varied and she has gained experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors working in administration, sales/marketing and health. Over 14 years ago she joined the voluntary sector where she took a position as a Volunteer Centre Manager. After several years of learning the ‘volunteering’ ropes she joined Attend (then the NAHCF) as a Regional Co-ordinator for Kent, Surrey & Sussex. This role was expanded and by the time she left some six years later she was the Regional Development Manager for the South East and South West regions. During this period she successfully achieved the CIPD Volunteer Manager NVQ 5 qualification through the Attend Academy.
In 2003 she developed links with Homestart North East Hampshire and took the role of Vice Chairman for 7 years until she joined Attend as regional secretary for the South East.
Following a brief spell as a Senior Policy Officer, Terry was employed as Chief Executive with Community First East Hampshire, a position she has held for the last three years.
She has a keen interest in cooking, dance and musical theatre.
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.Ann trained to be a nurse at a London hospital. She then married and after her children had gone to school she became a trustee of her local hospital League of Friends and later was elected Chairman.
In 1992 she was elected to be a council member of the National Association of Hospital Friends (now Attend).
In 1996 she was made South East Regional Chairman, a post she held until her retirement in 2005. She was awarded the MBE in 2004.
On her retirement Ann was invited to be a Patron of the South East Region of Attend. She keeps in touch with the Chairman and has helped to judge and present the awards at each Regional Conference.
A keen water colour painter, she organises an Art Exhibition to raise funds each autumn for her local League of Friends.
Christina has been volunteering with the Friends of Raigmore Hospital, Inverness for more than twenty five years holding various posts. Currently she is the Chairman. Over the years she has also served on the Attend Alba committee .
After taking early retirement, volunteering has become a major part of Christina's life.
Christina represents the Highland Council as a Lay Visitor at her local prison, sits on the Board of a Housing Society, is secretary of her local Community Council, Inverness Town Twinning Committee, and volunteer secretary for the Inverness Music Festival and a representative for the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music for Inverness and Dingwall.
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Steven has been a volunteer at Attend since 2008, and has developed a role in fundrasing assistance, research and bid writing in association with the team Steven supports. Steven feels he has rapidly improved his knowledge and skills in this area and currently works on small and medium bids for Attend.
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Dawn started working for Attend in October 2011 as the Office & Finance Administrator. Her role includes being first point of contact for visitors and answering the telephone, as well as working on specific tasks. She also supports Janet Simpson, the Office Services Manager. Dawn has recently changed her role and is now the Administrator for the Academy team.
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Sarah is an experienced consultant, facilitator and trainer specialising in strategy, impact and development. She has significant experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation in the public and voluntary and community sectors. Sarah is a skilled project manager working with both national and local ‘front-line’ organisations. She has a broad understanding of the sector and has worked on a range of social policy areas including volunteering, infrastructure development, regeneration and employability.
As an associate of NCVO, Sarah has supported voluntary organisations across England in developing community led innovation work, funded through the Neighbourhood Challenge from NESTA and the Big Lottery Fund. She is currently supporting the BIG Assist programme, helping to strengthen infrastructure.
Sarah is an active volunteer and has volunteered both in the UK and abroad. Currently she is a trustee of a music education project working with young people in deprived areas of London and is providing support around strategy and impact with an emerging Social Enterprise in Hackney.
Becki is the Managing Director of The Inspirations Consultancy, she has a Disability Studies Master's Degree with Distinction, Business Management Honours Degree and NVQ Level 2 in Youth and Community Work. Beginning in youth work, Becki has since carved very successful careers in Volunteer Management and Training Development.
As the only disabled Youth Worker in her area, Becki quickly became an experienced Disability Equality Trainer and ignited her passion for empowering and inspiring through informative and interactive training delivery. Becki subsequently took the role as Manager of Scope's Inclusive Volunteering Project, successfully working with over 700 volunteer-involving organisations through a programme of Inclusive Volunteering Training.
With over five years experience of recruiting and managing disabled volunteers and ten years Consultancy and Training experience, Becki has an in-depth understanding of the barriers to being inclusive and the practical, realistic and achievable solutions that can ensure your organisation and staff are disabled-volunteer ready.
Combining her enthusiasm for volunteering, dedication to promoting inclusion and passion for professional training, Becki is now the Managing Director of The Inspirations Consultancy, providing a range of Disability Equality, awareness raising and best practice consultancy and training across public, private and voluntary sectors.
Susanne first joined Attend in 2004 when it was the NAHCF where she had the role of Regional Development Manager for the East of England and London. She has had a varied career gaining experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors involving the airline industry, special needs education, running her own business, and later to the voluntary sector. She moved to the UK from Sweden nearly 30 years ago but enjoys going back on holiday to see family and friends. She first started volunteering with Riding for the Disabled as a teenager and has continued in various roles for different causes ever since. She is passionate about volunteers, volunteering and the difference they bring, and has a special interest in animals and disability. She achieved the CIPD Volunteer Manager NVQ 5 qualification through Attend Academy
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Eric started volunteering with Attend in May 2012, and is working on a variety of projects, including reviewing Attends current membership scheme.
He previously worked for BT as a Team Manager.
He became Treasurer of FAABI in May 2012
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Between 1972 and 1990 Michael served in the army. He transferred from the Regulars to the Territorial Army in 1988. After leaving the regular army Michael joined an advertising agency as business development director where he formed a business group specialising in charity advertising and fundraising for clients like the RSPCA.
As an amateur artist and while still serving in the army, he formed Teaching Art Limited which develops and publishes non-broadcast TV programmes on learning how to paint and draw. This involved creating an association for artists, both amateur and professional, membership of which enables them to buy materials on-line, to submit their work to regional and national exhibitions as well as enabling them to develop a network of like-minded enthusiasts as friends.
A car accident in 1990 resulted in him having to give up work and embark upon a long rehabilitation during which time he was able to provide marketing, communications and advertising consultancy to clients in need of help but without the budgets to match.
Michael believes that "...free consultancy may appear to be a daft thing to offer people but it's a great way to rebuild one's skills after a traumatic head injury. Importantly, people tend to be quite forgiving when one delivers a rather direct appraisal of their strategy and such directness is attributed to a 'bang on the head'!"
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Alison spent the majority of her career in Retail Banking; in 1995 she became involved with the League of Friends through her employer. She became Treasurer for the League of Friends at St Mary’s Hospital Portsmouth, and has just served a two year term as Chairman, and in May became Deputy Chairman. Alison has also represented Hampshire South for six years, introducing training meetings to enable the more remote groups to network and exchange ideas.
Over 17 years Alison has enjoyed being part of a dedicated band of volunteers, building strong relationships with other groups in the area.
Alison lives in Emsworth with her husband Ian and their two daughters, Fiona and Alicia.
Tim has been involved with the voluntary and private sectors in client work and project management roles for the last 15 years, with a primary focus on equalities. Tim is currently project managing the development of a national quality-framework for an LGBT mental health charity; he coordinates a small team assessing organisations’ implementation of equalities practices across England.
Having been a trustee of Hull University Union’s student-led charity HUSSO, Tim moved to London in 2007 to work in the voluntary sector within infrastructure, supporting small voluntary and community organisations. Since then he has also managed a schools outreach project, leading on the provision of a youth group for vulnerable young people. More recently, as part of his consultancy work, Tim has been involved in conflict resolution, as well as qualitative evaluation research, managing semi-structured interviews with vulnerable study participants. He is also an accomplished trainer, having frequently delivered a range of courses to clients, professionals, senior leaders and governors.
Jane joined the Voluntary Services Team in June 2009 as Volunteer Co-ordinator for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her role includes recruiting and supporting all volunteers across the Trust, and promoting and developing the services provided by the Sheffield League of Friends Charity. She spent 12 years working in Local Authority and 8 years working for a local community organisation. Her role as Publicity & Information Officer for the community organisation included promoting and raising awareness of the voluntary and community sector and organising community events. Jane also spent 2 years working as a Volunteer Co-ordinator helping to recruit, support, train and advise volunteers into their placements and providing support into further training and employment. Jane enjoys spending time with her family, walking in Derbyshire, reading a good book, researching her family tree and indulging her interest in anything paranormal - yes watching all the ghost programmes including 'Ghost Hunters'. Of course, this is when time permists with two children to look after as well. She is enthusiastic about volunteering and believes the rewards created through volunteering include giving something back, improving career prospects, access to further training and community participation. She also enjoys helping people fulfil their volunteering role and to see the satisfaction gained from this.
Baroness Emerton was registered as a State Certified Midwife in 1954, as a State Registered Nurse in 1957, a Registered Nurse Tutor in 1964. She was County Commissioner of St. John Ambulance, Kent 1985-88 and Chief Nursing Officer for St. John Ambulance between 1988 and 1996. She was created Baroness Emerton, of Tunbridge Wells in the County of Kent and of Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington in 1997.</p>
Audrey was elected to the Chairmanship of the organisation in 2003 and was in post until the spring of 2006.</p>
Her period of office was mauled by substantial change, including the move from Colchester back to London, the appointment of regional staff, and a total review of the governance of the organisation. This culminated in the governance structure and the change of name to Attend.</p>
Dan Fletcher has been a fundraiser for more than 15 years. He has formerly held roles as a Director of Fundraising at St Johns Hospice, Head of Partnerships and Fundraising at The Kings Fund, Head of Fundraising Development for local hospital charity, Enhance Herts, and Head of Fundraising and Business Partnerships at the Foyer Federation.
He is Vice Chair of legacy promotion consortium Remember a Charity, and sits on the Institute of Fundraising and Learning and Development Committee
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Bridget joined Attend in 2009 as a job coach on the ABI work programme. She moved into the Membership Services team in 2010 and finally left the organisation at the end of 2011; she is now a Business Development Manager at the ACCA. She has over 20 years experience in sales and business development and has worked in all sectors.
Bridget along with a number of colleagues helped develop the idea for Friends of Attend; she has been a trustee of the group since it was launched in 2010. Her connection with Head Office and the group is an important part of her life and she is passionate about what Attend and the Friends of Attend stand for.
As well as her voluntary work for FAABI she volunteers as a school governor for a local primary school; her special interest is special educational needs. She is married with two daughters; she enjoys singing and gardening and the odd Zumba class.
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Kathleen has been a member of Deeside Community Hospital League of Friends, North Wales since 1997. She became Regional Chair for the North of Wales in 2010. "Volunteering becomes a way of life that benefits so many people - not least the volunteers themselves. To be an effective group it is essential to have guidance on so many issues such as adequate insurance (employee, personal and public indemnity), Charity status, (registering with the Charity Commission) Health and Safety issues, education, the list is endless. Being a member of a national organisation such as Attend means correct advice is only a phone call away."
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Emma has built a career as a programme manager around equality and diversity, health and the voluntary sector in England. She has worked for three national voluntary sector support charities around these issues; the National Children's Bureau (NCB), BTEG (the Black Training and Enterprise Group) and the Consortium of LGBT VCOs (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered voluntary and community organisations). Emma's particular areas of interest and expertise include volunteering, capacity building, equality and diversity and health policy. She is a trustee of Olmec, a social enterprise led by BAME communities which champions race equality through economic and social justice, and she volunteers as a mentor to an Iranian woman at the Migrants' Resource Centre. Emma has an MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge University and a BA in Spanish and Portugese from the University of Birmingham.
Rachel lives in Devon but spent most of her childhood and teenage years living in Africa, surrounded by some of the worst third world poverty and witnessed many years of drought with all the horrors it brings to those trying to survive the conditions. Having undertaken a teaching diploma she then worked for 17 years in Barclays Bank Plc. Her current role is as Chief Executive of Estuary League of Friends, a community based league whose work revolves around assisting anyone in their community to live as independenlty as possible in their own home. Estuary has 12 members of paid staff and over 60 volunteers and has seen its work grow by 20% in the last 12 months.
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Alan has been a volunteer for 42 years. Volunteering started in Bradford 31 Round Table and as Chairman he helped raise money and give time to many causes.</p>
Alan has taken part in three London and one New York marathon, raising a total of £35,000. This money was donated to the NSPCC and St Johns Ambulance.</p>
As a member of the Samaritans, Alan was involved in fundraising and became Chairman of the branch committee, these duties were in addition to the regular Samaritans telephone duty.</p>
Alan has also sat on the volunteer forum of Bradford Royal Infirmary, and for 15 years has been a volunteer for the Annette Fox Leukemia Research Fund, for ten of those years as Chairman of Trustees. The aim of the Fund is to provide that extra care and help which will benefit the patients, provide equipment and fund some medical posts. The Fund has raised £2,000000.</p>
Alan is a Board member of Inclusion Housing, whose aim is to provide housing for vulnerable people.</p>
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David is a new member of the Eastern Region Team of Attend overseeing Norfolk’s Community Hospitals. David is presently the chairman of the Swaffham Community Hospital League of Friends and has been for the last sixteen years. The League’s aims are to raise funds either for the purchase of equipment or facilities for the patients of the hospital and community, which is achieved by staging events with the Committee or individuals from the community who wish to say thank you for the care they or a relative have received from the hospital.</p>
For the last thirteen years David has made a point of visiting groups either in the town or the villages that are supported by the doctor’s surgeries to give presentations to promote the workings of the League and Attend.</p>
Since retiring from the Royal Air Force some eighteen years ago after completing thirty six years in service, David had the great desire to give something back to the community and was approached by the League of Friends to consider the possibility of joining the Committee, since then he has not looked back. David has found this a very rewarding job and to be involved with a hospital whose staff is totally committed in caring for the patient can only be described as, “icing on the cake”.</p>
David has witnessed enormous changes in the last twenty years in life style, which ultimately has affected people’s desires in wanting to carry out voluntary work. It is imperative we endeavour to persuade them with highlighting the benefits and the high levels of satisfaction of working in the voluntary sector.</p>
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Richard Harries recently changed direction from being in the Civil Service after twenty-four years to become Deputy Director of the influential think tank, Reform.
Richard was a Senior Civil Servant in government, serving under five different Prime Ministers. He was responsible for innovation at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
Richard’s early career was as a professional mathematician, working on issues as diverse as the operational security of prison perimeters, the social impact of allowing convicted prisoners to wear their own clothes, and the financial impact of “three strikes” and you’re out legislation. More recently he has led government policy on volunteering and charitable giving, and spent several years working on local government finance issues. Richard was Head of Profession for DCLG Operational Researchers.
Richard is also a trustee of the volunteering and training charity CSV (http://www.csv.org.uk) and a member of the 99% Coalition Group (99percentblog.org/the-99-coalition-group).
In his spare time, he helps organise and run a large, friendly amateur choir in South London. (www.feststivachorus.co.uk)
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Melvin has a wide range of experience in local and national government and the third sector. He is skilled in project management in both criminal justice and health fields and is currently the Drug and Alcohol Action Team manager with the London Borough of Southwark. He was previously the CEO of a National Domestic Violence Charity.
Through his consultancy work in the South and East, he offers support and expert advice with the view to bring about change in practices in commissioning, operations and partnership working. He has worked with a wide range of organisations and influences change through review and evaluation, gaining understanding of organisation and partnerships and pulling out key areas and so help develop new plans for action. An accomplished public speaker he regularly leads and speaks at conferences and events.
In his spare time he serves on the Executive Committee of the London based LGBT domestic violence forum.
Dame Elisabeth Hoodless is a former Islington Councillor and currently a volunteer youth court magistrate, chairing Islington Youth Court. She is President of Volonteurope (European network of volunteer agencies), Vice Chair of Innovations in Civic Participation (USA), and Chairman of the International Association for National Youth Service. She is married to Donald Hoodless, Chairman of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. She is a proud grandmother of two.
Dame Elisabeth had long standing roles with the National body, and in 2004 was co-opted to the Board to help support the ever increasing need to understand the world of volunteering. With the re-organisation that came with the changes to Attend, she was appointed as a Vice President.
Suzy represents Attend in Sussex and is the administrator at Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals. She has over ten years’ experience running a large and very active Friends group, and is particularly interested in current and new ways for Friends groups to communicate with supporters, NHS patients, and staff. Suzy is happy to assist with any queries and provide support and information.
After closing her gift shop and both her sons went to University, Faith applied for a voluntary job at her local Community Hospital. She worked in the League of Friends shop and tea bar and was asked to take over the role of fund-raising Chairman. In 1993, she was approached to become a Trustee with the Mansfield & Sutton League of Friends. Faith also became Constituency Member for Nottinghamshire, then Regional Chairman, East Midlands Region, which encompassed five Counties.
Faith was also a member of the Community Health Council and after that was dissolved she attained a role as Non-Executive Director with Mansfield Primary Care Trust.
She is now the Chairman of Nottinghamshire Association of Leagues of Friends, a member of the newly formed East Midlands Regional Committee. Trustee of Mansfield & Sutton League of Friends, and Vice Chairman of Bassetlaw League of Friends
Having undertaken a number and variety of roles with; local leagues of friends, regional roles with the national body (formerly NAHCF) and local health authorities, during the last 20 years, Faith feels she has now reached a nice place to be and looks forward to maintaining the Nottinghamshire Association network and supporting developments within the East Midlands.
After leaving Grove Park Grammar School, Phil attended the Liverpool University School of Hygiene from where he graduated as an Environmental Health Officer in 1971. He was appointed to the post of Chief Environmental Health Officer in 1985 and subsequently Chief Public Protection Officer to the Wrexham County Borough Council, taking responsibility for the Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Markets functions of that Authority until a period of prolonged ill-health forced his early retirement in 1998.
Phil started volunteering in the mid-70s when he chaired a fundraising committee which collected donations from council staff. They donated considerable sums of money to local charities and needy individuals.He was recruited to Wrexham Hospital League of Friends before he left to form and become Secretary of a new Friends Group. He has been the elected “constituency Member” for the North East Wales area and Regional Chairman for Wales. He was re-elected to the Board in 2008 and is currently in his second term having been re-elected in 2011.
After early retirement Phil became a self employed training consultant providing Food Safety training to the Food Service Industry throughout North Wales and in particular to employees in the childcare environment within which sphere his wife also works as a full-time training Officer for a Wales Assembly funded organisation. Phil's other interests include being a member of the North Wales Valuation Tribunal and being an active participant in Freemasonry within the Wrexham and North Wales areas.
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Barbara is a Lawyer and Leadership Coach and combines her wealth of business experience, much of it at Board level, with her professional and academic qualifications in the fields of coaching, mentoring and facilitation.
She has over 25 years’ experience in the corporate world with particular emphasis on business growth and development.
Barbara has an empathic and encouraging style and specialises in coaching individuals and corporate teams in times of particular challenge and change.
She helps clients seek their own solutions and provides them with the space in which to think and to create strategic goals and business development plans for themselves and their organisations.
As well as her legal qualifications she holds a Post Graduate qualification in Coaching & Mentoring Practice and is a Professional Certified Coach.
She has also written two books on company secretarial practice and lives in Sussex where she practices yoga in her spare time.
Abdur joined Attend as a volunteer research administrator in spring of 2010, and after a few months started working full time. His main responsibilities were to support Attend Academy. Abdur has now left Attend to do his Master's in IT, but will still be volunteering and helping Attend with our database and other IT projects.
Kate joined Myton Hospice as CEO in December 2010 after leaving British Red Cross, where she had been for 16 years in various roles including Director of Strategy and Director of UK Operations. During 2010 she took a break to study as a full-time Clore Social Fellow, to complete some research into the state of transparency across the voluntary sector and undertake various charity consultancy projects. She is a very proud trustee of Coppafeel.org and lives in Coventry with her husband, two children and an allotment.
Vanessa is currentlyDirector of Fundraising & Marketing at Havens Hospices, working with the Chief Executive and the rest of the Executive to deliver the overall strategic direction of the charity. Managing 3 Senior Managers and overall staff of 30, responsible for income generation of around £5 million from a variety of voluntary sources, and direction of all communications across a variety of media.
She previously worked for Mencap as Head of Fundraising and Head of Individual Giving and Direct Marketing Manager.
She has an active involvement in local charities and has worked with her local Community Partnership for over 7 years. Her personal interest is to develop projects to promote community integration especially for people with physical disabilities. She has a keen interest in the mass photography movement of the 1930’s and has recently taken up photography, working on her darkroom techniques to improve her ‘holiday snaps’!
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Rosemary became a hospital friend in Yorkshire in 1960 when there was a small pox epidemic, and countless people were being immunised. She worked in local hospitals in Bradford and Leeds.
In 1968 her family moved to Bristol and she became involved with Southmead Hospital. This was part of the organisation which was collectively the Avon and Somerset Association, of Hospital Friends.
Rosemary attended meetings throughout the area in support of local members, and in those days, had successful weekends throughout the region with hospital friends from Cornwall, Devon, Avon and Somerset, listening to groups of speakers. This was a very useful way of keeping in touch throughout the South West region.
Rosemary remains a member of the League of Friends nationally and locally, and has recently been appointed a Patron of the South West Region.
Anthony Mercier originally joined Attend as an intern upon graduating from the University of Sussex in Psychology, working largely on assisting the delivery and development of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) vocational rehabilitation programme, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Anthony then worked in talent and development for a large retailer, before jumping at the chance of returning to Attend last year.
Anthony is now a lot more involved in finding volunteering solutions for Attend's clients, he also provides support to the ABI programme and leads Attend's Access to Work (ATW) programme, providing support for people with ABI who are in employment.
When not at work, Anthony plays football and enjoys running.
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Steve is an independent consultant who has been associated with the organisation for many years. Steve's initial career was in education but moved to the voluntary sector ten years ago. Here he worked both in managing volunteers and in the HR department. For seven years he has also worked as a tutor with BPP, which is the largest professional training organisation in Europe. He led the development of the Certificate Programme for Volunteer Services Managers, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In parallel, he has always maintained a portfolio of clients in the voluntary and community sector. He carries out a variety of roles from HR advice, strategic analysis, workshop and conference facilitation and study days. Recently, he has also sat on the steering group reviewing the National Occupational Standards for volunteer management.
Steve's work with Attend has also included OFV grants administration, putting together fundraising applications for consideration by Trust funds and statutory funding rounds. He is currently actively involved in ‘Attend Academy’, which puts together and delivers a range of professional training and accredited programmes tailored to the voluntary sector.
He is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Professional Studies at Middlesex University, focusing on community engagement.
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Pam has spent her entire career in education in the North of England, for most of which she was a headteacher. Volunteering has always run through her life, and she first learned to knit making squares for blankets for refugees at the age of five. The refugees she knitted for were Jewish children coming out of Europe on the Kinder Transports.
When she left school she started volunteer work with Oxfam, through which she became connected with a good deal of work locally and nationally with World Refugee Year and later helped arrange sponsorships for displaced people still in Europe after the close of that year. Pam first started volunteering for Friends 14 years ago in York and is well known for the fundraising and social events that she organises.
Pam was Chair of Yorkshire and the Humber region of Attend for three years and provided temporary cover in the North East for almost a year. She is a keen supporter of the national body and has sat on a number of committees. Pam was Chairman of the National body from 2007 until 2011, and her work was recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2009.
In recognition of her contribution as Chairman, Pam Morton was appointed a Vice President as she stepped down from the Chair.
Sarah has over 30 years experience of the health service, originally training as a nurse, and before becoming a full time priest in 2002. Sarah was the Governments Chief Nursing Officer with responsibility for 400,000 nurses and midwifes. Sarah is currently Senior Independent Non Executive Director at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and pro Chancellor and Vice Chair of the Board at South Bank University. Sarah also brings her background in health interwoven with her background in faith to the Board of the Burswood Christian Hospital.
She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her contribution to nursing and midwifery.
Simon began volunteering as a teenager and has continued his devotion to volunteerism in health and social care throughout his life. In 1974 Simon was appointed Social Therapist for the continuing care unit at Nottingham City, eventually developing volunteering opportunities across most areas of the hospital. The 1997 report ‘Strengthening Volunteering Within the NHS’ resulted in his appointment as corporate lead for volunteering and community involvement.
During an NHS career of over 30 years, Simon was also a member of the National Association of Voluntary Service Managers (NAVSM) of which he was Chairman until May 2006 and his active networking brought him to Friends regional meetings. Although retired from the NHS he is still passionate about volunteering in heath and social care and the difference it can make to local communities. Simon undertook a consultancy on behalf of Attend during the Spring of 2006 and was appointed by Attend as Regional Development Manager for the Midlands with lead responsibility for Volunteering in Hospitals, in September 2006.
Simon enjoys cooking and lives in the Vale of Belvoir with his wife, Anita, a retired District Nurse who shares his interest in steam railways and classic cars – we own a 1960s’ Triumph Vitesse convertible. Personal interest in local developments led him to join the League of Friends of the Grantham Hospital and he was elected Chairman of this charity in July 2007. Internal re-organisation within Attend led Simon to become NHS Development Manager in October 2008 until his retirement in March 2010, during which period he was appointed Chairman, East Midlands Region in December 2008.
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Working for the BBC between 1965 and 1977 on current affairs and further education television programmes. She then became a journalist on the BBC's prestigious Panorama programme, and Thames Television's This Week. She went on to present the BBC 2 series Social History of Medicine. She was appointed a life peer in 1992 with the title of Baroness Jay of Paddington, of Paddington in the City of Westminster, and acted as an opposition Whip in the House of Lords. In association with the shop workers' union, she led opposition to the liberalisation of Sunday trading hours. After her party's election victory in 1997, she became Health Spokesman and Minister for Women in the House of Lords. From 1998 she was Leader of the House of Lords, playing a pivotal role in the major reform that led to the removal of most of its hereditary members. She retired from active politics in 2001.
Her father was former Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan,
Following Baroness Robson's retirement as Chairman of the National body in 1994, Baroness Jay was elected Chairman of the National body. At that time she was the Labour Party Health Spokesman in the House of Lords. With the change of government in 1997, she resigned as Chairman on her appointment as a Minister of State in the Department of Health.
During her time as Chairman, there were a great many changes including the involvement of community groups.
Chair of Voluntary Sector Mental Health forum of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Chair of Mental Health sub group of Telford & Wrekin LINk. Lilian’s first involvement with LofF was during 1986 when the Strategic Health Authority plans were to close the Cottage Hospitals in Shropshire. At this time Lilian was Chair of Broseley Hospital LofF. Lilian negotiated a peppercorn rent with the solicitor of the SHA and campaigned along with many others for the retention of Shropshire Cottage Hospitals many of which were saved by their local community. Secretary to Shropshire Association for 15 years during which time she realised the value of networking and sharing information. Lilian’s background is working in the voluntary sector predominantly in Mental Health always working in partnership with many other agencies promoting the voice of service users. Previous work includes working for ruralMinds and the Mental Health Helplines Partnership working with colleagues at DH and NHS Direct and across many partnerships.
Tony became a volunteer for Attend in 2010, assisting the Attend ABI clients with computer training. He is Chairman of the North East London Aphasia Hub for UK Connect, and in addition to this he is a Connect trainer. Tony is also a committee member for Headway North London, where he runs computer training courses for members. He became FAABI Vice Chair in May 2012.
Chandra Patel – London Region Treasurer
Chandra is a professional Chartered Engineer and has been Regional Treasurer since the summer of 2008. He retired from BT as a senior national emergency planning manager, which involved crisis planning and participation at NATO. He is also the Treasurer of a local charitable organisation, and in his spare time, he loves to be with his two young grandchildren.
Charles is currently working as part of the Nutrition Policy Team at the Department of Health working on the 5 A DAY (just eat more fruit and vegetables) programme and the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. He is also involved in cross Government delivery work on the Cabinet Office’s Food Matters – Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century.
From March 2004 until October 2008 Charles was one of the national associate directors within the Partnership Development Team of the Care Service Improvement Partnership (CSIP), a part of the Department of Health’s Health and Care Partnerships Directorate. Charles has worked in a variety of areas within the Department of Health (DH) and the NHS Executive. This has included: partnership working between the NHS and VCS organisations. He was the NHS Executive London Region’s Regional Manager supporting Community Health Councils.
Charles has also worked for the Employer’s Forum on Disability, Business in the Community (Education Business Partnerships), School Curriculum Industry Partnership (University of Warwick), the National Curriculum Council, Secondary Examinations Council, Our Price/Virgin Records, McDonalds and prior to coming to England 23 years ago, a music company in Australia.
Charles has also undertaken a range of voluntary activity in his spare time and was a volunteer with a learning disabilities charity in Toowoomba, Australia, a mentor for Chestnut Grove School (Balham, London), an appeals committee member for Graveney School (Tooting, London), Vice Chair and trustee of Assisted Living (Islington, London), as well as Attend. Charles was also a former board member/trustee for Flipside (Lambeth Crime Prevention, London). Charles’ passion is to develop and support work within systems that enable people to achieve their full potential.
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During his period as President of the Rotary Club of Ilkeston, Michael (or Mike as he likes to be known) was asked to assist the then President of the League of Friends, Les Hutchinson at the League’s events. After Les’ death in 2001, Mike was asked to become President and Chairman of the League and has been working at the hospital ever since. Whilst not fully retired (having retired from the police in 1996), partial retirement enables him to dedicate time at the hospital.
In addition to enhancing and extending events such as the Garden Party, under his guidance, the Ilkeston League of Friends now organises a Spring Fayre, several annual concerts featuring singing talent from Coventry, Derby Rolls Royce Choir and locally, also Parades in the hospital grounds at the events.
Mike continues to spend time at the hospital by delivering newspapers to patients on the wards once or twice a week as part of a team providing this service. He also spends time in the Diagnostic & Treatment Centre assisting staff to welcome and provide patients with appropriate care whilst they are undergoing medical treatment in there.
Elvis regularly comes in to Attend with Helen Platt to make sure the biscuits are up to standard. Helen is Attend’s Communications Advisor.
Helen is a social strategist, which means she develops initiatives that have social impact. She specializes in communication campaigns and has worked with numerous clients including London 2012, Amnesty International, Comic Relief, Channel 4 and the BBC.
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Margery is based in Grantham and most of her career has been with Marie Curie and in the NHS as a nurse. Margery is currently a Parish Councillor. Margery was also Mayoress of Grantham between 2006 & 2008. She has always taken a keen interest in the future of local hospitals and supporting events to ensure their development and has championed anti-closure campaigns. She joined her local Friends League in 2011 and looks forward to developing a cohesive network of Friends groups across Lincolnshire
Ken’s working background has been mainly in the Steel industry whereby he retired in 2002. Coinciding with retirement in 2002 Ken’s father was progressing into Alzheimer’s disease and the need of his care was increasing, as a result, Ken became principle carer, until his father entered a care home in 2008.
For the past 18 years Ken has been a member of Hospital League of Friends at Prince Philip Hospital Llanelli. He was also a Secretary for the group and returned to that position in May of last year.
He was also formerly a County Councillor for Dyfed County Council and more recently Carmarthenshire County Council. Formerly a Town Councillor for the Town of Llanelli and Town Mayor from 2001 to 2002.
Ken is very active, in that he is Chairman of Llanelli Scouts and a School Governor of Two Primary Welsh Language Schools.
Ken is married to Carole, now a retired Special School Nursery Nurse, and likes to spend time with his two grandchildren. He lists his interests as gardening and is also a Poultry keeper.
Rose is Chairman of The League of Friends for Peterhead Ugie & Community Hospital. She began volunteering in 1986 after retiring from a 26-year career as a nurse. She was also holding this position when she received her BEM in 1988. Rose, determined that she wanted to give something back to the community, decided to start up the League of Friends in Peterhead and try to raise much needed funds for the hospital she'd previously worked for. As a result of achievements made through her fundraising initiatives, Rose was awarded her BEM in 1988 from the Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire. She recalls this as an event that sits amongst her proudest moments. Her work with the League also saw her become the Scottish Regional Chairman of the National Association of Hospital League of Friends and also onto the Board of Trustees in London. For her tireless efforts and determination to raise funds, Rose was also made Vice President which gives her life membership to Attend.<o:p></o:p></p>
Roses is an unassuming individual who continues to see her priority remain at raising as much funds as possible to ensure the continued comfort of patients in hospital, without reward.<o:p></o:p></p>
Roses group, The League of Friends for Peterhead Ugie Community Hospital, also received the Sapphire Award in 1995 in recognition of their outstanding help to patients. <o:p></o:p></p>
Lee Robinson has been managing Robinson Consultancy since 2008, delivering training, evaluation and research solutions to the third and public sectors. As a skilled project manager, Lee has experience of managing projects that require collaborating with a range of stakeholders and communicating sophisticated projects, research and evaluation methodologies in a straight forward way.
Having spent several years working with various charities and social enterprises prior to becoming a consultant Lee became a qualified NLP practitioner during this time, focusing on the coaching application of NLP. Lee also gained experience of grant and community fundraising, as well as managing delivery and infrastructure projects. Lee's previous work managing an LGBT domestic violence helpline also contributes to his competence in working with vulnerable clients in a supportive and appropriate manner.
Lee has experience of conducting assessment in a variety of contexts having assessed professional candidates for city and guilds qualifications as well as being a registered psychometric test-user with the British Psychological Society. His recent work has included monitoring and evaluation work involving social return on investment analysis, contributing to the development and assessment of organisational quality standards and research on the influnence of employee control beliefs in determing employee job crafting behaviour. He has also worked up a number of social business cases for various third sector projects.
Stuart lives in surrey with his wife and two sons. He runs an IT Consultancy and has worked with Attend on many different projects including their Website and Database.
He also provides training and guidance on using technology and is a great believer of “Anyone can use a computer; you just have to be taught the right way!”
Stuart has a keen interest in all things philanthropic and helps mediate online forums for Diabetic and Renal failure patients.
In his spare time he enjoys Philosophy, Swimming and being a Father.
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Douglas took up volunteering whilst he was unemployed as a way to keep his skills fresh. He started volunteering with Attend in August 2011, to help re-shape the Attend ABI programme.
Prior to that he had been working for London Borough of Camden on their employment and training initiative.
He became a Trustee of FAABI in May 2012.
Mike Ryan was born just off the Old Kent Road in London and remained in London until he joined the army in 1953 when he was 18. He served in the Middle East and was in Cyprus at the outbreak of the Suez crisis. He was married in 1956 and had three children, two girls and a boy. Some time later he became involved in football clubs as Commercial Manager for Kidderminster Harriers FC, Millwall AFC and eventually Bradford City FC. When he retired from his football activities he became a driving instructor. Mike retired completely in 2001 and his wife died in 2008. He became involved with Attend through Alan Griffin, chair of Attend Yorkshire and Humberside, who he has known for many years.
Janet joined the organisation five years ago as PA to the Chairman and Chief Executive of Attend. Having previously worked for a software retail distribution company and within education, the Charity and volunteering sector has proved to be enjoyable but challenging. Janet has worked in administration for over 15 years and it is an area of work she thoroughly enjoys. Not only that,she's found over the years it has given her the opportunity to learn many new things.
"During what leisure time I have, I divide between my family abroad and socialising with friends that I have kept in touch with since leaving full-time education. I do like art, and when I can, I love to help my elderly neighbours with gardening."
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Daniel Singleton is the National Executive Director of FaithAction, a role that he has performed for over four years. Prior to this role, Daniel was a Quality Director for a large voluntary sector organisation and previously he was a History teacher in East London.
FaithAction is a national network of over 1200 community and Faith based organisations. Originally a Strategic Partner of the Cabinet Office, FaithAction is now a Strategic Partner of the Department of Health.
Daniel is passionate about raising the voice of Faith based organisations, and levering the expertise and commitment present in the faith sector into public services and the wider community. Driven by his passion, Daniel has been involved in the Merlin Standard work at the DWP as well as being on Ministerial Advisory Boards and numerous forums. Through these forums, Daniel is able to highlight the work of Faith based organisations as well as influence policy and decision makers. Daniel often meets members and provides 1-2-1 support and advice to enable faith groups to reach the most marginalised in their communities.
Doris is 67 years young and along with her late spouse David, joined the Northern General Hospital League of Friends in 1987. Having worked at various jobs she joined Sanofi Aventis in 1986 and during that time did a part time degree course, obtaining her degree in 1998. Doris took over as chair of the Northern General League on the retirement of Graham Gillott and also joined the Yorkshire and Humber Region Committee. Apart from her role in the League of Friends she also chaired a patient practice participation group, sings with Chapeltown Amateur Operatice Society, cheers for two local speedway teams (Sheffield Tigers and Buxton Hitmen) and offers a cheer for several F1 sidecar teams most especially one Ian Guy/Carol McBride number 19 outfit.
Matthew has been a Commercial Bank Manager with NatWest for the last 5 years and previously worked for Barclays for 23 years. He first became involved with Attend when he was assigned to the organisation as their Bank Manager in 2001. Matthew has first-hand experience as a local League of Friend Treasurer, and in 2008 he joined the Board of Trustees as Treasurer for Attend.
Matthew also volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, and is a Board member for a Regional Theatre. Matthew is married to Claire and has 3 daughters, Holly, Lara & Milly. Matthew still finds some time to follow Colchester United in between all the ballet lessons.
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Darren Vella, is an associate who works closely with Attend on various issues such as Mental Health and Equalities, he has been doing so since 2007. Darren has an academic background in the social sciences with a specialisation in psychology. Darren has been involved in numerous local, national and international charitable organisations in a variety of roles that included; service delivery, project management and organisational development amongst others. Darren currently oversees all of Richmond Borough Mind's Services including Counselling Services, Carers in Mind Project, Well Being Centre, Ecotherapy, Equalities in Mental Health, and Peer-Support Project to name just a few. Darren is also the co-founder of the Third Culture Collective a consultancy agency whose main aim is to assist organisation realize their potential for change.
Darren is a self-proclaimed geek with a unnatural love for all things technology and science fiction.
Jamie Ward-Smith (formerly Thomas) is the founder of ivo.org, a social network that connects people and organisations that want to change their worlds through volunteering and social action. ivo follows a successful pilot site called i-volunteer and launched in 2012. Prior to setting up ivo, Jamie founded and ran Red Foundation, a social enterprise that promoted volunteerism and social action through consultancy and development services, for five years until 2011.
Prior to setting up Red Jamie was deputy director for community engagement at the Home Office Active Communities Unit, the forerunner of the Office for Civil Society, where he set up the Gold Star programme and ran the Russell Commission on youth action and engagement which led to the set up of the v charity. Before this he was marketing and communications director for online advice charity YouthNet UK, where he co-funded the do-it.org.uk volunteering database and led the increase of their traffic base to over 5000,000 users a month, prior to which he ran one of London's most successful volunteer centers in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Sir William Wells’ career encompasses senior positions in public health, commercial property, insurance and small business.
Sir William Wells is the Chairman of the Department of Health’s Commercial Advisory Board, which advises ministers on the effects of policy on the private sector. In 2001 he established the NHS Appointments Commission and became its Chairman. Sir William is also a former Governor of the Royal Free Hospital, London, and Regional Chairman of the South Thames Region.
Sir William was Managing Partner and then Chairman of Chesterton chartered surveyors for 34 years, where he oversaw their transition from a private partnership to a listed company.
Sir William is Chairman of ADL, an AIM-listed care home provider and of CMG plc, a specialist in the care of adults and children with learning difficulties, and a director of Urban Village, which is developing a mixed use ‘village’ in Shoreditch to provide homes, support and training for over 300 homeless people.
Sir William Wells became Treasurer of the National Association in 1992, and remained in post until 2005.
Nichole started at Attend in 2005 and has had several roles over the years at Attend including Regional Development Officer, Membership Services Officer and Membership Services Manager but has more recently started work on a new project at Attend as The Life Roles Facilitator.<br />
As part of the Haringey stroke pathway she will focus on working with stroke survivors living in Haringey. Many stroke survivors once they have been discharged from hospital and rehabilitation are often not working and can become isolated. The aim of the project is to support "Life Role" Opportunities in Haringey by identifying volunteering opportunities for Stroke clients wishing to re-engage with the Community and supporting them through the application and recruitment procedure.</p>
Working closely with Haringey NHS and Council the project aims to build a more detailed map of services already available to survivors of Stroke in Haringey and to establish relationships with local charities, agencies and companies to support volunteering opportunities for Stroke users. Clients will also be referred to Attend ABI Programme where appropriate and to other Stroke supporting organisations.</p>
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John has been involved with Attend for over twelve years, firstly with the charity, HEAL (working with survivors of childhood abuse) and now as manager of the charity Greenpath Ventures, offering bushcraft and related activities to disadvantaged groups across Essex.</p>
John has a wide range of experience in the voluntary sector and is a qualified manager, therapist and outdoor instructor. In previous roles in mental health he has been lead facilitator in a therapeutic setting, supervised staff and heavily involved with funding.</p>
Through the Open University he has gained "The Professional Certificate in Management." His outdoor training has included survival training in both the Arctic and Amazon jungle and he is a qualified Bushcraft Instructor.</p>
He is passionate about improving services for disadvantaged groups and is happy to support new groups through Attend Eastern Region.</p>
David has been the Chief Executive of Attend, formerly the National Association of Hospital and Community Friends, since early 2002. Prior to this he was a Director of an Adult and Children’s hospice in Essex.
David has well developed links throughout the voluntary and community sector. This was highlighted when he was elected chair of Health Month during the Year of the Volunteer. At the DH, he has been a member of the National Strategic Partnership Forum and the National Leadership Network. He has also been a member of the England Volunteering Development Council (VE) and the Network of National Volunteering Agencies. Additionally, David was also co-opted to the Membership and Education Committee, and the Quality Taskforce at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for three years.
In 2010, David was appointed a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, and also a Fellow of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, as part of this he was seconded to Conservative Central Office.
David is passionately committed to Volunteering and has held a variety of roles including a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at the HMP and YOI Chelmsford, a trustee of a Child Contact centre, and Chair of a local community group. In 2009 he was awarded the OBE for services to volunteering.
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Julia Worthington is a Fundraising Consultant who founded Amber Consulting and has been a fundraiser for over 17 years. Operating in a number of positions for a variety of organisations, including as a fundraising volunteer for National Childbirth Trust, a sole fundraiser for The Railway Children and for the last five years Head of Fundraising for The Prince’s Trust. Julia is also a Trustee of an Academy High School.
Julia’s experience has built up an extensive range of expertise and knowledge, as well as understanding of exactly how not-for-profit organisations work and the importance of great relationships with the supporters of your organisation, whether they are donors, volunteers or clients.