I am proud to lead this fantastic, community organisation. We believe in enterprise and the opportunities it creates for local people and it inspires me to see this in action. I head up a small team of hard-working staff, who are creative and quick to react to new ideas and opportunities. We manage buildings and spaces on behalf of the communities at Graylingwell Park and Roussillon Park, and it is fantastic to be able to offer these wonderful spaces for rent to both to residents and the wider community. The events and activities that go on in our various venues bring residents together, regardless of background, and create the great community spirit that makes living here so pleasurable.
Top tip: Anything is possible
I have worked in the public and voluntary sector for 16 years and previously worked for HM Revenues and Customs and the National Criminal Intelligence Service. Prior to taking up the role at CCDT I worked for an Educational charity in Hampshire and still keep involved with the organisation with regular visits and sharing good practice. I also enjoy supporting other charities and organisation and am a Trustee director of Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC), A trustee of the Peter Ashley Activity Centres, a leader at Southbourne Sea Scouts and support the Chichester Welfare Trusts as Clerk and Treasurer.
I am the community development officer for Roussillon Park. I was born in West Sussex and have more than 5 years’ experience working in the Voluntary and Charity sector, including developing a Community Engagement project for older people.
I love to meet people, learn new things and am happiest sharing my free time with friends, family and my lovely dog.
I work all day Thursday and Friday mornings
If you want to book one of our venues, you’ll end up talking to me! I live at Graylingwell Park and was first involved with Chichester Community Development Trust as a volunteer. I was encouraged to apply for the Bookings Administrator role and was bowled over to be offered the job. I feel so happy being a part of such an amazing team and I would never in a thousand years thought I would love my job as much as I do. I am proud to say “this is who I work for”.
I work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 1.30pm
I manage the project ‘Discover Your Future programme’ for young people aged 15 – 25 who are not in education, employment or training. This programme is open to all young people in Chichester who have found themselves slipping through the net and want to make positive changes. The programme offers free workshops covering various skills and interests.
Throughout the programme I work with young people in the Chichester District from Schools, Youth Clubs, Find it Out Centre and Job Centre to name a few, to help find work experience and volunteering placements. As a Life Coach I use my training to support young people, to help them focus on their goals and future possibilities as well as on-going support with CV’s and applications.
I studied Biology at University before studying for a PGCE. Though at the time decided teaching wasn’t quite right so fell into the world of events in London where I organised large exhibitions at Earls Court. After 11 years of organising events moved down to Chichester where I then worked as a Bathroom Designer while finishing a Diploma in Professional Life Coaching. After which realised that my aspiration and future career path would be working with children again. Before starting at Community Development Trust I worked as a Youth Advisor for Outset Youth Action.