I was born over the border in Rochdale, Lancashire but arrived in Yorkshire over 25 years ago via studying and working in Nottingham and London. I worked in local government for much of my career, mainly in leisure management, and to this day I continue to get great job satisfaction from helping people to make the most of living and working in our very special District, whatever their circumstances.
I’ve been Chief Exec for 7 years now and am always mindful of our deep roots in voluntary action in both Harrogate and Ripon, which stretch back over 50 years now. We have a fabulous team of trustees, staff and volunteers and strong links with our founders, our members, local voluntary and community groups and our partners in the public and private sector. It is a real privilege to have a job where I get to meet interesting and inspiring people doing wonderful things every day!
I have lived and worked in Harrogate for over 30 years, with my 3 daughters all having attended local schools. Previously a teacher at St. John Fisher School, I retired early to work as a post lady, wanting to experience a completely different work life environment. Having done that, I am really pleased to have started work as one of the Receptionists for HARCVS at Harrogate Community House. It is a great hub for the local community and I am able to work with local charities on a daily basis.
In my free time I enjoy walking with the Harrogate Ramblers, going to Keep fit classes, Zumba dancing and I am a keen cyclist.
I’m originally from the Channel Islands, but moved to England in 1983, living in London, Reading and Colchester before moving to Harrogate, when I volunteered for Victim Support. I’ve had many diverse roles including managing a local authority benefits office and with the Probation Service. I joined HARCVS in 2004 and became Information Officer in 2008. I feel lucky to have this role in our community and enjoy learning something new every day. Out of work, I love pootling in my VW campervan, supporting Reading FC and walking (though it’s taking me years to complete the Pennine Way!)
I live in Leeds but am originally from Saddleworth. I’ve worked in the voluntary sector all my working life: initially as a volunteer coordinator, but for the last 15+ years in charity finance roles. I also work part time at North Yorkshire Sport and I hold a masters degree in Charity Accounting and Financial Management. In my spare time I’m a keen mountaineer.
I have lived in Harrogate all my life apart from my student days in Sheffield. I worked in Public Sector management roles in Harrogate, Leeds and London for 28 years, taking early retirement in 2011 to improve my work life balance.
I joined CVS in 2012, where I enjoy working in the local community and helping people on a daily basis. I have volunteered for many organisations over the years, and currently help with events at RHS Harlow Carr.
I enjoy gardening, Zumba, yoga and pilates, but most of all having more free time to spend with friends and family.
I have I’ve been working in the voluntary and community sector since graduating from University of Leeds in 2015. Having just joined the HARCVS team January this year I’m excited to be learning more about the wonderful work that charities carry out here in the Harrogate district. In my spare time I enjoy tackling the odd sewing project and getting out and about with friends and family.
Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) Team
Frances Elliott (Project Manager)
Lizzie Hughes (Project Development Worker - job share)
Anna Woollven (Project Development Worker - job share)
Christine Turner (Service Co-ordinator)
Andy Storr (Service Support Worker)
Brian Trickett (Service Support Worker)
Jen Sonley (Administrator/ Scheduler )
Julie Proudler (Ripon Services Co-ordinator)
Helen Flynn (Ripon & Rural Wellbeing Project Worker)
Deborah Johnson (Ripon & Rural Wellbeing Project Worker)
Susan Wells (Ripon & Rural Wellbeing Project Worker)
Malcolm Compton (Service Co-ordinator, Ripon Voluntary Car Driving Service)
Alison Bradley (Ripon Administrator)
Our Board of Trustees
Jackie Snape (Disability Action Yorkshire) (Chair)
Lindsay Mitchell (Arthritis Care - Harrogate Branch)
John Groves (Ripon Community House)
Kevin Douglas (Harrogate Cycle Action)
Maurice Bull (Rotary Club of Harrogate)
Cllr John Fox (Fairfax Community Centre)
Canon Ruth Hind (Ripon Cathedral)
Stuart Gregory (co-opted)
Cllr Pat Jones (Harrogate Borough Council representative - Co-opted)
A huge thank you to our dedicated volunteers who support Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service and our Projects! Over 130 volunteers give over 250 hours of time every week!