Staff

Amanda Howard BA(Hons) MSc DipM

Amanda Howard BA(Hons) MSc DipM

CEO

Amanda has a degree, masters degree and diploma in business and marketing and 25 years of business and charity experience working at Reuters, BBC, Open University and the NSPCC.

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Amanda is a director of Wizard Management Consulting. In 2011 Amanda decided to focus on local charity development and joined Cotswold Friends for 4 years, developing and funding services and forming local partnerships to maximise service development and funding opportunities.

Amanda undertook the Cotswold District council Loneliness Research, and other surveys, to measure the health and wellbeing benefits of community services, to provide feedback to commissioners and funders and to contribute to national awareness campaigns. Amanda re-joined Cotswold Friends in 2016 as the CEO.

Lesley Bray

Lesley Bray

Community Transport Manager

Lesley has over 20 years experience working in the Telecommunications Industry. She started her career as a Technician Apprentice and qualified as a Telecoms Engineer.

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She then progressed to Technical Support Engineer, Project Manager, Bid Manager and Team Manager.

Lesley has significant experience in call handling and database development and management. Lesley is passionate about community transport at every level and has worked with the Highways Agency on many of their road and motorway enhancement projects where the focus has been on safer roads, reliable journey times and informed travellers, for example, Active Traffic Management on the M42.

In her spare time, Lesley is a volunteer for North Cotswolds Cycling Club and has recently qualified as a British Cycling Coach. Lesley works with a team of coaches and parents in the Cotswolds to deliver the Sky Go-Ride Programme for children aged 6 to 16.

Bridget Salvage

Bridget Salvage

Befriending co-ordinator

Bridget has over fifteen years experience in dementia care having worked for fifteen years for social services as a care needs assessor and as facilitator of for their Dementia day care service in the North Cotswolds.

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Bridget has gained her NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care and Promoting Independence and has recently completed her Dementia Link Training along with over half our staff members.

Bridget is a valuable member of the Befriending and carer respite team, matching client and volunteer successfully to ensure long and successful relationships. Bridget is also part of our Dementia Day Care team at Mill House based in Chipping Campden. She is a warm, caring addition to the team and keen to promote Dementia friendly awareness in the Cotswolds.

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

Administrator and Finance Officer

Sue joined Cotswold Friends in November 2015 as administrator, bookkeeper and volunteer manager.

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Sue spent time in a variety of administration roles during her career and was also front of house manager for a wedding events company and the principal of a drama academy. She has also set up and managed a 6th Form college for special needs students as well as being very active in charity setting up events and fundraising for a variety of organisations.

With a background in administration and events management, Sue is a welcome addition to the team.

Sheryl Murray

Sheryl Murray

Volunteer Recruitment

Sheryl joined Cotswold Volunteers in April 2016 to recruit volunteers for new and existing services.

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Her career has included administration and health care roles including supporting adults with learning disabilities to live independently within the local community. Sheryl has qualifications in dementia care, First Aid, Mental Capacity Act, Medication and Fire Safety, and elder care.

Volunteers are the backbone of our organisation and without them we would not be able to offer the services we do. They are an important part of our team and maintaining those relationships and attracting more volunteers allows us to offer more in our community. Having a dedicated volunteer recruitment co-ordinator helps us stay in touch with existing volunteers as our organisation grows and also allows us to be an active part of the community to encourage awareness of our services.

Sheryl is recruiting volunteers to:

  • teach computing skills
  • manage small group events like singing, crafts and Men in Sheds
  • community drivers
  • baking for teas
  • cooks for lunch clubs
  • help with fundraising

If you would like to become a volunteer please contact her at Sheryl@cotswoldfriends.org

Joanna Hammond BSc DipM

Joanna Hammond BSc DipM

Marketing Communications Officer

Joanna has responsibility for all aspects of Marketing and is tasked with spreading the word about Cotswold Friends and the work we do in the north Cotswolds community.

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She has many years of Marketing experience, gained mainly within the healthcare sector, as well as three years working in direct sales. Joanna has planned, developed and launched numerous marketing campaigns from market research and analysis through to print and press work, events programmes and website development. Whilst working in the pharmaceutical industry her specialist areas of knowledge included Diabetes, Elderly Care, Cancer Care, Contract Manufacturing and Corporate Marketing. She has also worked for a Medical Devices company developing and launching online educational training resources for nurses. Joanna plays league badminton and enjoys sport, gardening and reading.