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 Service Manager

Bridget joined Cotswold Friends in October 2015, having worked for Gloucestershire County Council as a care needs assessor and dementia day care facilitator. Bridget has a vast knowledge of the care needs of vulnerable and older people.

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Bridget lives with her family in Moreton-in-Marsh and is committed to the North Cotswold community, with a thorough understanding of the resources available to support it, both from the statutory and voluntary sectors. Bridget has gained her NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care and Promoting Independence and has recently completed her Dementia Link training. As Manager of the Befriending and Carer Respite service, Bridget matches clients and volunteers to ensure long and successful relationships. She is a warm and caring team member, keen to promote Dementia friendly awareness in the North Cotswolds.

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

Administrator and Finance Officer

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

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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 Sixth Form College for special needs students as well as being very active in charity work, setting up events and fundraising for a variety of organisations.

Sue’s charity sector knowledge combined with her event management experience and organisational skills make her a valuable member of the Cotswold Friends team.

Sheryl Murray

Sheryl Murray

Community Activity & Volunteer Co-ordinator

Sheryl joined Cotswold Friends in April 2016 as Volunteer Co-ordinator and is now also responsible for our Community Activities Programme.

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Her career has included numerous health care roles including supporting adults with learning disabilities to live independently in the local community and caring for people with dementia. Sheryl has recently completed the Dementia Link training programme. She has an Advanced Level 3 NVQ qualification in Social Care. Sheryl has also worked as a Teaching Assistant and managed a Before & After school club.

Sheryl has lived in Moreton for over 40 years and is actively involved with many local community and charity projects. As Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sheryl’s focus is to attract more volunteers to the organisation and support and advise them throughout the application process. Sheryl is also responsible for developing and co-ordinating our Community Activities Programme to ensure we provide social opportunities for older, lonely or isolated people across the North Cotswolds.

Sheryl is always looking to recruit new volunteers so if you would like to become a volunteer, please do 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.