Staff

Cotswold Friends has 10 part-time members of 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.

Julie Mitchell

Julie Mitchell

Community Transport Manager

Julie joined Cotswold Friends in 2018.

Julie has previously set up her own community transport company with trained, professional drivers and has experience of the challenges faced in sourcing funding and maintaining a safe, well-managed transport service to the vulnerable in our community.

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She has a science degree, a diploma in Business Administration and is a qualified lawyer. She has worked in the oil industry as a National Distribution Manager, as a High Street lawyer and has several years experience in the voluntary sector as a Health and Wellbeing Manager and Transport Manager,

Julie has spent time living and working overseas and now lives with her family in the North Cotswolds where she continues her volunteering projects with a particular passion for supporting those with dementia and mental health issues. She has also studied horticulture with the RHS and enjoys including gardening in her volunteering.

Barbara-Ann

Barbara-Ann

Community Transport Project Worker

Barbara-Ann supports the Community Transport service, working alongside the Manager Julie Mitchell and supporting the Transport Bookings Desk.

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Bridget Salvage

Bridget Salvage

Befriending & Carer Respite 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.

Harriet Salvage

Harriet Salvage

Young Befrienders Project Co-ordinator

Harriet is our new Young Befrienders Project Co-ordinator, joining the Cotswold Friends team during November. Harriet’s role is to develop our intergenerational befriending project with young volunteers aged from 16 to 18 visiting older people living in Care Homes, who cannot easily get out and about.

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Harriet has already begun the project by recruiting a number of sixth-form students from Chipping Campden School. She is also in contact with three local Nursing / Residential Homes in the area. Harriet is excited about the new scheme and keen to develop it to its full potential.

Harriet has lived in Moreton her whole life, with the exception of four years spent traveling with her husband whilst he was in the Army. She is very well connected with the local community having spent 2 years on the local playgroup committe, organising many fundraisers and charity events. Harriet has two young sons and worked as a dental nurse for five years before becoming a mum. She also volunteered for Cotswold Friends for a year, before applying for her current job, giving her significant experience with respect to the volunteering roles, training and support that we can offer.

Sheryl Murray

Sheryl Murray

Community Activities & Volunteer Manager

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

Samantha Dean

Samantha Dean

Community Activities Project Worker

Sam Dean provides support across all aspects of the Community Activities service, with particular responsibility for our Lunch Clubs.

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Sam has previously worked as a Supervisor for Group 4 Total Security in both the Purchase Ledger and Credit Control Departments which included training the team on the move to Excel and Word. Sam has significant experience with Accounts having worked for Dialogue Associates for 5 years and continues to provide accounting support to small businesses in the local area. She has also worked at Blockley Primary school as a Teacher Support, Supporting Reader, Lunch Time Supervisor and a Swimming Supervisor. Sam was born in Moreton and has lived in Moreton or Blockley ever since. She has two children and is an avid rugby supporter!

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.

Joanna Hammond BSc DipM

Joanna Hammond BSc DipM

Marketing Manager

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.

Celia Broughton  BFA Theory (Hons), GC EdPub

Celia Broughton BFA Theory (Hons), GC EdPub

Charity Fundraiser

Charity Fundraiser is a new role at Cotswold Friends and has been created to meet the increasing challenges faced by small charities in today’s highly competitive funding environment. Celia’s role is to raise funds through Grant and Trust Applications and to develop and manage our Major Donor and Corporate Fundraising programmes.

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Celia has more than 20 years’ experience writing grant applications, as well as managing businesses and developing partnerships between the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She has a First-Class Honours degree in Art History & Theory, a Bachelor of Fine Art and Postgraduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. Celia worked as an award-winning Creative Director/Copywriter in Australia for six years before becoming a full-time Educational and Arts Writer. She was Head Writer for ‘Project Forest’, which was shortlisted for The Australian Newspaper’s Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing in 1998 and she authored an illustrated children’s book, awarded a ‘Notable Book Award’ by the Australian Children’s Book Council in 2004, which has sold more than 60,000 copies to date. Celia moved to the North Cotswolds in 2010 and ran an international art gallery in Moreton in Marsh for five years. Celia has a son and a daughter and also looks after Thor the mad labrador puppy and London the world-travelled cat. Celia loves to travel with her children, dance in the kitchen and cook food from all over the world.

The Living Wage

The Living Wage

Cotswold Friends is an accredited Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage is a voluntary higher rate of base pay. It provides a benchmark for responsible employers who choose to pay their employees a rate that meets the basic cost of living in the UK and London.

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