Amanda Howard BA(Hons) MSc DipM
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community Transport Project Worker
Barbara-Ann (or Barb for short!) supports the Community Transport Service, working alongside the Manager Julie Mitchell and supporting the Transport Bookings Desk.
Barb has spent the last 20 years working in finance in the North Cotswolds, primarily as a Finance Manager. Prior to this she had various roles within the NHS & Social Services, working with adults with learning disabilities. In need of a new challenge, Barb then studied and gained a number of accounting qualifications including FMAAT, AATQB and NVQ level 4.
Barb has lived in Moreton-in-Marsh or surrounding villages for her whole life, except for 2 years spent abroad where she picked up a skill for languages and can now speak Swedish!. Barb’s experience of auditing and implementing new IT systems is currently helping Cotswold Friends through the transition to a new Transport Bookings system. Outside of Cotswold Friends you are most likely to see Barb walking a dog or two in the local park.
Community Transport Project Worker
George has a great deal of experience working with volunteers, having been employed by The National Trust at Chastleton House as Visitor Operations Officer for 7 years. This role included included management of around 120 volunteers, plus administration for them and the property in general.
Learning various IT systems and looking after complex spreadsheets provided the ideal skill set for her current role supporting the Community Transport Service. Whilst with the National Trust, George also managed the Visitor Reception Team and was responsible for recruitment and training. She arranged and coordinated group visits to the property and undertook guided tours. George has developed great problem solving skills as she was involved in many aspects of running the property, including preparation for the arrival of a film crew for the filming of ‘Wolf Hall’ - and meeting Damien Lewis!
Previous roles include Administrator at a GP surgery preparing rotas for GP’s, student doctors and nurses as well as Book-Keeper for many years, both self-employed and employed.
George was born in Birmingham, grew up in Redditch and Evesham and now lives in Todenham. She has been married for 28 years and has two grown up sons. She is an avid crocheter and also enjoys beadwork and quilting. George loves holidays, especially to Greece and Lanzarote and has recently embarked on an Open University BSc in Natural Sciences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Community Activities Project Worker
Sam Dean provides support across all aspects of the Community Activities service, with particular responsibility for our Lunch Clubs.
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!
Administrator and Finance Officer
Sue joined Cotswold Friends in November 2015 as administrator and bookkeeper.
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 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.
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.
Susie has worked in the not-for-profit sector for thirty years, as both a marketer and as a fundraiser. She has recently led campaigns in the education sector and has moved to Cotswold Friends from Girton College, Cambridge.
Her educational fundraising focused on supporting student bursary schemes and capital projects, mainly in schools. Susie’s past campaign and communications work has included the arts, social housing, environment and recycling, and two children’s charities. She set up and managed a Volunteer Bureau and a Council for Voluntary Service in rural Devon, which gave her valuable experience of the issues facing rural communities. Susie has a BA in English and she enjoys singing, swimming, walking and cycling.
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.