Staff

Cotswold Friends has a dedicated and friendly team of staff.

Joanna Hammond BSc DipM

Joanna Hammond BSc DipM

CEO

Joanna worked for Cotswold Friends for four years with responsibility for all aspects of Marketing before recently stepping up to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer.

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Her previous Marketing role involved spreading the word about Cotswold Friends and the work we do in the 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.

Amanda Howard BA(Hons) MSc DipM

Amanda Howard BA(Hons) MSc DipM

Strategic Partnerships

After more than five years as Chief Executive Officer at Cotswold Friends, Amanda has now moved into a new role, developing the charity’s strategic partnerships and funding initiatives.

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Amanda has recently moved to Exmoor, pursuing a new phase in her and her family’s life. 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.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.

Bridget Salvage

Bridget Salvage

Support Services 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 which enables her to manage all of Cotswold Friends Support Services.

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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 completed her Dementia Link training. She is a warm and caring team member, keen to promote Dementia friendly awareness in the North Cotswolds.

Harriet Salvage

Harriet Salvage

Carer Support Manager

Harriet supports full-time carers and arranges for volunteers to visit and befriend the person they care for, so that they can take some regular time off. It is often difficult for carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities, but regular breaks are vital to allow carers to stay well themselves. By carefully matching the clients and volunteers, she aims to ensure long and successful relationships.

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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.

Jess O'Hara

Jess O'Hara

Independence Support Service Manager

Jess has worked in the Care Sector for over 10 years and has extensive experience with nursing, residential and domiciliary care. Jess is very passionate about supporting individuals to remain as independent as safely possible.

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Jess has previously worked as a Registered Care Manager and knows the North Cotswolds well. During her time working in care, she has achieved her level 3 & 5 Diploma in Health and Social care. Jess grew up in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Before becoming a mum of two, Jess enjoyed travelling and spent one year living in Australia. Jess moved to Moreton-in-Marsh in 2016. She enjoys living in Moreton and enjoys supporting people in her local community.

Julie Lawton

Julie Lawton

Intergenerational & Community Fundraising

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Claire Harrison

Claire Harrison

Community Transport Manager

Claire previously worked as the Planning & Scheduling Manager at the Fire Service College in Moreton for four years and has a wealth of experience in customer service, resource and project management, scheduling, planning and IT.

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Kathy Fossey

Kathy Fossey

Community Transport Project Worker

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Kerry Preston-Jones

Kerry Preston-Jones

Community Transport and Community Activities Project Worker

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To be confirmed

To be confirmed

Community Transport Project Worker

Amy Hughes has recently left Cotswold Friends to take on a new role. Good luck for the future Amy. Update to follow shortly about this staff role.

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Rob Platts

Rob Platts

Men In Sheds Project Worker

Rob joined Cotswold Friends in June 2020 and has spent the majority of his career working in IT Services and Telecommunications in the UK, Canada and across Europe. Most recently his jobs revolved around working in the sales arena, managing teams of specialists to produce solutions for customers. This experience will help with the operational duties of Men In Sheds.

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Rob’s role is to ensure that the Men In Sheds projects are running smoothly and safely and hopefully growing to involve more clients, volunteers and sheds in the area.

Rob lives in Northleach where he is the Mayor of the local town and is Chair of the Town Council. Rob is actively involved in the day to day operations of the council as well as trying to improve the services it delivers. Rob has a BSc (hons) degree and lives with his wife of 38 years. They have one grandchild living in Australia and another one in the UK.

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

Administrator and Finance Officer

Sue joined Cotswold Friends in November 2015 as administrator and bookkeeper. Sue’s charity sector knowledge combined with her event management experience and organisational skills make her a valuable member of the Cotswold Friends team.

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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. In her spare time, Sue loves spending time with family and walking her super-cute Scottie dog Roman.

George Halling

George Halling

Volunteer Manager

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 management of around 120 volunteers, plus administration for them and the property in general.

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Learning various IT systems and looking after complex spreadsheets provided the ideal skill set for her first role as Community Transport Project Worker, before becoming Volunteer Manager in July 2020. 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.

Susie Bromwich

Susie Bromwich

Fundraising Manager

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.

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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.

Louise Lapworth

Louise Lapworth

Marketing Manager

Louise is responsible for the overall management of the promotion of Cotswold Friends and the charity’s services, to ensure that existing and potential clients, volunteers, and funders are engaged with our work.

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Louise oversees our marketing campaigns and materials, and coordinates marketing strategies with our Service Managers.

She has worked in marketing and public relations for over 20 years, primarily in local government and the not-for-profit sector, developing strategic communications plans and delivering the full marketing mix. Louise has previous experience of the adult social care sector and delivering health and wellbeing campaigns.

Louise grew up in the South Wales valleys and now lives in a small village near the Fosse Way in Warwickshire. She is married with three children and two cats and loves music, having previously run a live music promotions outfit. Her other interests are crystals and gemstones, and property management.

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 above the minimum wage. It provides a benchmark for responsible employers who choose to pay their employees a rate that meets the basic cost of living.

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