Meet the team

Who does what, and how to contact us.

Jacky Charman

Community Development Officer

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Jacky has been working in the Voluntary and Community Sector for over 20 years. Jacky’s role is about supporting community groups to help them deliver their essential services to the wider community in Portsmouth. Jacky supports groups with writing their constitutions, with funding searches, networking and assists groups in sourcing volunteers, particularly those that can share their business skills to make the voluntary and community groups stronger and sustainable. Jacky has a Bsc (Hons) in Health Studies and previously worked for 10 years in Rowner, Gosport and was part of the team that helped get the much needed regeneration programme started.

Kay Coombs

Project Officer

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Kay provides a signposting service for the GP Referral service in Portsmouth to patients who are looking for extra support to improve their health and wellbeing. Kay has 12 years’ experience working with people most disadvantaged in the workplace in order to overcome a range of difficulties so that they may return to education, training or some form of work. Having delivered and managed a range of Welfare to Work projects, Kay is well practised at supporting people from a range of backgrounds with diverse needs and enjoys working with them to achieve their goals and improve their circumstances.

Sandie Davis

Co-ordinator for the School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire

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Before joining Action Hampshire Sandie worked in the youth and community sector and gained her JNC youth and community qualification whilst working for Hampshire County Council youth service. More recently Sandie worked for the national youth charity Clubs for Young People and SE Hampshire charity, Motiv8. Sandie has enjoyed training and mentoring people through youth work and leadership qualifications and has experience in development and quality assurance for smaller organisations; she hopes to use these skills to support social entrepreneurs as they take part in courses and activities run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Jo Dixon

Senior Engagement Officer

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The focus of Jo’s work is on engagement and research. However, she also wears a rural hat, making sure the rural voice is heard at county and national level and providing practical support to individuals and groups wanting to implement projects and solutions to address their own issues and concerns. Before arriving in Hampshire, Jo worked in London for a national funding programme supporting health and social care projects.

Sue Dovey

Chief Executive

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Sue has been Action Hampshire’s Chief Executive since 2006, having previously worked at equivalent organisations on the IOW and in Surrey. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 16 years and previously worked in the City for 13 years. Sue has a particular interest in promoting social enterprise and social entrepreneurialism, believing that trading can bring independence and long term sustainability to not-for-profit organisations. Sue is a Governor of Richard Taunton 6th Form College and the Chair of Koolkompany, an ethical schoolwear supply company. She has an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and an MA from Southampton University.

Anna Fehr-Foote

Enterprise Administrator

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Anna joined Action Hampshire, as an administrator, after graduating with a degree in Sociology and Education from Bath Spa University. She has since moved on to focus on Enterprise, acting as the administrator for the Building Better Opportunities project and providing support for the School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire. Anna enjoys working in a role that makes a difference within the local community and learning more about the non for profit sector. In her spare time she enjoys watching films and documentaries and has a strong interest in cultural analysis.

Charlotte Gale

Finance Officer

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Charlotte’s time is spent dealing with all things money! Charlotte has over six years’ experience in customer service, and has a wide range of qualifications from equine studies, to complimentary alternative medicine. She is currently studying the AAT Accounting Qualification. “I really enjoy my role of Finance Officer at Action Hampshire, I love it when things are balanced and complete and like knowing I am helping to make a difference. I regularly meet new and inspirational people and like the busy, buzzing atmosphere in the office.”

Sarah Hurford-Potter

Head of Finance and Contracts

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Prior to joining Action Hampshire Sarah spent most of her career working in the Financial Services sector. However, after a career break to look after her twin girls, Sarah wanted a change of direction and joined Action Hampshire. “I enjoy being part of an organisation of which I can feel proud, where I can go home at the end of the day knowing that we’re having a positive impact”.

Catherine Kirkham

Rural Housing Enabler

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Catherine’s role is to encourage Parish Councils and local communities to help identify housing need and engage with the process of developing affordable housing in their parish. She supports and assists the Parish Council and local community throughout the process. She is originally from Flintshire in North Wales and previously worked as a Rural Housing Enabler in Flintshire and Wrexham. Catherine has a Master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Liverpool.

Helena Kondziela

Research Assistant

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Helena has recently changed roles and become the new Research Assistant for the Research and Engagement Team. After graduating with a degree in Geography from the University of Southampton she has volunteered and worked for various charities including Oxfam, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and Dimensions. In her spare time Helena is a Trustee for the ShadowView Foundation and volunteers at a Yellow Door (formerly known as Southampton Rape Crisis). Helena enjoys working for an organisation that supports the local community and is passionate about working towards a sustainable future.

Sarah McLean

Administrator Assistant

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Sarah has worked in several community organisations in Portsmouth in recent years and now divides her time between Fratton Big Local and Action Portsmouth doing admin support.

Barbara O'Sullivan

Portsmouth CCG Project Co-ordinator

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The GP Referral Project aims to promote access to not-for-profit organisations by GP patients, strengthening the sector’s links with the health sector. Barbara brings twenty years of experience working in the voluntary sector in Portsmouth in a range of roles, including co-ordinating Portsmouth’s Voluntary and Community Sector Network, human resources management for two local charities, and leading a charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees. With Masters degrees in both English Literature and Theology, she shares her time between paid work and being a self-supporting priest in a local Church of English parish.

Anna Potten

Community Development Worker

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Anna left rural Hampshire to go art college in Leicester and ‘improve the world though better designed curtains and attractively drawn protest banners.’ Since graduation she has used her creative problem-solving skills to work on a wide variety of projects. Since then she has undertaken a number of roles for Action Hampshire and in 2015 became the Fratton Big Local Community Development Worker. When not at Fratton Big Local, Anna continues to work as a participatory artist and helps to run Top Banana Circus, a social enterprise based at the Guildhall in Portsmouth.

Catherine Rendle

Policy and Information Officer

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Catherine researches government press releases, local council documents and independent research, and turns the information into relevant, manageable newsletter bulletins on a variety of subjects for our busy voluntary sector members. Catherine’s specialist area of knowledge is policy affecting children & young people, and she co-ordinates a steering group of local stakeholders to ensure Action Hampshire’s CYP work is driven by the needs of our member organisations. Catherine is passionate about collaboration; encouraging members to work together to ensure a collective voice at strategic meetings, and campaigning on issues affecting the sector at a local and national level.

Kirsty Rowlinson

Head of Services

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Kirsty’s role involves developing Action Hampshire’s services and offer to the sector. She has a particular focus on research and evaluation. Previously Kirsty worked for charities in London in a variety of roles, generally managing direct service delivery. Before this, she ran a British Sign Language interpreting service for a Southampton based charity. Kirsty has an MSc in Demography and Social Statistics from Southampton University, and was previously awarded a Fellowship at the Third Sector Research Centre. She is a Trustee of the Bill Sargent Trust.

Kevin Sawers

Community Buildings and Rural Adviser

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Kevin supports people who run village halls and other community buildings in Hampshire and Portsmouth. These facilities, often the lifeblood of their local community, are generally managed by a committee of volunteers. Kevin aims to help all these people know how to run their building effectively and economically, for the long-term benefit of the community. Kevin also encourages and supports rural communities to do things for themselves. Before joining Action Hampshire Kevin studied chemistry and worked in education, which both remain areas of interest.

Rosie Taylor

Office Manager

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Rosie started her working life in a local architects office, which she enjoyed, but decided to venture into a career that she hoped ‘made a difference’. She has worked for several charities, including supporting troubled families and people with learning disabilities. Along the way she gained a degree in social policy and administration. Rosie returned to her office roots when she joined Action Hampshire, where she now runs the Administration Team. “Working for Action Hampshire is great as it combines my love of the not-for-profit sector with my enjoyment of organising a busy office and making sure the wheels run as smoothly as possible.”

Mags Wylie

Senior Rural Housing Enabler

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Mag’s role focuses on helping and supporting rural communities and parish councils to develop affordable homes for local people. Helping to create mixed and vibrant rural communities. She has worked in the affordable housing sector for more than 20 years, working for both Local Authorities and Housing Associations in a number of varied roles, including Development, Housing Advice and Housing Management. Mags has a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing and HNC in Building Construction.