Meet the team

Who does what, and how to contact us.

Alison Bridge

Social Enterprise Programmes Co-ordinator

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After many, many! years working in human resources in a corporate environment, Alison is really enjoying supporting the Inspiring Enterprise Building Better Opportunities project and working for Action Hampshire. She says, “I’m completely bowled over by the participants’ passion and enthusiasm to set up social enterprises and make a positive impact on their local communities. There’s definitely a ‘feel-good’ factor at the end of every day.”

Kay Coombs

Project Manager - Activate

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Kay joined Action Hampshire in July 2016. Her background is predominantly Project and Operations Management in the Welfare to Work sector. Upon joining us, Kay worked in the GP Signposting team before taking on the role of Operations Manager for the Action Portsmouth team in July 2017. After this contract came to an end Kay remained at Action Hampshire, acting as the Operations Manager for the Fratton Big Local Team. Kay has recently taken on a new role supporting our Activate trading company, she is working in a Project Management capacity, exploring commercial opportunities and leading on new initiatives, exciting stuff!

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 the Chair of the Lighthouse Learning Trust, local Multi Academy Trust and the Chair of Koolkompany, an ethical schoolwear supply company. She has an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and an MA from Southampton University.

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.”

Monique Garner

Fratton Big Local Finance Officer

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I have joined the Fratton Big Local Team, delivering finance support. I have several years experience within a finance environment and am now looking forward to expanding my knowledge within a community organisation, whilst bringing up my daughter who can then benefit from the events and work done by Fratton Big Local.

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

Community Housing Officer

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Catherine’s role is to provide guidance and support to community groups interested in the process of developing community-led housing schemes. Local people can influence the building of homes that are truly affordable and suitable for local people. Community-led housing is a creative solution that is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as recognition grows of the value local people bring to housing development; after all, local people know their area better than anyone.

Catherine is originally from Flintshire in North Wales and previously worked as a Rural Housing Enabler for Action Hampshire. 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‘s role as the Research Assistant focuses on supporting the Research and Engagement team with coordinating and keeping track of the teams research projects. Helena has a degree in Human Geography from the University of Southampton and has a keen interest in presenting information in an engaging and ‘eye catching’ way. In her spare time Helena volunteers at a Yellow Door, a charity which supports those who have been affected by sexual and domestic abuse. Helena enjoys working for an organisation that supports the local community and is passionate about working towards a sustainable future.

Fergus Lyons

School for Social Enterpreneurs Administrator

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Before working for Action Hampshire, Fergus worked in statutory and non-for-profit organisations within the field of learning disabilities, supported employment and sensory loss. Fergus came into contact with Action Hampshire when he was looking to set up his own training course through the social enterprise programmes. Fergus is now the administrator for the Lloyds School of Social Entrepreneur programme and is keen to share his enthusiasm with others as they embark on setting up their own businesses to help other people in the community

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.

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.