Meet the team

Who does what, and how to contact us.

Kay Coombs

Operations Manager - Action Portsmouth

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Kay is the Operations Manager at Action Portsmouth.

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 Fisher

GP Signposting Projector Worker

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Charlotte provides a signposting service in Portsmouth to patients who are looking for extra support to improve their health and wellbeing. Charlotte has worked in Education for over 10 years teaching across the complete age and ability range. She has taught children from a variety of backgrounds working with a range of professionals to improve outcomes. She has also worked as a childminder and during this time volunteered for the National Childbirth Trust. She set up and ran a local toddler group working with local people, for the benefit of local people.

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.

Bev Harding-Rennie

Rural Housing Enabler

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Bev’s role is to encourage and support rural parish councils and communities, in identifying housing need and developing affordable housing, for the benefit of local people. Bev says, “I am really pleased to be working in a community based role which is seeking to support both local people and rural areas”

Before joining Action Hampshire, Bev worked as a planning officer in Winchester and gained her master’s degree in spatial planning.

She has also worked within the South Downs National Park, working with residents and businesses in the rural area who were seeking to obtain planning advice and consent.
In her spare time Bev volunteers with local charity, Friends of the Family, supporting families in Winchester and the surrounding area.

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 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.

Richard Myers

Head of Operations

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Richard joined us in September 2017, having worked with the National Trust in the Lake District for 10 years before relocating to the South Coast and working for a couple of local authorities.

Richard’s role is primarily operational support for Action Hampshire, plus ensuring the organisation is best placed to continue to help/support/guide the not-for-profit groups in Hampshire at a time of great change. His background is very much in the commercial development, operational management and transformational change side of the 3rd sector and local authority world. Previously to this he was a traffic police officer with Hampshire Constabulary and served in the Royal Military Police. He still remains a serving reserve forces officer with the Royal Armoured Corps.

Greg Nugent

Surgery Signposter

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Greg has joined Action Hampshire as a Surgery Signposter. This is a new role that is being piloted for the first time in a rural area. The post’s function is to act as a ‘bridge’ for patients with social, emotional or practical needs, to help them access non-medical services that can support them. It is funded by Winchester Supporting Families programme so the priority patient group will be families who are struggling with some of the following: education; crime/anti-social behaviour; health; employment/housing/debt; domestic violence/abuse; physical or mental health; addictions. Previously Greg has worked in the private sector, the voluntary sector, central government and local government.

Barbara O'Sullivan

Portsmouth CCG Project Co-ordinator

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The Action Portsmouth Signposting Service 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.