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Sandra Meadows  

Sandra Meadows
Chief Executive

Sandra is Voscur’s Chief Executive. She is a committed advocate for both the sector and the city which has been her home for the past 28 years.

Her background covers a variety of roles within the Bristol Corporate, Private and VCSE sectors including Marketing, HR, Business Development and Senior Management. In addition, Sandra is a member of the Bristol Mayoral Commission for Women, Bristol Race Equality Commission and has also served as a Voluntary Sector Advocate for Voscur, Chief Executive of PEYTU, a Governor within both Secondary and Further Education and has worked extensively in partnership with Bristol City Council.

A member of The Chartered Institute of Management and an Associate with the Centre for Mentoring and Coaching, Sandra also previously ran her own consultancy covering business and leadership coaching in the VCSE sector.

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David Whittaker
Services Manager

David joined Voscur in 2012. In this role, David works to ensure that the many contracts Voscur holds are delivered on time, efficiently and to the highest standards. He keeps tabs on Voscur's performance and provides appropriate, timely information and data to our board, funders and stakeholders.

David’s worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and was Chair of Trustees at Brigstowe in Bristol for three years. His key areas of expertise are business planning, impact measurement and communications.

Before joining Voscur, David worked as a consultant and project manager in the software industry, and first got involved in social enterprise in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.

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Mark Hubbard 
Head of Partnerships and Commissioning

Mark joined Voscur in 2010. He leads Voscur’s work with commissioners to help processes include community organisations so that they can win and deliver public service contracts. He also leads Voscur’s collaboration support to help VCSE organisations work together in partnerships and consortia. This includes advice and facilitated sessions, and responding strategically to opportunities.

Mark has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for 25 years, as an employee, trustee, volunteer and consultant. Areas of expertise are commissioning/procurement, partnership development and strategic planning.

Before joining Voscur, Mark worked in homelessness at Bristol City Council and as a consultant to the VCSE sector.

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Sarah Jackson
Programme and Projects Coordinator

Sarah joined Voscur in 2017. Sarah began her career in a commercial planning role and also worked as an academic researcher before moving into the voluntary sector 12 years ago. Since then she held project, research and development roles in a number of VCSE, academic and public sector organisations with a health and social care focus. She also has expertise in evaluation, strategic and operational planning and project management.

Sarah is always interested in hearing about new opportunities for learning, sharing and developing projects to ensure that voluntary sector organisations engage as effective and valued partners in the Bristol economy.

In her spare time, Sarah loves taking family walks along the South West Coastal Path that passes near her home.

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Jennifer McLamb 
Consortium Innovations Manager (Bristol Sexual Violence Services Consortium)

Jennifer coordinates the new innovations project for the Bristol Sexual Violence Consortium, grant-funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation. The project aims to develop sexual violence services in the city, including effective tools and best practice in client services. It will culminate in a toolkit for other UK services in the successful development of effective cross-sector consortia to promote collaboration and sustainability rather than fragmentation and competition.

Jennifer joined Voscur with previous experience in business development at Barnardo’s, including bid-writing, forming partnerships and project management, and currently studies Voluntary Sector Management at CASS Business School in London.

Outside of work, Jennifer volunteers and fundraises for charities that work in orphanages in Belarus or deliver more strategic work to eliminate institutionalisation of children.

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Jenny Wildblood
Development Officer - Funding 

Jenny is Funding Lead at Voscur, supporting Bristol organisations with their income generation by providing 1-2-1 support, training and events that inform fundraising strategy, skills and information.

She’s also a professional fundraiser, consultant, and trainer working with a wide variety of clients to raise funds and increase their capacity to fundraise.

In a previous life she managed grant funds for several local and national Trusts, so she’s experienced the grant funding world from both sides. She’s Treasurer of two small charities and a volunteer Bookseller at a local Social Enterprise, Clevedon Community Bookshop, a role that combines several of her favourite things - reading, writing and chatting to interesting people.

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Lorna Henry 
Development Officer - Generalist

Lorna joined the Voscur team in September 2017. She works with organisations and community groups giving support to Trustees and Boards and senior staff so that organisations can foster effective leadership and governance.

Lorna has worked with and in the Bristol VCSE sector for many years as a researcher, trainer and consultant. She is committed to supporting the good work in the sector while acknowledging the difficult context. She has experience of setting up small arts organisations with a focus on developing creative skills. As a researcher, she committed to highlighting the perspectives of people using health and social care services.

Lorna also offers occasional workshops at University College London. In her spare time she takes part in Bristol's thriving creative scene, dances and plays the piano.

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 Maria Franchi   
Training and Development Officer

Maria is a skilled trainer and facilitator with extensive experience of community and organisational development, gained during 25 years working in and with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. She has worked for local and national charities and as a freelance consultant. 

Maria uses participative and practical methods, designed to get people working together, including accelerated learning, dialogue and open space techniques. Her experience is that people learn best when they enjoy themselves and benefit from input from other members of the group.

Maria has always been an active volunteer in her local community as a trustee of a number of organisations and supporting local community events.

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Lucy Fletcher  
Events and Training Coordinator

Lucy plans and manages Voscur's training and eventsShe works with all members of the delivery team to co-ordinate a comprehensive, high quality and fully accessible programme. She also manages the application and voting process for the "Voscurs", Bristol's Social Impact Awards, that take place annually.

Lucy has over 12 years’ experience of events management and has previously worked in events roles in the private sector and for another charitable organisation.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys travelling, eating out and drinking prosecco!

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Polly Allen 
Digital Marketing and Communications Officer

Polly covers the digital marketing and communications side of Voscur: the words and images on this website, the posters that promote our events, and all that's in between. She works to ensure all the local groups who could benefit from Voscur's services know how to get the support they need, and keep them up to date with information and research relevant to their work.

She has a varied background in marketing, PR, journalism and SEO, which has involved creating content on mental health, the environment, fashion, travel and - of course - charities and voluntary organisations.

In her spare time, Polly can be found scouring flea markets, going to comedy shows, and discovering Bristol's best coffee shops.

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Richard Foote 
Policy and Information Officer

Richard provides up to date information on legislation, opportunities, policy and practices that impact VCSE sector organisations. He also carries out research and analyses and interprets data in order to provide sector intelligence.

Richard has a background in journalism and runs a community newspaper in his spare time. Before joining Voscur he worked in the marketing communications industry as a writer and project manager. 

He is also a keen musician and plays and performs in several bands.

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Sui Lau
Finance Manager

Sui works as Voscur's Finance Manager, with responsibilities around reporting, budget monitoring and forecasting, payroll.

Sui is a qualified accountant with over 20 years financial experience, including financial accounting, management accounting and budget monitoring and control. She has worked in both the public and commercial sectors but has also spent many years working in education settings within the voluntary sector, working in organisations helping women suffering from domestic violence, and a centre providing services for the community.

Sui enjoys going on walks with friends. 

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Ria Powell 

Ria is responsible for the collation and presentation of Voscur’s financial records, day to day bookkeeping and administration of financial systems.

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Phoebe Westwood
Office Coordinator

Phoebe joined Voscur in January 2018. She is responsible for administration support across the organisation, and leads on efficient operation of the Voscur office.

Phoebe has a background in foreign languages and has gained experience in teaching, marketing, administration and book-keeping. She has travelled and volunteered abroad and is passionate about sustainability, human rights and animal rights.

Ellie Hooper

Ellie has been working at Voscur since July 2014. She joined Voscur as an Apprentice Events & Training Administrator whilst carrying out her Level 2 Business and Administration qualification.

In August 2015, after completing her Level 2, she went on to complete the Level 3. She is now Voscur’s Administrator, providing general administration support across the organisation with a main focus on supporting the Events & Training Co-ordinator, Lucy, with the upcoming Events and Training Programme.

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