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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
Head of Services

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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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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Clare Daley
Community Outreach Coordinator

Clare is Voscur’s Community Outreach Coordinator - her role is to engage with small, new and neighbourhood-based organisations in Bristol and to develop their sustainability, linking them with each other and with Voscur.

She has worked in and for the VCSE sector for over 15 years, in the West Midlands and Queensland, Australia. Clare is particularly interested in refugee and migrant issues, and she has recently volunteered for local refugee charities, schools and playgroups in Bristol. Outside of work, Clare plays in a local orchestra.

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Esther Passingham
Development Officer

Esther joined Voscur this year as the governance lead, helping Bristol organisations comply with relevant charity and social enterprise regulations, and supporting organisations to fulfil their organisation's vision. She has previously worked for a range of charities and social enterprises in the South West and in Worcestershire. 

In her spare time, Esther upcycles furniture and is involved in property DIY projects.

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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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Rosa Watkin
Events and Training Coordinator

Rosa coordinates the events and training programme at Voscur.

She has worked in the charity sector since 2011, building up experience in project management and managing events and training programmes. She has also volunteered for organisations in the UK and in South America. 

She has a degree in English Literature and History, and in her spare time she can often be found reading. Rosa also enjoys her allotment and going on walking holidays. 

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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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Fi Gillard
Finance Manager

Fi joined Voscur in November 2019 as Finance Manager, with responsibilities around reporting, budget monitoring and forecasting, and payroll.

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Phoebe Westwood
Project Support Coordinator

Phoebe joined Voscur in January 2018. She is responsible for coordination and support for all of Voscur's programmes and projects.

Phoebe has a background in foreign languages and has gained experience in teaching, marketing, administration and book-keeping. 
In her spare time, she volunteers with an assistance dog charity, goes to comedy shows, learns Arabic and organises events for language bods!

Katharine Gonzales
PA/Senior Administrator

Katharine joined Voscur in September 2020. She is PA to the CEO and management team, and provides senior administrative support for key internal functions. 

Katharine has worked in the voluntary sector since 2005.  Outside of work, she plays the clarinet in a community wind band and is in a book group.

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Imogen Downes
Team Administrator

Imogen joined Voscur in 2019, providing administrative support for the organisation. In the past she has worked in communications, marketing and digital content creation.

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Tom Rosenbloom
Systems Administrator

Tom started working with Voscur in April 2019. He is responsible for the administration and maintenance of Voscur’s IT systems and the quality and security of the data they hold.

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