Meet The Team
After 12 months on secondment from North Somerset Council where he previously led on employment and skills for 4 years, Paul was appointed to the permanent position at VANS in June 2020.
As someone who has always had an interest in the third sector, Paul sat on the board of trustees at VANS for three years, before stepping down to become an employee at the charity. Paul has worked in various people focussed roles within the public sector in Cornwall, at a start-up community interest company and delivering careers and education programmes for The Springboard Charity.
Paul has always seen volunteering as a vital part of personal development and a way to give back to society. He has held voluntary roles as an Enterprise Adviser to Hans Price Academy in Weston-super-Mare, Chair of the North Somerset School Careers Network and he remains a committed Licensed Premises Assessor for the national Best Bar None Scheme.
In his spare time, Paul can generally be found out cycling, sea fishing and enjoying the outdoors (weather permitting) or attempting to play snooker in a nicely heated room on those cold winter evenings.
Claire has been with VANS since February 2014 following a 10-year career break to raise a family who came to North Somerset in 2008. Prior to this she had been working for an investment company in London, commuting daily from South Croydon.
Volunteering plays an important part in Claire’s life, having volunteered in various capacities from as young as 14. Her current volunteering roles are as a youth club supporter and as a helper at a local weekly coffee morning.
A keen board gamer, Claire will spend a lot spare time playing board games and attending board gaming events with her family and friends. Her other interests include live music, travel and supporting her school age children in their hobbies and activities.
Bernie joined VANS in September 2018. Prior to this she worked for the local authority in Human Resources, she has a strong public sector background in HR. She has also previously undertaken volunteering with Weston Hospicecare.
Bernie’s role with VANS is to lead on the volunteering programme across the BNSSG for Sirona care & health services, which is an integral part of the health and social care services that are provided and ensures the smooth running of the volunteering services and development of the programme through the recruitment and training of new volunteers. Bernie undertakes to seek opportunities within Sirona for volunteers that enables them to add value to the services and raise awareness of what Sirona does with local communities. In addition, she actively promotes the service through local events.
Bernie enjoys a number of social activities including theatre trips and eating out and also loves to spend time with her young grandson.
Janice has worked in marketing nearly all her life mainly for large corporates within the utility and legal sectors. More recently she had her own marketing agency and worked with a large utility service provider in Bristol and with SME’s across the South West supporting them in their marketing and business development activities.
In her current role with VANS, she is responsible for marketing communications and generating as much exposure to the VANS brand and their VCSE partners across North Somerset using a range of different marketing techniques. Janice has always been involved in volunteering and is currently County Junior Organiser of Gloucestershire Girls’ Golf.
Sue has worked in a variety of roles in the health service and private sector and her experience covers service improvement, data /business analysis, complaint management, patient and public involvement, training and project management.
Sue has been a volunteer with Healthwatch North Somerset where she trained to become a Volunteer Co-ordinator for ‘Enter and View’. She was a member of their Prioritisation Panel. She also helped at a local primary school with their library.
Michelle has worked in finance and local government and joined VANS in December 2018. Michelle has experience in producing accessible information and has recently organised some workshops to gather the views of disabled people in Weston-super-Mare.
In her current role with VANS, Michelle’s role is to maintain an efficient administrative and data support service for the CEO, Trustees and Staff Team. One of Michelle’s key responsibilities is to maintain the Online Volunteer Centre database and liaise with partnership organisations.