Our Board of Trustees
As a registered charity, VANS is overseen by our board of trustees, all of whom bring masses of experience and knowledge working across the voluntary and community sector.
Delyth has been the chair at VANS since 2017. She has extensive Board level experience in the Private and Public Sector and is a strategic leader specialising in performance improvement, transformational change, and business coaching. She brings a care and commercial approach and addresses issues with integrity, business focus and respect. Her passion is to enable individuals and organisations to deliver high quality services, add value to the business; social value to the community and deliver creative and sustainable improvements.
Currently she Chairs Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) and is Chair of a Social Enterprise in Somerset providing Learning Disability services. She owns three successful businesses in Property Development, Strategic leadership/coaching, and an established and growing Café-Bar. She is Deputy Chair of a Safeguarding Board, and Non-Executive of a Housing Association and their Commercial Development Company and is a Trustee of a local charity.
Neil Salter FCCA
Although now retired, Neil has considerable commercial experience having spent over 20 years in senior management roles driving forward business change within top level business environments. A qualified Accountant, he is an excellent communicator with a can-do approach to problem solving and resolution.
Neil brings to VANS over 40 years’ experience of volunteering, principally supporting young people. He has had a variety of different roles including Lead Volunteer (Chief Executive level) for a major south west youth charity (11,500 youth members supported by 3,600 volunteers) where during his tenure key achievements included; increasing youth membership by 25% and delivery of major organisational change resulting in improved support to front line teams. He has retained his connection with the charity and is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees with responsibility for ensuring that the Charity provides high quality, safe and educational experiences for young people.
Katherine Scott PhD
Katherine grew up in Northern Ireland and moved to North Somerset in 2015 whilst studying for her doctorate in psychology at Cardiff University. Upon graduation she moved straight into the third sector, working as the Corporate Fundraising Manager for a national children’s palliative care charity.
Katherine currently manages national corporate partnership development at the National Trust, with a particular interest in securing partnerships that will encourage more children and families to be active in and engaging with nature. She enjoys working on national-scale projects with tangible regional and local impact. As a Trustee of VANS, she brings experience of both internal and external stakeholder management, in addition to expertise in income generation and pipeline development.
In her spare time Katherine is involved in the local netball league as an umpire and is a passionate advocate for young people’s participation in sport and exercise
Sue is a business owner who started her career in the financial services sector before moving into corporate communications and training. As a freelance consultant and business owner, Sue worked on strategic planning, health & well-being in the workplace, leadership, brand management, PR & Marketing and media.
A Samaritan volunteer for 14 years, she was also a Branch Recruiter, Trainer and Trustee. Plus 4 years as Regional Training Officer for London.
Currently, President of Weston Chamber of Commerce, Sue divides her time between running her business and raising the profile of the chamber and the needs of local business. She is keen to see strong links formed between the not-for-profit and business sectors for the benefit of the community.
Sue has worked in human resources at a senior level for over 20 years with the agility to successfully operate within organisations undergoing significant transformation which has ranged from blue chip as well as a number of community interest organisations up to Board level.
She has highly developed leadership and project management skills with a proven track record in the translation and delivery of strategic people solutions in support of organisational strategic priorities. Offering a strong skill set relating to employee engagement which underpins organisational vision and values.
She has a Masters Degree in Strategic HR Management and is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is passionate, pragmatic, responsive, enthusiastic and operates with the highest levels of honesty and integrity. In her spare time, Sue loves to travel to far-reaching places as well as salsa.