Volunteer Centre Swindon is governed by a Board of Trustees which meets every 6 weeks.
Steve Sexton, Chair
Steven is a Project Manager and Chartered Civil Engineer currently working for Network Rail. During his career he has spent a lot of spare time working for various charities, medical, pharmaceutical companies and the NHS in helping people living with chronic conditions.
For 15 years Steven was responsible establishing and managing Diabetes Insight, a patient information website and support groups for people living with diabetes. He also worked with the NHS at both a national and local level, various medical and pharmaceutical companies to improve services, information and support for people living with diabetes. Steven has also helped produce patient information packages and supported groups for various other charities and organisations.
Last year Steven was co-opted as a Trustee for Volunteer Centre Swindon and has played an active role at the VCS, including using his photography and desktop publishing skills for the Picture Perfect Exhibition held earlier this year.
He has been the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis and the Project Officer for Swindon and Walcot Parks (SWAP), helping them to provide community football pitches at Walcot Park in Swindon.
Steven is an advanced motorcyclist and enjoys training other motorcyclists for their Advanced Motorcycle test as well as organising motorcycling rides and tours. Steven also has a strong interest in fashion and landscape photography.
Annabel currently works as an Employment Advisor with Swindon Mind which is a Charity that supports people with mental health problems who are seeking employment or training. She work with clients on an individual basis in order to understand their aspirations and to design a personal plan to achieve their employment and training goals.
Prior to becoming an Employment Advisor she worked as a Training Officer with long term adult unemployed and as a Special Needs Careers Officer with young people with a variety of disabilities.
She has extensive experience as a volunteer herself and brings knowledge of disabilities and equal opportunities
John has over 30 years experience of management in electronics industry. He has also been involved as Deputy Director of Swindon Samaritans and Chair of Home Start, as well as operations manager for Swindon Dial -A -Ride
He brings experience of managing people and organisations as well as Health and Safety and Risk Management
Stefanie has extensive experience of working with and managing volunteers in the heritage and museum sector. She has undertaken training to support volunteers and participates in regional network and training sessions to promote good quality volunteering within heritage. She is currently Museum Collections Project Manager at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
Stefanie has experience of issues surrounding hosting volunteers within an organisation and understands the benefits and difficulties which may be experienced on both sides.
Wendy was employed by Zurich as a commissions adviser to the senior members of their sales force from 1988, until 2004. She then found employment within the Third Sector and has had a series of roles within local and national charities (including managing staff and volunteers; separated family support; assisting disabled people to write support plans; fundraising and project management and administration etc.) which has given her a great insight of the value and importance of the Voluntary Sector in helping improve the lives of individuals and families. She has been a volunteer with SMASH Youth mentoring, STEP (Swindon Ten to Eighteen), Youth Offending Team and is currently with “The Achievers” (Adult LD Group) Wendy says “Being a volunteer and working with volunteers for most of my career, has been such a wonderful part of my life and long may it continue!”