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Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, and before joining Compaid was in charge of marketing for Leonard Cheshire Disability. He is a former Trustee of both the Institute of Fundraising and the Small Charities Coalition, and has written and presented extensively on charity and fundraising issues. He is a mentor and coach to other charity CEOs through Pilotlight and Kent and Medway Charity Mentors and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. He lives in Tunbridge Wells with his wife and daughter. “The barriers of digital and social exclusion seem to ever widen for vulnerable people in our society, and the desire to break down these barriers is what keeps me focused at Compaid. Hearing how the support of our staff and volunteers has made such a difference to people’s lives is a constant reward.”
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Val joined Compaid in 1997 with a dual interest – wanting to assist people living with disability and also because she was fascinated by what she calls the ‘magic’ of technology and its potential to help vulnerable people. During her time with Compaid, she has witnessed enormous, exciting advances in IT and its relevance to enabling everyday life. ‘When I see our clients hopeful, motivated, being creative and thrilled with being able to achieve their goals, whilst assisted by our brilliant IT trainers, it has helped me, in turn, maintain my own enthusiasm and job satisfaction all this time. I have a lot to thank them for, as I have learnt more from them than they have from me’. In her spare time Val enjoys painting and is fortunate to have both sold and won awards for some of her work.
Diane has over 16 years fundraising experience in the voluntary sector having worked in mental health before coming to Compaid. Previous employment has been in banking and even ran a Children’s entertainment business for seven years. In her spare time Diane is a qualified endurance running coach at Tonbridge Athletics club and is a keen racewalker, having competed at international level. She lives in Tunbridge Wells with her husband and has three grown up children. "It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in our daily lives without paying attention to what’s happening around us. Working for Compaid gives me a sense of fulfilment, seeing the difference we make to other people's lives is all the reward I need"
Judith’s first encounter with the voluntary sector was as a volunteer with Trinity Theatre when her daughter was at primary school. After this she worked for a Council for Voluntary Service in Tunbridge Wells, an organisation that supported front line charities in various ways: including low cost training, support with funding applications and volunteering support. She became office manager at this charity but after 7 years, decided that it was time for a change. She is very much a ‘people person’ and wanted to work for a charity that supported people directly. When a vacancy became available at Compaid for a Volunteer Recruiter this seemed perfect, and she joined in May 2008. Over the years her role has evolved and changed many times and she is now the HR Manager, dealing with both staff and volunteers, a role that she really enjoys. In her spare time Judith horse rides at a local stables, an activity she rediscovered after many years gap. Her other interests include music, reading and gardening. She is also interested in various crafts as she knits and sews.
Srikanth has worked in Finance and Accounting departments for over 17 years both in charity and commercial sector at Managerial level reporting to Directors and CEO’s with expertise in SAGE accounting and IRIS payroll programmes, He is AAT Level 3 part qualified. "It is so pleasing and rewarding that I am able to apply my knowledge and skills in managing the financial operations to give maximum benefit to our service users." Srikanth enjoys sports and lives with his wife and two children in Paddock Wood.
As Chair of Trustees, David brings a wealth of international leadership experience within both core consulting and digital transformation. He has worked within startups, global consultancies and the Cabinet Office. David is currently the managing director of consulting and transformation for Capita Public Services. He is passionate about servant leadership and actively works to develop people and organisations, with a special interest in diversity and inclusion, child welfare and the climate emergency. David lives in West London with his wife and internationally adopted daughter and two dogs; he's an admitted gadget geek and keeps a keen eye on technology trends.
Fiona is a Partner at BDO LLP and specialises in the audit of charities. Her career started with Deloitte in Leeds, Cape Town and London where she worked with a wide range of public and international corporates. On joining BDO in 2004 Fiona specialised in the Not for Profit Sector. She has worked with many UK brand name charities including Barnardos, Sue Ryder, Help for Heroes, Addaction, Arthritis Research and Amnesty International. Outside of work, Fiona enjoys running and general fitness but spends most of her spare time watching her two young sons enjoying their many sporting activities.
Deon is Managing Director of Debca. Before moving into digital marketing in 2013, Deon worked for large multi-nationals like Safmarine and Maersk delivering IT and process optimisation projects. Outside of helping not for profits harness the power of digital marketing, Deon is a typical South African who loves rugby, biltong, boerewors and braais.
Kathy comes from a background of supported employment and disability. Her pioneering work in Kent in transforming day services and developing supported employment featured in Changing Days. She became the National Employment Lead for Valuing People Now at the Department for Health in 2009, and was involved in setting up the British Association of Supported Employment where she is still a member of the National Executive Committee. She now works as an independent trainer and consultant, and has being working on the introduction of National Occupational Standards and new qualifications for supported employment. She also leads on employment and supported internships for the Preparing for Adulthood programme.
Simone is retired from a career in accounting and works as a volunteer in Compaid’s Training Centre. Simone enjoys the learning opportunities and social life within the Paddock Wood U3A group.
Andrew is currently the Group Commercial Director of Serco Group plc where he supports the management of their global contracts in the health, defence, justice and immigration sectors. Andrew, a chartered accountant by training, has worked in Investment Banking and was between 2005 and 2008, Deputy Chief Executive of the UK government agency responsible for a £55bn capital programme to redevelop England’s secondary school estate. Bringing experience from across the globe as well as with both Uk public and private sector experience, Andrew will support the executive and board in their consideration of Compaid’s contracts with other public sector bodies. Andrew was raised in Kent and currently lives in Westerham.
Laurence has over 30 year experience in investment, strategy, and growing businesses. Laurence's most recent employment was at Aviva Investors, where she has led the growth of the infrastructure debt business to top 10 in Europe and built a strong governance which contributed to significant fund raising. Laurence is an experienced board and investment committee member, and she has led teams in different organisations, where she has gained hands on experience in organisational design, leadership and management. Laurence has been living in Kent for 18 years, where she enjoys walking, cycling and spending time with friends.
Paul has been a client at Compaid’s Training Centre for over 10 years, and has a keen interest in new technology and its application in art.
David is currently between roles and most recently worked for Bupa as Group Head of IT Risk Assurance. He brings 20 years’ experience of helping organisations to manage their information technology, data privacy and cyber risks with a particular focus on the security of IT systems and information. David has helped businesses to manage their risks to keep their systems and information secure and resilient to support the delivery of critical business processes. In his spare time, David enjoys sailing, walking, golf and spending time enjoying good food and wine with friends and family.