Our team has a wealth of experience of working in the voluntary sector and are committed to promoting strong and sustainable communities.
Katherine Nolan, Manager
Katherine joined the charity in September 2015 and has worked in the voluntary and public sector for many years, specialising in communications and development. She has worked for a range of causes including learning disability and social care before becoming Head of Communications for a national education charity. Over the years she has also been Trustee of numerous charities, Chair of the local Pre-School and Editor of the parish newsletter.
Alison Baker, Voluntary Sector Adviser (South Somerset)
Alison is our Voluntary Sector Advisor covering South Somerset. If you need some advice or guidance for your charity, community group or social enterprise, Alison is the person to contact. In 2016, Alison also started co-ordinating the Spark Training programme for the voluntary sector in Somerset offering practical, affordable training for the sector. Alison previously worked in Local Government for 23 years where she was senior manager of Sports and Leisure departments. She also runs her own Coaching and Training company.
Sharon Blyth, Voluntary Sector Adviser (Mendip)
Sharon has lived in the Mendip area for the last 15 years, working in local communities for both statutory organisations and local charities and community groups. She has helped groups to start up, establish themselves and gain funding towards anything from a weekly table tennis club to befriending schemes, play parks and community radio. In partnership with agencies including schools, job centres, the NHS and a whole range of smaller organisations such as dance collectives and forest schools, she has been involved in seeing new opportunities created and communities change for the better.
Tom Barber, Community Partnerships Coordinator
Tom joined the organisation in June 2016 to lead Spark’s Community Partnerships Project having previously worked with a number of NHS and voluntary sector organisations including Cancer Research UK, Sue Ryder and Somerset CCG. Tom has been involved in managing and developing a wide range of health and wellbeing projects focusing on end of life care, cancer, epilepsy and mental health.
Denise Timmins, DBS Officer
Denise has been working for almost 7 years in the voluntary sector and has had experience of working in several of the different areas of support that we offer here at Spark. For the last 6 years she has managed our DBS Service. As well as processing DBS applications she can give advice, guidance and workshops on the process. We don’t call her the DBS guru for nothing!
Leonie Girling, Volunteer Coordinator
Leonie has been the Volunteering Officer here since 2006. Her role has developed greatly but volunteer support; matching volunteers to the many fantastic volunteering opportunities available has always been at the heart of it. Prior to joining the charity, she worked in the Private Sector in customer service roles - using her French language skills in an export company and started her career in a graduate development scheme in the banking sector. She has also held several voluntary positions in her local community, including secretary for a achool and it's pre-school committee.
Kerry Wills, Communications Coordinator
Since studying Media and Culture at Solent University, Kerry has worked in admin for several years, first with a local publishing company, then within the head office of a national retailer. She joined the team in 2015 and really enjoys her role with Spark as it’s incredibly varied. As well as looking after the day to day administration, she helps coordinate the volunteer service, looks after the social media, newsletters and helps arrange our forums, training and events.