Our dedicated Board of Trustees have overall responsibility for the management of the charity. They have wide-ranging professional experience in a number of relevant areas including finance, strategy, social work, health and the voluntary sector.
Emily Taylor, Vice Chair
Emily is a Communication and Engagement Manager in the NHS and brings a strong understanding of the vital role that VCSE organisations play in health and wellbeing. She is passionate about ensuring that the VCSE sector is recognised and supported to play an equal part within the Integrated Care System. Emily has a background working within the VCSE, was a former Trustee and Engage Voluntary Sector Development in Somerset West and Taunton and is a keen volunteer in sport.
Tim Ayre, Treasurer
Since qualifying as Chartered Surveyor, Tim has held a variety of roles in commercial property development, investment and management, and spent 15 years as Investment Director of a large property company. He subsequently set up his own consultancy company and also established, with colleagues, a specialist retail property company. Tim has held non-executive Board roles with Housing Associations (Hyde in London and Magna in Dorset) and, most recently was trustee and treasurer of Citizens Advice South Somerset. He is also treasurer for Street Bridge Club and Long Sutton Gardening Club, and volunteers as a gardener for the National Trust.
Andy lives in Yeovil and has a background in fundraising and grant making. He currently works as a Programmes Manager for Somerset Community Foundation, which distributes over £500,000 of grants to groups across Somerset each year. He also works part-time for Future Roots, a social enterprise based in Dorset.
Steve is a Director of Clarity CIC which provides consultancy, advice and support for social purpose organisations across the South West. Steve has worked with and in the voluntary sector throughout his career at national, regional and local levels, including seventeen years as Chief Executive of the South West Forum. Drawing on his experience, Steve hopes he can help Spark with its strategic planning and demonstrating the impact of its work and its value to the people and communities of Somerset.
Mel is the Senior Volunteering Operations and Support Manager Cancer Support, where her role is to help provide a supportive infrastructure that empowers its people to deliver a first class experience for its thousands of volunteers. She brings a wealth of experience having worked with and supported a wide range of voluntary sector organisations at a local, regional and national level to design and improve volunteering practice. She is passionate about volunteering and helping others to create an environment where people are welcomed, inspired and supported to make a positive difference in the communities they support.