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Our People

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Rachel Spencer

CEO of Reading Voluntary Action

Member

As CEO, Rachel is building a creative and dynamic VCSE in Reading so enabling residents to thrive. RVA hosts social prescribing link workers and Rachel sits on Reading’s HWB.

Katie Higginson

CEO of Community Impact Bucks

Deputy Chair

Katie led regional grant-making for Children in Need. CEO since 2019, she sits on the Bucks Health & Wellbeing Board and helps people find volunteering roles that they care about.
Philip

Philip Bell

CEO of Involve

Member

A qualified social worker, Phil has worked across health and social care. He joined Involve in 2019 to support community groups and local charities to grow and develop through training and networking. Involve also hosts social prescribing link workers.
William Butler

William Butler

Alliance Chair
William has held leadership roles in national mental health, disability and substance misuse charities. He's a compulsive charity trustee, Chair of the Directory of Social Change, a regional NHS Patient Partnership Group and Governor of an NHS Foundation Trust.

Laura Price

CEO of Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action

Member

Laura was a County Councillor for 8 years after an earlier career in publishing. She has led OCVA since 2020, offering training and advice to all kinds of VCSE organisations from football clubs to community larders. She sits on Oxfordshire’s HWB.
Woman smiling at the camera. Head and shoulders photograph.

Rachel Peters

CEO of Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

Member

Rachel supports the VCSE Sector in West Berkshire to grow and thrive through networking, training & volunteer recruitment. She sits on the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board. VCWB run community services including Shopmobility & community transport services.

Stephen Barnett

Alliance Director at BOB VCSE Health Alliance

Reports to

Stephen worked for professional leadership networks in social care, health and VCSE. From 2018, he combined strategic advisory work with running a young dementia club before taking up the Alliance role in 2022.

Emily Lewis-Edwards

Co-CEO of Community First Oxfordshire

Member

Emily’s organisation follows ABCD principles which focus on what’s strong not what’s wrong in communities. She has developed rural community transport schemes in Oxfordshire and worked on profiles of healthy communities.

Tim Parry

CEO at Connecting Communities in Berkshire (CCB)

Member

Tim has always had a fondness for the heritage, landscapes and communities that make up rural Berkshire and has been the charity’s CEO since 2012. 

Steering Group

action Group Leaders

(All also members of our steering group)

Learning Disablities and Autism Action Group Leadership

Jane Stanford-Beale MBE

CEO of Autism Berkshire

Co-chair

Before becoming CEO in 2015, Jane spent 20 years in the IT project management. She was made an MBE in 2023 for services to autistic young people and their families.

Gita Lobo

CEO at Autism Family Support Oxfordshire

Co-chair

CEO since 2005, Gita leads AFSO's strategic development, fundraising, partnerships,and training. She has worked and volunteered in the VCSE since 1998 in the UK and overseas.

Mental Health Action Group Leadership

Andrea McCubbin

CEO of Buckinghamshire Mind

Chair

CEO since 2015 of a charity reaching 9000 people, Andrea is driven by her lived experience as a carer. She also co-founded an award-winning social enterprise.

Rebekah Sammut

Director of Development and Fundraising of One-Eighty

Vice-Chair

Rebekah has worked for 15 years in charities as a professional fundraiser and volunteer manager.

Ageing Well Action Group Leadership

Fiona

Fiona Price

CEO of Age UK Berkshire

Chair

Fiona’s charity serves 18,000 older people and carers per year. She spent 10 years in retail business and has worked for four charities in business development roles, becoming CEO in 2017.

Jo Turner MInstF (Dip)

CEO of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

Vice-Chair

Jo was a senior civil servant in culture and sport policy before joining the charity sector as a professional fundraiser for hospices, then becoming CEO in 2018.

Core Team

Stephen Barnett

Alliance Director at BOB VCSE Health Alliance
Stephen worked for professional leadership networks in social care, health and VCSE. From 2018, he combined strategic advisory work with running a young dementia club before taking up the Alliance role in 2022.
Woman sitting down, smiling at the camera.

Kirsty Wright

Comms Lead at BOB VCSE Health Alliance
Kirsty has worked in the public and voluntary sectors, focusing on community building, engagement and sustainability. Kirsty joined Community Impact Bucks in 2023 and transitioned to the alliance role in 2024.