Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the charity is devolved by trustees to the Senior Leadership Team, who are supported in their work by specialist project staff and a team of dedicated volunteers.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Clive Emmett – Chief Executive Officer
Having served within the Metropolitan and Essex Police services as a Detective for 20 years, I then moved into the Voluntary Community Sector as County Manager of the Essex Home Office initiative Drugs Intervention Programme, I continued to manage similar substance misuse services moving more into the clinical approaches to addiction treatment in London, West Sussex and then again in Essex. I then acquired a position of Head of Operations with
a Youth service that worked with troubled youth in the outdoors.
I am currently Chief Officer of Uttlesford Community Action Network leading an infrastructure organisation
supporting the local Voluntary Community Sector. I was an appointed Governor of EPUT, and Director of a Social Enterprise Rainbow Rural. I am currently a Director of Uttlesford Health Ltd. I am passionate about the impact the Voluntary Sector has within our communities especially in the areas of Digital Inclusion and Population Health Management.
Richard Corby – Chief Finance Officer
Richard joined UCAN at the start of 2018. For the past five years he has been Operations Manager with oversight of the Community Response Team and Ticket Home service. In April 2023 Richard took up the newly created post of Chief Finance Officer.
Prior to joining UCAN, Richard worked for 10 years at the Wilderness Foundation UK, as Operations and Finance Manager, but also involved with delivering projects that support vulnerable young people. In his corporate life Richard was an Accounts Manager for 15 years before moving into the non-profit sector.
Outside of work, Richard is a trustee of two local charities, and in his spare time is a writer, blogger and author.
Sue Game – Operations Manager
Sue joined UCAN in May 2023 as the Operations Manager. Prior to this Sue worked in Brighton for a local charity called Impact Initiatives as their Older Peoples Services Manager for seven years. Sue also has a strong background in mental health as a qualified Psychotherapist and a IAPT services Manager for Mind in Cambridgeshire.
Jacqui Davies – Business Manager
Jacqui joined UCAN in January 2006, so she is the longest serving member of staff. Joining as an Information Officer on a short term project, her role has changed across the years to fit the needs of the organisation. Her present role as Business Manager primarily encompasses HR responsibilities for both UCAN and WECAN, for a total of 21 staff.
Prior to joining UCAN she worked in the banking and public sectors, before moving to Germany for some years. Upon returning to the UK she set up her own Soft Furnishings business before deciding to move into the charity sector.
Linda Riley – Financial Administrator
Linda joined our core team in February 2023 in the new post of Financial Administrator. Linda brings to UCAN her many years of administrative and clerical experience, including time spent most-recently working with accountancy practices on personal tax matters. Linda will support Richard in managing the charity resources.
UCAN Volunteer Centre Team
Barry Chandler – Deputy Operations Manager (Volunteer Service)
Barry joined UCAN in April 2023 as deputy operations manager with responsibilities for the Volunteer Centre service, Jubilee Hub and plays a supporting role for the Essex Shed Network.
Susan Dennison – Volunteer Coordinator
In 2009 looking for a change of career I approached Volunteer Uttlesford to look for a voluntary role to enhance my new office skills. This led to a volunteer position at the Volunteer Centre then
fortunate enough to secure a paid position. Working as part of the team with admin, finance, charity governance and volunteer coordination. Last year VU merged with UCAN and my role is now
Volunteer Programme Coordinator. I am responsible for sourcing volunteers and finding suitable voluntary roles, working with local Charities.
Tessa Deriziotis – Volunteering Development Coordinator
Tessa returned to the UK 6 years ago from Greece where she was involved with animal rescue and refugee charities, and registered with Volunteer Uttlesford (now merged with UCAN) in 2017 for voluntary work. During this time she was offered a position running the Uttlesford Time Bank. Tessa consequently joined Volunteer Uttlesford part-time as Project Co-ordinator for Employer Supported Volunteering, Helping Hands (a neighbourhood ad hoc volunteering project) and the community response for the pandemic. Now that Volunteer Uttlesford has become an integral part of UCAN, Tessa will continue with these roles, and anything else that is needed to promote and support volunteering in Uttlesford.
WECAN Digital Lead
Ali Firth – Digital Inclusion Lead
I am the Digital Lead for a new Digital Inclusion Project for WECAN, named Digital Share. I am passionate about supporting vulnerable adults in West Essex who have suffered through COVID and have been found themselves excluded digitally and need help, guidance and support. I have worked for the voluntary sector for the past 16 years and very much look forward to supporting the West Essex Community and helping individuals to become digitally included and enhance their health & wellbeing.
COMMUNITY RESPONSE HUB
Andy Mitson – Uttlesford Community Responder
Gill Barker – Uttlesford Community Responder
Carol Butterworth – Mobile Community Hub Coordinator
TICKET HOME HOSPITAL DISCHARGE TEAM
Sophie Davis – Deputy Operations Manager (Community Response)
Yasmin Thurgood – Acute Social Prescribing Link Worker – PAH Harlow
Maddie Peck – Acute Social Prescribing Link Worker – PAH Harlow
Zoe Murray – Acute Social Prescribing Link Worker – PAH Harlow
Amanda Cameron – Acute Social Prescribing Link Worker – Addenbrooks
SOCIAL PRESCRIBERS (HOSTED BY UCAN)
Kim Clark – North Uttlesford PCN
I work for the North Uttlesford PCN and cover four surgeries, Newport, Thaxted, Gold Street and the Crocus Medical Practice.
I work alongside clinical, social care, mental health colleagues and the Voluntary Sector. Spending time in the surgery and becoming part of the wider network team, including outreach when required to help manage patient demand by supporting them with non-medical needs such as Debt, Poor Housing, Physical Inactivity, Loneliness, Isolation, Grief, Caring Responsibilities, Unemployment and other Wellbeing issues, this is not an exhaustive list.
Aaron Willis – South Uttlesford PCN
My name is Aaron and I am a Social Prescriber covering three GP surgeries in South Uttlesford. I help support service users with a range of issues which can affect their mental health & wellbeing, working to give them more control over their lives and allowing them to engage in the community through a variety of groups and services.
In my spare time I like going to the gym and keeping active, watching movies and listening to music.
LucyKate Newland – Child and Families Social Prescriber – South Uttlesford PCN
Rebecca Park – Social Prescriber – South Uttlesford PCN
I have a passion to enable people to have as fulfilling and satisfying a life as they can whilst managing difficulties with their health and well being. I have worked as an Occupational Therapist for the NHS, specialising in Mental health. I have also worked in Social care as a self employed carer supporting people with complex, multiple and/or life limiting conditions. I enjoy walking, yoga and eating healthy food.
UKRAINE HUB COORDINATORS
- Kate Atherton
- Carol Butterworth
- Anna Chamberlain
- Emily Ferris
- Yasmin Thurgood
- Lesley Harvey
- John Starr
- Lena Slade
- Robert Cinnamon
- Mandy Ibrahim
- Carol Wade
- Sue Adams – Office Admin
- Chris Noakes – Office Admin
- Patrick Whittick – Digital Buddies
- Sophie Wigan – Dunmow Dementia Cafe
- Ann Backhouse – Dunmow Dementia Cafe
- Val Wheatcroft – Dunmow Dementia Cafe
- Pat Overy – Dunmow Dementia Cafe
- Sarah Eley – Dunmow Dementia Cafe
Hayley Crow – Dunmow Community Fridge
Irene Grayson – Dunmow Community Fridge
Val Nicholas – Dunmow Community Fridge
Sophie Richards – Dunmow Community Fridge
Dawn Hicks – Dunmow Community Fridge
Plus the many hundreds of individuals who support the Uttlesford Community Response Hub by delivering shopping and prescriptions across the district and everyone at the Ukraine Welcome Hub in Stansted Airport.