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Staff and Trustees

Friends of the Family is a small, friendly organisation. It is managed by a group of dedicated non-executive trustees and run by a team of professional staff and volunteers.

Our staff

Colette Dunford

Colette Dunford

Mums and young children Manager

Colette leads our work with Mums and young children and is a fully trained psychotherapist. For 14 years, Colette worked as a general nurse. Following a career change in 1992, she became a residential social worker and then Deputy Manager of a therapeutic unit for adolescent girls. During this period she undertook five years of psychotherapy training. Colette has been in private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor since 2001, working with families, individuals and children.

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Sam Hunt

5s to 13s Befriending Manager

Sam heads up our 5s to 13s befriending service. In her role, Sam oversees the recruitment, training, placement and supervision of all 5s to 13s volunteers. She manages referrals to the service: assessing the needs of children and families who require support, and matching trained volunteers to them. Sam also works closely with other statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure that the needs of the children and families are being met. She originally trained and worked as a primary school teacher.

Charlie Wright

Charlie Wright

Support for Dads Manager

Charlie is a fully qualified counsellor and runs our Support for Dads  service. He supervises referrals, delivers the one-to-one counselling for dads and oversees a father’s group called, Dad’s Aloud. Charlie also works closely with Spurgeons charity at Winchester Prison, mentoring dads who are due for release.

Friends of the Family

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Mums and Young Children Play Leader

 

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Volunteer Recruitment and Marketing
Co-ordinator

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Joanna Smith

Operations Manager

Jo oversees the day to day running of the charity and is responsible for strategic development and fundraising activity. Jo’s experience spans the public, private and third sector and she has a passion for raising funds and making a difference in the local community.

Our Trustees

Karen Hazlitt

Karen Hazlitt

Chair of Trustees

Karen trained and practiced as a Construction Litigation Solicitor in London and Hampshire. She has lived in Winchester with her family since 1996. She is a qualified endurance running coach. As Chair of Trustees Karen governs trustee meetings, supports staff with their professional development, supervises grant applications and fundraising activities, and speaks on behalf of Friends of the Family at local events.

Jonathan Flory

Jonathan Flory

Honorary Treasurer

Jonathan brings a wealth of experience to his role as Honorary Treasurer. He is a Social Impact Adviser and Director at a not-for-profit firm. Prior to this, Jonathan was Interim Director of a charity encouraging economists to volunteer expertise to social organisations around impact measurement. He also worked for over 25 years as a corporate finance adviser in the banking sector. Jonathan’s focus is finance, membership and fundraising.

Nicky Bryant

Nicky Bryant

Trustee

Nicky originally joined the charity as a volunteer befriender and spent 18 months providing support and friendship to a local family. Now a trustee, Nicky brings her wealth of voluntary and fundraising experience to the table to support the ongoing work of Friends of the Family.

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Jane Bennet

Trustee

Jane studied Computer Science and French at college, and went on to work at IBM for over 30 years. She has been a member of Hampshire and Islands Area Quaker Meeting since 2009, and has been a treasurer for the Area Meeting and Winchester Local Meeting during that time. She serves as liaison between Winchester Quakers and Friends of the Family.

Locket Ward

Locket Ward

Trustee

Locket has two children and lives on the outskirts of Winchester. With a background in publishing, she brings a range of professional and personal skills to the charity. Locket also volunteers with our Mums and Young Children group.

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Chris Bale

Trustee

Chris has worked in the non-profit sector for 35 years, nationally and internationally, and was awarded the MBE for services to charity. As the founding Director of Partnership for Children, he has a particular interest in promoting the emotional wellbeing of young children. Chris brings valuable skills and experience in the areas of governance and funding to the Board of Trustees.

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Clare Sheppard

Trustee

Local mum of two young children, Clare is an experienced communications and marketing professional across public, private and the third sector. Most recently, she was a Management Board Director and Client Service Director for Kindred Agency in London, where her clients included an international children’s charity. Clare initially trained as a 5s to 13s befriender, before becoming a trustee.

Rosemary Wright

Rosemary Wright

Trustee

Rosemary worked in Social Services as a manager within services for older people. Since retirement, she has been a governor at a local secondary school with particular responsibility for safeguarding, welfare and chairing its Welfare Committee. Rosemary leads the events planning group which is responsible for organising our major fundraising activities. She also volunteers with the twice-weekly Mums and Young Children Group.

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Carolyn Beech

Trustee

Carolyn spent most of her career in HR, the last 17 of which were in Local Government culminating in being Director of People Services in a London Unitary Authority. After retiring, Carolyn continued to work with councils and not for profit organisations as a consultant. After moving to Winchester five years ago she became Chair of a small local charity and will bring her interest in child wellbeing to Friends of the Family.

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Claudia Dickens

Trustee

Claudia grew up in Winchester and first joined Friends of the Family as a volunteer for the Mums and Young Children’s project in 2008. Her volunteering hugely informed her career path over the last decade and she brings a wealth of experience in working with vulnerable children and families. Currently working as a Gender Equality Advisor for Save the Children UK, Claudia specialises in child protection, girls’ empowerment and gender-based violence.

Quotes - Winchester charity
  • “I had heard about the invaluable work of Friends of the Family and I’m very pleased to contribute in any way I can as a trustee. My role as a school governor has made me even more aware that there are a considerable number of children who have very complicated family lives and who need much support, not always available from other services.”

    Rosemary Wright, Trustee

If you are interested in joining the Board of Trustees, please call us on 01962 864466 or contactus@fotfwinchester.org