Our Team

Our People Are Our Strength

Poole Communities Trust is run by a dedicated group of volunteers, staff and trustees. We benefit from hundreds of hours of volunteer time each year that is employed directly to support and assist the communities of Poole. Learn more about our team and why not consider becoming one of us?
Judith Bacon

Judith Bacon

Lead Trustee for Turlin Moor

Career highlights – I am proud to have worked in and around social care for over 30 years
in a variety of roles both in the voluntary and statutory sector. I particularly enjoyed my
last role which focussed on trying to reduce loneliness and isolation for people living in Poole.
As we were a small organisation in Poole we were able to be responsive to local need and
explore new initiatives quickly.

I joined the Trust as Lead Trustee for Turlin Moor so that I could continue to support local projects in Poole that could have a
positive impact for people living locally.

At the Trust I am proud to be involved with an organisation that looks to work with the local
community to identify and develop local community initiatives. So much has been achieved
in a short time. I look forward to the next stages.

As a new trustee to PCT I look forward to contributing to the aims and objectives of the organisation and to working with the other trustees and employees.

Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker

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Chris Beale

Chris Beale

Career Highlights: I have worked in the voluntary sector all my adult career, currently as Director of a local charity, PramaLife which supports older people and carers. Before this I was Chief Executive of Poole Council for Voluntary Service. This sector is great to work in, it gives people an opportunity to tackle what they see as important in their community.

 

I joined Poole Communities Trust as Chair of Trustees: As I had seen some communities struggle with their community buildings, sometimes communities who most needed them, I see Poole Communities Trust as a solution to this.

At the Trust I am most proud of: The work of the local volunteers, they really help to pull their communities together.

As Chair of Trustees: I get a lot of learning, I think my problem solving skills have improved exponentially.

Kerry Clark

Kerry Clark

Young People’s Worker

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Debbie Dixon

Debbie Dixon

Lead Trustee for Bourne Community Hub

Career Highlights: 30 years in local government both as an HR professional and  then Corporate Director. I was fortunate to have worked on a huge range of projects including  building a housing scheme for homeless young people, setting up a children’s nursery, working with a football club and young people on a project to “kick racism out of football “ to project managing the design and delivery of a Council HQ.

I am the Lead Trustee for Bourne Community Hub: As it felt like a great way to use my professional skills to support local people achieve their dream of a community hub in Bourne.

At the Trust I am most proud of : The vision and determination that has been shown by the Board and volunteers to secure the funding  and permissions needed to build the new community hub  at Bourne.

As a Trustee: I get a huge sense of satisfaction when we secure funding and this offsets the frustration, annoyance and personal slight I feel if ever a letter of rejection arrives!!!!

Katie Jefferies

Katie Jefferies

Senior Young People’s Worker

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Mel Lucas

Mel Lucas

Community Development Worker

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Kerry Manning

Kerry Manning

Community Development Worker

Career Highlights:

I have worked in the care sector as well as hospitality, taking a break to raise my family.  For more than ten years I have been volunteering in my local community, this has given me some amazing opportunities to work with a wide range of partners and raise funding to deliver local based projects. This has given me new challenges and new direction.

I joined Poole Communites Trust: to gain more skills and training and to give me the ability to make a wider impact supporting others in my local area. To work with like minded people learning from each other’s projects

At the Trust I am most proud of :the Bourne Community Hub project. Different skills have come together to help deliver projects in areas that need it the most, making a real difference by over coming challenges and discovering new ways to work.

As the Community Hub Project Officer: I am looking forward to the opening of the new Community Hub this summer and the exciting opportunities it will bring .

Kyla Mares

Kyla Mares

Branksome Community Centre Co-Ordinator (job share)

Career Highlights: I really enjoy raising funds from grants and events to help make vital improvements at the Branksome Centre, including our new hall floor.

I joined the Trust in the summer of 2021, after volunteering for the Trust and being a long-term hirer of the Branksome Centre

At the Trust I’m proud of the commitment to helping areas of deprivation and working with the vulnerable

As a centre co-ordinator, I help maintain the Branksome Centre, making sure we are ready to welcome groups, café goers, or someone who just needs to talk.

Mel Meadowcroft

Mel Meadowcroft

Community Food Store Co-ordinator

Career Highlights : I worked in banking for 12 years before leaving to concentrate on raising my young family. I started volunteering in my community in 2016 and joined my children’s school PTA, helping to raise much needed funds for the school. I took on the roles of Treasurer and Chairperson during my 5 years. I also joined and help establish Playmoor Skatemoor, a group of local mums set up through and backed by Poole Communities Trust. We organise fund raising and fun events for local children and act on trying to improve our community.

I joined the Poole Communites Trust as the Moor Community Food Co-ordinator. I was originally a volunteer and am proud to now become the Co-ordinator.

At the Trust I am most proud of : my work with Playmoor Skatemoor as we raised £100,00 to redevelop Foreland Road Play Park. I am also very proud of the Moor Community Food Store as we help around 70 families a week to access cheaper food. In June 2021 we have been open a year and are as popular and needed as ever.

As a Co-ordinator I am looking forward to working together with the trustees, establishing links with the PCT team and the local community to work together to make a difference to Poole.

Feriser Tasdelen

Feriser Tasdelen

Trustee and Accountant

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Jade Tidbury

Jade Tidbury

Branksome Community Centre Co-Ordinator (job share)

Career Highlights : I originally started working in a community role because I love meeting different people and trying to help work towards a better environment for everyone through activities such as helping to keep the streets and parks cleaner to working with various groups who support different areas of the community. Through this work I met and created links with lots of incredible groups and charities, including Branksome Centre (PCT).

At the Trust I am most proud of : Together with the fantastic groups and volunteers we have created a lovely space for the community to come together to learn, get fit, have fun and socialise and I am looking forward to watching it continue to grow.

I joined Poole Communities Trust as a volunteer: initially I started an affordable toddler stay and play group that enabled parents and carers to socialise whilst their little ones explored in a safe environment. I then began helping out more and more in the café and with other tasks around the building before being lucky enough to become joint Centre Coordinator.

As the Centre Coordinator for Branksome: I am proud of the skills I have learnt and continue to gain and am excited to see what the future holds for Branksome Centre and also what more PCT will achieve in the years to come.

Russell Trent

Russell Trent

Volunteer and Administrative Worker

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