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

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 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.

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.

Debbie Dixon

Debbie Dixon

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 joined the Poole Communities Trust as a Volunteer Project Manager: 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 volunteer project manager: 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!!!!

Andy Frost

Andy Frost

Career Highlights: I’ve always worked in either the voluntary or public sector and been involved in a wide range of activities, from helping rough sleepers and people with drug and alcohol problems to policy and strategy work. I enjoy being involved in things that make a real difference to people and communities.

I joined the Poole Communities Trust as a Trustee: As Poole is my home I wanted to get more involved in my local community. Poole Communities Trust tackles some really important issues by working with communities and developing community facilities. I wanted to be part of that.

At the Trust I am most proud: The way that everyone who’s involved whether they’re volunteers, employees, members of the community or trustees are so committed to the work.

As a trustee: The most rewarding thing for me is seeing the positive impact that comes out of all the hard work people put in.

Alex King

Alex King

Career Highlights: Having worked in the planning and development sector for over 20 years, Alex has worked on numerous projects throughout the south of England, from major housing allocations, new schools, and new community and leisure centres. Alex is experienced in working across the private and public sector, recently he has worked on and is about to deliver the masterplan, delivery and implementation document for Portsmouth.

I joined the Poole Community Trust as a Trustee: To utilise my skills and experience in a really positive way and given something back to the community and those that really need it.

At the trust I am most proud of: The trustees are passionate and giving and doing their upmost to drive positive change for the benefit of Poole and the wider area.

As a Trustee: I am looking forward to working with my fellow trustees to delivery meaningful change for Poole

 

Mel Lucas

Mel Lucas

Community Development Worker

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Kyla Mares

Kyla Mares

Branksome Community Centre Co-Ordinator (job share)

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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.

Nicky Pitt

Nicky Pitt

Carer Support Worker

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David Price

David Price

Volunteer Bookkeeper

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Feriser Tasdelen

Feriser Tasdelen

Trustee and Accountant

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Jade Tidbury

Jade Tidbury

Branksome Community Centre Co-Ordinator (job share)

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Andy Ward

Andy Ward

Career Highlights: Andy is a chartered architect and urban designer with over 30 years experience in the public and private sector. His design work in Birmingham unlocked the potential of the Bull Ring redevelopment and Brindleyplace mixed use canal-side. In Poole Andy led the regeneration masterplan for the town that helped secure £14m funding for the Twin Sails lifting bridge.

I joined the Trust as a Trustee: To give something back to the local community and hopefully make a difference with my experience in regeneration and construction.

At the Trust I am most proud of:  The values and ambition. Just look at the plans drawn up with residents in Bourne for an exciting Community Hub that will change lives and bring people together.

As a Trustee: I enjoy our trustee meetings, working with dedicated individuals and volunteers seeing how much fun and enthusiasm can grow around a well-run community centre.

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