Our team has a wealth of experience of working in the voluntary sector and are committed to promoting strong and sustainable communities.
Katherine Nolan, Manager
Katherine joined the charity in September 2015 and has worked in the voluntary and public sector for many years, specialising in communications and development. She has worked for a range of causes including learning disability and social care before becoming Head of Communications for a national education charity. Over the years she has also been Trustee of numerous charities, Chair of the local Pre-School and Editor of the parish newsletter.
Sharon Blyth, Voluntary Sector Adviser (Mendip)
Sharon has lived in the Mendip area for the last 15 years, working in local communities for both statutory organisations and local charities and community groups. She has helped groups to start up, establish themselves and gain funding towards anything from a weekly table tennis club to befriending schemes, play parks and community radio. In partnership with agencies including schools, job centres, the NHS and a whole range of smaller organisations such as dance collectives and forest schools, she has been involved in seeing new opportunities created and communities change for the better.
Joanne Mudhar, Voluntary Sector Advisor (South Somerset)
Joanne is our Voluntary Sector Adviser covering South Somerset. If you need some advice or guidance for your charity, community group or social enterprise, Joanne is the person to contact. Before joining Spark, Joanne founded and ran a successful Community Farm Social Enterprise for eight years. She also worked for environmental and community charity Groundwork, before which she spent 15 years in the private sector developing wind farms in France and managing, and working on the coalface of, IT projects for both small and large companies.
Jemma Coles, Voluntary Sector Advisor (Sedgemoor)
Jemma is our Voluntary Sector Advisor for Sedgemoor and will also be working on a an exciting new funding project in partnership with The Big Lottery. Gemma is an experienced Project and Development Manager whose background covers everything from singing with babies, community kitchens and demolishing and rebuilding historic buildings! Her employment history spans corporate, third sector, NHS, and civil service.
Denise Timmins, DBS Officer
Denise has been working for almost 7 years in the voluntary sector and has had experience of working in several of the different areas of support that we offer here at Spark. For the last 6 years she has managed our DBS Service. As well as processing DBS applications she can give advice, guidance and workshops on the process. We don’t call her the DBS guru for nothing!
Vicki Vincent, Community Accountant
Since completing the AAT Level 4 Qualification in 2012, Vicki has been running her own Accountancy practice. In 2014 she delivered a series of workshops to the creative and not for profit sector with the aim of making accountancy advice more affordable and accessible. She joined the team in May 2017 and will be implementing a Community Accountancy Service in order to support other voluntary organisations and community groups.
Matt Day, Health & Wellbeing Partnerships Lead
As part of our COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROJECT, Matt is working for Spark as a consultant, developing a Wellbeing Partnership in Yeovil as well as supporting existing partnerships in Wincanton and South Petherton. He has worked in community development in Somerset for many years, for a Local Authority and as coordinator of Somerset Towns Forum, a network for town regeneration groups. He currently works part-time for the Community Council for Somerset, as Community Involvement Officer for Mendip & South Somerset. In his spare time, Matt is a member of the Taunton Area Cycling Campaign.
Vicky Sullivan, Community Ambassador Coordinator
Vicky will develop and coordinate our Community Ambassador Network. Community Ambassadors are community-minded volunteers who have a passion to improve health and social care provision locally, and who enable people to feed back their experiences. They help us connect to a wide range of people and groups to ensure their voices are heard. Vicky has worked with community development and health-related projects in Somerset previously, and is also a volunteer health walk leader. She is currently studying an MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health at the University of Bristol.
Alison Baker, Spark Training Coordinator
Alison set up and now coordinates Spark Training, a programme of quality, affordable training for the Voluntary Sector. Alison previously worked in Local Government for 23 years where she was senior manager of Sports and Leisure departments. She also runs her own Coaching and Training company.
Leonie Girling, Volunteer Coordinator
Leonie has been the Volunteering Officer here since 2006. Her role has developed greatly but volunteer support; matching volunteers to the many fantastic volunteering opportunities available has always been at the heart of it. Prior to joining the charity, she worked in the Private Sector in customer service roles - using her French language skills in an export company and started her career in a graduate development scheme in the banking sector. She has also held several voluntary positions in her local community, including secretary for a school and it's pre-school committee.
Kerry Wills, Communications Coordinator
Since studying Media and Culture at Solent University, Kerry has worked in admin for several years, first with a local publishing company, then within the head office of a national retailer. She joined the team in 2015 and really enjoys her role with Spark as it’s incredibly varied. As well as looking after the day to day administration, she helps coordinate the volunteer service, looks after the social media, newsletters and helps arrange our forums, training and events.