About us

Volunteer Uttlesford was established in 1995 to support the community of Uttlesford, which is the largest geographical district in Essex and the most rural

We understand that finding a volunteer is only the start of the process

Volunteer Uttlesford has three main roles:

  • to enable people wanting to volunteer to find suitable opportunities and to support them
  • to help local voluntary and statutory organisations to find volunteers
  • to promote the ethos of volunteering locally, providing a centre of information on all aspects of volunteering

 

Trustees

We are a registered charity governed by a board of trustees.   Our current board members include:

Robin Lee
Chair

After graduating from Surrey University, Robin worked in the computer industry in roles from programmer, through business analyst to global IT Infrastructure Director for a US pharmaceutical multinational. On retiring he completed his PGCE by retraining as a Computer Science teacher for Secondary schools. He is now Chair of Volunteer Uttlesford and also volunteers with the NSPCC Schools Service for Childline, as a Technology teacher for Essex Libraries, recording technician for Uttlesford Talking Newspaper, Trustee for Citizens Advice Bureau and as a technology co-ordinator for the RNIB. He plays tennis, cycles and skis, enjoys Formula 1, photography, travel and all things technology related

Rowena Gardner
Trustee

Rowena Gardner is an independent consultant, providing commercially focussed, tailored and pragmatic management solutions to a range of clients. She has particular expertise in operational management, business administration and marketing/communications which she gained from working with organisations of varying sizes and across a range of industry sectors, including life sciences, telecommunications and software.

Rowena holds qualifications in biochemistry and in marketing; she is a Member of the Institute of Directors, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Kathy Nixon
Trustee

Kathy has a background in the public sector, working in senior leadership roles in the Probation Service and local government. Throughout most of her career she has also commissioned services from the voluntary and community sector. Safeguarding has been a theme underpinning many of her professional roles. She has been a volunteer herself in various environments for many years. In addition to being a trustee for Volunteer Uttlesford, she currently volunteers as the Child Protection Coordinator for the Newport Amateur Theatrical Society and is a member of the fundraising committee for the Kyangala Trust.

Robert Wallace
Trustee

Robert has recently joined the VU Board of Trustees. He has a professional background in volunteer management, with over 10 years’ experience working for a range of different charities. Currently he is working full time as Voluntary Services Manager at St Clare Hospice in Essex.

Robert has a degree in History. He has two young children and in his spare time plays a sport called Korfball. He is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter.

Staff Team

Lizzie Petrie
Centre Manager

Lizzie manages a committed team of staff and volunteers. As Manager of Volunteer Uttlesford, she represents the centre on numerous committees. She aims to build mutually supportive relationships with individuals and organisations that facilitate volunteering in Uttlesford. She advises and supports participating charities.

Pat Lodge
Volunteer Coordinator

Pat promotes and facilitates volunteering. She identifies potential volunteers and opportunities across Uttlesford and seeks to match them effectively. In addition, she manages both the Time Bank and Youth Volunteering projects.

Susan Dennison
Team Administrator

Susan is responsible for administrative support. She manages VU’s financial and administrative systems, and the volunteer databases. It is her role to ensure that policies and procedures are operated and maintained appropriately. She also liaises between volunteers, office staff and trustees.

Tessa Deriziotis
Time Bank Developer

Tessa is responsible for developing Time Bank Uttlesford – taking the Time Bank message out to the rural areas of Uttlesford, making contact with the local communities to promote the huge benefits of Time Bank. Tessa also arranges Time Bank exchanges between the members.

Volunteers

We are grateful for the support of our volunteers – Paul Chinnock, Jan Dodson, Kay Eardley, Patricia Hodges, Ann Holloway, Bruce Milne, Anne McLellan.