Trustees & Staff

Daniel Williams, Executive Director

Bringing over twenty years of voluntary sector management experience from across a number of community based health and social care organisations Mr Williams has taken the new role having volunteered for the charity for a number of years.

Mr Williams has held senior roles across a number of Norfolk charities, most notably serving nine years as Chief Executive of Big C, Norfolk’s cancer charity. With a background in the development and management of social housing Mr Williams also spent six years with the Prince’s Trust, managing their operations across Norfolk


Jess Holland, Corporate Services Manager

Jess Holland worked for Coca-Cola Company (10 years) in the Philippines prior to a successful teaching career (10 years). She worked in Dubai for 5 years in HR before coming to the UK. She has worked in several care homes and supported living as carer-support worker with people with learning disabilities and the elderly. 

Alison Wright, Corporate Services Co-ordinator

Before joining ACT in 2016, Alison had worked for many years supporting learning in the classroom at Bure Valley School. She was also  an Adult Education Tutor, helping to develop the role of Teaching Assistants.


Hayley Browne, Dementia Services Co-ordinator

Hayley has a wide experience of supporting people especially those affected by Dementia. 


Rees Coghlan MBE

Rees is the founder of ACT and has recently retired as Chairman. He is a retired community pharmacist and is a member of Worstead Baptist Church.

Jenny Manser (Chairman)

Jenny is a former Director of Anglia Housing Group. She lives in Aylsham and works from home as a consultant to charitable and social enterprises.

Edward Hare

Edward is the former head of Provider Services for Norfolk Social Services. He is now an established healthcare and social care consultant.

Ray Horne

Ray Horne comes from a career background in Special Educational Needs and former head of Bushey Place School. He is founder and chairperson of Aylsham Blind club, and has a life-long commitment in local Methodism and other denominational church work

Rev Patrick Coghlan

Patrick is the Minister of Worstead Baptist Church, Meeting Hill. He and his wife and children live in Aylsham.


Claire van Poortvliet

Clare is a solicitor at Hansells based in their Aylsham office and lives in Banningham with her young family. 

Eileen Springall

Eileen has lived in Aylsham for over forty years. Before retiring I worked within the health service and for the local veterinary practice. I have been a Town Councillor for many years.

Helen Saunders

Helen worked in Health and Social care for 40 years.She specialised in working with the elderly and adults with learning difficulties, with both physical and mental health problems.

Vanessa Scargill

Before retiring in 2015, Vanessa was a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Aylsham High School. Vanessa was a National Lead Practitioner for a number of years, working with schools across the UK, to promote community engagement with schools.