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

STAFF

Jess Holland, Operations Manager

Jess Holland, ACT Operations Manager. Worked for Coca-Cola Company (10 years) in the Philippines prior to a successful teaching career (10 years). 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.

Sarah Purdy, Dementia Development Services Manager.

Sarah lives in Aylsham and is a Registered Mental Health Nurse, who has worked within the NHS mainly in the field of Dementia Care for many years. She has come to ACT from her most recent role of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Coordinator for the Norfolk Dementia Care Academy, where she was involved in training, promoting and supporting Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST ), a therapy for people with mild to moderate dementia, within the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. She has been involved in other aspects of Dementia training and has recently been part of an 18mth research trial for University College London as an unblinded researcher, training and supporting Carers to deliver ‘individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy’ to the people they care for. Sarah aims to continue her CST work here at ACT and to promote and expand the other activities on offer at ACT for people with Dementia and their carers in Aylsham and the surrounding area. Sarah is also running training sessions at ACT on ‘Understanding Dementia’ and an ‘Introduction to CST’ workshop. Please phone ACT or email her on sarah@aylshamcaretrust.com for further information.

 Sarah lives in Aylsham and is a Registered Mental Health Nurse, who has worked within the NHS mainly in the field of Dementia Care for many years. She has come to ACT from her most recent role of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Coordinator for the Norfolk Dementia Care Academy, where she was involved in training, promoting and supporting Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST ), a therapy for people with mild to moderate dementia, within the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. 

Hayley Browne, Support Worker.

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

TRUSTEES

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.

Chris Loades

Chris Loades has been teaching for over 40 years and a school governor for 16 years. In addition he has managed a conference and training centre and a therapeutic project. He has worked with children in a wide range of contexts throughout his life and in his school one of his many responsibilities was the pastoral care of the 80 staff and 500 pupils. For many years he has been involved in the development and promotion of equal opportunities in its widest sense.

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.