Staff & Volunteers
Chief Executive Officer
Richard joined VAS in May 2015 and is responsible for all aspects of the operation and performance of the organisation. He brings a wealth of business experience to VAS, having worked for NatWest Bank and Burmah-Castrol before joining Zurich Financial Services. He spent nearly 29 years at Zurich in a variety of roles, most recently as Head of Protection Operations – the part of Zurich’s business that administers their life cover, critical illness and income protection policies.
Richard has had a keen interest in the voluntary and community sector for many years and was actively involved in the work of Zurich’s Community Trust. He is also a Trustee of the Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis.
Andrea has worked in Swindon for the last 10 years providing support to community groups, volunteers and local residents.
She will be available to provide funding and governance advice to charities and other organisations in the local voluntary and community sector.
Business Development Manager
Seniz has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 12 years in both a voluntary and professional capacity in Swindon and Bristol. Her role involves planning and organising an Annual Community Fair to help promote local voluntary and community sector services to the residents of Swindon. She supported the development of the Swindon Equality Coalition, an independent voluntary organisation whose mission is to achieve an equal society within Swindon by the removal of all forms of discrimination.
James’ role is to provide a variety of administration services to ensure VAS runs effectively and efficiently. James manages the day to day running of the VAS reception, providing a first point of call for help and support to the volunteer reception team. James helps ensure that the day to day physical and operational aspects of Sanford House run smoothly. James also provides administrative support to the Swindon Sports Forum as part of our infrastructure contract with Swindon Borough Council.
Facilities & Maintenance Officer
Jonathan is based at Sanford House which is a project run by Voluntary Action Swindon, as a hub for the voluntary sector. His role involves managing the building, ensuring that all permanently based voluntary groups and the general public are satisfied. Jonathan is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the building. He is a fully qualified PAT tester and runs our PAT testing service.
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