Meet the team
Chief Executive Officer
Pam became CEO of VAS in July 2019, moving from her previous role of 15 years as Head of the Zurich Community Trust, the Corporate foundation for Zurich Insurance in the UK. Pam was born in Swindon and has a been passionate about the local voluntary sector for over 24 years. Pam has held a variety of voluntary roles and brings a broad range of relevant experience to the role.
Funding and Governance Advice Manager
Carol moved to VAS in 2020 from her previous role as manager of Healthwatch Swindon and Healthwatch Bath and North East Somerset. Before that she has worked in Adult & Community Education for both Swindon colleges and Swindon Borough Council, with a focus on disadvantaged groups. Carol is here to help community organisations identify funding opportunities and to give them support and advice.
Business Development Manager
Seniz has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 12 years in both a voluntary and professional capacity. Her current role involves developing and expanding the services VAS offers, with a strong emphasis on our social media presence.
Veteran Support Worker
Samantha started her role as Veteran support worker in March of 2022. After serving 13 years in the Royal air Force as a Police Woman Samantha has decided to leave the military and try her hand at something new. With experience in Safeguard, Mental Health First Aid , victim Support and overseas operations Samantha wants to give back to the community and wants to support her local fellow Veterans. With two young children and a husband in the military this position is perfect. Samantha enjoys walking and part takes in ice cold swims in the local rivers and lakes.
Inclusion and Collaboration Development Officer
Jol has joined us to help strengthen the Swindon Equality Coalition and other initiatives to promote equality and inclusion, as well as to support collaboration between Swindon's voluntary sector organisations. With experience in communications, the NHS, business support, the voluntary sector and running his own business, Jol brings a broad experience to support these key elements of VAS' work.
Shaz manages the organisations finance and accounts, as well as being the key person for administering requests for DBS checks.
MarComs and Administration Lead
Rachel Joined Vas in January 2021 and has completed her Business Admin Level 3 apprenticeship. Rachel is now our MarComs and Administration Lead.
Property, Office and Shopmobility Manager
James manages all aspects of the buildings we are responsible for. This includes 1 John Street which we own and sub let to four charities and includes the running of our public facing reception. We also run Sanford House which we run as a Community Hub on behalf of Swindon Borough Council. James also manages the Swindon Shopmobility Service which operates from the rear car park of Sanford House. This service opens 6 days a week enabling people with mobility issues to continue to access the town centre facilities independently. James is assisted in these roles by three members of part time staff. In addition James produces our regular newsletter VASid, keeps our website up to date, provides administrative support to the Swindon Sports Forum and supports our volunteers across our sites.
Chris is responsible for day to day maintenance tasks across our three buildings. Chris also assists with the setting up of room bookings in our Sanford House building. Chris also provides additional support to the team in Shopmobility during busier periods.
Mesut is based at Swindon Shopmobility, situated in the rear car park of Sanford House, a project run by Voluntary Action Swindon providing mobility scooters, powered and manual wheelchairs to the general public to enable them to get around the town centre. His role involves booking equipment (in and out), checking/renewing memberships and general communications with customers. Mesut also completes cleaning and general maintenance and upkeep of the equipment and building.
Jonathan is based at Swindon Shopmobility, situated in the rear car park of Sanford House, a project run by Voluntary Action Swindon providing mobility scooters, powered and manual wheelchairs to the general public to enable them to get around the town centre. His role involves booking equipment (in and out), checking/renewing memberships and general communications with customers. Jonathan also completes cleaning and general maintenance and upkeep of the equipment and building.
Bob is a trustee of various charities in Swindon and Belarus; he is chair of governors at Westlea Primary School. By profession Bob is a facilities, health & safety and building projects manager, working on various projects in Swindon.
Steve has worked as an electronic engineer and as a Baptist minister. He is committed to helping Swindon to become a better and more equitable place both through his vocation and as the lead chaplain at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital. Committed to inclusion and diversity, Steve has been involved with the Swindon Equality Coalition and chaired the group for several years. .
John S. Markey
John runs his own training business. Having worked as general manager for several large hotels, with responsibility for over 450 staff, John is more than aware of the need to keep close control on all aspects of finance.
Sue has a BA Honours in Human Resources and has a background in HR and Administration Management. Sue is also the current President of Swindon Rotary Club.
Dave served in the British Army as a Royal Engineer, serving in BAOR, Cyprus, Denmark, Gibraltar, Hong Kong as well as the UK. He has been employed as an HGV driver, process development technologist and technical officer. Dave is the current president of North Wilts Hockey Club and treasurer at Buckhurst Park Community Centre, where he coordinates welfare support for ex-Gurkha veterans. A busy man, Dave is also chair of the Meres Residents Association and a parish councillor for Nythe, Eldene & Liden.
Mark is an experienced business analyst and project manager. Mark has experience of working in communications. Mark is also actively involved in a range of charitable activities and roles within Swindon.
Ram has lived in Swindon for over 24 years - he is a former Deputy Lord Lieutenant, retired civil engineer & magistrate. In Swindon, Ram has been involved in voluntary sector organisations including Breakfast Club + (a homeless charity), Buckhurst Park Community Centre, Park South Community Centre, Swindon Tamil Association and Wiltshire Community Foundation. He is passionate about helping those in need through organisations like Voluntary Action Swindon.