Who we are

Katie Higginson
Group Chief Executive

Katie leads the charity, ensuring that CIB has the resources, partnerships and services needed to help organisations and communities improve the lives of people in Bucks.

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Debi Game
Head of VCSE & Community Development

Debi heads up the Service Delivery Team who deliver our support for groups, communities, volunteering and direct delivery services. She is responsible for the design, delivery, evaluation and resourcing of programmes of support and development to ensure thriving and resilient communities and VCSE organisations in Buckinghamshire

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Rachel Fisher
Head of Communications

Rachel leads on the design, delivery and evaluation of the charity’s communications activity.

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Helen Archer
VCSE & Community Development Manager

Helen delivers and evaluates support and development programmes for our local communities through leading effective volunteering, impact evaluation and research programmes. She also leads on safeguarding and Community Transport.


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Samantha Hardy
Services Manager – Gardening and Wellbeing and Handy Helpers Projects

Samantha is responsible for the management, evaluation and development of our Gardening & Wellbeing and Handy Helpers projects. These direct delivery services support vulnerable and socially isolated Buckinghamshire residents who are elderly or disabled, to stay safe and well in their own homes for longer.

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Lew Headley
VCSE & Community Development Officer

Lew’s background is in working with children & families and community projects. He also has experience leading volunteering programmes and working with volunteers in Buckinghamshire. If you would like advice on supporting volunteers or are interested in volunteering, do get in touch.


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Frankie Hockham
VCSE & Community Development Officer

Frankie has over 10 years experience in the charity sector – having set up her own charity as well as working for both small local and larger national charities in senior fundraising roles.

If you would like advice on funding and governance or if you are interested in subscribing to the community buildings service, give her a call.

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Amber Barnett
Gardening Team Leader

Amber is our gardening expert and leads our team of supported volunteer gardeners delivering our Gardening Service. With the team, she visits our clients to undertake garden clearances and maintenance.

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Ruth Humphrey
VCSE & Community Development Assistant

Ruth provides support services to all members of the VCSE & Community Development Team – to help them to deliver their valuable work in the community.

She also responds to calls to the Community Transport Hub.

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Chanel Smith
Communications & Marketing Officer

Chanel is responsible for managing the Community Impact Bucks social media channels, as well as creating & disseminating content through these channels, newsletters, website & blogs.

Our Trustees

Mimi Harker OBE

Mimi has been Community Impact Bucks Chairman since 2017. She has been a district councillor for 21 years and was awarded an OBE in 2012 for her work for women and her local community. She currently serves on Buckinghamshire Council as the Deputy Armed Forces Champion and is involved in a wide range of voluntary roles across Buckinghamshire.

Nigel Palmer

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), retired from a long career with Compass Group PLC. He continues to act as chair of trustees of a Compass pension scheme and is a trustee of local village organisations.

Jenny Baker OBE

After a long career as a senior manager in the voluntary sector, notably the National Trust, Jenny retired as chief executive of Brain Tumour UK. She currently chairs the Board at Healthwatch Bucks and recently completed her four year term on Healthwatch England’s national committee. She was awarded an OBE in 2005 for her services to voluntary action in the heritage and environmental sectors.

Cora Carvey

As a trustee, Cora brings with her many years of experience of working and volunteering in the charity sector, including with the Citizens Advice Bureau and various housing and community projects. She was CIB’s chief executive from 2010 until she retired in 2014.

Lesley Davies

Lesley has been a trustee with CIB since 2017. She is an experienced People Director with a track record of achieving results at Board level in both a business and not-for-profit capacity.

Carol Heap

Carol is a pharmacist by training and now works as a freelance regulatory consultant. As well as her role as trustee, she is a CIB ambassador for the Marlow area and is a volunteer for Macmillan Cancer Research.

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Peter Tichbon

Peter became a Trustee in 2020. He is an experienced Managing Director and CEO in the private sector, and runs his own management consultancy. As well as his role at CIB Peter is also a Trustee of SportsAble, a Berkshire based charity which promotes awareness of disability through sport and recreation.

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Karen Satterford

Karen Satterford was a Chief Executive for 18 years, 14 of those at Wycombe Council. She now coaches CEs and Directors in public and private sectors, is a Technical Assessor for CE recruitments, Member of Council for Bucks New University and trustee of CIB since May 2020.

Mike Schindler

Mike has been volunteering with CIB since 2016, advising charities on governance and risk. He became a Trustee in 2020 and is also a Trustee at The Royal Air Force Museum, an ‘Independent Person’ at a local authority and an advisor to a military charity. His background is in defence and law enforcement having set up the UK National Fraud Authority as deputy Chief Executive. He has also worked in the banking & finance sector. He is now a Director of a consultancy group advising law enforcement agencies internationally.

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Michael Curth

After a long corporate career in Market Research, Michael set up his own consultancy business Skilljoy, which increasingly is focused on Board Advisory services and Senior Executive Coaching. He became a trustee of CIB in 2020 and brings a broad range of experience in IT, BPI, general management and more to the team. He is also a trustee of the Camden Society, providing services to people with a learning disability.

Our Ambassadors

Our ambassadors represent Community Impact Bucks in their local communities. They help charities and community groups by making sure they know of and can access our support, by raising the profile of volunteering and by being a first point of contact for local organisations.