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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Diane Rutter
Services Director

Part of our Senior Management Team, Diane oversees (and delivers!) our support for charities and volunteers across Buckinghamshire.  She is a conference speaker and facilitator. She also provides consultancy to charities, social enterprises and the public sector.

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Debi Game
Head of VCSE & Community Development

Debi heads up the team that provides support direct to communities to help them set up community schemes and projects. Her team also delivers support and services directly to vulnerable and socially isolated residents of Buckinghamshire.  To find out more about what we currently do give Debi a call.

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Rachel Fisher
Head of Communications

Rachel looks after external communications including our newsletter, social media, website and marketing.

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Helen Archer
VCSE & Community Development Manager

Helen supports volunteer groups to set up Community Transport schemes including volunteer car drivers and community minibuses. Working with communities to develop Community Led Plans or Neighbourhood Plans, Helen helps them decide which is the most suitable plan, and how to get everyone locally participating.

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Samantha Hardy
Manager – Gardening and Befriending, Handy Helpers, Smart Energy

Samantha manages a number of our direct delivery services which support vulnerable and socially isolated Buckinghamshire residents. She is responsible for our Gardening and Befriending Service, pilot Handy Helper service and consumer advice on energy savings.

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Hazel Finney
Lead - Volunteering

Hazel advises and trains charities and community groups that involve volunteers, and promotes volunteering throughout the county.  She manages the national partnerships with Reach Volunteering and Do-it, and is on the Events’ Committee of the Association of Volunteer Managers.

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Stephanie Thompson
VCSE & Community Development Officer

Stephanie leads on the Community Organising project in East Wycombe and community buildings advice and information service. Stephanie works with community leaders and groups to help drive change. If you would like to find out more, or if you are interested in subscribing to the buildings service, give her a call.

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Ruth Humphrey
VCSE & Community Development Assistant

Ruth provides support services to all members of the Projects 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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Amber Barnett
Gardening Team Leader

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

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Llew Monger
County Coordinator - Lunch Club project

In this county-wide role Llew researches and establishes new lunch club venues and supports existing ones throughout Bucks. He negotiates the lunch deal, recruits organisers for each venue and promotes the launch of new lunch clubs in the local community.

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Jenny Finnegan
Business Support Officer

Jenny is your first point of contact for all our training and events and manages liaising with venues and delegates to make sure they all run smoothly. Jenny also looks after our data and reporting.

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Anne Burton
Business Support Officer

Anne is part of the team providing business support to CIB, focussing mainly on finance and HR, and is often the first point of contact for enquiries. Anne also responds to calls to the Community Transport Hub.

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Our Trustees

Mimi Harker OBE
Chairman

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
Treasurer

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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.