Who we are

Diane Rutter
Acting CEO

Diane leads our enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers. She oversees (and delivers!) our support for charities, communities and volunteers across Buckinghamshire.  She is a conference speaker and training facilitator. She also provides consultancy to charities, social enterprises and the public sector.

0300 1111 250
Lesley Favager
Head of Resources

As part of the Senior Management Team, Lesley’s role is to manage CIB’s resources so that our teams have what they need to support communities and charities in Bucks. Her remit includes finance, communications, premises and all points in between!

01844 348827
Helen Cracknell
Lead Support to Groups

Helen’s role is to help charities and community groups get the support they need.  Whether just starting or already operating she can help point you in the right direction especially in relation to funding and governance, as well as signposting to other sources of help.

01844 348828
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.

0300 111 1250
Debi Game
Head of Projects

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.

01844 348830
Stephanie Thompson
Project Officer (maternity cover)

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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Helen Archer
Community Project Officer

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.

01844 348833
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.

01844 348823
07990756742
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.

01844 348832
07917 6192390
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.

07808 096513
Rachel Fisher
Interim communications & PR manager

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

01844 348843
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.

0300 111 1250
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
Chair

Mimi has been CIB chair since 2017. She has been a district councillor for 12 years and was awarded an OBE for her work for women and her local community. She currently serves on the Chiltern District Council Cabinet and is involved in a wide range of voluntary roles.

Tara Beard-Knowland
Vice Chair

Tara joined CIB as a trustee at the end of 2013 and, after a stint as chair, is now vice chair. She is a senior director for Ipsos MORI’s brand, communications and advertising specialism, Ipsos Connect and uses her company’s volunteering days to work with us.

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.

Richard Adams
Trustee

Richard has served as one of our trustees since August 2016. He works in sales, marketing and general management in the technology sector and has had an international career with directorships in both the UK and Australia, as well as working extensively in the United States.

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.

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.

Marlene Baker

Marlene is the CIB ambassador for the Great Missenden area, including Prestwood, The Kingshills and Holmer Green. She’d be happy to help any charities or community groups in her area.