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Meet the team

Find out about the people behind the scenes that bring Selby District AVS to life.

Meet the team

Find out about the people behind the scenes that bring Selby District AVS to life.

Who we are

Our team are an amazing and diverse group of people, with a wealth of experience, skills, knowledge, and personality. 
 This section introduces each team member, their role and some interesting (?!) facts about them.
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Selby AVS Team
Selby District AVS team

The Selby District AVS team

Chris Hailey-Norris - Selby team

Chris Hailey-Norris

Chief Officer

Chris has been working in the voluntary and community sector for over 30 years. He is passionate about making a difference. He believes a strong and diverse voluntary and community sector brings a richness and improved quality of life for everyone living and working across the District.
 
Chris has been working for SDAVS since 2009, on what was an initial 6-day piece of consultancy work – he never left!
During that time he has been keen to develop a series of community partnerships and collaborations. He is currently the Chair of Selby District Equality and Advice Network, Selby District Dementia Action Group, Selby District Anti – Poverty Partnership, and York & Selby District Police Independent Advisory Group.
 
Chris has a degree in Psychology, accompanied by 3 years training in business & life coaching and a teaching qualification. This combination of skills and experience enables him to support and strengthen the sector whilst still working directly with clients to help address their barriers, seek solutions, and grab opportunities.
 
Aside from that Chris never really let go of the 1980s – always to be relied on with an update on The Fizz, Abba reunion, TV trivia, and memories of his teenage years! – You have been warned!

Emily Havercroft

Operations Manager

Emily has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years. After moving to Selby 10 years ago, she quickly fell in love with the District, taking an active role in the community – working and volunteering within a varied mix of innovative projects. Emily believes in people, community, and inclusivity, she is continually inspired by those she works with and for.
 
Emily’s main focus at Selby District AVS is to bring together; people, partnerships, and projects, within our accessible community spaces. She is our ‘home-maker’, ensuring internal functions maximise our external service delivery. She is particularly experienced in coordinating and managing people, resources, and events, with a diverse background in the creative arts, outreach work, and project delivery.
 
At university Emily specialised in community-based arts, autobiography and life telling, graduating with a masters degree. She also has qualifications in people management. Her creative attitude and love for the community help to make her approachable and adaptable. She is passionate about working at Selby District AVS, but also loves: bunting, second helpings at a good buffet, and hunting for up-cyclable treasures in charity or second-hand shops!
Emily Havercroft - Selby District AVS team
Bryony Boyle - Selby District AVS team

Bryony Boyle

Strategy and Partnerships Manager

Bryony has twenty years experience working in sustainability and community development and is passionate about supporting the voices of communities to be heard and valued. She has worked across the private, public and charity sectors and believes in the power of collaboration to deliver sustainable change and better outcomes for communities.
 
Bryony brings a long history of working in cross-sector partnerships, starting her career delivering local government support programmes for the Energy Saving Trust, to working for the Greater London Authority and the London Sustainable Development Commission. She has extensive experience in strategy development and project delivery, with particular focus on community engagement and behaviour change, developing community assets and neighbourhood strategy.
 
Bryony has a Masters degree in Environmental Sustainability and holds qualifications in Counselling. When she’s not at work, Bryony likes northing more than being outdoors, preferably walking in the mountains, as long as the kids aren’t complaining too loudly!

Jamie Gathercole

Community Manager

Jamie worked for many years in telecommunications, and his roles were always community-based, looking at ways to support and reach more vulnerable or isolated people. Moving on to work at Age UK Selby, Jamie took on the role of Project Manager, and for 6 years provided invaluable information and advice to older people, as well as dealing with Power of Attorneys. He has a particular interest and experience in supporting people to access technology.
 
Jamie is a fantastic mixed bag! A qualified personal trainer, he goes to the gym regularly and realises that this supports his emotional wellbeing, as well as being great for his physical health. Jamie has been through a range of obstacles in his own life, and coming through this he can now relate to many different people. He is approachable, loyal and passionate about community. 
 
Jamie likes to watch films and box sets, especially about crime or action. He also loves music and has a wide range of tastes. He supports Leeds United and has 3 generations of family who have followed them through good times and bad. The team at the community house is where he feels at home, as it is welcoming, inclusive and non-judgmental…. and most importantly fun!
Selby AVS team - Jamie Gathercole
Alison Hartley - Selby District AVS team

Alison Hartley

Support & Advice Coordinator

Alison joined the team in 2018 and tends to be the “hug in the building”.

Her background career had always been retail, managing stores in Yorkshire, Leicestershire and central London. She owned her own boutique for several years selling ladies occasion wear and millinery.

Just when she thought she would ease into retirement gracefully, she discovered SDAVS, or did they find her? Initially taking on a role as a receptionist and admin support, her retail skills quickly became obviously transferrable to her new role as Support and Advice Coordinator. A people person and team player, she is a go-to person and mentor. An Action Towards Inclusion keyworker, Social Prescriber and Equality Champion, Alison offers support to individuals as well as other partnerships within the Selby Area. She is passionate about working with people and supporting them within the community. To see people of all ages and backgrounds progress and succeed, achieving their goals, whatever that may be, for her is the greatest reward she could ever receive.

Always keen to stay up to date she embraces new challenges and training opportunities, most recently completing a level 2 in Mental Health Awareness.

For Alison, to be part of such an amazing team at SDAVS is a gift. No more anxious journeys to work wondering what the day might bring, she now sings along to the radio with anticipation as to what the team will achieve that day.

Jane Perkins

Finance Officer

Jane has 2 important roles in her life. 1 is working for Selby District AVS, which she had done for the past 3 years and the other being a mum of twins, which she has done for nearly 18 years.  
Both roles in her life, bring an abundance of love, entertainment, fulfilment and satisfaction.
Jane compares her life to a Yorkshire Pudding recipe; without the right ingredients they would not be a success, therefore, without the lovely mix of family, friends and work colleagues in her life, she would not succeed.
Selby AVS team - Jane Perkins
Selby AVS team - Charlotte Jones

Charlotte Jones

Selby Big Local, Selby Community Fridge and Our Zero Selby

A Selby girl through and through, you’ll find Charlotte giggling somewhere in the building. She might be small but she is full of life and only encouraged more by the inspiring people that she gets the pleasure of working alongside. To her this building is a lightness that is transformative – in so many ways – although she’s not quite yet transformed her music taste to exclusively 80s (sorry Chris). Charlotte is encouragingly ambitious and always willing to take on new opportunities alongside this team of superhumans who have taught her the most important lesson of all – to be exclusively oneself. She has been overwhelmed by the kindness, laughter, strength, and warmth from all at Community House, and has never worked in an environment that has a deal with such challenges, daily, and do it all with such humanity or as Chris may call it “outrageous comedy value”! Work might not be easy, but it sure is a pleasure, especially when she is still holding the record for wearing a new outfit every day, 7 months on.

Matt Fisher

Big Local

As Community Development Worker for Selby Big Local Matt’s been say’s it’s wonderful to be part of the Selby DAVS family. Working in such a responsive way with an amazing group of colleagues who are helping people in so many ways; from coordination, ringing residents in need and befriending to doing practical jobs such as shopping.  My role has given me a better insight into the issues that some of our local resident’s face, and I’ve listened to and played a part in setting up some great projects; hearing amazing local stories and helping to make Selby a better place to live.

Selby AVS team - Matt Fisher
Selby AVS team - Pauline Hill

Pauline Hill

Reception and Admin

If Carla is the mother hen of the team, then Pauline is most definitely the grandma!
She says that if there’s one thing she has learned from working at Community House, it is humility.  ‘We have some amazing people coming through our doors many of whom face difficult challenges on a daily basis.  They are some of the kindest, most generous people I have ever met’.  
‘Working here over the past 6 years has certainly given me considerably more grey hairs than I started with but also a lot more laughter lines. (Yes, Chris, that’s what they are!)’.

Carla Stringer

Reception and Admin

Carla describes working for Selby District AVS as somewhere where she gets to do what she truly loves; interacting and helping people, all with a smile, a laugh or three, and total job satisfaction – knowing that she is making a difference.  She says she has never worked anywhere so dedicated to their staff, their clients and passionate about the wider community.  As well as her job, Carla also loves nipping out for a saunter with her bestie in the car – 200 miles later she’s rallying down tiny country lanes in the middle of nowhere!  She is happiest with a flask, pack-up, binoculars and proper road-trip music blaring out!

Selby AVS team - Carla Stringer
Selby AVS team - Nick Atherton

Nick Atherton

ATI Keyworker

Nick, through his own company, had been working alongside Selby District AVS for several years before officially joining the family in 2020 as a Key Worker on the Action Towards Inclusion programme. He says “It’s so wonderful to work with a team of like-minded individuals who all want the best for their community. It’s such a supportive environment to work in, where we all look out for each other as well as our clients and community”. In addition to his community work, Nick is a passionate ecologist and filmmaker, enjoying nothing more than a day spent traipsing through the wilderness with a camera in hand!

Lindsay Brown

ATI Keyworker

Lindsay is one of our newest members of the team. As a qualified teacher, she supports clients to improve their literacy and numeracy skills via online sessions. Seeing people grow in confidence is one of the best parts of the job. Lindsay is great at putting people at ease and working with their strengths to help develop their skills. Sessions with her are always fun and clients are made to feel proud of their achievements. It’s quite a buzz for Mrs B 🐝 to see their progress! In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys walking the gorgeous coastal path in South Devon, where she lives. She is also keen to share her love of 80s music with anyone who will dance and sing along with her!

Selby AVS team - Lindsay Brown
Selby AVS team - Samantha Suttle

Samantha Suttle

ATI Keyworker

Sam has joined the ATI team and also leads Mentoring sessions at Selby Community House, through the Diana Award. Sam has spent many years within the youth industry and is excited to also now be working with adults, as part of the ATI family. Sam loves getting to know people and learning about their journeys. When she is not at Selby Community house, or in a youth session, she is busy chasing her 3-year-old on imaginary adventures, creating lots of mess! 

Our Trustees

Our Trustees

We have a charismatic and diverse range of phenomenal trustees supporting our charity. Bringing expertise, experience and knowledge from a huge variety of backgrounds and sectors, ensuring passionate and informed leadership throughout our work.

Kay Goodwin

Chair

Kay has been involved with AVS for an incredible 15 years, first as a trustee and then as the Chair, seeing the charity through many challenges, changes and developments.

Kay has had a dynamic and inspirational career. Initially working in London on Fleet Street, then moving to Nottingham to take on a variety of challenging posts. She went on to work in Libya for 4 years at the British Embassy, experiencing deportation in l980. After this Kay decided not to return to London, and in need of work took the job as a Clerk in a hospital. Kay worked her way up through different projects and roles, all whilst studying for a degree and then a masters part time.

In l991 Kay moved to North Yorkshire and Selby won her heart. She spent 16 years trying to get a new hospital for Selby, working with the local MP, and several Secretary of States for Health, eventually succeeding in 2008. This was hugely satisfying, as everyone said at the time she would never do it. Kay went on to project manage a joint build project, and Selby Hospital was completed in 2014.

As well as her regular planning meetings with Chris, Kay also loves planning overseas travel, gardening, a nice glass of red wine and is never without a good book to read.

Trustee Board

  • Chair – Kay Goodwin
  • Fiona Connor
  • Martin Wedgwood
  • Jean Cross
  • Ann Rhodes
  • Margaret Craik

Trustee Representatives

  • Dave Bowgett – Tadcaster Town Council
  • Karl Arthur – North Yorkshire County Council
  • Wendy Nichols – Selby Town Council
  • Stephanie Duckett – Selby District Council

Volunteers

We are supported by the most incredible team of generous and fantastic volunteers, working throughout our services and providing the invaluable gift of time for the benefit of our community.

A huge thank you to them all.

Selby District AVS Volunteers
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