Meet the team
Find out about the people behind the scenes that bring Selby District AVS to life.
Who we are
The Selby District AVS team
Strategy and Partnerships Manager
Support & Advice Coordinator and ATI & DWP Youth Hub Project 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 role as Support and Advice Coordinator. A people person and team player, she is a go-to person and mentor. An Action Towards Inclusion and DWP Youth Hub project coordinator, 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.
Communications Officer and Our Zero Selby Project Coordinator
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.
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!
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 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!
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!
Matt’s been part of the Selby DAVS family for two years as Community Development Worker for Selby Big Local and now as part of the AVS team as a Project Worker.
Matt’s passion is as a community organiser, encouraging people, especially young people, to help make their ideas happen, to benefit themselves and the community and whenever possible to live a more active and healthier lifestyle.
Matt has worked in Selby for two years and has helped set up all kinds of activities, from online quizzes to bicycle maintenance, and will be using his skills and experience as part of the Selby AVS Youth Hub and other community projects.
When he’s not working, he can be found in a swimming pool or out in the countryside on his mountain bike.
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 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.
- Chair – Kay Goodwin
- Fiona Connor
- Martin Wedgwood
- Jean Cross
- Ann Rhodes
- Margaret Craik
- Dave Bowgett – Tadcaster Town Council
- Karl Arthur – North Yorkshire County Council
- Wendy Nichols – Selby Town Council
- Stephanie Duckett – Selby District Council
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.