Chris is Chief Executive of Poole Council for Voluntary Service, an organisation that supports other charities and voluntary groups in their work. Chris has worked in the voluntary sector since 1990, working with a variety of people including: disabled people, homeless people and ex-offenders.
Andy started his career in the voluntary & community sector working with the homeless and rough sleepers in the Midlands, Dorset and Hampshire. Since 2000 he has worked in local government and focused on partnership work, helping to bring together and co-ordinate a wide range of organisations to tackle local and wider strategic issues.
Andy is an award winning chartered architect and urban designer and a Director at New Masterplanning. He has led design teams on significant regeneration projects for Bristol, Poole, Slough, Gloucester, Bath and Taunton town centres, and has a strong interest in designing community spaces into the urban landscape.
Debbie started her career in personnel management in London and the South East before becoming Head of HR for the Borough of Poole. She subsequently worked as a Strategic Director for three different councils in the South, with responsibility for a wide range of services including finance, legal, property, housing, leisure and PR. Debbie has a masters degree in human resource management and has acted as an independent reviewer for various projects seeking accreditation.
Chris Mills, Company Secretary & Finance
Chris started working life as a chartered accountant. He subsequently moved into the charity sector where he led finance and administration teams at two separate charities based in East Anglia. More recently, Chris was chief executive of the Racing Foundation, a grant-making charitable trust. Chris has a masters degree in voluntary and community sector studies and has also worked extensively as a researcher specialising in voluntary and community sector issues.