Meet the Team


Samantha Clarke runs the Living Well Hub supporting adults who are at risk of loneliness or isolation and want to get the most out of life. The project supports people to keep busy, stay independent, get connected and enjoy life. Samantha loves the role and seeing the positive difference the project makes to people's lives.

Samantha enjoys reading, spending time with her family and socialising with friends.

Ellen Clay is the Administrator who provides essential support for the continued development of the Step by Step Project.

Ellen had previously worked as an Assessor and Verifier in the Education Sector.

As a member of the National Trust, Ellen loves to visit old houses, learn their history and take a walk around their grounds along with Henry her Scottish Terrier.

Dr Margaret Gregory is our Chair of Trustees having joined us as a trustee in June 2017.

Margaret's background is in psychiatric nursing having worked primarily in Social Services in Mansfield, Ashfield, Nottingham and Derby hospitals. She also spent 10 years at Derby University where she was a senior Lecturer in Law & Social Services.

Margaret enjoys bowls, architecture, history and travel and is also a Church Warden working with Oddfellows supporting community work and welfare in Derbyshire.    

Jamie Herberts is the Group Facilitator for Step by Step's gardening group and also supports AVA's allotment. Jamie finds gardening inspirational and relaxing and enjoys meeting new people.

Jamie is a keen gardener and is interested in garden design as well as a passionate recycler, finding new ways to re-use items in the garden. Jamie is also AVA's unofficial creative director!

Katherine Houlding joined us in March 2022 through the Kickstart programme. Katherine works in Admin and Marketing and enjoys taking and editing photos for our promotional material. 

Katherine enjoys photography, nature and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Yvonne Hudson joined AVA in July 2021 to support the Thriving Communities project. She has worked in the voluntary sector for six years having previously worked in the library service. "I love working for the community in which I live and being able to make a difference". Throughout the pandemic, Yvonne was the Volunteer Coordinator at the Ashfield Vaccination Centre.

Yvonne enjoys walking, cycling and gardening and spending time with her family.

Teresa Jackson was appointed Manager of Ashfield Voluntary Action in May 2018 having previously worked at AVA delivering the Talent Match programme supporting young people into employment. Teresa has a wealth of experience working in the voluntary sector for the past 20 years, including: working for Groundwork as a community officer working up to Regional Manager for the organisation; Setting up and Managing a social enterprise, Untapped Resource, for 9 years, supporting people into work through training and work experience. Prior to this she worked as a teacher in local secondary schools.

Teresa enjoys holidays to exotic destinations, and has a keen interest in the environment, conservation and the Chinese art of Feng Shui. 

Jac Lemmen is a Trustee at Ashfield Voluntary Action having joined the team early in 2020. Jac's background as a Chemical Engineer means that he brings a fresh new perspective and skill set to the charity. He is process driven, results orientated, meticulous, accurate and organised. All skills which help equip the charity to go forward. 

Jac also volunteers for the Emergency Foodbank and enjoys watching television, visiting historical sites and walking.

Phil Marshall is our longest serving Trustee having joined AVA in 2004. His former employment as Chief Executive for Ashfield District Council means that he is perfectly placed to be a guiding light for the charity and has helped us to go from strength-to-strength.   

Phil is a Governor of an academy and also sits on the boards of two charities. He is a life-long Nottingham Forest fan and has been a Season Ticket holder for most of that time. Phil also enjoys travel.

Peter Robinson is a Trustee at Ashfield Voluntary Action using his vast wealth of commercial experience to help to steer the charity through challenging times. Peter brings an invaluable perspective through his experience in working to further the patient voice with the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and also with many years supporting the voluntary sector.

Peter has many interests including gardening, music, walking with his wife, supporting his son, volunteering for the GP practice network and doing voluntary work. 

Jamie Satterthwaite works in the role of Health and Wellbeing officer at AVA with a remit to target support, via development of activity /engagement programmes, toward prioritising community members who may be socially excluded, enduring mental health issues or health inequalities.

Working as a local community link to social prescribing services he is also developing dynamic and responsive pathways to enable AVA to reach the most vulnerable in the community of Ashfield with specific focus on identified areas in each locality.

Jamie has worked in Ashfield since 1992,in roles including Youth and Community Worker (NCC) Youth Justice worker (TSYJ) Drug Service Manager (NHS Notts). Jamie has lectured at NTU covering subjects such as Youth Justice, Youth studies, Social inclusion and Public Health.

His interests are Substance use (inc applications regs medicinal cannabis) and Offending.

Jamie lives in the local community has a lurcher, whippets , ferrets, motorbikes and a big list of gardening/DIY jobs which all tend to keep him out of trouble.

Dawn joined us as a volunteer in May 2021 after a lifelong career in the education sector. She volunteers on Mondays and Thursdays assisting with reception and administrative tasks and working with a great team. In addition, Dawn is a walk buddy working with individuals as part of the 'Step by Step' project.

Her interests include travel, photography and walking her much loved dog, Holly. She is also the secretary of a local dog training club.

Sarah Taylor works on patient engagement digital inclusion and has worked in the voluntary sector for over twenty years. Her area of expertise is in community development and funding and she is a passionate advocate of inclusion and access.

Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, music and spoiling her beloved dog Maurice!

Elliot Thorpe is a member of our team that originally joined us through the Kickstart Scheme. They manage the Facebook page and provide administrative support to the team. Before working with us, Elliot studied Psychology and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University where they were also very involved with the LGBT+ Pride Society.

Elliot is interested in history and psychology, and enjoys nature walks, video games, and spending time with their family.

Megan Walker joined us in March 2021 and helps us with Reception and Administration. Before joining us, Megan was on a 12 week Princes Trust programme. 

Megan enjoys reading, going out with friends and spending time with her family. She also enjoys music and watching movies and is a highly popular member of the team and is known throughout the Centre for her sunny smile.  










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