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, zumba 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!

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.

Sylvia Porter - Step by Step Project Officer and One Step at a time Co-ordinator. A new member to the AVA Team, who has worked in various community development roles in Nottinghamshire for the past 15 years. Prior to this, working in secondary education for 13 years as a Business Studies teacher. Sylvia has a keen interest in the health agenda locally and is involved in her GP Patient Participation Group and the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative. Sylvia is a qualified badminton coach and walk leader and in my spare time she loves to swim, walk, cook and travel.

Peter Robinson is a Trustee at Ashfield Voluntary Action using his vast wealth of commerical experience to help to steer the charity through challenging times. Peter brings an invalauble 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, suppporting his son, volunteering for the GP practice network and doing voluntary work. 

Sarah Taylor works on patient engagement and has worked in the voluntary sector for 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!












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