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Barry Pridmore

Chair NAVSM

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Barry began his journey into volunteer management in 2008, starting initially as a volunteer. After studying counselling and pursuing an interest in social sciences and psychology, Barry volunteered for the local Witness Service. This experience inspired him to become involved in the work of Victim Support and presented an opportunity to learn about volunteering and best practice in volunteer management. Barry developed a passion for volunteering and trained to be an advocate for young people in care, after a spell of leading voluntary services within the charity sector Barry moved into healthcare to manage volunteering within the NHS.

To gain a greater understanding of volunteering in the NHS he became a member of NAVSM and in 2018 joined the National Executive Committee as training advisor. In December 2020 Barry was elected Chair of NAVSM and is proud to represent and champion all voluntary service staff in healthcare, a role that enables a wider perspective of healthcare volunteering and the challenges faced by colleagues.

Barry’s substantive role is as The Head of Volunteers at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, a world-renowned organisation, and experts in the field of cancer services. Barry works collaboratively with a wider national network of voluntary stakeholders and charities; his aim is to establish The Royal Marsden as a leading Trust for volunteering and NAVSM as a leading supporter of voluntary service staff in healthcare.

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Julie Wiseman

London Hub Chair

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Julie Wiseman is the Trust voluntary services manager for the newly formed University Hospitals Sussex Foundation Trust, working out of Brighton and Haywards Heath.

Julie has been in the health service for nearly 30 years and have been lead for voluntary services for the past 18 years and retired in December 2020 before returning in February 2021 on part time hours.

Julie took over the Chair of the NAVSM London Hub when she returned in February and has attended the NEC meetings on the London Hubs behalf. Julie is looking forward to representing the London Hub at future NEC meetings and expanding the membership as well as building our relationship through liaison with other Hubs across the regions.

The London Hub have always been an open forum for great communication, networking and sharing of information, we are a warm friendly group who are welcoming and diverse, and we would be delighted to welcome new members so please do get in touch if you would like to know more about joining the London Hub.

We are so fortunate to be part of this great association that brings us up to date information on topical issues that affect NHS VSM’s and how we manage our services.

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Carol O’Reilly

Honorary Secretary

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I worked for Croydon University Hospital for 14 years and 12 years as a VSM and retired in 2014.
I have been involved with NAVSM for the past 18 years. First as Conference Organiser currently as Honorary Secretary and help the sub group for the annual seminar.

Previously, before joining the NHS, I worked in the city for 30 years in Investments and Pensions, which was an amazing journey.

I am married and live in Sanderstead, near Croydon.
I am passionate about volunteering and have volunteered in many roles over the years.

In my spare time I volunteer for The National Trust at Chartwell (the home of Winston Churchill), at Croydon University Hospital and help with Croydon Churches Floating Shelters for the homeless in the winter, cooking breakfasts.

I would recommend anyone to join the NEC, as a Committee member you will have the satisfaction of making a difference in the development of volunteering in the NHS and Healthcare system and make new friends.

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Karen Bush

eNews Editor

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(Day job, how long associated with NAVSM)
VSM, Mum, Partner, Foodie and Potter in my ‘spare’ time, I have a love of coffee and all things French! I have worked in the NHS since 2005, initially within HR and then Training. I came to Voluntary Services in 2011 as a co-ordinator, and have been a member of NAVSM since. I then undertook an ILM5 qualification, became VSM in 2013 and joined the NEC at that time. In 2019, my role in the Trust changed when we were absorbed by the hospitals charity and I now cover Community Engagement in addition to Voluntary Services, managing a team of six.

Why you support NAVSM and the difference it makes:
I really enjoy being part of the NAVSM ‘family’ as the eNews Editor. It’s a great way for NAVSM to connect and engage with our members and keep you all updated with current national/worldwide topics relative to volunteering, and I’d encourage anyone to get involved.

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Sally Dyson

East Anglian Hub Chair

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Sally has worked in the NHS for 22 years and initially held positions in Patient Services, Bereavement Services and PALS prior to taking on the role of Voluntary Services Lead for the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Sally joined NAVSM in 2004 and has held various positions on the NEC including, Project Officer, Vice Chair and is currently the Chair for the East Anglian Hub.

She is passionate about identifying and implementing strategic development and service change while creating greater volunteer satisfaction. Her role on the NEC provides opportunities to work Nationally with partners to influence change and promote the value and growth of volunteering in health care while supporting her peers.

Sally is also a member of the advisory panel for the Institute of Volunteering Research (IVR) based at the University of East Anglia (UEA)

As well as an internal team of almost 700 volunteers, Sally manages and supports a portfolio of external volunteer groups affiliated to her Trust and has created a service framework to promote partnership working with VCSE’s where there is potential for links to support specialist clinical services.

Sally’s Trust has been successfully accredited with the Investing in Volunteers award on five occasions.

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Paul Wharton

Vice Chair NAVSM

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Paul Wharton works as volunteer coordinator at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and has been a NAVSM member for five years. He has a passion for developing ways in which volunteers can enhance the patient journey both inside and outside NHS Trusts.
He also has a particular interest in how volunteering can help ex service personnel, ex offenders and those with physical and learning needs. Before moving to the nhs Paul had a long career in welfare to work during which he worked with a number of voluntary and community partners. He is the chair of NE NAVSM hub and of the NENC ICS volunteer forum.

Outside of work Paul is married with two daughters and enjoys running, walking, gardening, sudoku and history.

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Joanna

Membership Secretary

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Joanna is currently the Volunteering & Befriending Lead at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“I have been working within the Involvement, Experience & Volunteering Team for over 15 years and every day I am in awe of the enthusiasm and passion volunteers bring to the hospital”.

“NAVSM has been such a wonderful support to me in my work over the years from peer support through the other members, to the sharing of practices and documentation and I am honoured to be involved as the membership secretary.

Outside of work, Joanna is also a parent governor and helps on the refreshments team with her church, she is also part of an all age choir.

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Chrissy Gregson

Hub Chair- South West

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I first started my NHS career when I was 18 years of age working as a nursing assistant in Mental Health at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, before moving to Exeter in Devon. For the last 14+ years I have worked for Solent NHS Trust, in a number of different capacities, from the Complaints Manager, to the Patient Experience Manager and more recently volunteers becoming the Volunteer & Patient experience Manager.

I joined NAVSM in 2017, where I was later asked to be the Chair person for the South Coast Hub which I feel very privileged to be part of, developing and sharing best practice on a national basis.

NAVSM offers a great source of training and guidance and the local Hub meetings brings a wealth of knowledge, commitment and support to other Voluntary Service Managers & Heads. I am completely in awe of the dedication and fantastic work my colleagues at NAVSM do and of the commitment and dedicated work all the Voluntary Service Managers across the country do in supporting volunteers.

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Julia Eldridge

NAVSM Member

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I am privileged to be a retired honorary member of the NEC. I worked in the NHS for
almost 40 yrs undertaking several roles in that time. Managing volunteers was
always part of whatever role I was undertaking. I managed volunteers for local
community hospitals and mental health across East Sussex. For the latter part of my
work I concentrated on mental health and put emphasis on securing substantive work
for service uses. My biggest achievement was being awarded CSIP (Care Services
Improvement Partnership) national voluntary services manager for the year 2002.
This was awarded for my work in starting up a hearing voices group in East Sussex
which was facilitated by volunteers.

In my spare time I love interior decorating, gardening and spending time with the
grandchildren Having a son living in Spain gives me the opportunity to spend quite a lot of time with him up in the mountains in rural Spain,

Anita Gillen

Hub Chair - Northwest

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I started my NHS career 21 years ago in learning and development but moved into voluntary services in 2007. I have  been in my current position as voluntary services manager for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals since October 2016. I joined NAVSM in 2011 and after observing how volunteer managers valued sharing information at our  hub meetings I was privalaged to be asked to take up the position of Hub Chair for the Northwest in 2015.  Being the Hub Chair has helped me gain a better knowledge and understanding of the voluntary sector and I have established a huge network of people who I can call on for support and visa versa.   I feel privilaged to be able to bring like minded people together, share information and help them to shape the future of volunteering by feeding back their views through the National Executive Committee

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    Barry Pridmore

    Chair NAVSM
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    Julie Wiseman

    London Hub Chair
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    Carol O’Reilly

    Honorary Secretary
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    Karen Bush

    eNews Editor
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    Sally Dyson

    East Anglian Hub Chair
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    Paul Wharton

    Vice Chair NAVSM
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    Joanna

    Membership Secretary
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    Chrissy Gregson

    Hub Chair- South West
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    Julia Eldridge

    NAVSM Member
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  • Anita Gillen

    Hub Chair - Northwest
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