Meet the Helpforce team

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Mark Lever

Chief Executive

It was seeing the power of volunteering first hand that motivated me to move from the world of finance to the charity sector nearly 25 years ago – a move I have never regretted. I am now incredibly proud to be working with such a talented team who are all committed to maximising the impact of volunteering on the health and well being of local communities.

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Maeve Hully

Director of Volunteering

As a trained nurse I understand the genuine value volunteers can bring to patients families and healthcare. As someone who has volunteered in an NHS hospital I know how truly rewarding the experience of volunteering can be. We have already had great commitment from health boards in the three countries and I am looking forward to developing them.

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Paddy Hanrahan

Director of Strategy & Innovation

My personal driver is social change and Helpforce is a fantastic opportunity to help communities as well as support our brilliant NHS. Based on my own volunteering experience, the magic of helping other people is a win-win for all involved and should play a role in all of our lives.

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Sally Williams

Helpforce Connect Network Manager

Every day I am humbled by the efforts of people who use their skills, time and compassion to help others. Volunteer managers across the NHS are creating opportunities for their volunteers to make a real difference to patients and staff and it is a privilege to work alongside inspirational healthcare professionals towards our shared vision of volunteer support for every patient.

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Debbie Ambrose

Network Coordinator

Working with Helpforce has given me a unique opportunity to meet and work with an inspirational and dedicated team of talented people whose aim it is to improve people’s health and wellbeing with the help of volunteers. I’m just a small cog in this big wheel supporting the network team by coordinating network activities and website content for its members.

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Maxine Moss-Black

Programme Manager

Through my experience of working with social impact organisations to design and develop and improve services, I’ve seen the growing value and benefit that volunteering services bring to the organisation, the volunteers and the community that they serve. It is this compelling reason that I am so excited and passionate to be a part of how Helpforce can work within the Health and Social Care sector to positively impact society.

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Gillian Reynolds

Programme Manager

I am delighted to be part of the Helpforce Team using my extensive experiences of working within the community and voluntary sector as well as NHS Trusts; I feel passionate about promoting shared learning to increase the value of volunteers to enhance person centred care and support for patients both in hospital and at home. We are in an exciting and challenging time with the opportunities that new Integrated Care Systems can increase NHS Trust's ambitions to more authentically connect with the local communities they serve.

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Melissa Griffith

Programme Manager

From experience working within the health and care landscape I can see immense opportunity to unlock the value volunteers can bring to staff, patients and the wider community. Helpforce are truly committed to supporting health and care systems reap the benefits of volunteering and I am proud to be a member of this team and working with incredible healthcare professionals striving to unlock the full potential of volunteering.

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Mark Burrett

Programme Manager

From my experience of co- designing innovative UK National employment programmes, supporting marginalised groups of people, to enable greater levels of social mobility. I have seen first-hand the benefits of volunteering and the experiential learning curve volunteers undergo themselves and the rewards it provides to others within our communities.

I am now very proud and excited to be working with amazing team here at Helpforce, in helping to grow our UK wide volunteering agendas within the Health and Social Care sector, in demonstrating the value of volunteering and subsequent benefits to our communities.

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Vy Tran

Communications and Content Manager

I’m fascinated by the power of volunteering and truly believe that volunteering plays an important role in our society. What appeals to me about Helpforce is the organisation’s ambition to embed volunteering within our healthcare system and a philosophy which embraces the values of kindness and compassion.

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Peter Agbon

Digital Solutions Architect

People helping people for me is the most strongest force of being human. Digital Innovation and developments is my strategy to support this movement. Working with Helpforce is such a great opportunity to be part of something wonderful, as it focuses on harnessing the power of community and volunteering innovation within the Health and Social Care sector.

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Kiran Sekhon

Research Analyst - Insight & Impact

Whilst working for the NHS, I gained first-hand experience of how important volunteering is to hospital staff, patients, and local communities. As a result, I am proud to be working at Helpforce, which has supporting health and care systems at the heart of their company. As a research analyst, my focus is to work alongside health and care systems to develop data collection tools and analyse data to gain an understanding about the impact of volunteers and develop strategies to boost their impact.

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Sibel Akbiyik

Research Analyst

The passion that Helpforce has for promoting volunteering in Health and Social care through different strategies is my biggest motivation to be a member of this family. From my experience in the NHS and various research projects as a researcher, I am thrilled to use my skills to make a difference while helping others. And I feel lucky to be part of this journey.