Meet the Helpforce team

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett

Founder and Chair

I can imagine a Britain where millions of people are proud to be the Helpforce — a Britain where giving back to the NHS and other public services is ingrained in our social fabric, where you can expect companionship and support through your entire time in the health system, and where communities support nurses and doctors to produce a more complete healthcare experience.


Mark Lever

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.


Paddy Hanrahan

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.


Hilary Laing

Hilary Laing

Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Having worked in Not for Profit organisations and start-ups, I am passionate about being part of the Helpforce team. Ensuring this inspirational team are backed up with high quality support is a great challenge, keeping up with the constant new ideas and growth, but an absolute honour. I am proud to be part of such an exceptional team, making a real difference.


Maeve Hully

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.


Beth Vaughan

Beth Vaughan

Head of Communications

It is a privilege working for Helpforce. To be part of the change that volunteers can make to our health and care is an exciting mission and one that I believe will have a far-reaching and positive impact on all our lives.

Beth loves everything to do with communication, especially delivering powerful brands that create social change. She is responsible for the press, pr, branding, website and social media for Helpforce. Please get in touch with her if you have any ideas; email me.


Dr Allison Smith

Dr Allison Smith

Head of Insight

I believe that volunteering can be transformative – for those that give their time, for those that are supported by volunteers, and for organisations that truly embrace ‘the power of volunteering’. Everyday I see extraordinary examples of those that give their time, skills and experience to improve the lives of others and make their communities nicer places to live.

Allison is leading the programme of research and business case for volunteering in health and care.


Sally Williams

Sally Williams

Helpforce 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.

Sally is working with NHS trust colleagues to develop a learning network that is a source of information, stories, research and peer support for leaders of volunteers and their teams within NHS settings.


Desiree Benson

Desiree Benson

Regional Lead

As a lifelong volunteer, I am passionate about empowering people through meaningful social action. Having managed nearly 1000 volunteers as a volunteer manager, I greatly enjoy creative approaches to citizenship, finding a role for all within our public services. I am excited to be a part of Helpforce in enabling public participation for health and communities.

Desiree supports NHS Trusts in London and the South of England to develop opportunities for all to participate in their communities through volunteering within the NHS.


Ben Long

Ben Long

Regional Lead

Seconded from Royal Voluntary Service as part of the Strategic Partnership, I have seen the power of volunteering first hand and now I want to see it fully integrated along the patient pathway.

Ben is working alongside NHS Trusts engaged with Helpforce to enhance volunteering in acute and community settings across the Midlands and East of England.


Roz Tinlin

Roz Tinlin

Regional Lead

I am passionate about volunteering and see the benefits in the NHS and communities. Every day I am inspired by volunteers and everyone involved with care, this is a great opportunity for everyone to get behind the NHS and ‘do your bit’.

Roz is working with and supporting Trusts in the North of England to develop volunteer infrastructure; gain valuable insight and impact to enable growth through the power of volunteering.


Adam Said

Adam Said

Digital Manager

I am excited to work for such a great cause, and one that will have a huge impact on many people. Through Helpforce we are working with leading organisations, including the NHS which is at the centre of our health and care. There is so much we can bring to volunteers through digital innovation.

Adam is responsible for overseeing all digital work at Helpforce.


Kay Fawcett OBE

Kay Fawcett OBE

Education Lead & Clinical Advisor

I have been in the NHS all my working life and I am delighted to be involved with such an exciting initiative. I believe that Helpforce can act as a catalyst to extend the impact of volunteering, and drawing on the experience and support of partners they can truly Be the Helpforce.

Kay leads on educational developments for Helpforce along with Lynn Twin. She’s worked in and with the NHS for over 40 years.


Lynn Twinn

Lynn Twinn

Consultant

My passion is around seeing people grow and develop. The fact I have this opportunity to be able to do this within Helpforce and the NHS is very motivating and inspiring.

Focussing on Education of Volunteers and Volunteer Leaders working with Kay Fawcett.


Christabel Jay

Christabel Jay

Office Manager

Having gained most of my confidence and experience from a start-up background, it’s a real privilege to be working for Helpforce. Ensuring the office is running smoothly and assisting the delightful team in their shared goal for a collaborative platform with the NHS and ever-growing volunteers.


We’re always on the lookout for bright minds who are passionate about the future of the NHS to join our team. If that sounds like you, why not get in touch.

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