Our staff

Meet our CEO

  • Rachel Spencer
    Chief Executive0118 9372053rachel.spencer@rva.org.uk
    Rachel Spencer

    Rachel’s role is to provide vision and leadership so that RVA can build the capacity of the local VCS and strengthen its voice; to promote the role and value of the sector to the public and to key agencies and partnerships which influence the life of the local community; to support the Board of Trustees in carrying out its governance responsibilities and ensure the organisation has the resources necessary to carry out these functions.

Meet our other staff

  • Rachel Goater
    Development Officer: Community Involvement0118 9372054rachel.goater@rva.org.uk
    Rachel Miller

    Rachel’s work looks at ways to increase the number of people who are active in communities around Reading by improving communication and ensuring people know how and where they can get involved in social groups, community events, sports, volunteering and democracy. She supports organisations to work together to increase participation in a range of activities.

  • Steve Hendry
    Volunteering Development Worker 0118 9372657steve.hendry@rva.org.uk

    Steve manages our volunteering advice service and the day-to-day management of the volunteer adviser, administration and community journalism teams. He is also the project lead for RVA Youth, helping local organisations harness the skills, talents and enthusiasm young volunteer (16-24) can bring.

  • Sarah Morland
    Development Officer: Integrated Working0118 9372103sarah.morland@rva.org.uk

    Sarah supports local charities to promote their services to commissioners, to measure their impact and develop partnerships. She works closely with statutory agencies to identify opportunities for closer working with voluntary organisations to achieve the best outcomes for Reading’s communities.

  • David Neale
    Development Officer: Digital Inclusion0118 9372125david.neale@rva.org.uk

    David has been working on increasing local participation around Reading, through Reading Neighbourhood Network, and has been running a project to help small charities and voluntary organisations develop a web presence. Recent work includes support for redevelopment of the RVA website in Wordpress and co-ordinating a The Get Online Reading project to help local people make better use of the internet.

  • Herjeet Randhawa
    Advice Worker0118 9372104herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk

    Herjeet advises voluntary and community groups on legal and technical issues of running a charity, such as employment law, health and safety, data protection, charity law, etc. She also helps organisations to develop a basic level of good governance and to work towards the Safe and Sound quality mark. Herjeet also works with colleagues at RVA and beyond to organise affordable local training on these issues.

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