our staff, trustees and volunteers

Richard Corbett - Director


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Richard'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.

Hazel Broad - Deputy Director


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Hazel leads RVA's IT and communications work, including the development of our volunteering portal RGneeds.me as well as our other online channels. She oversees the workplan of our Information Hub and has a strategic role in the promotion and development of volunteering. Hazel is a deputy to the Local Strategic Partnership, a VCS representative on the Think Family Group and the Older People's Partnership, focusing particularly on promoting the sector's wide-ranging service delivery expertise.

Steve Hendry - Hub Project Manager


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Steve's role involves managing the new home of RVA, Highbridge House. As well as the office, meeting room and training facilities on offer Steve also oversees the public and community space which are an integral part of the building.

Rachel Miller - Development Officer: Community Involvement


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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. This post is funded by the Transforming Local Infrastructure project.

Sarah Morland - Business Ready Coordinator


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As part of the Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) programme, Sarah will undertake an assessment with groups who want to access support with improving their 'business readiness' for bidding to new sources of funding.

Jim Murdoch - Office Manager


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Jim manages the administration of Reading Voluntary Action. In this role he ensures that RVA's financial reporting systems, payments and accounts are maintained. He also ensures all governance aspects of the organisation are kept up to date as Company Secretary.

David Neale - Development Officer


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David has been working on increasing local participation around Reading, through Reading Neighbourhood Network. He is also running a project to help small charities and voluntary organisations develop a web presence and is supporting the advice team.

Rachel Spencer - Advice Manager


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Rachel advises voluntary and community groups on legal and technical issues e.g. employment law, health and safety, data protection, charity law, etc. She also organises affordable local training on these issues.