It’s been just over a year since our new CEO Helen Boardman took up her post. And what a year! The team is growing from strength to strength and we have three new people to introduce. They will be working alongside Helen, Sarah and Ellen. Find out more about them below.
In the coming months, the team is working to improve Cornwall VSF’s offer, to strengthen the sector and provide more support to our membership. We welcome conversations, collaborations and feedback.
Amber is our Youth Engagement Officer and makes up a third of the engagement team. Amber’s key role started in February 2021. This meant immediately creating a Youth Alliance. The Youth Alliance is made up of decision makers from charities supporting young people in Cornwall. Within the Alliance, Amber will be facilitating collaborative working methodologies. The work will seek to co-produce ideas and solutions for young people across Cornwall. Amber said, “This is something I am really looking forward to doing and can’t wait to get going with.”
Amber also spends part of the week working in front-line youth work. Amber said, “In my time away from work, I like to go wild camping, go on walks with my dog Patch, paddleboard and undertake photography, especially with my drone. I am often found outside in the sun, keeping busy.”
Laura is a marketing and communications professional who forms half of the communications team at VSF. A passionate believer in the health-giving properties of living in Cornwall, Laura is motivated to support closing the health gap by facilitating equal opportunities for all. Laura came to us from Cornwall Council, where she collaborated on communications for Together for Families’ response to emerging needs for parents and carers. From this was born an amazing social prescribing project to support families in getting outside and spending time together.
Prior to Cornwall Council, Laura was Marketing Manager at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, where she delivered the marketing strategy for the Export for Growth project. Laura strategised major event campaigns, membership marketing and women into leadership initiatives.
Laura was inspired by the collaboration of Cornwall’s voluntary sector and the power of its communities in the response to Covid. When not at work or swimming in cold water, Laura uses her campaign writing skills to support volunteer-led initiatives in Falmouth.
At VSF, Laura’s focus will be on developing member benefits and communications, marketing and PR campaigns to support the membership and the charity as a whole. She is leading on the Co-creating Cornwall’s Future event and is excited by sharing its impact.
Forming part of the central team with Helen, Shanice leads on transformation of processes to ensure everything runs smoothly. A dynamic leader, committed to continuous learning and improving communications in respect of freedom of information and cybersecurity.
Shanice came to VSF from working in local authorities both in Cornwall and her home of Birmingham. Her extensive experience in records management and administrative support, including program assessment, legal research, policy make Shanice an asset to the VSF team.
Shanice’s role is communicating budget and financial information for our trustees, documenting our expenditure and reconciling invoices. Maintaining shared drive and staff equipment, supporting the chief executive in arranging meetings and minuting alliance and VERA meetings. Her meticulous attention to detail, integrity and discretion make her the ideal point of contact for trustees, members and stakeholders. Her expertise in engaging stakeholders across a variety of channels and creating effective and diplomatic messaging will contribute to our work developing our membership offer.
When not at work, Shanice enjoys walking with her dogs on the Cornish beaches and is a keen participant in sports and yoga. She also plays 5 a side football when permissions allow her to go back home to Birmingham.