Your Support Team

Welcome to the CVS team page, where you can get to know the passionate and experienced individuals who are dedicated to supporting and empowering the Cheshire East voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector (VCFSE). CVS Members, have access to our knowledgeable team for one-to-one support and guidance, accessed through Rachael our Membership Support Officer and supported by our Development Officers, and the wider team. Whether you're looking to develop your skills, navigate challenges, or simply need advice and resources, our team is here to help you and your organisation achieve your goals and thrive.



Kathryn Sullivan
Interim CEO

Kathryn's skills in driving transformational change, fostering innovation, and promoting growth make her a valuable asset to CVS and the VCFSE sector in Cheshire East. She is committed to building strong partnerships and collaborations to tackle the complex challenges facing communities, and she has a proven track record of securing funding for community projects.

Skills and Experience

Leadership and Management • Governance • Organisational Development • Strategic Planning and Visioning • Community Engagement and Outreach • Change Management and Transformation • Coaching and Mentoring • Partnership Development

Samantha James
Deputy CEO

Samantha has a rich background in the non-profit sector, specifically in the area of mental health and wellbeing. She is passionate about supporting VFCSE groups to evidence the difference they make to their communities. She also uses her experience to support groups develop strategies and streamline processes. Samantha is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Innovation at Cambridge University, where their research focuses on the role of the voluntary sector in addressing the wider determinants of health.
Skills and Experience
Monitoring & Evaluation Frameworks • Impact Measurement • Project Management • Streamlining Processes • Organisational Strategy • Organisational Operations • Bid Writing • Social Value 


Helen Roger
Development Officer 

Helen has extensive experience in the management of training and events, with a special interest in upskilling teams to fulfil their potential. As a skilled communicator, she works directly with VCFSE organisations to understand their needs and to equip them with the knowledge and confidence to achieve their goals. With a professional history in medical communications, she has a strong interest in the medical impact of sociological issues and thrives on supporting groups to improve their services and ultimately improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the community.

Skills and Experience

Training Delivery • Networking and Event Management • Meeting Facilitation • Governance • Funding Support • Medical Communications

Aoife Middlemass
Sector Development Lead

Aoife is a highly skilled professional with extensive expertise in essential aspects of developing, sustaining, and managing local VCFSE services. With an unwavering commitment to seeing organisations thrive and make a positive impact on the communities they serve, she goes above and beyond to provide our members with tailored tools, knowledge, and guidance that are essential for success.

Skills and Experience

Governance • Organisational Strategy • Training •  Trusteeship • Volunteer Management and Recruitment • Bid Writing • Fundraising Strategies •

Dan Carroll
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Dan is a meticulous and highly skilled professional who specialises in volunteer management and coordination at CVS. He possesses exceptional skills in handling complex volunteer cases and oversaw a partnered project. Dan is adept at leveraging various digital platforms, including social media, to conduct research and outreach. His networking abilities have also proved instrumental in securing volunteer placements.

Skills and Experience

Volunteer Management • Safeguarding and Disclosure • Social Media and Digital Comms • Data Management • Project Planning and Forecasting • Stakeholder Relationship Development and Collaboration

Alex Major
Volunteer Coordinator

Alex Major is an experienced Volunteer Coordinator who has been with the CVS since March 2017. Alex specialises in volunteer management and is contracted to work with Refugees Welcome, a smaller charity based in Cheshire East. In this role, Alex provides support to families from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers. Alex is passionate about community development and has extensive skills in volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement

Skills and Experience

Interpersonal Relationship Development • Cultural Competency • Project Management •  Volunteer Recruitment Coordination and Management

Tim Stubbs
Volunteer Co-ordinator
(Macclesfield Hospital Team)

Tim is the Volunteer Manager for CVS Cheshire East at Macclesfield District General Hospital, overseeing the contract with East Cheshire NHS Trust. He previously worked as a Library Team Leader/Manager for the University of Derby at the Buxton and Leek Campus and managed the library team at the Chesterfield campus. Tim's experience also includes his former role as a Senior Visitor Welcome Supervisor at Chatsworth House, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of 16 till points, managed a team of 40 paid staff and over 40 volunteers during peak season, and was responsible for providing first aid on the Chatsworth Estate.

Skills and Experience

Contract Management • Operations Management • Team Management and Leadership • Volunteer Management • First Aid Provision • Customer Service • Conflict Resolution and Complaint Handling

Sandra Griffiths
Volunteer Administrator
(Macclesfield Hospital Team)

Sandra brings over 27 years of experience from a variety of roles at Manchester Airport, including managing a 24/7 production and distribution business for a catering and duty-free company. Her extensive background led her to become Regional General Manager overseeing 5 business units with peak employment of approximately 1250 staff and a turnover of £50m. Now at CVS, Sandra utilizes her transferable skills to support the community in a meaningful way.

Skills and Experience

Administrative organisational skills • Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination • Operational and Production management • Project Management Logistics and Procurement • Relationship and Stakeholder Management