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Governance

Community First East Hampshire merged with Havant Council of Community Service in 2012. In 2015 the combined group merged with Winchester Area Community Action to create Communities First Wessex, trading as Community First.

Our small but experienced board of directors decide our strategic direction. Our strategy is implemented by the Chief Executive and the Senior Management team.

It is governed by its articles of association (PDF, 600KB) and regulations made under the articles.

Community First’s registered office address is Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1SA

Community First is registered with the Charity Commission number 1147527. It is a Limited Company by guarantee number 08071971.

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Our Board

Bev Jones

Bev Jones

Chairman

Beverley Morgan Jones has been a resident of East Hampshire (Alton) for the last 36 years.

Lived and worked in Hampshire since leaving college in Winchester. Trained as a teacher and taught in several schools in the county. Became a full-time youth and community worker and was the county officer for a large voluntary youth organisation covering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Developed and managed the first community school in the county. Eventually moved into the world of adult learning and training.

Retired early as a vice principal of a large further and higher education college in north Hampshire and then helped develop the adult and training services of Hampshire County Council over a nine-year period.

Because of my background I have a good understanding and knowledge of the voluntary community sector and its interface with various statutory organisations in Hampshire.

Until recently I was a board member of an international adult and community learning organisation, chairman of the North Hampshire bench of magistrates and the Prince’s Trust in Hampshire.

I became associated with Community First East Hampshire some 6 years ago and took a lead role in merging the organisations that work with Havant and Winchester to form Communities First Wessex (trading as Community First).

Now fully retired I spend my time on travelling and the further development and growth of Communities First Wessex. I hold a Master’s Degree in Business and Administration.



Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis

Vice Chair

Trevor has a BA in Economics and History.

His career has involved developing and implementing large-scale IT systems solutions across a wide range of industries. Company director for thirty years, including roles as MD, CEO and Chair.

His wide range of experience and skills include General Management, Change Management, Sales and Marketing, Tendering for Contracts, Product and Service Development, Finance, HR, Consultancy, Project Management, Mergers and Acquisitions. He has worked in the voluntary sector for seven years, including being Chair of a CVS, Winchester Area Community Action, now part of Community First. He is used to working at senior level with local authorities.

Trevor's other interests include being Vice-Chair of Home-Start Winchester and District. He enjoys hill walking, theatre, literature, art, watching rugby and cricket.

He says: "I believe that with austerity budgets and funding cuts to many services, charities, local authorities and individuals must join together to mobilise resources to mitigate the impact of these cuts on those in most need in our society. I am very pleased to be a part of Community First which, as the CVS for around 40% of Hampshire, is locally at the forefront of this activity."

Jenny Owens

Jenny Owens

Director

Bill Stevens

Bill Stevens

Director

William served in the Army (Colonel Rtd) and was The Queen’s Messenger for 6 years. He has extensive experience of the public sector and local government serving as the Chief Administration Officer for the City of Portsmouth (PCC) for 10 years.

He also served as a Non Executive Director of Hampshire and Portsmouth Health Authority for 7 years whilst with PCC and is associated with and actively supports a number of armed forces charities including the Royal British Legion and currently works with the Soldiers Sailors and Air Force Association (SSAFA).

A Hampshire man of many generations whose main interests are people and sport; having played both Rugby and hockey for the County, Army and the West Indies whilst serving there.

Margaret Woodhead

Margaret Woodhead

Director

Margaret Woodhead BA Hons, DMS

Margaret's career has involved Arts organisation management, general, financial and strategic planning, fundraising and consultancy.

Her other interests include Healthwatch and Winchester Rotary.

John Evans

John Evans

Director

John is an experienced non-executive chairman, director and board advisor, with a focus on strategy, performance, effectiveness, governance, and Merger Acquisition integration.

Previously a senior executive and consultant with major global businesses in the pharmaceutical, health services, technology, software, security, media and consumer product sectors. His current business interests include workplace wellbeing, international culture & diversity, learning and a telemedicine partnership providing innovative health solutions in a wide range of applications and settings.

He was a Trustee and Chair with Hart Voluntary Action for 10 years and Chair of the Well Being Centre in Frimley. Additionally John served as a stakeholder Governor at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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