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Our Team

Senior Leadership

Tim Houghton

Chief Executive Officer


More than 20 years' experience in leading and managing not for profit organisations in Hampshire and London with a background in community development and working in disadvantaged communities and now championing the crucial role that charities and voluntary organisations play alongside statutory bodies and business to promote and improve a community’s health and wellbeing, economic prosperity and social inclusion.

Hywel Small

Performance & Operations Director


Hywel’s 10 years of experience in the sector builds upon his strong business and performance management background in publishing and consultancy. His firm belief is that sustainability and development of services needs business rigour and enterprising innovation.

Mandy Harris

Community Development Director


Mandy joined Community First in 2008, and has 25 years experience working in the sector. With a strong belief in the value of partnership working, is committed to leading the community & volunteer teams to enable a vibrant and effective voluntary sector across Hampshire.

Tanya Dowthwaite

Finance Director


Tanya, a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years experience, both in professional practice and in the charity sector, is committed to ensuring that Community First's success is maintained by strong financial management and planning for the future.

Our Teams

Community Development & Volunteer Service

Gary Davis
East Hampshire
Liza Smith
New Forest
Bruce White
Winchester & Fareham
Jagat Singh
Volunteering Service Coordinator
Young Volunteers Team
Young Volunteer Development Workers

Central Services

Jean Field
Finance Officer
Sue Musselwhite
Finance Officer
Gill Drake
Finance Officer
Vanessa Kitt
HR Officer
Ethan Kear-Davies
Marketing Officer
Dave Doyle
Health & Safety

Health and Wellbeing

Jackie Hartless
Home Services and Health
Jayne Smith
Home Services

Positive Pathways & Heart of the Park

Ina Allum
Programme Manager
Beverley Palmer
Positive Pathways Assistant
Rachel Dowbakin
Heart of the Park Centre Manager

The Clanfield Centre

Natasha Glover
Clanfield Centre Manager


Steve Witheyman
Service Manager


Liz Moore
Head of Learning Services
Tori Perry

Transport Services

Lynne Peters
Head of Transport Services (North)
Gavin Rowe
Head of Transport Services (South)
Terry Mack
Basingstoke & East Hants
Winchester Transport
Scott Curtis
Fareham, Gosport & Havant
Sayonara Anderson
Fareham, Gosport & Havant
New Forest Transport
New Forest
Sue Ward
Wheels to Work
Andy Yates
Wheels to Work

Young Carers

Marie Shotbolt
Young Carers

Woolmer Forest Timebank

Helena O'Shea
Timebank Manager

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