Our Staff and Trustees are instrumental in ensuring that we continue carrying out our mandate to be the Volunteer Centre for the Forest of Dean, supporting volunteer opportunities that involve individuals, voluntary and community groups and organisations, public sector bodies and private companies.

Our Staff

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Manager, Development Officer, Walking with Wheels Project Lead and Foresters Forest Volunteer Co-ordinator
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Administrative Officer
Foresters Forest Volunteer Co-ordinator
Foresters Forest Volunteer Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover)

Our Trustees

Historically, trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. They are responsible for setting out the strategic direction of the charity and must be confident that it is well managed and meeting its objectives. It is the trustees’ responsibility to ensure the organisation is financially secure and complies to all relevant legislation.

  • Bob Rhodes (Chair)
    • Bob Rhodes has been Chair of Trustees at FVAF since early 2017. After a long career leading statutory and voluntary initiatives Bob writes, consults upon and demonstrates strengths-based ways of delivering public services. Since his 'retirement' Bob has been more involved than ever in promoting community-building methodologies and currently works with local authorities and other organisations in the UK and across Europe.
  • Brian Davies (Treasurer)
    • Brian says he is of those unusual guys who has worked for the same company (Lloyds Bank) since leaving school. He was either manager, deputy or senior manager for many of those years. Brian specialised in small/medium businesses with a particular interest in farming. Brian is qualified as an ACIB- Associate of the Institute of Bankers. Brian has lived in Lea for 35 years and has numerous interests including classic cars.
  • Isobel Daniels
    • Isobel has a long history of teaching in secondary schools and colleges throughout the Forest of Dean. She is very passionate about the area and her son is one of the last remaining freeminers in the Forest.
  • Eddie Parsons
    • Eddie is a director of Stillness and Us, a Community Interest Company which delivers mindfulness training and support in the community with a particular focus on reaching disadvantaged groups.
      He also volunteers with Age UK in their Out of Hospital programme. From 2012 to 2016 Eddie worked for Gloucestershire County Council as a Senior Research Analyst with a particular focus on adult social care, community, social isolation and the Forest of Dean. He has a degree in Environmental Science and a PhD in Human Geography. Eddie has lived in Lydbrook since 2000.
  • Bill Hobman
    • Bill has been on the FVAF board for many years and offers a useful insight due to his longstanding involvement with a number of other charities including Age Concern. Bill has been an active resident of the Forest of Dean for all his life, including as a local councillor.
  • Ness Holbrook
    • Ness has a background of working in a variety of situations with young people across the county, including housing, child protection, addictions, domestic violence and mental health. She has a range of skills based around working with young people and their families within the community.
  • Richard Davis
    • Richard has a BSc in Psychology from UCL, and an MA in Organisatonal Psychology from Lancaster University. He started his working life as a researcher at the Air Transport Training board and then worked as the training manager for a travel firm and then Avis UK before spending the last 30 years in consultancy in the organisational systems that create good service design and delivery both in the private and public sectors.
  • Sid Phelps
    • Sid has a professional background in Environmental Regulation, Advice and Enforcement (EA, Local Waste Authority, Thames Water). He currently works on an ad hoc basis on educational school tours and Playwork. Sid is a District Councillor (FoDDC) and a parish councillor - previously serving 4 years on Oxford City Council.
  • Andy Tyler
    • Andy taught Maths, Science and IT for35 years (or so) and was also involved in school sports. He has been a part-time gardener for the past 7 years. Andy has been a Trustee/Treasurer/Secretary over the years for various sports clubs and local organisations (mostly charitable).
  • Kate O'Keefe

Our Volunteers

  • Daniella Musat
  • Shauna Bent
  • Todd Harrison
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