We value having people from different backgrounds and with diverse experience in our workforce. Our team are passionate about making a positive difference; this is reflected in our work, empowering people to develop the skills and confidence to regain control. Our values are what unite us as a team of people, working together to achieve our mission. At SUMMIT we are proud of our team’s dedication and their commitment to support the people we work with.
Avril O' Sullivan MBE
Chief Executive Officer
Avril has worked for the organisation for over 20 years and has been CEO since 2007.
Avril is a fully qualified advocate and holds the IAQ, IMHA and Care Act unit. Avril is a qualified Assessor and Counsellor and has the ILM management qualification.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Gaynor has worked for the organisation since 2010 and is a fully qualified advocate, and holds the IAQ, IMHA, Care Act, City and Guilds TAQA assessor and C&G PTLLS Level 4, teacher and trainer.
Elaine started to work for the organisation in 2009 and provides administrative support to the team. Elaine is a qualified IMHA.
Tania has worked for the organisation for 2 years and is currently undertaking her C&G Level 2 ‘Introduction to Advocacy’. Tania supports other people with a learning disability as a peer advocate.
Noeleen is a qualified advocate and has her IAQ and Care Act Unit. Noeleen is the project co-ordinator for SUMMIT Services and has worked for the organisation since 2015. Noeleen has a level 4 certificate in Management.
Tom started working as a Bridge Builder for the organisation in 2011 and as a qualified advocate having obtained his IAQ and Care Act unit in 2016. Tom is a qualified teacher and trainer.
Local Action Group Administrator
Edith is a qualified Advocate and began working for the organisation in 2010 and has her IAQ, IMHA and Care Act unit. Edith is the administrator for the Local Action Groups, providing support for the Chairs and the members.
Rachel started working as a Bridge Builder for the organisation in 2009 and in 2011 started work as an advocate. Rachel holds the IAQ, IMHA and Care Act unit. Rachel also supports the Health Access Champions.
User Engagement Service Co-ordinator
Vicky is a qualified advocate and is the Co-ordinator for User Engagement and our development officer for ‘Easy Read’ communication.
Glynis Grove has worked for SUMMIT since 2011 and is a fully qualified advocate having obtained her IAQ, IMHA and Care Act unit. Glynis works across West Essex supporting the Health Access Champions and facilitating self -advocacy groups.
SUMMIT has a board of 8 Trustees who bring a wide variety of skills, knowledge and expertise to the organisation. Being a Trustee can be rewarding and enjoyable. It is a great way to be involved in a community or cause which matters to you. Our Trustees come from all walks of life and being a Trustee can help you change your community for the better, learn new skills or use your existing skills. At its heart, being a trustee puts you at the centre of the action for the organisation you are involved in. Our Trustees ensure that SUMMIT has clear goals and strategies, that action to achieve those goals is being taken and that SUMMIT meets its legal and financial obligations.
FCA Retired, Chair
Graham is the Chair of the Trustee board and became a Trustee in 2005. Graham works tirelessly for the charity and has a hands on approach. Through Graham’s leadership the organisation has thrived and adapted to change.
ACMA ACIS, Treasurer
Bob has been a Trustee for the organisation for many years. As the Treasurer he ensures financial clarity and accountability for the organisation.
John was a headmaster of a special needs school and joined the organisation in 1999 as a Senior Advocate and team manager.
John became a Trustee on his retirement in 2014 and brings grass roots experience to the table.
Maureen has been a Trustee for many years and was the former Chair of the Trustees. Maureen brings knowledge of the local demographic and has a great understanding of the needs of our beneficiaries.
M.B, CH. B, Trustee
Des brings a medical background to the board of Trustees. His working knowledge of the local area and its challenges assists the organisation in supporting and identifying the most vulnerable in the local community
M.B, CH. B, Trustee
Mike was a GP in the Tendring area and on his retirement became a Trustee of the organisation. Mike brings a wealth of practical knowledge of health and well-being issues.
Adele worked for the organisation as an Independent Advocate and became a Trustee on her retirement in 2014. Adele brings a working knowledge of the sector to the Trustee board.
Ali is a General Manager of a Digital Media Company. He brings a range of skills and talents to the charity and will be able to advise and inspire new ways of communicating using digital solutions.