OUR TEAM

SUMMIT delivers a variety of projects that empower vulnerable adults to improve their quality of life and influence positive change.

TEAM MEMBERS

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.

Gaynor Jarrett

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 Hawkridge

Administrator

Elaine started to work for the organisation in 2009 and provides administrative support to the team. Elaine is a qualified IMHA.

Tania Drummond

Receptionist

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 Broughton

Project Co-ordinator

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.

Thomas Vousden

Advocate/ Facilitator

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.

Carly Barham

Advocate

Carly has worked as an advocate since 2009 and started to work for the organisation in 2014. Carly is a fully qualified advocate, Care Act and IMHA. Carly has a degree in Social Policy (BA hons).

Steve Goldsmith

Advocate

Steve has worked for the organisation since 2005 and is a fully qualified advocate, having obtained his IAQ, IMHA, and Care Act unit. Steve currently works as a Health Complaints Advocate across Essex. Steve is a qualified teacher and has a degree in Law.

Edith Milne

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.

Ria Gray

Advocate:

Ria has worked for the organisation since 2011 and is a fully qualified advocate, having obtained her IAQ, IMHA and Care Act unit.

Rachel Sandford

Advocate/facilitator

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.

Vicky O’Sullivan

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.

Annabel Bowman

Advocate

Annabel is a fully qualified Advocate, holding her IAQ, IMHA and Care Act unit. She began working for the organisation in 2006. Annabel currently works as a Health Complaints Advocate across Essex. Annabel has a range of sector specific qualifications including the City and Guilds diploma for Promoting Independence for vulnerable adults.

Glynis Grove

Advocate

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.

TRUSTEES

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.

Graham Thornton

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.

Robert Smith

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 Hobley

Trustee

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 Goddard

Trustee

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.

Des Exworth

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

Mike Beardmore

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.

Derek Abbot

FCA, Trustee

Derek is one of the founder members of the organisation and our longest standing Trustee. For many years he held the post of the Treasurer and helped to build the financial stability of the organisation.

Adele Bird

Trustee

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.