CCVS Staff

CCVS is run by a team of experienced and knowledgeable staff. Each individual has a different role and areas of expertise, but all are happy to help you with your organisational issues, or point you in the right direction.

   

Mark Freeman

CEO

Mark Freeman is our Chief Executive. He joined CCVS in October 2011 after working at Skills Third Sector, a national organisation promoting the importance of learning and development to charities and voluntary organisations. He has extensive experience of working in the sector at local, regional and national levels; he has also been a trustee for a number of organisations both in Cambridge and nationally. Mark has a Masters in Business Administration from the Open University and Post Grad Diplomas in Development Management and in Housing Management.

In his spare time Mark is a father to two small girls (which takes up most of his time) as well as a trustee at Camtrust, he is also involved with a number of groups in the village he lives in. Most Sunday mornings you can find him volunteering at the Cambridge Junior Parkrun at Milton Country Park.

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Chris Trevorrow

Senior Development Officer

Chris Trevorrow is our trainer and senior development officer at CCVS.   She spent her early career working in marketing communications before moving on to spend the last 15 years in the voluntary sector to work in grant assessment with the Big Lottery;  as a community and workplace mediator and the casework manager for a community mediation charity and development worker and trainer for a volunteer centre.  Chris is a CTLLS accredited trainer.

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Chris Trevorrow

Fenland Senior Development Officer

Sarah is our Fenland Senior Development Officer has been with CCVS since April 2024.  She has  been involved in Volunteering from an early age, and remembers helping with local Garden Parties for a neighbour from the age of about 6!  From here her volunteering went from being a Cub Scout Leader, a Red Cross Volunteer, Scrapstore Volunteer,  to  currently being a Volunteer Steward at March Museum.  Together with this, she is always helping anyone wanting to learn to sew, and often holds workshops for both children and adults,  having a strong passion for passing on skills which she was lucky enough to have passed to her.  Her employment has shadowed this for much of her working life, with over 20 years in the Red Cross as a Service Manager, a Project Manager for Reuseful UK, and prior to her current role,  a local Health Trainer with Everyone Health.  Sarah has a love of her home area, Fenland, and considers herself fortunate to have been able to work a lot of her life around the local community.

Sarah has two grown sons and enjoys family life together with all forms of craft, needlework, sewing and lots of gardening!

Sally Page

 

Deputy CEO 

Sally is our Deputy CEO and joined CCVS in May 2021. She has been working and volunteering within the heritage and charity sectors for over ten years; seeing her teach history onboard a warship, run family art workshops in Canada, and provide heritage funding advice across the East of England.

Sally has worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for an NHS fundraising charity and as a Development Officer for the National Lottery Heritage Fund. She loves to volunteer in her spare time and is currently a trustee for Museum of Cambridge and a volunteer helper with her local Rainbow Girlguiding unit.

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Lorna Gough

Communications Officer

Lorna joined CCVS in April 2021 as Communications Officer, having spent the previous 10 years working for both local and national charities in a variety of roles including communications, development and volunteer management.

Lorna’s working life has been varied; spending a lively, early career working with children as a nursery nurse, followed by a second enjoyable career at Saffron Walden Library, particularly working with volunteers to provide a library service to housebound members.

Having volunteered herself, and benefitted from voluntary organisation support, Lorna values the vital role that voluntary groups play, in making a positive difference to people’s lives.

Lorna works closely with the whole CCVS team to maintain and develop communications between individuals, groups and stakeholders.

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Ellie Lee

Volunteering Development Officer

Ellie is our Volunteering Development Officer.  Prior to this, she spent 9 years in varying roles in Education, and Health and Social Care working with people with additional needs. 

Her first passion though was in International Cooperation and Development and she holds a BA in Peace Studies from Florence University and a MA in Refugee Studies from the University of East London.

She has been a volunteer in a number of Italian, UK and International organisations, and still now, whenever family and work commitment allows, she enjoys taking part in community projects as a volunteer. 

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Jigna Vyas Gosal 

Development Officer

Jigna is our Development Officer. Before starting with CCVS in March 2023, she worked at Care Network Cambridgeshire, as the Community Navigator Coordinator for Cambridge, a role she developed over the nearly 10 years she was in post.

Jigna qualified as a family lawyer and completed her legal training working for a law firm based in Kent and then moved to the North East of England where she worked in law firms representing clients in receipt of legal aid. She then spent time in the USA working for the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Programme.

Jigna is the mum of three boys which keeps her busy but in her few spare minutes she enjoys a good book, yoga, walking and getting together with friends and family. Until recently she was a volunteer Governor at her local primary school and continues her voluntary work with the school which includes being secretary of the school parent group. 

Karen Cann

Communications & Development Worker

Karen joined CCVS in November 2023 as our Communications & Development Worker. Karen has spent much of her career working in audio and video post-production. In recent years she has enjoyed running her own video editing business alongside working as Outreach Co-ordinator at the charity Cambridge Online. Both roles gave her the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful charities across Cambridgeshire.

When Karen isn’t working, she is busy at home with her husband, two children and high maintenance cat, Boo. She enjoys spending time catching up with friends and family, watching films, reading autobiographies, and taking country walks - always with a camera in her hand!

Karen also volunteers, assisting Cambridge Online with their social media and when time allows, using her editing skills to help schools and charities within her community.

Karen feels that the most enjoyable and rewarding part of her career has been helping charities with their communications and promoting their services so is extremely happy to be continuing that work within CCVS.

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Rima Simkute

Fenland Development Officer

Rima is a dedicated professional with a deep passion for community involvement. Her  background includes independently managing a community group for four years, where she served as the Chairperson. Following this Rima transitioned to a role focused on project work, specializing in the establishment of new community groups and providing support to existing ones. Her experience encompasses both the leadership and facilitation of community initiatives, and this reflects her dedication to fostering vibrant and sustainable community connections. Rima will be bringing all these skills together to promote and support volunteering across Fenland in this new role.

As a parent of three wonderful children, family values and balance are integral to Rima's life. Outside of work, you'll find her immersed in nature, where she finds comfort and inspiration. Reading is not just a hobby but a constant pursuit of knowledge. She thrives on helping others and channeling that passion into meaningful community initiatives.

Rima is excited to bring her diverse experiences and commitment to this role.

Alistair Barry

Finance Manager

Alistair Barry is our Finance Manager responsible for the accounts, invoicing & payroll at CCVS.  Prior to this he looked after the finances for the UK arm of a large international development charity.  He is a trustee of a charity in Cambridge and has a Diploma in Charity Accounting.

Email: finance@cambridgecvs.org.uk

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