Chair of Trustees
Nicola became a Trustee in 2022, bringing experience of the Health and Social Care sector to the Board.
Her career has included a variety of carer roles in hospital, residential and community settings including management of home care services. Having moved into training with SCC in 2011 she founded a social enterprise, LimeSkills CIC to provide training to employed care staff and family carers alike, recognising the huge importance that informal carers contribute to the wider care system. As a leader in the voluntary sector in Suffolk, Nicola spent 3 years as Chair of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Network, giving representation to the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board.
She has lived experience of family caring, end of life care of her mother with cancer and more recently caring for her father in law living with dementia. Dementia care is a particular passion of Nicola’s and she founded and now is currently serving her second period of Chair for Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance.
She has always lived in Suffolk and has brought up four children, recently becoming a Nanny to her first grandchild. She enjoys golf and gardening in fair weather, preferring crafts and baking in the winter!
Digital Transformation and Change Management expert Sam Parnell runs Measured Brilliance where she guides businesses and individuals through the ever-changing world of digital marketing and software development. Sam helps business owners analyse the core of their business to create a comprehensive growth plan.Sam says “My day-to-day job involves teaching non-technical people technical things; all those why’s and how’s. I help to plan digital growth strategies, working out how any business can use digital tools to grow. My job is to empower businesses and demystify technology.”
Lizzie is a change and strategy specialist with 15 years’ experience in the public sector, working with directors and management teams on issues including strategic management, strategy development, performance, service development, transformation and corporate governance.
She is experienced in setting strategic objectives and managing large scale change and transformation programmes in both health and local government and has advised boards on strategic opportunities and risks.
Lizzie is born and bred in Suffolk where she lives with her family, she also volunteers as a magistrate in local adult crime courts.
Our Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Jo is Suffolk born and bred and is passionate about community inclusion – enabling and supporting people to benefit from their local community.
With a work history crossing the telecommunications industry, local media and the charity sector, Jo joined Communities Together East Anglia in late 2020 after six years at Age UK Suffolk. In her spare time Jo has a passion for the theatre, family, friends and her collection of animals!
Colin was born and raised in Suffolk then spent some time living and working in North West England before returning to Suffolk. Colin’s philosophy is that work should be a place where you can have fun whilst still working hard. He enjoys being part of a team and encouraging and supporting his colleagues to work together in achieving goals.
Colin has a broad range of experience working within the not for profit and voluntary sector including; social care, education, NHS, criminal justice system, public health and various community development roles. Colin is a passionate believer and advocate of ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) and in the power and strength of communities. Colin worked in partnership with Communities Together East Anglia whilst managing a Community Development service within Suffolk County Council. He was impressed with both the values and the quality of the services that CTEA delivered and was very pleased to join the organisation in January 2023 as Operations Manager where he has overall responsibility for the teams delivering our Community Engagement, Later Life Community Connect, Suffolk Carers Matter, Volunteering and Befriending services.
Outside of work Colin is involved in a number of local community activities including the annual street festival. He enjoys playing golf and watching most sports, particularly football and rugby. He has been a season ticket holder at Ipswich Town for many, many years and looks forward to their return to the higher leagues soon! He also enjoys theatre, concerts, socialising and travelling.
Colin likes to spend time with friends and family which often involves travelling as his three sons live in very different parts of the UK.
Business Support Manager
Jenny is a passionate people person and loves to help however and wherever she can.
Jenny supports all the services that Communities Together East Anglia have to offer across Suffolk. Jenny also co-ordinates volunteer recruitment for the charity and helps to keep the office running smoothly. In Jenny’s words – “I love my job!”
Jenny is a busy mum of twins who keep her on her toes daily! Hobbies include keeping fit, reading, music, movies, & socialising with friends and family.
Officer and Accounts Manager
Andrea is based in the Transport Office and is responsible for the Accounts and Admin Team. Andrea is a friendly person, who always tries to make people feel welcome and valued. Her role in Transport is to support the team and ensure the smooth running of the booking system, through to the delivery of the service to our passengers, including the payments.
Andrea is a keen gardener and also likes to get out and about with her family and dog, exploring and socialising.
Daniels role is to oversee the Community Transport service, making sure all vehicles are maintained and inspected, delivering driver training and development to a team of drivers.
Daniel has been involved with the transport sector since leaving school. Firstly qualifying as a Vehicle Mechanic and then moving across onto servicing and repairing of buses and coaches. Daniel is also a qualified MiDAS Trainer.
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his two children and long term partner.
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