Carol Philips

Independent Chair

Professor Carol Phillips graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc and PhD in Microbiology and then carried out research at Sussex University and the Cancer Research Institute. She then was employed as a clinical scientist in the NHS for 10 years before coming to Northampton as a Lecturer at the (then) Nene College (now the University of Northampton).

During her time at the university she became professor of Microbiology, Deputy Dean in the School of Health and Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. In the latter role she was involved in the development of Healthwatch CIC and in various county-wide committees and working groups to do with health and wellbeing. She retired from the university in 2016.  Carol is passionate about the co-production of services related to their health and wellbeing by people and communities and in involving the voluntary sector in the development of such services.



Alan Armson


Alan is a Chartered Engineer by profession with a 34 year career in Local Government with Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire County Council's. Having made the transition from top professional technical positions to serving at Board level with Hertfordshire Highways, he has gained specific skills of leading and motivating people, dealing with the political interface between officers and community of representatives, negotiating and identifying problems. 

After taking an early retirement in 2007 he set up his own company, working within the public and private sectors advising on organisational, procurement and highway asset management matters. In 2008 Alan joined the Board of Trustees of Serve and was appointment Chairman in 2010. He is an active Rotarian and currently an Assistant District Governor.


Dawn Cummins

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire (Founding Member)

Dawn Cummins is Chief Executive for Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire and has worked in the voluntary and not for profit sector for the last 18 years. She is actively involved in the local health care economy and has established excellent links with the CCG’s, NCC,  First for Well Being and the local NHS Trusts.  She has expertise in Relationship Management, Policy, PR and Communications and is currently the Chair of Board for a local Housing Association.


Julie Silver

Community Law Service

Julie has worked in the voluntary sector for over 35 years and is currently the Chief Executive of the Community Law Service (Northampton & County). Starting life in the sector as a volunteer firstly with Serve and then helping to establish a welfare rights service in East Northamptonshire in the mid 1980's. She then went on to study Sociology and Law and obtained a first degree and then a masters in Social Welfare and Law at Leicester University.

She has strong commitment to helping alleviating poverty and disadvantage through the delivery of independent legal advice on social welfare law. With extensive fund raising experience since taking up the position with CLS in 1988 she has helped to establish the organisations as a large specialist provider that now supports over 30,000 people each year. Previous Trustee positions have included Chair of the Doddridge Centre and as a Trustee on the Board of CVS. She has been a Trustee and Director of AdviceUK the national support body of the independent advice sector since 2005. 


Mark Major

Northamptonshire carers (Founding Member)

Mark has been a young carer and a carer and has worked for 26 years in Social Care and Health, of which 20 years has been in the voluntary sector, with the last 10 being Director of Northamptonshire Carers.  He also chairs the inter-agency Northamptonshire Carers Partnership, and was a voluntary sector representative on the County Leadership Board.  In the past he has also chaired the Health and Social Care Group of Healthwatch.

Mark also works to support Carers Trust regionally and nationally with a particular focus on the Advance mentoring Design Team, the Regional Governance Group for the Midlands and Eastern Region, and is currently working on a project around market intelligence and business development.


Pam Law

Harvest Money (Founding Member)

Pam has been a supporter of cooperative venture from a very early age. She still remembers the family Coop divi number she learnt nearly 70 years ago. Pam is a Director of Northamptonshire Credit Union and in the recent past she has been a Trustee and Treasurer of the British Sociological Association. Other co-operative ventures she has been involved with are the Association for the teaching of Social Sciences (Trustee, Director and Treasurer) and Olive Branch Learning.

In Pam's spare time she chair's her local Patient Participation Group, and the Locality Engagement Group for Northampton West and represents the Patient voice on the Patient Congress of Nene Clinical Commissioning Group. 


Victoria Miles

Northamptonshire Community Foundation (Founding Member)

Victoria is the Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation. She has been CEO for 9 years and when she started the endowment was £450k, It’s now £7.7 million. She is very proud of this and the fact that they now give away £1 million annually.

She was director of marketing and fund development at MK community foundation for 5 years and previously had a long career in local newspapers developing newspaper in education initiatives in the north east. Victoria was an actress and singer and won the regional finals of England entertains in 1987.


DOn grant (treasurer)

Mayday trust 

Don is a chartered accountant who read law at Aberdeen University. Before joining Mayday Trust he worked as a CFO/COO within companies providing business process outsourcing services, professional services (including pension scheme administration and wind up), financial services technology and financial services (including pre-retirement and at retirement financial advice). Don set up and ran his own businesses on two occasions, growing them and then selling the businesses to Capita & Fidelity respectively. 

In addition to working at main board level within organisations he has managed the finance, the IT, HR and Property functions of the business. He has also managed rapidly growing businesses and understands the pressures that this can place on a business.


rebecca breakwell

Northamptonshire ACRE

Rebecca's current role is Role Officer at Northamptonshire ACRE and has held this position for twelve months. Previous to that she qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and worked for a number of local authorities and in private practices including Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Staffordshire County Council and the Eric Whitehead Partnership. Rebecca ran her own planning and developments company for ten years as Director and Company Secretary and has also held a part time position as Grants Officer for Staffordshire Moorlands Community Grant Scheme. She  has held a Solicitors Regulation Authority Practicing Certificate for the last sixteen years. 


Chris Duff

Age Uk Northamptonshire

Chris joined Age UK Northamptonshire as Chief Executive in January 2018. He has had a career at senior level in the charitable, private and public sector and has in-depth experience across both policy and operations. Chris was previously Chief Executive of Rotherham Hospice, Workforce Director for Macintyre Charity, Managing Director of his own consultancy company and Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Dave Berry

Citizens Advice Daventry

Dave has been Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Daventry and District since June 2016. Previously Dave was Network Development Manager, for Citizens Advice working with branches across the midlands and East Anglia supporting them in their business development, trustee development and overall running of the organisation