Staff and Trustees of Bolton CVS

Chief Executive Officer
Darren Knight
t: 01204 546010, e:

'As the Chief Executive Officer of Bolton CVS, my role is focussed on strengthening the organisation and developing our offer and reach to the voluntary and community sector in Bolton, realising our vision and effectively responding to the needs of our membership and wider stakeholders.  My full focus is on ensuring that we say what we mean and we do what we say, as well as championing the social action and positive change that Bolton's amazing voluntary and community sector achieves every single day.'


Finance Manager

Shelley Ashton 

t: 01204 546010, e:



Finance and Business Support Worker 
Allison Stott
t: 01204 546027, e: 


'As Finance and Business Support Worker my role is to ensure financial and HR systems and processes are efficient and robust whilst meeting the needs of staff and service users.  I also provide business support to the Board of Trustees and the team here at Bolton CVS.'

Development and Communities

Development and Communities Manager
Helen Tomlinson
t: 01204 546017, e:

'As Development and Communities Manager, my role is all about making sure that the development, funding and training support provided by Bolton CVS meets the rich and diverse needs of the voluntary and community sector in Bolton. This includes ensuring access to up to date information and guidance to help voluntary and community organisations develop and grow and supporting groups to sustain the invaluable services they provide to their members.'

Funding Officer

Jo Williams

t: 01204 546048, e:


Group Quality and Impact Officer
Adrian Nottingham
t:  01204 546010, e:  

'The voluntary and community sector in Bolton does a huge amount of great work which changes lives for the better. This positive life change is called impact. My role is to support groups to measure their impact in order to both prove and improve the value of what they do. I am convinced that measuring the right thing in the right way should be straightforward, easy to do and highlight lots of reasons to celebrate!'


Group Development Officer
Sharon Bolus
t: 01204 546025, e: 

'I am here to provide support in alerting groups and organisations to development and funding opportunities and to support new and smaller organisations that address local need.  I enjoy meeting a wide range of groups that make up quite a lot of the Bolton Community. It’s fantastic to see so much passion for that they want to achieve within their groups.' 


Policy and Engagement Team

Policy and Engagment Manager
Louise McDade
t: 01204 546047, e: louise

'I am committed to developing clear and effective engagement and communication within the community and voluntary sector and across the voluntary and statutory sector in Bolton.  My role is to support the sector to work together to rise to the challenges and opportunities ahead, representing the sector, forming good relationships across the sectors and developing a strong voice which can shape and inform planning, and current and future service provision within Bolton.'

Communications and Events Officer
Farzana Patel
t: 01204 546050, e: farzana

'My role focuses on delivering communication in a consistent and accessible way by networking with media outlets to get the right messages out and use social media to create positive images and dialogue. I am a ‘people’ person, able to communicate at any level with very good organisational skills.  I am determined, motivated, enthusiastic, have a creative approach to problem solving and have the quality to pay a high level of attention to detail.'

Ambition for Ageing Project Officer (Secondment)
Yasmin Holgeth
t: 01204 546040, e:

'Ambition for Ageing aims to develop Age Friendly communities in the Halliwell, Crompton and Tonge with the Haulgh areas of Bolton, and is working with members of the community, businesses, health providers and other partnership agencies to take a holistic approach in bringing the older community together and rebuilding a strong sense of community in Bolton.  When I am not in work, I enjoy listening to music and exploring nature.'  


Engagement Worker
Tracey McCue 
t:  01204 546046, e: 

'The main focus of my role is getting out and about to meet all the wonderful and diverse community groups we have here in Bolton. I am on hand to consult with groups about any development or training needs they may have and to signpost them on to relevant sources of help both within CVS and the wider voluntary and community sector. I deliver informative and entertaining workshops on a range of topics which help to tackle health inequalities and empower people to take control of their own wellbeing'

Engagement Worker
Samim Vali
t: 01204 546046, e:

'I am highly skilled in engaging with people and liaising with diverse range of audience and ability to encourage individual to reflect on behaviour and take positive action towards change. I sign post people to CVS and other services trying to narrow the gap between community and services providers. My language skills enable me to engage effectively to wider audience'

Community Asset Navigator Programme (CANs)


Grants and Investments Senior Officer
Jane Attfield
t: 01204 546048, e:  

'I manage all grants and investments programmes delivered by Bolton CVS. I work closely with the development officers at CVS to ensure we provide joined up spport to Bolton Community groups; enabling them to continue improving life in Bolton."


Community Asset Information Worker
Patrick Long
t: 01204 546048, e:  

'As the Community Asset Information worker, it is my responsibility to establish what services are out there in Bolton through methods of desk based research and community visits. It is also my responsibility to keep this information up to date and to remain relevant'.

Community Asset Navigators Team

Altaf Ahmed - Age UK Bolton
t: 01204 546010, e:   

'My job as a Community Asset Navigator is to connect residents and the health and social care workforce in Bolton to the vast array of community assets available, broadening and promoting the choice available to residents across the borough to improve their health and wellbeing outcomes. I am seconded from Age UK Bolton and have experience in delivering high quality, accessible services, activities and learning opportunities, to enable those over 50 to remain safe, independent and mentally, physically and socially active'.

Carlton Milenkovic - BAND
t: 01204 546010, e:  


'As a Community Asset Navigator, I will be using a person-centred approach with referred people to identify their strengths and interests, working with the person to achieve their goals. This involves connecting them to local activities and groups to improve their health and wellbeing.  I am seconded from BAND, a charity supporting people within the Borough of Bolton who live with mental health problems'. 

John Henry - Bolton Wanderers Community Trust
t: 01204 546010, e: 

'As part of the CAN team my role is to identify and engage with as many local activities and groups as possible, to enable an individual or group to improve their overall health and wellbeing by accessing an area that suits their particular needs and interests.
I am seconded from the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, who, through sport and positive engagement, provide quality experience to the wider community that focuses on narrowing the gap of disadvantage in Health, Education, Disability and Inclusion'.

Joanne Gavin - Bolton Lads and Girls Club
t: 01204 546010, e:


'My role as a Community asset navigator is to promote the wealth of experience and opportunities  within Bolton and utilize the strengths that we have by linking health professionals, volunteers and businesses across the borough.

I have been seconded from Bolton Lads and Girls Club where I have been both a volunteer and a member of staff for the past 17 years, my specialty and focus will mainly be on the youth provision across Bolton and how our young people can not only improve their own lives but help to improve the lives of others'.


Volunteering Opportunities - 01204 546060 

Volunteering and Development Services Lead - VACANT


Volunteering Support Worker
Shahenaz Patel
t: 01204 546063, e:

'Do you want to meet new people, make new friends or try something new making a difference to the community and having a sense of purpose?  ...Are you confused about where to begin and first steps to take? I am here to help you with introducing volunteering, sign posting and reaching to your aims and also make it easy to find a volunteer role that suits your interests, motivation, availability and location. I also keep in touch through to your volunteer journey, we have something for everyone. Multilingualism enables me to support volunteers from diverse background'

Volunteer Administrators:Tommy Taylor and Terence Warburton

The Bolton Hub - 01204 546002

Venue and Facilities Co-ordinator
Diane Craddock
t: 01204 546002, e:

'The Hub is a key central location for groups working together in partnership and offers a supportive environment that compliments the work of groups resident in the building.  The Hub is regularly used by groups and organisations of Bolton for a wide range of meetings and is a focal point for communities in Bolton.  The Hub prides itself on a warm, friendly and professional welcome to all customers and tenants'

Information and Facilities Assistant
Hema Chevli
t: 01204 546002, e:

'As a Information and Facilities Assistant I am the first point of contact when visitors arrive at the Hub.  I assist them to the appropriate meeting and training rooms and in house tenants.  I also arrange bookings for customers who wish to use our meeting and training rooms at the Hub and ensure they have everything that they need'

Information and Facilities Assistant
Rob Bakewell
t:  01204 546002, e:


'If your group or organisation needs a meeting room I’m here to help.  There are 7 varied spaces to choose from - whether you need a venue for an all-day training event for your whole team, or a quiet place for a one-to-one meeting we can find the one that’s ideal for you.  We’re less than 100 yards from the Bolton Interchange.'

Hub Receptionist Volunteers:   Tommy Taylor, Terence Warburton, Rowena Preston, Judith Leach, Tracey MacLellan, Joan Speirs, Temisan Boje, Simon Jones, Joanne Bailey, Kate Smith, Sylvia Sculthorpe, Alusile Koroma, David Ruane, David White, John Mullineaux, Judith Leyburn, Matta Elbakouh, Matthew Brooks, Mene Ogud Nyilwa, Ruth Firmin

Bolton CVS Board of Trustees

Ibrahim Ismail (Chair)
Phil Mason (Vice-Chair)
David Kay (Honourary Treasurer)
Suzanne Hilton
Barry Lyon
Jenny Maher
Vicki Ramsden
Caroline Wyke
Michael Smith (co-opted)
Rachel Mitchell-Denson (co-opted)
Bolton Council Representative - Councillor Susan Haworth