Staff and Trustees of Bolton CVS

Chief Officer
Darren Knight
t: 01204 546010, e:

'As the Chief 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.'

Charity and Growth Manager



Finance Officer
Julie Fletcher
t: 01204 546027, e:

My role as Finance Coordinator is to ensure the consistent and accurate provision of financial support and planning at Bolton CVS, ensuring we always get the best deal in every financial transaction, continually identifying cost savings and looking at ways of improving efficiencies to make our funding spread as far and wide as possible.  I also provide financial support to external groups in Bolton via our payroll bureau service'

Finance Assistant: Farzana Patel, t: 01204 546022, e:

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 and Grants Officer

Mark Grundy
t: 01204 546026, e:

'I can help if you want information about the grants administered by Bolton CVS or about other funding opportunities for local organisations. From where to find forms to how to get your bid in good shape, I’ll be able to point you in the right direction. My job is to help you build the skills to get the resources you need for your organisation so you can make a difference in Bolton.'

Group Development Officer
John Aitken
t:  01204 546028; e:

'I joined the Group Development Team in May 2016 and I’m looking forward to working as part of a team to help groups across Bolton with details of grant opportunities and support them with their development needs. I will enjoy finding out about the diverse and positive work that takes place across Bolton and providing support whenever I can, providing resources and working with groups at workshops and events across the community.'

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'


Bolton Volunteer Centre - 01204 546060 

Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator 
Heather Potter
t: 01204 546062, e:

'As Co-ordinator of the Volunteer Centre, I am passionate about helping people to have a positive experience of volunteering in Bolton.  Everyone has something to offer when it comes to volunteering and I am committed to supporting volunteer managers and co-ordinators to help to make the most of the time and talents of volunteers.  The voluntary and community sector is a place where great things can happen and I love being a part of that'

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
Jeanette Openshaw
t: 01204 546002, e:

'My role is to provide a warm welcome to all our visitors and tenants.  I organize meeting venues, work on reception and office administration'

Caretaker/Cleaner: Support from Andy 

Hub Receptionist Volunteers:   Angela Holloway, Tracy Hopgood, Judith Leach, Peggy Lowe, Tracey MacLellan, Natalie Rosendale, Nida Shahzadi, Joan Speirs, Temisan Boje, Hasna El Otmani, Yashika Chawla, Jane Porter, Karen Corless, Terence Banda

Bolton CVS Board of Trustees

Ibrahim Ismail (Chair)
Phil Mason (Vice-Chair)
David Kay (Honourary Treasurer)
Chris Canham
Suzanne Hilton
Barry Lyon
Jenny Maher
Vicki Ramsden
Caroline Wyke
Bolton Council Representative - Councillor Susan Haworth